After boasting an overall record of 25-7, 13-1, clinching the De Anza League title and winning the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League championship, the Palo Alto High School baseball team’s season was cut short in a heartbreaking 1-0 loss against the Archbishop Mitty High School Monarchs (16-12-1, 4-9-1) in the first round of the Central Coast Section playoffs.
"Muni or bust" has been the motto of the Palo Alto High School baseball team (25-6, 13-1) this season. After clinching the De Anza League title and winning the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League championship against the Mountain View High School Spartans (19-11-1, 8-6), Paly looks to break the “first seed curse” and advance past the first round of the Central Coast Section playoffs in the open division against the Archbishop Mitty High School Monarchs (15-12-1, 4-9-1) and begin the journey to the top of CCS to play at the San Jose Municipal Stadium.
It's no secret that the students of Palo Alto High School have been eagerly anticipating the opening of the new gym and athletic facilities since its announcement. Unfortunately, delays have plagued the construction of the multi-million dollar facility since its start. According to project managers, the new facility is scheduled to open on July 21st, in time for the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.
Today marks the Palo Alto High School baseball team's (21-6, 13-1) first game of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League playoffs against the Wilcox Chargers (15-13, 7-7). The Vikings fell short of a win in the 7th inning; ultimately losing 3-4 in the first matchup of the three-game series. With the De Anza League title under their belts and holding the first seed in the SCVAL playoffs, the Vikings are looking to win the league tournament, and begin the long road to the top of the Central Coast Section.
In the past four years at Palo Alto High School, there has been a constant shift of athletic directors: Earl Hansen, Jason Fung and Kathi Bowers have all occupied the position in that time span. Next year, Paly will be experiencing yet another change as Assistant Athletic Director Therren Wilburn will take over the head athletic director position at the start of the 2017-18 school year.
Early playoff exits are a sports team’s worst nightmare. Palo Alto High School athletics in particular have experienced this in the past few years; from the boys’ basketball team losing in the first round of the Central Coast Section playoffs two years in a row, to the girls’ soccer team being eliminated in the first round of CCS after going undefeated during the regular season. The varsity baseball team (3-2, 0-0) has experienced heartbreak in the early rounds of CCS during the past three seasons after being the top-seed in the Open division after the regular season, and is determined to break the “first seed curse” during the 2017 season.