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Menlo School and Williams College grad Blake Schultz began his professional basketball career in impressive fashion Saturday.

Schultz scored a team-high 23 points as the Hertener Lions, a Pro B basketball team in Germany, beat Wulfen, 83-72.

Schultz was a Division III All-American at Williams College. He averaged 19.2 points a game in his senior season with the Ephs, helping them reach the NCAA Division III national championship contest.

Schultz earned the Jostens Trophy, given to the nation's top Division III player based on athletics, academics and community service.

Football

Former Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards has been released by the NFL's Buffalo Bills after losing his starting job for the second straight season.

Edwards was in his fourth season after being picked in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He want 14-18 in a starting role, including an 0-2 mark this season. Buffalo lost to New England on Sunday, 38-30.

Edwards was benched following a 34-7 loss to host Green Bay on Sept. 19. Edwards completed just 11 of 18 passes for 102 yards with a pair of interceptions that day.

Women's volleyball

Gunn High grad Teresa Skelly had seven kills and four blocks but it wasn't enough to prevent Harvard from dropping a 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, 25-11 loss to host Dartmouth in an Ivy League opening match last weekend in Hanover, N.H. Harvard (2-10) won the second game thanks to back-to-back kills by Castilleja grad Taylor Docter.

Men's water polo

Two Menlo School grads and one from Palo Alto High helped Princeton sweep three matches during the weekend.

The No. 17-ranked Tigers (2-0, 8-2) started the weekend with a 10-9 victory at Johns Hopkins. Goalie Mike Merlone had 15 saves while fellow Menlo grad Matt Hale had two goals and seven steals. Paly grad Tim Wenzlau scored a goal and had two assists.

On Saturday afternoon, Wenzlau scored the tying and winning goals in a 7-6 victory over host Navy. Hale also tallied two goals for the Tigers.

On Sunday, Merlone had 11 saves and Sacred Heart Prep grad Connor Still scored a goal in a 13-9 win over host George Washington.

In other action this past weekend, Harvard opened its Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division season at home, but fell behind early in a 13-5 loss to Fordham and suffered a heartbreaking, four-overtime, 11-10, defeat at the hands of Iona.

Harvard (3-8, 0-2 CWPA) took on Iona in its second game of the day and fought valiantly until falling to a sudden-death goal with a minute to go in the fourth extra frame.

Harvard junior goalie Alexander Popp from Menlo-Atherton High, who finished the Iona match with 21 saves, scored a go-ahead goal in the second overtime from 30 meters away to give Harvard a 10-9 lead.

"They played with heart," said Harvard head coach Ted Minnis, the former Castilleja coach. "They played for eight quarters and left it all in the pool."

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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