Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Midgets fall in AYF National Championships


The Palo Alto Knights' Jr. Midgets lost their opener at the American Youth Football National Championships, 37-30, to the Buffalo Wolverines on Sunday in Orlando, Fla.

The Knights (10-1) drew the No. 1 seed and fell behind 24-6 at half as Buffalo was led by a running back who scored four first-half touchdowns and rushed for over 200 yards.

The Knights came out in the second half and ran the kickoff back to the Buffalo 5-yard line -- eventually scoring to start a string of three straight scores to take a 30-24 fourth-quarter lead.

Buffalo, however, got two more TDs from its productive running back as the Wolverines pulled out the victory.

The Knights have a second-round bye and will play for third place in the nation on Thursday at 11 a.m. PT, against an opponent to be determined.

Men's soccer

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 382 men's soccer student-atheltes have been named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Menlo College had two players crack the list in senior Andrew Nyberg and junior Isaac Miselewicz.

This marks the first time Miselewicz has earned this award while Nyberg nabs the honor for the second consecutive year. In addition to this honor, Nyberg was recently named a Second Team Academic All-American by CoSIDA, the first person at Menlo College to earn such honor during the 2015-16 season.

Women's soccer

The NAIA announced that 588 student-athletes have been named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Menlo College had three players crack the list including senior Taylor Morrow (Ripon), Raquel DeJesus (Santa Clara) and junior Ashleigh Nelin (Citrus Heights.

Both DeJesus and Morrow earn this award for the second consecutive season.

In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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