Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - March 12, 2010

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NEW COACH . . . The Menlo-Atherton football team, which struggled through a 1-9 record last season and has gone through three coaches in the past two seasons, has a new head coach. Sione Taufoou, 27, who for the past three seasons has been an assistant football coach at Menlo School, will guide the Bears this fall. Taufoou replaces Tony Rosso, who lasted only this past season. Prior to that, Philip Brown finished up the 2008 season as the interim head coach after Bob Sykes left just a few games into the campaign. Taufoou, a San Carlos native and a graduate of St. Francis High, expects to be around a lot longer than his predecessors. He comes from a long line of football players in his family — Kaoi, Will and Matt. It's a family that is highly regarded in San Mateo County. Taufoou was the defensive coordinator at Menlo School this past fall, which saw the Knights reach the Central Coast Section Small School Division championship game for the first time in school history. Menlo head coach Mark Newton said he was sorry to see Taufoou leave but that he believes the Bears' new coach has the personality that will relate well to the M-A players and that he'll be a steadying influence to a program that has seen plenty of highs and lows over the years.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Menlo School grad Blake Schultz, a senior basketball standout at Williams College, has been named winner of the Jostens Trophy. The award models the Rotary International motto of "Service above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. The award recognizes playing ability, academic performance and community service. A nationwide committee voted on the 10 finalists for the 2010 Jostens Trophy that will be presented to Schultz by the Salem [Va.] Rotary Club at their luncheon on Thursday, March 18th at the Salem Civic Center. Schultz hopes to be in Salem for just more than the awards ceremony. Williams is hosting sectional basketball semifinals and finals on Friday and Saturday. Two wins puts the whole team in Salem, Va., for the NCAA Division III Final Four and the Jostens presentation. Schultz, an economics major, is a candidate for medical school and a finalist for Teach for America. He will defer medical school for two years to participate in the Teach for America Program. At Williams, Schultz is the first two-time winner of Sinc Hart Award for a Williams men's basketball player, who has been a valued goodwill ambassador for his sport, college, and community through community service commitments. On the basketball court, Schultz was named to the 2010 All-NESCAC First Team and is the NESCAC Player of the Year. He was twice named NESCAC Player of the week; MVP of the Williams Invitational . . . Palo Alto High junior Kevin Anderson will continue his football career close to home after committing to Stanford recently. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Anderson, who carried a 3.8 GPA, was the 2009 SCVAL Defensive Lineman of the Year while helping the Vikings win the SCVAL De Anza Division championship . . . Former Stanford football All-American Duncan McColl is on the ballot for the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame. McColl, who played defensive end from 1973-76, was a two-time All-Pac-8 selection and still holds the school record for most quarterback sacks (17) in a season.

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