PERFECTION ENDS A perfect season finally came to an end for the Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Midgets team following a 22-8 loss to Oak Grove on Sunday at Palo Alto High. The Knights will take an 8-1 record into the postseason. The Jr. Midgets will have a first-round bye this weekend, and then will play the San Francisco Seahawks on Nov. 4 at Paly. Palo Alto already has beaten the Seahawks, 40-6. Against Oak Grove, Palo Alto dug itself a hole early with three turnovers and fell behind by 14-0 in the first quarter. The Knights finally scored on a 28-yard pass from Jake Rittman to Ty Wilcox. That made up for an earlier TD pass from Rittman to Wilcox that was nullified by a penalty. The Knights had several other scoring opportunities, but could not execute against a solid Oak Grove defense and an offensive performance of spectacular catches and runs by the Razorbacks. With the Knights driving to score a potential game-tying TD in the fourth quarter — reaching the Oak Grove 21 — Rittman was sacked and knocked hit hard to the turf. He left the field and did not return. Oak Grove turned back Palo Alto's scoring attempt and wound up scoring a final TD with 1:45 in the game to seal the victory.
In other games Sunday, the Palo Alto Jr. Pee Wee's defeated the S.F Bombers, 14-6, to earn a playoff spot in Division II and the Knights' Cadets lost to Oak Grove. Both Palo Alto teams play this Saturday at Oak Grove to open the first round of the NorCal playoffs.
MENLO HONORS . . .
Menlo College sophomore Courtney Calicdan was recognized as the California Pacific Conference Player of the Week for the fourth consecutive week in women's volleyball . . . For the fifth time this season, senior keeper Alex Palomarez was selected as the Cal Pac Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week . . . Menlo's Natalie Ingram took home the Cal Pac Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor in women's soccer after scoring three goals last week in leading Menlo to two victories.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . . . Menlo-Atherton is looking for a girl's frosh-soph basketball coach. Please contact varsity coach Morgan Clyburn at email@example.com or (281) 382-0523, if interested.