Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Pee Wee team stays perfect


Josh Brigel intercepted two passes, scored the game-tying touchdown and caught the go-ahead extra point as the Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Pee Wee football team produced an exciting 15-14 victory over Oak Grove South on Sunday in a Youth Football League contest. Palo Alto improved to 6-0, the only unbeaten squad among the program's teams.

Oak Grove South entered the game unbeaten and averaging nearly 30 points a game while allowing only seven points in five contests. Palo Alto also was averaging about 30 points and game and had given up just six points in five previous outings.

Obviously, something had to give in this battle of unbeaten teams.

Brigel saved the day for the Knights in the fourth quarter by intercepting the two passes. With Palo Alto trailing 14-8, Brigel picked off his first pass and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 14. The Knights then converted the extra point on a halfback option pass from Ethan Stern to Brigel in the back corner of the end zone. That gave Palo Alto a 15-14 lead.

Oak Grove was driving in the final minutes when Brigel intercepted his second pass to seal the Knights' victory.

The game was everything as expected as two top defenses slugged it out while shutting down each other's offense. The Knights' defense was led by Stern, Brigel, Jamie Cullen, Jack DeVine, Jordan Schilling, Ryan Mitra and Louie Marzano. Lee Howard led the Knights in rushing with 86 yards and a one-yard touchdown.

Palo Alto will host the Oakland Dynamites (5-0-1) on Sunday (Oct. 17) at Palo Alto High with the Jr. Pee Wee's kicking off at noon. The Tiny Mites will start the day at 9 a.m., followed by the Cadets at 10 a.m. The Pee Wees will go off at 2 p.m., with the Jr. Midgets scheduled for 4 p.m.

Men's golf

Recent Stanford graduate Joseph Bramlett has received a sponsor's exemption to compete in this week's Open at CordeValle Golf Course in San Martin.

"Bramlett is certainly a promising local talent with a bright future ahead," said Ian Knight, the tournament director. "His achievements while at Stanford and his appearance as an amateur in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach certainly speak to his talent and character as a player. We look forward to watching him compete."

Although the 22-year-old Bramlett missed the cut by five shots at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, he tied for fifth among the 12 amateurs in the field, and had an opportunity to play a practice round with fellow Stanford grad, Tiger Woods.

Bramlett was a five-time U.S. Amateur qualifier, including 2002 at Oakland Hills where he was the youngest qualifier in the championship's history at age 14. He was an All-American his freshman year at Stanford, when he helped lead the Cardinal to an NCAA title. Injuries to his wrist marred the remains of his career at Stanford, but he is now at 100 percent physically.

The Open is part of the PGA TOUR's Fall Series and features a full-field (132 players), four-day tournament with a $5 million purse and $900,000 payout to the winner. The tournament runs Thursday through Sunday. For more information go to or find us on Facebook at

Masters swimming

It's an axiom that if you work hard you'll be rewarded. That was true for Palo Alto resident Daniela Barnea, who took home four gold medals and three silvers in various swimming events at the Huntsman World Senior Games last week.

"This was my first year at the Huntsman Games and it has been a great friendly meet, making many new friends. Of the seven events in which I swam I won seven medals!", Barnea said, who competes in the women's 65-69 age division.

The Huntsman World Senior Games is a world-class, Olympic-format, international sporting event for athletes ages 50 years and older. Founded more than 24 years ago, the Games currently hosts over 10,000 athletes annually.

Each October, for two weeks, the event is held in colorful St. George, Utah, less than a two-hour drive from Las Vegas, Nev. At the 2010 Games, athletes will compete in 27 different sports and will host participants from all 50 of the United States and over 25 foreign countries.

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