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Paly, SHP girls win NorCal volleyball titles

Original post made on Dec 1, 2010

The Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep girls' volleyball teams will make a short trip to San Jose on Saturday to do something they've never done before on the same day – play for a state championship.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 10:57 PM

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Posted by enough!
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Dec 1, 2010 at 11:32 am

Wait, isn't this publication named 'PALO ALTO' online? Yet no pictures from Paly Volleyball's big accomplishment last night? Seriously?

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Posted by agree
a resident of Professorville
on Dec 1, 2010 at 11:40 am

Couldn't agree more with enough!'s comment. Palo Alto Weekly and its associated Palo Alto Online Sports has a distinct bias against the Palo Alto public high schools. Given any opportunity they usually will spotlight the private high schools over the public ones, even when they are not located in Palo Alto. You can always count on the weekly to feature SHP, Menlo, Castilleja, and the like.

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Posted by Gentle
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 1, 2010 at 11:50 am

Congrats to Paly. Wonderful win.

The Paly game was in Stockton. That makes it harder to cover. The SHP game was at home. I bet we will see good pictures of both. Great job to the kids.

That said, I can't get enough of PAUSD sports. We have great teams in multiple sports at both schools. We are lucky to be here. Thanks PA Weekly!

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Posted by Keith Peters
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 1, 2010 at 11:56 am

If Palo Alto had played at home and Sacred Heart Prep on the road, we would have covered Paly. We could cover only one team, unfortunately. There was no one available to make the trip to Stockton. It has nothing to do with favoring one team over another. There are only so many hours in the day to get everything done. Both teams will be covered on Saturday in their respective state finals.

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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Dec 1, 2010 at 11:59 am

Link to Paly's article - Go Lady Vikes!!

Web Link

BTW - I'm with the above readers, Paly should have been covered instead of SHP - they are not a Palo Alto school!

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Posted by Dave Winn
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Keith Peters and the Weekly staff have done a phenomenal job covering our Paly volleyball team this year. I have nothing but good things to say about what he does to give the girls the spotlight they have earned. His articles give the background and context to what we are doing, and I can't thank him enough for that.

Last night we had a historic victory on the road, in a tough gym with a huge majority of fans that wanted us to lose. I can totally understand not having a picture of our accomplishment. We didn't finish until 9pm and then had a 2 hr bus ride home. PA weekly had their hands full with local vball action. Had we sent Keith a picture from the match, I know he would've published it.

Let's rejoice together what these girls have done for our program and for our community, along with SHP and St Francis.

Coach Dave

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Posted by Menlo Park Mom
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm

The Almanac, A San Mateo County Paper, posted Sacred Heart Prep Wins, and Keeps posting their volleyball achievements. However, I have noticed the Palo Alto papers have been seriously lacking the history making winning streak of their own local girls high school volleyball team at Palo Alto High School. The above readers are correct in their complaints. You should be embarassed PA Newspapers.

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Posted by Paly Mom
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm

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Posted by Paly Fan
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I think the Palo Alto Weekly has done an outstanding job in covering all schools and their respective events. The sports editor can't be at every event and he does an outstanding job. Parents have to more supportive and not so negative. I heard that one parent didn't even know that her daughter was athlete of the week. Congrats to Paly volleyball! Good job.

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Posted by BRiKlayer
a resident of Menlo Park
on Dec 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Well said, Paly Fan!

Keith Peters - GREAT job covering all schools in your area. Don't change a thing!

Coach Winn - Congratulations on your girls' season! It's an amazing achievement, one I've enjoyed following all year long in the PA Weekly. Bring it on Saturday!

Today should be a day of celebration for the Paly, SHP, and St. Francis teams, their parents, and their fans.

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Posted by VB Coach
a resident of Professorville
on Dec 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I'm surprised at the comments from people who don't seem to understand logistics. I think that someone from Paly and the PA Weekly could have arranged for someone at the match to email photos from Stockton if instantaneous coverage was that important to them.

Several of the Sacred Heart kids live in Palo Alto. Elmore went to Jordan and I'm pretty sure she would have gone to Paly if she hadn't chosen the private school route. Of course if she'd done that, she would have sat behind Kimmy Whitson for her entire career.

There are also quite a few St. Francis kids who live in P.A. and would have attended Gunn or Paly if they'd gone to public school. Yet they aren't covered in this piece. Should those parents be hollering? Get real, people.

Great job this season, Paly and Coach Winn. Next year, play some tougher non-league opponents so you can go into the NorCal tourney as the #1 seed!

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Posted by The Fish
a resident of Stanford
on Dec 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Well, we've got some petty comments from parents!

These are the parents who make life for a volleyball coach difficult!

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Posted by The Fish
a resident of Stanford
on Dec 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Hey parents of PA, the big fish in Palo Alto is Stanford University!

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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm

The Fish - Stanford is a big fish and there is surprising little posted on this site about Stanford. But I also find it odd that the Palo Alto weekly publishes things about Sacred Heart, Menlo, M/A on a fairly regular basis, yet there is seldom anything about Palo Alto schools in the Almanac. I also suspect the PA Weekly readers would much rather read about PA school than Atherton, Mountain View, Menlo Park, etc.

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Posted by Paly Booster
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm

So Keith does do a fabulous job but a more substantive point is being made. Lots of Palo Alto readers follow local high school sports particularly when a team is doing well. It's not often a Paly team ends up having to play the *No.1 team* in the country for the CA Championship. I am not certain the Weekly devotes as much space and resources to sports as it could do. With a little more help and say a cellphone (?)a photo of the Norcal champion might have been included from last night.

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Posted by Volleyball observer
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I agree with Paly Booster. Parents can, and do, submit photos. The Weekly has run them before. Someone with the Paly volleyball team in Stockton could have sent in a photo from last night. Evidently, since none are on the web site, nobody bothered to do so. And, these are the folks who are complaining. So, complainers, put your money (and photos) where you mouth is. There are reasons why everything is done the way it is. The Weekly covers only those schools within its circulation area, which includes Menlo, Sacred Heart and Menlo-Atherton. Castilleja gets covered because it's in Palo Alto. Sending someone to Stockton takes time and money and, what if Paly lost? Then it was a wasted trip. Fortunately for both, Paly and SHP will play for state titles on Saturday and I'm sure someone will be there to cover both, along with Paly playing for a CCS football title on Friday night and SHP playing for CCS title on Saturday. Appreciate what you get and not what you don't.

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Posted by Dr. William Bedford, PhD
a resident of Stanford
on Dec 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Interesting that someone posted "Stanford is a big fish and there is surprising little posted on this site about Stanford." As of this post, I counted 13 sports articles covering football, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's water polo, women's volleyball, and women's soccer. I also know that the Palo Alto Online, which can be read by anyone in the world (so it's just not Palo Alto) had the news about Jeremy Green's exhaustion before anyone else, including AP. I also recall that whenever Jeremy Lin sneezed, the PA Online had a story about it. And that goes back to when Lin was still at Paly. I do agree that Palo Alto residents would like to read about Palo Alto, Gunn and Castilleja athletes (I counted EIGHT Palo Alto girls' volleyball pictures currently online. But Atherton and Menlo Park residents, where the paper is also available, would like to read about those athletes. The Palo Alto Online and the Palo Alto Weekly share the same two-person sports staff and one of them is supposed to only be part time. Doesn't anybody do any research any more? "You're entitled to your own opinions but not to your own facts." Sincerely, Will.

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Posted by Paly fan 2
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Keith peters has done a great job this season, and it is completely understandable that driving to Stockton is an inconvenience. It's just too bad that paly didn't get the article for such a big win and the second to last game of an amazing season. Seriously they hardly get any credit. Still though palo alto online is very helpful when it comes to covering sports. Congrats paly.

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Posted by Marla
a resident of Atherton
on Dec 4, 2010 at 4:11 pm

SHP is great at PR. I think they have someone who is in charge of just doing PR for the school.

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