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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cardinal women dominate in opening round of ITA regional

Stanford roundup
Stanford women's tennis players raced to a fast start on the opening day of competition at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Taube Family Tennis Stadium Friday.

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Sacred Heart Prep reaches semifinals in boys, girls tournaments

Prep water polo
Sacred Heart Prep opened the NorCal girls water polo Invitational with a pair of impressive victories Friday, beating Leland, 9-5, in regulation and Davis, 7-6, in overtime.

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Vikings still have a chance to reach the CCS playoffs

Palo Alto will be playing for a playoff spot in two weeks after losing to Los Gatos, 35-6, on Friday night. The top four SCVAL De Anza teams earn entry into the CCS playoffs and the Vikings are currently fifth.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Bears hang on to beat Aragon, clinch title tie in PAL football

Prep football
Aajon Johnson rushed 209 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns and the Menlo-Atherton football team topped host Aragon, 48-35, Friday to clinch at least a share of the PAL Bay Division title.

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Menlo-Atherton serves up a winner in PAL girls tennis

Prep report
The Menlo-Atherton girls tennis team sent its seniors off with a 7-0 home victory over Aragon on Thursday. The Bears (13-0, 16-5) complete their PAL Bay Division championship season at Woodside on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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Stanford men aim high in Pac-12 swimming

On the heels of its 63rd conference championship, the Stanford men's swimming and diving team begins its 2016-17 season this week when it travels to compete in the Pacific Invitational in Stockton on Saturday.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Stanford football hopes to continue streak against Colorado

Stanford's junior defensive lineman Solomon Thomas is the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in last week's 17-10 victory over Notre Dame. He hopes to carry that momentum into Saturday's noon game against visiting Colorado.

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Stanford's Ledecky, Manuel open season with pool records

Cardinal corner
Sacred Heart Prep grad Ally Howe swam the fastest times in the 100 and 200 fly and swam the opening leg of the 200 medley relay team and Stanford cruised to a 149-99 victory over Washington State on Thursday afternoon in front of approximately 500 fans at Avery Aquatic Center.

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Ogwumike's fadeaway gives Sparks the WNBA title

Of local note
Nneka Ogwumike hit the game winner with 3.1 seconds left and won her first WNBA Championship in the process, lifting the Los Angeles Sparks past the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday, 77-76, in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals.

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Palo Alto hopes its winning formula continues Friday

Prep football preview
Just call it the upset of the year ... for now. Hard to imagine a more unlikely outcome than Palo Alto's 25-21 win over Wilcox last Friday.

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Girls golf and boy, girls water polo league titles are decided

Prep report
The Menlo girls golf team wrapped up the West Bay Athletic League title, the Menlo boys water polo team completed an undefeated Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division season, the Castilleja girls water polo team finished unbeaten in the PAL Bay Division and the Menlo-Atherton girls tennis team clinched at least a tie for the PAL Bay Division title.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Watt named a high school All-American in track and field

Gunn grad Amy Watt, who competed at the Rio Paralympics, was named Female Field Athlete of the Year by USA Paralympics track and field on Wednesday. She was also recognized for the same honor last year.

Wednesday, 10:30 PM | 2 comments
Ledecky named one of TIME's 30 most influential teenagers

Of local note
Stanford senior golfer Maverick McNealy maintained his No. 1 position in the World Amateur Golf Rankings released following last weekend's action, but Cardinal freshman Andrea Lee rose to No. 7 in the world after a second-place finish at the Stanford Intercollegiate.

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Castilleja grad among the field of ITA regional tennis event

Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium will serve as the host site for the ITA Northwest Regional Championships for the 10th consecutive year as play gets underway Friday.

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SH Prep's Choy returns to lineup; helps Gators beat Pinewood

Prep report
Sara Choy returned to the Sacred Heart Prep girls tennis lineup for the first time in nearly three weeks, helping the host Gators beat Pinewood, 7-0, and stay on the heels of league leader Menlo, which also won.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

It's always 'Green-er' on the Palo Alto side of the net

Prep volleyball
Fiona Green recorded seven of her 13 kills in the fourth set and the Palo Alto girls' volleyball team clinched at least a share of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division title, beating host Homestead, 25-14, 25-17, 26-28, 25-17, on Tuesday night.

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Gunn grad nabs CCAA men's soccer Player of the Week honors

Gunn High grad Cameron McElfresh, the senior goalkeeper of the UC San Diego men's soccer team, was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday.

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Stanford women are gearing up for home swimming debut

Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky will make her Stanford home debut on Thursday and will be joined by fellow gold medalists Simone Manuel and Lia Neal and an all-star cast of women swimmers when Washington State visits for a 2 p.m. Pac-12 meet.

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Stanford's Baird, Collins earn Pac-12 soccer honors

College soccer
Stanford junior Corey Baird and Cardinal sophomore Averie Collins each earned Pac-12 soccer Player of the Week honors, the conference announced Tuesday.

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Stanford's Kumar, Goldberg grab regional doubles title

Cardinal corner
The Stanford doubles team of Sameer Kumar and Yale Goldberg survived a long weekend of rain delays to play their way into the finals of the ITA Northwest Regional doubles main draw in Berkeley and then beat Oregon's Jayson Amos and Simon Stevens to earn a spot in the ITA Indoor championships in November.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Castilleja spoils Menlo's perfect WBAL golf season

The Castilleja girls golf team got to celebrate a big West Bay Athletic League victory Monday, but the Gators will need some help the rest of the week to successfully defend their league title.

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Stanford's Love takes first football start in stride

Football notebook
When Bryce Love he learned his first collegiate start would come at sold-out Notre Dame Stadium in a nationally-televised, prime-time game against the Fighting Irish, he didn't flinch.

Monday, 2:15 PM | 1 comment
Stanford's Thomas earns conference football honors again

Stanford junior defensive lineman Solomon Thomas earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, the conference announced Monday.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Scoring spree leads Stanford men to conference soccer win

Cardinal corner
Sam Werner scored midway through the second half to spark a three-goal spree in less than 15 minutes and the 16th-ranked Stanford men's soccer team beat visiting No. 17 UCLA, 3-0, in a Pac-12 Conference contest Sunday.

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Stanford's Lee continues hot start to college golf career

Stanford freshman Andrea Lee continued her impressive collegiate start, following last week's individual victory in Chicago with a second-place finish at the rain-shortened Stanford Intercollegiate, hosted by Professor Condoleezza Rice, at Stanford's golf course.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Cardinal women connect for a Pac-12 volleyball victory

Stanford roundup
Behind a season-high .422 team hitting percentage, the 12th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team swept visiting Arizona State, 25-13, 25-17, 25-19, Saturday in Maples Pavilion.

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Meeks' intercepted pass helps Stanford conquer the Irish

College football
In another wild ending to a Stanford-Notre Dame football game, Stanford stopped the Irish deep in their own territory on the final play to preserve a 17-10 nonconference victory Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium.

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Sacred Heart Prep finishes third at North-South Challenge

Prep water polo
Sacred Heart Prep matched its best finish at the North-South Challenge, beating visiting Miramonte, 12-8, in the third-place contest Saturday. Menlo School finished seventh, beating Cathedral Catholic, 9-4.

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Stanford women place sixth at Pre-National cross country meet

Vanessa Fraser led a flurry of four Stanford finishers within 19 seconds, as the Cardinal women finished sixth at the Pre-National Invitational cross country meet on Saturday.

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Gators reach the semifinals; Knights lose their first game

Boys water polo
Sacred Heart Prep scored the first three goals of the second half to rally from a deficit and beat Agoura, 7-6, in the quarterfinals of the North-South Challenge, one of the top water polo tournaments in the state, on Friday.

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Vikings outlast Titans in clash of PA volleyball teams

SCVAL volleyball leaders Gunn (El Camino Division) and Palo Alto (De Anza) got together for a nonleague match Friday night and competed like it was a playoff. The overflow crowd certainly gave the proceedings an energetic environment.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Collins converts clutch shot in Cardinal soccer victory

Stanford roundup
Averie Collins scored her second goal of the match with two seconds remaining in regulation to lift the third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team past Oregon State on Friday night in a Pac-12 Conference match.

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Newcomers hold their own in Stanford swimming victory

Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel may be the main draw but the Stanford women's swimming and diving team showed itself to be a complete team, opening the season with a 141-109 victory over host Oregon State at a sold out Osborn Aquatic Center.

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Bears run past Sacred Heart Prep in PAL Bay Division football

Menlo-Atherton seniors Aajon Johnson and Jordan Mims combined for 405 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bears to a 35-13 PAL Bay Division football rout over host Sacred Heart Prep on Friday.

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Ferguson, running game, leads Knights past the Warriors

Prep football roundup
The Menlo School football team leaned on its running game and a stifling defense to turn back South San Francisco 45-0 in a PAL Ocean Division matchup on a rainy homecoming Friday.

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Stanford men run quality race at Wisconsin cross country event

Grant Fisher led a full-strength Stanford men's cross country squad to second at the high-powered Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Friday, fortifying hope for the postseason.

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M-A tennis, volleyball each improve to 10-0 in PAL play

Prep report
Junior Lanie Van Linge won her match and the Menlo-Atherton girls' tennis team made it 10-0 in PAL Bay Division play with a 6-1 victory over visiting Carlmont on Thursday.

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Stanford men's basketball prepares for long road

Dorian Pickens played a few basketball games in Australia over the summer and he's getting ready for a game in China, along with the rest of his Stanford teammates.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Tennis, cross country teams prepare for Invitational play

Cardinal corner
After concluding play at the ITA All-American Championships last week, the Stanford men's tennis team, including defending singles champion David Wilczynski, is set to compete at the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships in Berkeley, beginning Thursday.

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Buncom operates a head above thanks to family influence

Stanford football
One of the revelations of two trying weeks for Stanford football has been the play of sophomore cornerback Frank Buncom. Thrown into action because of injuries to starters Quenton Meeks and Alijah Holder, Buncom responded with a pick-six against Washington State last week in his first collegiate start.

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Cardinal's golden swimming team to make its debut

It's the much-anticipated season debut for the Stanford women's swimming and diving team on Friday. The Cardinal visits Osborn Aquatic Center to take on Pac-12 foe Oregon State at 2 p.m.

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Castilleja clinches top seed for PAL water polo tournament

Prep report
Serena Rivera-Korver scored four goals, Georgia Lewis recorded 11 saves and Castilleja beat visiting Menlo-Atherton, 12-6, to clinch the top seed in the upcoming PAL tournament.

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Sacred Heart Prep continues WCAL water polo supremacy

The Sacred Heart boys and girls water polo teams each finished their West Catholic Athletic regular-seasons on a successful note Wednesday. They both completed their league schedule with 6-0 records, securing the top seed for the league tournament that begins Oct. 24.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Stanford women head to Corvallis; men are at home for a pair

College soccer
The third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team concludes a three-game road stretch Friday against Oregon State at 7 p.m.

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M-A, SH Prep has developed into pretty strong rivalry

Prep football preview
For years rivalries between Atherton schools in football didn't amount to much. Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton were on different wavelengths. Sacred Heart Prep didn't start playing football until the late 1990s.

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Not surprising, M-A remains unbeaten in PAL volleyball

Prep report
Menlo-Atherton girls' volleyball coach Fletcher Anderson had a little surprise after the Bears beat host Aragon, 17-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22, Tuesday in a PAL Bay Division match.

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Palo Alto's Zhao commits to Stanford's women's swimming program

If you follow the Stanford women's swimming and diving team, you're in paradise after four Top-20 recruits verbally committed to the swim team during a 24-hour period that began Monday, including Palo Alto's Grace Zhao, rated as the No. 10 recruit in the nation.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Menlo College remains unbeaten in GSAC men's soccer

The Menlo College men's soccer team's scorching start to the season continued in the form of a rare Tuesday Golden State Athletic League Conference match-up. The Oaks scored once in the first half then tacked on four more in the second to pick up the 5-0 victory over visiting Arizona Christian.

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Stanford's Epstein earns weekly Pac-12 soccer honors

Stanford redshirt junior goalkeeper Andrew Epstein was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for games from October 3 to October 9 the conference announced Tuesday.

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McCaffrey could be a game time decision against the Irish

Cardinal football
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey may be a game time decision when it comes to his availability against host Notre Dame on Saturday.

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Menlo School closes in on WBAL girls' golf dual-match title

Sacred Heart Prep (4-4, 5-5) leveled Mercy Burlingame, 225-275, at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club on Monday in a West Bay Athletic League girls golf match. The Gators were led by Lauren von Thaden with a round of 41.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Stanford offensive line not physically dominating

Football notebook
After two difficult defeats, junior defensive lineman Solomon Thomas addressed his teammates in the quiet postgame locker room on Saturday night following a 42-16 loss to Washington State. He called for renewed passion, self-reflection and commitment.

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SH Prep grad Dahlkemper helps celebrate a Flash title

Of local note
Sacred Heart Prep grad Abby Dahlkemper celebrated the NWSL championship along with her New York Flash teammates on Sunday.

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Stanford men prove a head above in Pac-12 soccer action

The Stanford men's soccer team has won back-to-back Pac-12 championships, but had never started 3-0 in conference play until Sunday. Tomas Hilliard-Arce headed in Sam Werner's corner in the second overtime and the Cardinal beat Oregon State in Corvallis, 1-0.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Crazy things are happening in Pac-12 Conference action

Stanford roundup
It's another crazy year in Pac-12 volleyball and the team that can hold onto its sanity the longest may just survive conference play intact.

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More questions than solutions after big loss to the Cougars

Stanford football
No one took Stanford's 42-16 loss to visiting Washington State worse than Cardinal football coach David Shaw, who watched a patchwork of an offense line fail to keep the Cougars off quarterbacks Ryan Burns and Keller Chryst and that failed to provide any running lanes for the running backs.

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