Palo Alto's JLS Middle School wrestling squad culminated the 2011 season by tying for the overall team championship at the Midpeninsula Intermediate League finals last weekend. JLS tied with Presidio (San Francisco) for the top team in the North Peninsula, which ranges from Palo Alto to San Francisco.
With 37 wrestlers competing, more than half of the JLS squad placed among the top four in their weight classes. The JLS program had nine individual champions, including its first female champion.
This make three years in a row that the JLS wrestling program has been No. 1 in the Midpeninsula league under coach Braumon Creighton's leadership. Congratulations to the team.
Alyssa Ilano won the Girls Division title for JLS. In the Middle School Division, JLS champs included Chioke Bryant-Anderson, Alex Ruff, Kirill Demyanenko and Niccolas Calixto. In the Elementary School Division A & B, JSL team winners included Manar Fajors, Rei Kadowaki, Austin Leykam and Zane Hake.
Menlo School senior Kent Lacob will continue his career at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., next fall. The 6-foot guard averaged 11 points a game this past season while serving as the team captain. He was an all-West Bay Athletic League selection and was an editor on the school paper.
Washington University, the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Division III national champion, finished the 2010-11 season with a 13-12 overall record and placed third in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with a 7-7 record. The Bears also secured their 27th-consecutive winning season.
The Menlo Atherton Youth Lacrosse Club will celebrate the conclusion of its inaugural season when the Grizzlies travel to San Francisco on June 5 to play in the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association's year-end Lacrosse Festival and compete with more than 15 other Bay Area teams in the day-long jamboree.
The year-end Lacrosse Festival marks the culmination of a remarkable first season for the new lacrosse club. It was nearly one year ago when local parents first had the idea to form a new youth lacrosse club for local youth in Menlo Park and Atherton. Led by M.J. Davey, the founder of Atherton Lacrosse Camps, the parent group petitioned the league to form the new club and began registering players. In its first year of operation, the club provided playing opportunities for 70 young lacrosse players ranging from ages 5 – 11 playing on four different boys' and girls' teams. For a significant majority of the young players, it was their first experience playing organized lacrosse.
"This has been a wonderful first year for our club, made possible by all the support we received from the local community," said Davey, the club's Executive Director. "The parents have volunteered in key roles to help run the club, local businesses have provided sponsorship donations, all the local high schools (Menlo- Atherton, Menlo School and Sacred Heart) welcomed our teams onto their fields for halftime mini scrimmages, and the Menlo Park Recreation Department has welcomed our new club with allocation of needed field space."
While the current spring season is coming to an end, the local playing opportunities are not. Grizzlies Sizzling Summer lacrosse is open to any local youth and will meet on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer for skills development and scrimmaging. Later this year, the club will host its "Fall Ball" program to continue the year-round playing opportunities.
With next year's plans to field an Under-13 boys team, Under-11 boys and girls teams, multiple Under-9 boys and girls teams and a developmental program for 5 and 6 year old beginners, the club has playing opportunities for all ages and experience levels.
For more information, visit the club's website at www.menloathertonlacrosse.com.