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Priory girls' soccer team has a new coach

Menlo-Atherton boys' water polo gets Palazzo to take over

The Priory will be a new girls' soccer coach this season, with Ramiro Arredondo taking over for Armando Del Rio, who is leaving the school after accepting a full-time teaching position.

Arredondo is returning to the Priory campus where he is considered one of the greatest soccer players in Priory history. He is a current member of the school's Hall of Fame. He was a member of the U.S. Under-18 National Team pool and was captain of the Region IV ODP team for five years.

After his club and high school career, Arredondo had an outstanding collegiate career as a midfielder at Cal, where he was named captain his senior year. He currently serves as Coaching Director of Cal Stars Premier and is coaching the MVLA Mutiny BU12 as well as the Alpine Strikers Blue & Red GU13 teams.

Arredondo will join with his brother, Henry, also a former Priory soccer standout, to continue building on the school's tradition of girls' soccer excellence.

Menlo-Atherton has a new boys' water polo coch in Marco Palazzo, who takes over for Johnny Bega, who left to coach at Los Altos High. Palazzo reportedly will be assisted in some manner by former Stanford men's coach Dante Dettamanti, who also coached the Sacred Heart Prep boys to a CCS water polo title in 2003.

ON THE LINKS . . . Palo Alto's Jayshree Sarathy recently captured the Girls' 12-14 division at the Northern California Junior Players Championship at Rancho Canada East and West courses in Carmel Valley.

Bradley Knox Jr. of Menlo Park was second in the Boys 14-15 division with Andrew Buchanan from Menlo School taking fourth.

Brenna Nelsen from Castilleja tied for seventh in the Girls 16-17 after shooting a 70 on Rancho Canada East on the final day. Golfers accumulated points for double eagles, eagles, birdies and pars and bogeys, with winners determined by two-day point totals.

Palo Alto's Patrick Grimes will return to the site of his championship performance in 2008 when he competes in the Trader Joe's Junior Championships beginning Tuesday at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton. The field includes 99 juniors from 10 states in addition to Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Grimes shot 73-68-67-208 to win in '08.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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