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September 08, 2004

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, September 08, 2004


OAKS' CORNER . . . The Menlo College men's soccer team won its opener on Thursday, defeating visiting Christian Heritage, 1-0, in a nonconference game. Dennis Sztokfisz scored the game's only goal at 81:40. Menlo goalkeeper Ramiro Rios collected six saves. The Oaks will be at Cal State University Stanislaus on Friday at 3 p.m. . . . The Menlo College women's soccer team opened the season with a win, tie and loss. The Lady Oaks tied Cal State Hayward last Wednesday, 2-2, as Katie Sakai and Joyce O'Leary scored. Christian Heritage beat Menlo, 4-3, on Friday. Jenny Skinner scored a goal and record an assist. Gunn High grad Ja'Net Lawrence and Laurin Daniels also scored. The Lady Oaks beat Simpson, 9-0, on Monday as Sakai scored four goals and Lawrence had a goal and three assists. O'Leary, Moore, Palo Alto High grad Elaine Strauss and Katie Simon also scored. Menlo (1-1-1) hosts Dominican College on Friday at 2 p.m.

JACKSON A BRONCO . . . Menlo College grad Nate Jackson made the 53-man opening day roster of the Denver Broncos as a member of the practice squad. He becomes the first Menlo player since the school moved to Division III to be on an NFL roster. "We know how hard he has worked to get to this point," Menlo coach Mark Kaanapu said. "We're excited he gets an opportunity to show the rest of the country what we saw for three seasons." Jackson originally signed with the San Francisco 49ers and played in NFL Europe over the summer. He holds Menlo career records for receptions (261), yards (3,976) and touchdowns (43).

COACHING CORNER . . . The Palo Alto Recreation Department is seeking coaches for its volleyball, flag football and basketball programs at the middle school level. Volleyball and flag football begin in early September, and basketball begins in November. Coaches will work 4-5 days a week, with paid and volunteer positions available. Practices held in Palo Alto. Some travel to other local schools required. For information, contact Chris Neier, Recreation Coordinator at 650-463-4926 . . . Castilleja School is looking for coaches for the upcoming season in varsity cross country, JV water polo, JV tennis, varsity track and field in addition to an assistant coach for swimming. Interested persons should contact Athletic Director Jez McIntosh at . . . Woodside Priory School is looking for a boys' junior varsity and girls' varsity soccer coach. Contact Athletic Director Mark Stogner at 851-6107 or at . . . Menlo-Atherton High is looking for a number of coaches for the 2004-05 season: frosh-soph softball, frosh-soph volleyball, girls' JV lacrosse, girls' varsity lacrosse and cheerleading. Interested persons should contact M-A Athletic Director Pam Wimberly at 322-5311 (ext. 5706).

ON THE LINKS . . . The inaugural Tony Makjavich Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 11 at Moffett Field Golf Course. The event honors the former Palo Alto Oaks' baseball manager, who died last year after a memorable 45-plus years of coaching the Palo Alto-based semipro team. Proceeds from the tournament will go towards funding the Oaks, thus preserving Makjavich's legacy with the team. Cost for the tournament, which will be played as a scramble, is $150 per person and includes green fees, cart, prizes and a tri-top BBQ dinner. Cost for a foursome is $500, or $125 per person. A shotgun start gets things under way at 1:30 p.m. For those who want to attend the dinner only, cost is $20. Sponsorships also are available. For an entry forms, contact or phone coach Steve Espinoza at (650) 302-3279.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . The Palo Alto 92G White, an Under-14 Class III CYSA team, is looking for additional players for the upcoming season. Those interested should contact Myrna Soper at 494-6394 or at . . . The Stanford Water Polo also is accepting applications for their fall girls' program. This session is for girls in eighth grade or younger. The first meeting is Sept. 13. For information and forms, check

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