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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.