Stanford products well-represented on CIF All-Century Team


The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has announced its 100th Anniversary Fall All-Century Team. The top 100 former student-athletes who received the most votes are included and feature a number of former Stanford and local athletes.

The former Stanford/local athletes who starred as preps in California include Ernie Nevers, Santa Rosa (Football, 1920); Bill Walsh, Hayward (Football, 1951); Bill Lorton, Menlo-Atherton (Water Polo, 1958); Jim Plunkett, James Lick (Football, 1968); James Lofton, Washington Prep (Football, 1973); Rod Berry, Larkspur Redwood (Cross Country, 1976); James Bergeson, Newport Harbor (Water Polo, 1978); John Elway, Granada Hills (Football, 1978); Kerri Walsh, Archbishop Mitty (Volleyball, 1995); Brenda Villa, Bell Gardens (Water Polo, 1998); Tony Azevedo, Long Beach Wilson (Water Polo, 1999); Anita Siraki, Glendale Hoover (Cross Country, 2000); Wendy Watkins, Modesto Johansen (Water Polo, 2000); Jesse Smith, Coronado (Water Polo, 2000); Ryan Hall, Big Bear (Cross Country, 2000); Cynthia Barboza, Long Beach Wilson (Volleyball, 2004); Toby Gerhart, Norco (Football, 2005); 2007 - Jacob Smith, Coronado (Water Polo); Rachel Williams, Archbishop Mitty (Volleyball, 2008); Tyler Gaffney, Cathedral Catholic (Football, 2008); and Maggie Steffens, Monte Vista (Water Polo; 2010).

"California has arguably the best high school student-athletes in the nation and I think this historic list of fall sport honorees chosen by the fans reflects our states great legacy of outstanding student-athletes," stated CIF Executive Director Roger L. Blake.

Online voting for the Fall All-Century team was September 1-October 31, 2014. All student-athletes that were nominated appeared on the ballot. The public could vote for as many student-athletes as they desired and as many times as they wanted.

All former student-athletes that demonstrated significant athletic contribution in CIF approved high school athletics were eligible to be nominated.

Winter and Spring honorees will be selected and acknowledged during their respective CIF State and Regional Championship seasons. Winter All-Century Team voting will begin on Dec. 1, 2014.

For more information on the CIF's 100th Anniversary, visit and click on the 100th anniversary tab.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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