Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - October 21, 2011

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KNIGHTS' DAY . . . The regular season is winding down for the Palo Alto Knights' football program, but that doesn't mean the players are getting ready to put away their equipment. In fact, all five teams are headed to the playoffs. The Knights will wrap up the regular season on Sunday at PaloAlto High with a slate of five games against the Oakland Dynamites, starting at 9 a.m. The Cadets head into their finale with a 4-3 record, the Jr. Pee Wee team is 5-2, the Pee Wee squad is 5-2, while the Jr. Midgets are 4-3 and the Unlimited squad is 7-0. This is the first season that Palo Alto has offered an "unlimited" All-American team with mostly eighth graders and a few ninth-grade students. The team has 23 players with its offensive line averaging 240 pounds. In addition to being 7-0, the Knights have allowed only four touchdowns. The Palo Alto Unlimited team will enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed and the favorite to advance to the National Championships in Orlando, Fla. The first round of the playoffs will be at Palo Alto High on Sunday Oct. 30. In related news, Stanford football great James Lofton, a 2003 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, will host an autograph session on Friday to help benefit the Palo Alto Knights' youth football team. Lofton will sign items at the AT&T Wireless store at 2825 El Camino Real from 5-8 p.m. during an ESPN Tailgate party. The event will include ESPN Radio, the XBox 360 Kinect booth, free food, games, and a chance to win great prize. Attendees will have a chance to enter a raffle for a chance to win an X-Box 360 system w/ Kinect! (you need to be present to enter). Visit www.touchdowninparadise.com for more information and enter for a chance to win an all-expense paid vacation to Hawaii.

COACH CORNER . . . Gunn High is looking for a boys' JV soccer coach for the winter. Interested candidates should contact athletic director Sarah Stapp at sstapp@pausd.org.

COLLEGE HONORS . . . Princeton's Tim Wenzlau and Ben Dearborn have been honored by Collegiate Water Polo Association's Southern Division for their performances last weekend in Princeton's three wins over 15th-ranked Bucknell, Johns Hopkins and 17th-ranked Navy. Wenzlau earned his second career Player of the Week honor and Dearborn was recognized as the Defensive Player of the Week. A graduate of Palo Alto High, Wenzlau netted 10 goals on 18 shots during the three games. Wenzlau also received Southern Player of the Week honors last September. Dearborn, a graduate of Sacred Heart Prep, made 32 saves in Princeton's three wins. He also added two steals and finished the three games with a .653 save percentage. Dearborn recorded 14 saves in the win at Bucknell and followed that up with a career-high 18 saves in an overtime win over Navy. Five of the saves came in overtime as he made two stops at the buzzer to preserve the Princeton win . . . Menlo College juniors Alex Vukic and Alex Palomarez were honored by the Cal Pac Conference for men's soccer it was learned Tuesday. Vukic, a Sacred Heart Prep product, had seven shots and two goals as the Oaks won twice last week to move into sole possession of first place. He was named the conference Offensive Player of the Week. Palomerez recorded 15 saves last week and was named Defensive Player of the Week.

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