Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - January 29, 2010

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TOP RECRUITS . . The Stanford football team evidently has landed Blake Lueders, one of the top prospects from the state of Indiana. He gave Stanford a verbal commitment Sunday. The defensive end/tight end from Zionsville High took his official visit the previous weekend. Lueders orginally committed to Notre Dame in June, but waivered because of the coaching change in South Bend. Randy Hart, who helped recruit Leuders as the Irish defensive line coach, recently was hired by Stanford for the same position and was apparently on campus when Leuders visited. Brian Polian, who was hired to replace the departed DJ Durkin as special teams coach, also coached at Notre Dame last year. Rivals.com suggested in September that Lueders, rated the fourth-best prospect from the state of Indiana, "is possibly the most underrated prospect in the entire nation." Lueders was named Indiana's Mr. Football as a senior. He had 93 tackles, three fumble recoveries and one interception despite missing a game due to surgery. The Stanford wrestling team, meanwhile, received a verbal commitment last week from Angus Galen McLeary, a 141-pound senior from Punahou High in Hawaii.

HOOP NOTES . . . Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin scored 19 points and dished six assists to help spark the Harvard men's basketball team to a 62-58 Ivy League victory over host Dartmouth on Saturday in Hanover, N.H. The Crimson erased an 11-point deficit while improving to 2-0 in league (13-3 overall). While not a pretty one, the win was Harvard's sixth straight, matching the program's best stretch of victories in 13 years as the Crimson showed growth by overcoming one of its most inconsistent games of the year. Lin. Meanwhile, recorded his 200th career steal in the first half, becoming one of just three Harvard players in the 200 club. He also moved into the school's top 10 in scoring with 1,281 points . . . Former Priory standout Greg Somogyi is averaging 10 minutes a game this season for the UC Santa Barbara men's basketball team. Somogyi, who is now listed at 7-foot-3, 242 pounds, has scored 24 points and added 33 rebounds for the 10-7 Gauchos in his sophomore season. Somogyi proved to be a defensive force during his freshman season, leading the team with 37 blocked shots -- the second most by a freshman in school history. He was one of four players to compete in all 31 games, starting in five games mid-season. He scored a career-high 14 points at UC Davis.

HELP WANTED . . . Priory is looking for a track and field coach plus an assistant lacrosse coach for the spring season. Those interested should contact Athletic Director Mark Stogner at mstogner@prioryca.org . . . Menlo-Atherton is looking for a new head football coach as well as coaches for track and field, swimming and a head frosh-soph baseball coach. Anyone interested can contact Mary Podesta at mpodesta@seq.org or 650-322-5311 ext 5708 . . . Castilleja is looking for an assistant softball coach for this spring. Those interested should contact Athletic Director Jez McIntosh at jez_mcintosh@castilleja.org . . . Pinewood is looking for a head coach for boys' and girls'swimming. Contact Athletic Director Matt Stimson at 941-6044 or at mstimson@pinewood.edu . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking assistant coaches in its girls' lacrosse program.Interested applicants please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at frodriguez@shschools.org or at (650) 473-4031. Mountain View is taking applications for the varsity football head coach position. Other open positions include varsity boys' water polo and head swim coach plus head varsity track coach and JV boys'volleyball coach. Those interested should contact Athletic Director Rob Friedrich at 940-4626

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