With several scholarship offers already in hand, Central Catholic High School’s Jared Rice figured he’d land with a college no matter what transpired in his last varsity game – the CIF Division IV state championship game.
Wednesday marks the end of a years-long quest for many high school athletes in The Bee’s Stanislaus District, when they can sign national letters of intent, binding them to a college for at least one academic year.
Menlo College of Atherton shocked the football community by scrapping its 29-year-old football program Friday. Nine of its players last fall, including five starters, came from the Stanislaus District.
There were five state champions crowned during the 2014 football season, from legendary De La Salle in the Open Division to local powerhouse Central Catholic in Division IV. After the California Interscholastic Federation voted to expand the state football playoff stystem during a meeting Friday in San Jose, the number of champions will rise from five to 13.
Downey High School’s P.J. Wilson and Central Catholic’s Hunter Petlansky – both quarterbacks – say less air is better when it comes to footballs. The two weighed in on Deflategate, the football caper involving the New England Patriots and underinflated footballs that were discovered during their 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.
Former Patterson High football coach Rob Cozart, after coaching in the junior college ranks the past four years, will return to coach the Tigers. Nick Marchy stepped down after the 2014 season and will relocate his family to Tennessee.
Sonora High setter Bailey Henington has been named the Division IV state volleyball Player of the Year by MaxPreps. Henington was one of five volleyball players honored by the high school sports website, which also honored nine Stanislaus District football players and coach Roger Canepa of Central Catholic.
The final Player of the Years awards were revealed Wednesday, putting a bow on the fall high school season. Not everybody will agree with the selections, but hopefully everybody understands that it’s a difficult task.
Modesto’s Central Catholic High School won its third straight CIF Division IV state football championship Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the StubHub Center in Carson with a 31-19 victory over St. Margaret’s (San Juan Capistrano). Senior tight end/safety Jared Rice delivered a final all-around performance with a sack, two interceptions and six receptions for 73 yards and two scores.
Justin Rice, the 2,000-yard rusher for Modesto’s Central Catholic High School football team, sat out the second half of Friday’s CIF Division IV state championship game with an injured right knee. His teammates more than picked up the slack as the Raiders defeated St. Margaret’s (San Juan Capistrano) 31-19.
There’s good news for fans of the Central Catholic High School football team: Starting tailback Justin Rice, who has rushed for 2,096 yards and 30 touchdowns this season, will start in today’s CIF Division IV state championship game against St. Margaret’s of San Juan Capistrano at the StubHub Center.