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Sports - April 1, 2011

Sports Shorts

NJB HOOPS . . . The Palo Alto Vipers, a 5th grade girls' basketball team, took their 14-0 record to Southern California last weekend to compete in the NJB All-Net National tournament and represent Northern California well. The Vipers did just that as they swept their division with a 4-0 mark, won by an average of 20 points a game, and returned from Orange County with an 18-0 record and a national title. After defeating the Redondo Sea Hawks, 41-17, in the first round, Palo Alto played the feature game of the weekend against the Lady Cats of Brea in a Saturday night showdown at Fullerton College. The Lady Cats were 17-0 heading into the contest, averaging nearly 40 points a game, winning their regular-season games by an average of 19 points, and coming off a 42-20 first-round win. Palo Alto pressured the Lady Cats into turnovers and converted those into points and rolled to an easy victory. In Round 3 on Sunday, Palo Alto played the Rancho Santa Margarita Titans and won their third game, 40-20. Palo Alto wrapped up the title by beating Redwood City, 44-22. The Palo Alto Vipers featured Klara Astrom, Brianna Claros, Sabrina Dahlen, Sophie Frick, Mele Kailahi, Stella Kailahi, Carly Leong, Claire Lin, Boo Perez, Jena Scott, Emma Staiger and Allie Stuart. The Vipers were one of six Palo Alto teams competing in the national tournament. He 7th grade girls finished second in the Sports Authority Division while the 7th grade boys were runnerup in the Evans Division. The Palo Alto 5th grade boys were third in the Evans Division and the 6th grade girls were fourth in the Sports Authority Division. The Palo Alto 5th grade boys did not place in their division. The 7th grade boys placed second in its division at the NJB Nationals, with more than 150 teams in the tournament in Anaheim. Palo Alto qualified for the national event by winning the Silicon Valley All-Net Sectional Championship. Palo Alto won its first four games in the national tournament, beating Walnut, Anaheim Hills, Villa Park, and Diamond Bar along the way to the title game. Palo Alto lost a close championship game to finish the season with an impressive 23-2 overall record.

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