Sports ShortsAN ALL-STAR . . . The Palo Alto Knights Jr. Midgets' Jordan Schilling has been named to the 2012 AYF Semper Fidelis All-American Youth West 8th Grade All-Star football team. He will play at the Home Depot Center in Carson on January 4 before the high school All-American game (the game will be televised on the NFL Network). Schilling was one of four players selected from the NorCal Conference. "It's a well-deserved honor for Jordan and his teammates as he was outstanding in his play and leadership for the Knights," said Jr. Midgets' coach Mike Piha.
IN THE POLL . . . For the first time this season, the Menlo College women's basketball team cracked the nation's Top 25, securing the No. 24 spot in this week's NAIA National Poll. The Oaks' perfect 10-0 record makes them one of just six teams in the rankings to post an undefeated mark, and it is the first time that the program has been nationally ranked since the 2007-08 preseason poll. Menlo continued to build off their school record of wins to begin a season this past weekend, rolling through an Oregon Tech team receiving votes for the nation's Top 25, 79-61 on Friday, before taking out NAIA DI No. 22 Biola University, 77-74 on Saturday. The Oaks' next matchup is on Sunday when Menlo will welcome in No. 25 College of Saint Mary (Neb.) into Haynes-Prim Pavilion. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
ON THE COURT . . . The 2013 Bank of the West Classic has received an early holiday gift as four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova and 2011 US Open champ Sam Stosur both have committed to playing in next year's event. With another strong player field in the making, the Bank of the West Classic once again will be the perfect place to see the world's best tennis, July 22-28 at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium. In recognition of these two early commitments the Bank of the West Classic is offering a special holiday promotion. From December 11 until December 31, fans can purchase individual session tickets for the first and second rounds (sessions 1-8) of the 2013 event at 10 percent off the regular ticket price. Simply use the code HOLIDAY when placing your order. This discount is good only for individual first- and second-round tickets and cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. The discount does not apply to tournament packages.
ON THE PITCH . . . Stanford men's soccer forward Adam Jahn was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Far West Region Second Team, the organization announced Tuesday. It is Jahn's second such honor, as he was named to the third team last season. Jahn enjoyed a banner campaign in 2012, posting career bests of 13 goals and 30 points in leading Stanford to a 9-8-1 overall mark, and a third-place finish in the Pac-12 with a 5-4-1 conference record, good for 16 points. He was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team for his standout campaign, making him a four-time all-conference selection for his career. Jahn started all 18 matches for the Cardinal. He ends his Cardinal career with 24 goals, 12 assists and 60 points. Also named to the Far West Region team was East Palo Alto resident Larry Jackson. The Santa Clara University keeper was named to the Third Team.