Pinewood junior point guard Marissa Hing, who helped lead the Panthers to the CIF Division V state basketball championship this season, has been named the state Division V player of the year by Cal-Hi Sports.
"She is deserving of the award," said Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler. "She had a great year, and we're looking for her to keep getting better for next year."
Hing helped Pinewood to a 30-3 record by averaging 12.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists while playing in all 33 games. She scored a team-high 413 points and made a team-high 61 3-pointers.
Also receiving recognition from Cal-Hi Sports were Pinewood senior Leanna Bade and Eastside Prep junior Destiny Graham, as well as Hing, on the Division V first team. Hing also was named to the All-Junior second team.
While Menlo School grad Jerry Rice Jr. was not among those picked in the 2014 NFL Draft, his dream of following his famous father into the NFL is not over.
The Baltimore Ravens will host Rice Jr. for a three-day tryout this weekend, a source told FOXSports.com.
Rice Jr., a wide receiver, played for UNLV last season and finished with 11 passes for 86 yards, and had a touchdown in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Prior to 2013, Rice Jr. played for UCLA, where he had nine catches.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Rice participated in a San Francisco 49ers' local pro day, among 60 players looking to make an NFL roster. He reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds and had a 33-inch vertical at UCLA's pro day. Rice told 49ers.com that he trains with his Hall of Fame father.
"I'm trying to get in the door, front door, side window, I'm trying to jump in there," Jerry Rice Jr. told 49ers.com. "All I want is an opportunity, so that's what I'm working for right now."
In other NFL news, the Green Bay Packers released former Stanford linebacker Chase Thomas.
The host Stanford women were blanked by Penn State, 38-0, in the USA Rugby Division 1A title match at Steuber Rugby Stadium on Saturday. The Nittany Lions scored 19 points in each half. Penn State outscored two opponents in the Final Four by a combined 96-0.
Stanford had defeated American International College of Springfield, Mass., 29-15 in the semifinals on Friday.
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. From this list, a squad of 23 players must be chosen by June 2 for the final roster that will travel to Brazil. A date to announce the USA's 23-player FIFA World Cup roster has not been set.
The 30 players on the preliminary roster will begin reporting to Palo Alto on Wednesday for the start of training camp at Stanford University.
Under the banner of "One Nation. One Team." the U.S. will play three matches in the Send-Off Series from May 27-June 7 in San Francisco, New York and Jacksonville, Fla.
The Send-Off Series kicks off with USA vs. Azerbaijan on May 27 at Candlestick Park at 7 p.m.
Stanford head football coach David Shaw and Cal women's basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb will join former 49ers' Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young on Thursday at a special panel discussion that focuses on the importance of promoting a culture of good sportsmanship and character in the world of sports.
Dave Flemming, SF Giants play by play announcer is the master of ceremony for the discussion. The event, including a benefit lunch, is hosted by PCA-SF Bay Area. It will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park.
PCA is a non-profit organization that develops "Better Athletes, Better People" by promoting on-field success in youth and high school sports while also teaching young athletes about the importance of ethical behavior and good sportsmanship.
PCA Founder and CEO Jim Thompson will appear at the event. The four panelists will sit among the guests during the event. The panel discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow. Individual tickets and tables can be purchased at: http://donate.positivecoach.org/SF-Bay-Area.
All proceeds from the event will benefit PCA-SF Bay Area.