Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - June 18, 2010

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CARDINAL CORNER . . . Stanford football Jim Harbaugh scored a major victory Thursday when Tucker High linebacker James Vaughters, the most sought-after recruit in Atlanta, committed to the Cardinal for the class 2011. The bootleg.com said Vaughters is Stanford's best recruit as far as depth of offers received. He chose Stanford over Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Ohio State. In total he received scholarship offers from more than 35 schools nationwide. Vaughters, a 4.0 student at Tucker, said he chose Stanford because of its combination of great academics and great football under Harbaugh. "I honestly believe we can do something at Stanford that has never been done and that is win a championship," Vaughters told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Stanford University is a long distance from home but they have a beautiful campus, perfect climate, and I feel that they have great opportunities that I can utilize. They are a top academic school that is compared to the Ivy League, but compete in Division I football and a top conference in the Pac-10. They are also making great strides to become a championship caliber football team." Vaughters, who is considering majoring in architectural engineering, also released a statement about his choice: "Coach Vic Fangio, the new defensive coordinator, runs the 3-4 defense and I feel like he has the experience in the NFL that I will be able to feed off, to hopefully prepare myself for the NFL. They have done well in recruiting recently and improve more and more every year. I believe that they have potential to be great in many aspects." Vaughters (6-2, 235) said Stanford had been his top choice for some time. He informed Harbaugh late Wednesday night.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Recent high school graduates Rachel Ersted of Palo Alto and Carolyn Rennels of Castilleja were members of NorCal Crew's Lightweight 4+ boat that won a silver medal at the US Rowing Youth Nationals this past weekend at Harsha Lake outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Other rowers in the NorCal boat included high school seniors Sofie Madden (Menlo-Atherton) and Victoria Paterson (Menlo School) . . . NCAA men's singles champion Bradley Klahn and NCAA doubles champs Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette, all from Stanford, are among the nation's top 25 players who have been named to the 2010 USTA Summer Collegiate Team. The squad makes up an elite training program for the top American collegiate players. A fourth Stanford player on the team is Mallory Burdette, will just finished her freshman season by clinching Stanford's final match in the NCAA team championship finale. Barte is making her third appearance on the team while Burdette is making her second straight squad.

COACH OPENINGS . . . Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton are looking for some coaches for the upcoming school year. Sacred Heart needs a frosh-soph assistant volleyball coach; freshman head volleyball coach, freshman assistant volleyball coach, girls' JV head tennis coach and boys' JV head tennis coach. Interested applicants please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at (650) 473-4031 or via email at frodriguez@shschools.org. Menlo-Atherton is looking for a girls' varsity golf coach and a boys' frosh-soph soccer coach. Those interested in the positions should contact Mary Podesta at mpodesta@seq.org.

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