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.