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September 2, 2009 > Milpitas sports look towards labor-less weekend

Milpitas sports look towards labor-less weekend

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

The first weekend in September is always very interesting for Milptas High School fall sports. This Labor Day weekend looks to be another one. Three of the Trojans sports will take action at home this weekend while the fourth will begin next weekend.

Coach Kelly King's senior-lead Trojans will take the field on Friday in the season opener against North Salinas. Traditionally, North Salinas - a Division II and III opponent - has fared well in the Central Coast Section playoffs and against such larger Division I schools as Milpitas. But the Trojans are poised to take the field in their season opener.

"We have been playing against ourselves for a long time. It would be good to see where we are at," said King.

Next home games: 9/11 vs. St. Ignatiaus; 9/18 vs. Newark Memorial

Last weekend the Trojans took on two tough Central Coast Section rivals in Lincoln and Oak Grove of San Jose in a home scrimmage. No official score was taken in both the preseason scrimmage games. But Milpitas was able to hold their own against both Lincoln and Oak Grove.

"We got better as the scrimmages went on," King stated. King hopes that his team continues to get better as the season goes along. "It's a lot like last year. We have a lot of the same guys back. So we have high expectations for them," said King.

A person can't mention Milpitas girls tennis without mentioning Katie Le, and neither will we. The senior will lead her team in the season opener in San Jose against the Raiders of Silver Creek. The Raiders have always played the Trojans tough. But this will be an opportunity for Milpitas Coach Hua and Dong to showcase some of their young talent before heading home for a three game home stand.

Next home games: 9/4 vs. Piedmont Hills; 9/9 vs. Leigh; 9/10 vs. American

Coach Jeff Lamb team is back on the hard wood. The team is coming off a season where they qualified for the Central Coast Section playoffs. This week the team digs into the season with the 22nd Annual Spike Fest at Milpitas on Friday and Saturday. The annual tournament has a freshman, junior varsity and varsity division. It is excellent early season tournament that will showcase some of the Bay Area top ranked programs.

Coach Bridget Hall has addition to assist her on the trails. Clifford Crum, 2007 alum, will help his former coach and team. Crum qualified for the California State Cross County Meet during his high school career and seeks to do the same for the young Trojans. The trail running Trojans do not have a race this weekend but look for the team to make some huge strides and improvements this year.

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