Former Granite Bay High School soccer standout Tommy Thompson, who played last fall for Indiana, will sign a contract today with Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes.
The midfielder, who played last season with the Earthquakes’ Reserve League team, decided to forego his final three years of college eligibility to turn pro.
Thompson, 18, scored five goals and had three assists and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in helping lead Indiana to the conference tournament title.
He had four assists in five appearances playing for the Earthquakes’ reserve team before enrolling at Indiana.
As a Granite Bay freshman, Thompson (29 goals, 12 assists) and older brothers Tyler (Stanford) and Tanner (Indiana) helped the Grizzlies finish 26-0-1 and win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title in 2010.
Thompson had 52 goals and 21 assists in his first two seasons at Granite Bay, but had his junior season cut short by injury. He graduated early from Granite Bay with a 4.1 grade-point average.
Tommy’s father, Gregg, is in Indiana’s Hall of Fame and represented the United States at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
– Bill Paterson
Two halls inducting 2014 class on Saturday
The Sacramento Running Association and the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame are inducting their 2014 Hall of Fame classes in ceremonies Saturday.
The SRA will induct eight athletes – Tim Twietmeyer (five-time Western States 100 winner), Al Baeta (former track coach), Lindsay Hyatt Barr (Placer High, Stanford), Patti Gray (UC Davis), Harold Kuphaldt (Bella Vista), Heike Skaden Mansoor (Encina), John Mansoor (California International Marathon co-founder) and Michael Stember (Jesuit, Stanford) – during a ceremony at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento at 6 p.m. Tickets ($50) can be purchased at www.runsra.org.
The Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame’s second class of inductees – former NFL linebacker Tedy Bruschi, former baseball players Steve Sax and Leron Lee, Olympic swimming gold medalists Debbie Meyer and Jeff Float and Special Olympics athlete Donald Schendel – will be honored at Thunder Valley Casino at 7 p.m. Tickets ($89.50) are available at the casino or ticketmaster.com.
– Bee Sports staff