Three top area athletes are headed to Stanford University next year

Menlo sends Diekroeger (baseball) and Ball (tennis); Bellarmine sends Taylor (soccer)

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By Keith Peters

Sports Editor, Palo Alto Weekly

Three Stanford men's teams could very well be strengthened next fall by the addition of three top area athletes who have made commitments to continue their athletic careers on The Farm next fall.

Menlo School seniors Danny Diekroeger (baseball) and Jamin Ball (tennis) will be joined by Bellarmine senior Matt Taylor (soccer). All three are among the best in their sports in the Central Coast Section.

Diekroeger, who is currently enjoying a successful season on the Menlo football team while playing quarterback, will join his brother, Kenny, at Stanford. The two helped Menlo compile a 25-7 record last season that ended with a loss to Soquel in the quarterfinals of the CCS playoffs.

"Danny's a remarkable kid with a great work ethic and attitude," said Menlo baseball coach Craig School, who is also the school's athletic director. "He has a sweet left handed swing and very soft hands. It is going to be fun to watch him play for four years close by."

Ball is a four-year starter and helped the Knights compile a 27-2 record last season, which included winning CCS and NorCal championships. He is one of the top singles players in Northern California in the 18-under division.

Also headed for The Farm is Bellarmine's Taylor, who has made an oral commitment to play for coach Bret Simon at Stanford. The senior defender will join his sister Lindsay, a Castilleja grad who earned All-America honors as a freshman on the Cardinal women's team last season and who has helped Stanford earn a No. 1 national ranking this season.

Taylor is a dynamic defender for the Bells on a team with a defense that has allowed just 24 goals in the past two seasons. He helped Bellarmine win a CCS title his sophomore year and a CCS Division I co-title with Palo Alto last season. Taylor made the All-West Catholic Athletic League first team as a sweeper last season.


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Posted by Stanford Fan
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Oct 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Congrats to these great athletes on choosing Stanford as their school of choice. However, unless I'm missing something, these kids are not "headed to Stanford" until their acceptance letters arrive in the mail. While coaches certainly can give input to the Admissions office, it is up to the Office of Admissions to confer acceptance to the university and even early decisions are not made until December. Perhaps your reporters or caption writers should be a little more careful about the words they choose before misrepresenting the facts.

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Posted by elle
a resident of Woodside School
on Oct 24, 2009 at 6:50 pm

I thought Admissions didn't give out offers until December - do athletic recruits fall under a different admissions schedule?

It would be really interesting for the Almanac readers if the Almanac could interview Stanford admissions and athletics and do a story on how this all works.

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Posted by bigger stanford fan
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 12, 2009 at 8:11 am

Athletes can apply and be accepted much earlier than even normal Early Decision applicants (as early as August). All three of these guys have been accepted to the school already.

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