THEY'RE COMMITTED . . . Menlo School senior football standout Jerry Rice Jr. may be running up and down the field in Stanford Stadium one of these seasons, but he won't be wearing the Cardinal's colors. Instead, it could be UCLA's blue and gold. Rice made it official last week that he's committed to attend UCLA this fall, planning to join the Bruins' football team as a walk-on. Rice made the announcement at the annual Menlo School Benefit, where he and his famous father introduced a golf-themed outing that was up for auction. Jerry is the second Menlo student-athlete to commit to UCLA as a walk-
on for next year. Earlier this month, Jackie Shepard made her commitment as a walk-on for the basketball team. Also noteworthy is that Menlo senior Will Tashman will be attending (and playing basketball) at M.I.T. Menlo now has seven seniors from its 2009 CCS Division IV championship boys' basketball team who will be pursuing athletic careers in college: Kenny Diekroeger (baseball at Stanford); Trevor Williams (baseball at Johns Hopkins); Tashman (basketball at M.I.T.); Alex Smith (basketball at Claremont-McKenna); Rice, Jr. (football at UCLA); Daniel Hoffman (tennis at Yale); Max Glenn (tennis at UC Santa Barbara). Ryan O'Holleran, who was injured during football season and thus did not play basketball on this year's championship team (but was a part of the team previously), will be pursuing a collegiate football career at UC Davis.
STANFORD STILL NO. 1 . . . Stanford remains in lead in the first winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Cardinal, which previously led after the fall standings, has scored a total of 686.75 points, including 292.75 with the completion of eight winter championships. Stanford tallied two top-10 finishes, placing fourth in women's swimming and ninth in fencing. Stanford also finished 11th in men's indoor track and field, 12th in women's indoor track and field and 51st in men's wrestling. Second place belongs to Minnesota, which enters the top-five with a total of 542.75 points. The Gophers earned 303.25 points so far in the winter standings, the most of any institution. Moving up from 10th into third place is Penn State with a total of 536 points.
MAKING THE CUT . . . Former Stanford soccer standouts Marisa Abegg, Rachel Buehler and Nicole Barnhart have been named to the final roster of the FC Gold Pride for the inaugural season in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league. FC Gold Pride will carry a full roster of 18 players and currently has three developmental players with space for a fourth. The Pride roster features 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup hero Brandi Chastain, US Soccer Star Tiffeny Milbrett as well as international stars including Brazil's captain Formiga, Eriko Arakawa (Japan) and Canada's captain and all-time leading goal scorer Christine Sinclair. FC Gold Pride will kick off the 2009 WPS season on April 5 at home against the Boston Breakers at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University. Tickets are available at (408) 541-3511 or log on to FCGoldPride.com to reserve seats.
OF LOCAL NOTE . . . The Stanford Landslide Boys U17 Class I soccer team is looking for players for 2009 season starting this Spring. The team competes in the Abronzino League (Division I) in the fall and several NorCal and SoCal tournaments. The Landslide is coached by Vava Marquez. Tryouts will start in spring in Palo Alto. Contact team manager, Nancy Starr at email@example.com. . . . Menlo-Atherton is seeking a girls' JV water polo coach for the fall 2009 season. Those interested should contact Pam Wimberly at 322-5311 (ex. 5706) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.