STILL PERFECT The Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Midgets football team has a history with its counterpart Oak Grove of San Jose. The teams have met in the NorCal Championship game in each of the past three seasons, with Palo Alto winning all three and advancing to the national playoffs. While there's a good chance the two will meet once again in the playoffs, it won't be the only time. In fact, a preview of the postseason will be on display Sunday at Palo Alto High when the teams meet at 4:30 p.m. Both teams will bring 8-0 records to the showdown. The Knights are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation while Oak Grove is ranked No. 8 in the American Youth Football Division I Power Rankings. In addition to the Jr. Midgets' game on Sunday, the Knights will host Oak Grove in Jr. Pee Wee (11 a.m.), Tiny Mites (1 p.m.) and Cadets (2:30 p.m.). The Palo Alto Jr. Midgets improved to 8-0 with a 40-6 victory over the San Francisco Seahawks on Sunday at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.
Palo Alto coaches were expecting a much-closer game, but Jordan Schilling and his teammates had other expectations as they scored 40 or more points for the third time this season. Schilling had more than 100 yards rushing and scored a touchdown on a 96-yard halfback pass from Ethan Stern with one second left in the first half — catching the ball on the 20-yard line and racing 80 yards down the sideline. The Knights also scored on a 35-yard pass from Jake Rittman to Ty Wilcox while Stern added an eight-yard TD run while surpassing 100 rushing yards for for a fifth straight game. The Knights showed why they are the three-time NorCal champs as they scored on their first three possessions and held the Seahawks to a season-low 73 yards of offense. The Knights have outscored their opponents, 248-24, through eight games.The Knights are are inviting all alumni of the program to attend Sunday's games. Those former players who bring a photo of themselves from their days with the Knights will be admitted free.
pstyle:newitem>PREP ALUMS . . . Swarthmore College senior Allie Coleman from Palo Alto has been named Centennial Conference women's volleyball Player of the Week for the week ending October 14, as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon. Coleman, a Palo Alto High grad and team co-captain, handed out 34 assists in the Garnet's 3-1 victory against McDaniel, becoming the second player in school history and the 20th CC player to register 3,000 assists in a career. She averaged 6.8 assists per set in a 2-0 week.
In other volleyball news: Palo Alto High grad Allison Whitson had eight kills, 14 digs and four block assists to help UC Davis to a 25-21, 25-11, 25-20 sweep of Cal Poly in Big West Conference action on Saturday. The Aggies evened their overall record at 10-10 and improved to 4-3 in conference matches . . . In New London, Conn., Palo Alto High grad Caroline Martin had eight kills and Menlo School grad Anelise Hohl added seven kills to help Connecticut College coast to a 3-0 victory against Colby College in a NESCAC match Saturday. The Camels, who are ranked No. 3 in New England, improved to 7-2 in league (16-2 overall) following the 25-11, 25-14, 25-22 win. The visiting Mules (2-6, 9-8) were led by Menlo School grad Natalie Roy, who had a match-high 27 digs to go with six kills. In Stockton, Palo Alto High grad Kimmy Whitson has moved into the starting lineup for University of Pacific and came up with a career-best match on Saturday in a 3-2 loss to visiting UC Santa Barbara on Saturday in the Big West Conference. Despite losing at home for the first time this season, the Tigers (4-3, 11-11) got career highs of 43 assists, 16 digs and seven block assists from Whitson. The freshman setter also had four kills.
HELP WANTED . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking a head coach to direct the Gators' girls' varsity lacrosse team and to oversee the program. Interested applicants should contact Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez at (650) 473.4031 or email@example.com . . . Menlo-Atherton is looking for a girl's frosh-soph basketball coach. Please contact varsity coach Morgan Clyburn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (281) 382-0523, if interested.