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Sports - March 2, 2012

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Over the past three weeks, five different Brandeis University fencers have been selected as University Athletic Association (UAA) Fencers of the Week, including freshman Noah Berman of Palo Alto, who has been honored twice. Berman, a 2011 graduate of Palo Alto High, was named Athlete of the Week for the weeks of January 30 and February 13. At the second Northeast Conference Meet of the season, the rookie foil fencer went 9-3 in his first collegiate competition as the Judges went 3-2 overall at the meet. At the 2012 Duke Invitational, he had an 11-4 record while helping the team to a 2-3 performance. He was undefeated (3-0) against host Duke and Johns Hopkins, 2-1 against Air Force and North Carolina, and 1-2 against top-ranked Penn State while earning his squad's only victory in that matchup. On the year, Berman is 35-14 with seven undefeated foil performances despite only joining the team in January . . . Palo Alto High senior Tory Prati was one of 24 Bay Area high school players honored with a $1,000 scholarship by the Northern California chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame at a dinner last week in Burlingame . . . Sacred Heart Prep grad Stephanie Clements was in goal for Santa Clara University during a 1-1 showing on Saturday in the Broncos' pool. Clements had five saves in a 10-5 win over Cal State Monterey Bay and had six saves in a 9-8 loss to Cal Baptist. Clements did not allow a second-half goal against CSMB.

BUSY AGAIN . . . Gunn High sophomore Sarah Robinson got her 2012 track and field season off to a fast start by winning the girls' 1600 meters in 5:00.2 at the annual Bellarmine Invitational on Saturday. The time is a seven-second personal record for Robinson and places her third on the Gunn all-time list. Robinson was Gunn's only competitor because she'll be on temporary leaves from the team for the next few weeks. Robinson is a member of the U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team that will be competing in soccer's Ten Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain. The event started Tuesday and runs through March 10 and features Under-19 teams from France, England and the Netherlands. Robinson is the only U.S. player from Northern California and one of 18 players on the American roster, headed up by head coach Albertin Montoya. Montoya also coaches Robinson on the MVLA Lightning in Los Altos. Team USA, which is coming off two impressive wins over the German U-17s in Florida earlier this month, will open in Spain on Sunday against France before taking on England on March 6 and the Dutch on March 8. Montoya is preparing his team for the CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championships from May 2-12 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The tournament finalists and winner of the third-place match will qualify for the 2012 FIFA U1-7 Women's World Cup that will be held in Azerbaijian from Sept. 22-Oct. 13.

Should Robinson be with the U.S. meet in Guatemala City, she'll miss the SCVAL De Anza Division finals on May 3, the SCVAL Qualifier (for CCS) on May 13 and be ineligible for the CCS semifinals.

YOUTH SPORTS . . . Palo Alto Knights Youth Football is seeking head and assistant coaches for the 2012 football season. Experienced in youth coaching and football knowledge is preferred. Contact: Mike Piha at


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