Menlo School seniors Clay Robbins and Danny Diekroeger played huge roles in the Knights' highly successful football season in 2009. Among their many accomplishments, they helped Menlo reach its first-ever championship game in the Central Coast Section playoffs.
This week, ESPN's CalHiSports.com honored both players with positions on its All-State teams after the duo set regional records and led the Knights to 9-4 season.
Robbins earned a first-team spot in the Small Schools Division after posting 1,706 receiving yards (second in the state), and Diekroeger earned a second-team spot in the same division after accumulating a school-record 4,185 passing yards (also second in the state).
Robbins and Diekroeger became the eighth and ninth players in Menlo School history to be honored on ESPN's CalHiSports.com All-State football teams. Previous honorees include Jerry Rice Jr. (2008), Nick Lycette (2008), Ricky Hawkins (2006), Wayde Walker (1991), Brandon Stephens (1990), Jimmy Noriega (1990) and John Paye (1980-82).
Noriega was the Small School State Player of the Year in '90 while Paye won the award in '80. Paye also was the Junior State Player of the Year in '81 and was honored as the Mr. Football State Player of the Year for his division in '82.