Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - November 4, 2011

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KNIGHTS ADVANCE . . . The Palo Alto Knights qualified their Cadet and Pee Wee youth football teams to the NorCal Championships with playoff wins last Sunday. The Knights' Unlimited 8th Grade team, meanwhile, has advanced to the American Youth Football League Northwest Regional Championship following a 40-0 victory over San Leandro Jr. Rebels. The Cadets upset the No. 2-seeded and host Oak Grove West team with a 14-6 victory and will play Oak Grove South for the NorCal championship at Oak Grove High School on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Knights' Pee Wee team defeated the Oakland Dynamites, 32-0, at Palo Alto High on Sunday to advance the NorCal title game and a rematch with Oak Grove South, which the Knights defeated in 2010 to advance to the AYF National Championships. The Knights' Pee Wee's will kickoff at 4 p.m., following the Cadets' game at Oak Grove High. The Knights' Unlimited weight 8th grade team will carry an 8-0 record to the AYF Regional Championship the following weekend, with the winner advancing to the AYF National Championship in Orlando, Fla. This is the first year the Knights have offered an Unlimited weight team for 8th graders and they are out to win a national title. Palo Alto has allowed only four touchdowns in eight games this year.

PREP ALUMS . . . With Palo Alto native Toby Espinosa and Atherton resident Grant Villeneuve both contributing, the Brown University men's water polo team defeated Harvard, 15-5, and went on to dominate Princeton, 16-5, to claim top honors at the Ivy Championships hosted at Harvard last weekend in Cambridge, Mass. Villeneuve had a goal in the title-clinching win over Princeton on Sunday and added a goal in the win over Harvard, as did Espinosa, a Menlo School grad. Villeneuve played at Sacred Heart Prep but graduated from Deerfield Prep Academy. Palo Alto High grad Tim Wenzlau and Sacred Heart Prep grad Connor Still each scored once for nationally No. 14-ranked Princeton. The Tigers (17-8) will host the CWPA Southern Championships this weekend.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Former Stanford All-American Sara (Bei) Hall has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning gold in the women's steeplechase at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Hall won in 10:03.16. Hall's medal is not only the the first-ever steeplechase medal for an American woman at the Pan American Games, but also is the first in any major international competition . . . A women's tennis team from the Stanford area, representing the USTA NorCal Section, captured a national title at the USTA League 4.5 Adult National Championships last week in Tucson, Ariz. The Stanford squad defeated a team from Tyler (Texas) in the championship match, 3-2, on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Stanford ousted a team from Marietta, Ga., 3-2, in the semifinals. The national championship team is captained by Mary Gustafson and included Marsha Suen, Kelly Mulready, Susan Lynch, Mia Banks, Marilyn Morrell-Kristal, Lynley Payne, Grace Meraz, Irene Otten, Paula Moser, Michelle Bellomo, Debbie Gertsen, Ellie Victor and Suzanne Hayes. The team plays out of Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center.

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