A year ago, Christoph Bono and Kevin Anderson were on the same side of the field as teammates on the Palo Alto High football team. With Bono leading the offense from his quarterback position and Anderson guiding the offensive and defensive lines, the Vikings rolled to the best record in school history (14-0) and the program's first-ever state championship.
When the 2010-11 school year ended, Bono and Anderson headed in different directions -- Bono traveling south to UCLA and Anderson across El Camino Real to Stanford.
Despite the distance between their new homes, the two former Vikings were reunited on Saturday when Stanford played host to UCLA in a Pac-12 Conference game in Stanford Stadium.
Bono made the trip as the No. 2 holder for the Bruins' placekicker, wearing the No. 1 jersey, while Anderson wore a black No. 48 uniform and earned a sideline spot as a member of the Cardinal defense.
Neither Bono nor Anderson saw action in Stanford's 45-19 victory, but the two friends and former teammates met up after the game in the infield for a brief reunion. Since neither has yet played this season, it's likely both will be redshirted.
Bono was able to be at a Paly family tailgate prior to the game and saw several people, including other former teammates. Anderson, however, had to be with the Stanford team prior to the game.
Another Stanford-UCLA this weekend will match up three former local standouts when the top-ranked Cardinal women's soccer team plays host to the Bruins on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Competing for Stanford will be seniors Lindsay Taylor of Castilleja and Teresa Noyola from Palo Alto while wearing a Bruins' jersey will be Sacred Heart Prep grad Abby Dahlkemper, a freshman.
Stanford is 11-0-1 overall (3-0 in the Pac-12) while the Bruins are 10-0-1 and 3-0. Sunday's showdown likely will decide the conference championship.
Taylor scored the winning goal in Stanford's 1-0 victory over Washington State on Friday while Noyola got the winning goal in Sunday's 1-0 triumph over Washington.
Stanford grad Brett Gotcher, meanwhile, finished third in the men's race at the USA 10 Mile Championships in Minneapolis, Minn.
Gotcher, who now lives in Flagstaff, Ariz., was among the leaders early on and took turns leading the way. After falling off the pace at five miles, he rejoined the leaders with two miles remaining. He clocked 46:51 while trailing only Mohamed Trafeh (46:46) and Ben True.
The USA 10 Mile Championships are the 10th stop on the 2011 USA Running Circuit (USARC) and paid out $60,000 in prize money, with $12,000 going to the top male and female finisher.