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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

USA women open Pan Am Games in water polo with a rout

With Stanford grad Ashley Grossman and current Cardinal standout Maggie Steffens each scoring four goals, the U.S. Pan American Women's Water Polo Team opened up the competition at the Atos Markham Pan Am Centre in strong fashion with a 25-3 victory over Mexico on Tuesday.

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Stanford Water Polo Club boys and girls all set for the JOs

The Stanford Water Polo Club made some club history a year ago in the boys' competition at the National Junior Olympics, which the club hosted at Stanford University and area pools. Stanford placed five teams among the top 12 in the Platinum Division, more than any other club in the country.

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Stanford football has more players on national watch lists

Four Stanford football players earned spots on a pair of national award watch lists, the Maxwell Football Club announced Tuesday. Kevin Hogan and Christian McCaffrey are on the Maxwell Award watch list, while Blake Martinez and Kevin Anderson appear on the Bednarik Award watch list.

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Oaks get NCAA Division I transfer from McNeese State

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Menlo College softball coach Matt Lisle announced the signing of Bryce Etzler, who transfer in from NCAA Division McNeese State. Etzler graduated from Red Bluff High two years ago.

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District 52 Little League all-star tournament results

Undefeated San Mateo American plus once-beaten San Carlos American, San Mateo National and Belmont-Redwood Shores are the four teams remaining in the District 52 Little League Majors 11-12 All-Star Tournament at Palo Alto's Middlefield Ballpark.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Modi vaults into third place in all-around competition

Stanford at the WUG's
Stanford junior Akash Modi placed third in the men's gymnastics all-around competition at the World University Games on Monday in Gwangju, Korea.

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Stanford athletes advance to Pan Am Jr. Championships

Track and field
Stanford's Daniel Brady earned a top-two finish at the Canadian Junior National Track and Field Championships to contribute to the Cardinal's strong representation at the meet in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Palo Alto Babe Ruth all-stars head to NorCal tourneys

Palo Alto's three Babe Ruth all-star teams entered in this week's NorCal State tournaments should have well-rested pitching staffs as all three squads swept their respective District 6 events on the weekend.

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McCaffrey named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List

Stanford sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey was named to the 2015 Paul Hornung Award Watch List, it was announced Monday. The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is awarded annually to the most versatile player in major college football.

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Stanford had a presence at PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic

Past and current Stanford men's golf team members had a big presence this past week at the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic at Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.V.

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District 52 Little League all-star tourneys wrapping up

Only three teams remain undefeated in three separate District 52 Little League all-star tournaments and all three have to be favored to advance past championship games this week.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

U-S-A proves itself worthy as Women's World Cup champions

Carli Lloyd, the latest American hero, recorded a hat trick and helped the U.S. women's national soccer team leave no doubt which was the superior team Sunday as the Americans beat Japan, 5-2, in the championship match of the Women's World Cup at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Jackovich scores three in USA water polo loss to France

Cardinal at the WUG's
Dani Jackovich posted a hat trick and Shannon Cleary and Kat Klass added two goals apiece, but a fourth-quarter charge from France downed the United States in Group B play at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea on Sunday, 10-9.

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'Bird' flies high in USA women's basketball victory over Italy

Stanford junior Erica McCall recorded a double-double with 22 points and 18 rebounds to help the USA women's basketball team top Italy, 80-68, on Sunday at Dongkang College to open the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

It's a golden Fourth for Cardinal swimmers Neal and Lee

Stanford swimmers Lia Neal and Felicia Lee will return from the World University Games in Gwangju, Korea with at least one gold medal apiece. Neal can boast of an event record as well.

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McCall retains a golden friendship with USA basketball

Much has changed for Diamond DeShields and Stanford junior Erica McCall since winning the 2012 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship, but their friendship, which was formed that summer in Alcobendas, Spain, remains as solid as gold.

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Last remaining local Little League teams fall in tourneys

The Palo Alto American 11-12s and the Alpine/West Menlo 10-11s bowed out of District 52 Little League all-star baseball action on Friday following losses in the consolation bracket. Both squads were the last remaining local teams in postseason play.

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Palo Alto 15s, 13s win District 6 Babe Ruth baseball titles

The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15- and 13-year-old all-stars punched their respective tickets to next week's NorCal State tournaments with solid victories to win their District 6 championships on Friday.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Stanford women play to polo tie in World University Games

Cardinal at the WUG's
Representing the United States in South Korea, the Stanford women's water polo team opened up the 2015 World University Games with a 7-7 tie against Australia on Friday morning in Gwangju.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stanford men's track & field has nation's No. 1 class

Stanford has the nation's No. 1 recruiting class in men's track and field. That was the verdict handed down by earlier this week. Taking the season-best marks from the class of 2015, the athletes were broken down by their future schools and places on the season lists were scored like a championship meet.

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USA opens World University Game with women's soccer victory

Menlo-Atherton grad Dana Gornick and her Colorado College women's soccer teammates kicked off the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea Thursday with a 1-0 victory over South Africa at Honam University.

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Palo Alto 15s will play for Babe Ruth district crown

Shane Wallace hit an inside-the-park home run to spark the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15-year-old all-stars to an 11-2 victory over Bel-Mateo in District 6 action Thursday night at Baylands Athletic Center.

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District 52 Little League baseball all-star results

Palo Alto American (11-12s) and Alpine/West Menlo (10-11s) will carry local hopes into the next round of consolation games of District 52 Little League tournament play after Menlo-Atherton (11-12s), Palo Alto American (10-11s), Palo Alto National (9-10s) and Alpine/West Menlo (9-10s) all were beaten on Wednesday night.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Stanford's Felicia Lee looking to 'fly' through the water

World University Games
Stanford grad Felicia Lee earned a spot on this summer's World University Games swimming team that is headed to South Korea this month. Lee said she is excited for another opportunity to hit the goals and times she set for herself at the beginning of the season.

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American women continue to win at FIVB beach championships

The American beach volleyball team of Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings and USC grad April Ross needed 28 minutes to dispatch Paraguay's Gabriela Filippo and Michelle Valiente Amarilla, 21-6, 21-10, in the Round of 32 at the FIVB Beach World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands on Wednesday.

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Stanford's Nastic joins Warriors for NBA Summer League

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Recent Stanford graduate Stefan Nastic has agreed to join the Golden State Warriors for NBA Summer League competition in Las Vegas. Prior to joining the Warriors, Nastic will join the San Antonio Spurs from July 3-9 in the Utah Jazz Summer League.

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PA American topples PA National in district Little League

In most years, the Palo Alto National Little League all-stars advance farther than Palo Alto American. That's not the case this season as American knocked National out of the District 52 11-12 Majors Tournament on Tuesday night at Middlefield Ballpark.

Wednesday, 9:23 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Chevron takes Palo Alto Babe Ruth city title

Menlo Chevron celebrated a championship in the Palo Alto Babe Ruth City Tournament game with a 9-4 triumph over Draper Fisher Jurvetson on Tuesday night at Baylands Athletic Center.

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Walsh Jennings, Ross finish pool play undefeated at worlds

In the finale of the 'C' pool of the $1,000,000 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships on Tuesday in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, a pair of 2-0 teams, USA's Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross powered past Canada's 22nd-seeded Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan in straight sets, winning 21-19, 21-13 in just 36 minutes.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

O'Hara helps send Americans into World Cup final on Sunday

Stanford grad Kelley O'Hara scored on a brilliantly played ball in the 84th minute to clinch the United States women's national soccer team's 2-0 victory over Germany in the semifinals of the FIFA Women's World Cup in Montreal on Tuesday.

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M-A grad joins Princeton women's polo coaching staff

Former Menlo-Atherton High standout and UCLA All-American water polo player Becca Dorst has been added to the Princeton University women's team staff as an assistant coach. Tigers' head coach Luis Nicolao made the announcement on Tuesday.

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Paly grad Pederson is among MLB's leaders in home runs

Of local note
Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson is among the Major League Baseball leaders in home runs after hitting his 20th on Tuesday night in a 10-6 loss to the host Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Randle, Harbin are Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners

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Chasson Randle of Stanford men's basketball and Kelsey Harbin of women's field hockey were named the 2014-15 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal Winners, as announced Tuesday by the conference.

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Palo Alto Babe Ruth all-star teams open district play

Palo Alto's three Babe Ruth all-star teams will open District 6 tournament play this week at three familiar venues while all hoping to reach NorCal State tournaments like last season.

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Palo Alto golfer Ali qualifies for U.S. Junior Amateur Championship

It was a long day for Palo Alto High sophomore Ahmed Ali, who began his qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur at 8:06 a.m. on Monday at the Stanford Golf Course. Some 12 hours later, Ali was rewarded for his marathon day.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Stanford grad maintaining competitive fire in beach volleyball

Stanford grad and three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, with her teammate April Ross, survived a first-set loss to remain undefeated in pool play at the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands on Monday.

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Two Stanford wrestlers on U.S. Junior World Team

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After sweeping a wrestle-off in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Sunday, incoming freshman Joey McKenna joins Stanford redshirt sophomore Nathan Butler on the United States Junior World Team.

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Stanford women's water polo preps for the World University Games

Sunday was moving day, as the Stanford women's water polo team hopped on its flight to Gwangju, South Korea to represent the United States at the 2015 World University Games.

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Local Little League teams fall from the winners' bracket

District 52 all-stars
It's an uphill battle from this point on for local Little League teams in the District 52 all-star tournament with remaining local survivors all playing in the consolation bracket.

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Top local golfers shoot for U.S. Junior Amateur berths

Many of the top young golfers on the Peninsula will be touring the Stanford Golf Course on Monday with hopes of qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships in July.

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USA men lose polo lead and fall in shootout for third place

The USA Men's Senior National Team appeared well on its way to a bronze medal at the 2015 FINA World League Super Final only to see Brazil rally for a shootout win, 24-23, on Sunday in Bergamo, Italy.

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Stanford grad runs to a berth for the World Championships

The U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded on Sunday with a Stanford highlight as 2013 grad Kori Carter earned a berth on her first U.S. national team.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Only one Palo Alto Little League team survives in all-stars

Six Palo Alto Little League teams took the field on Saturday in the opening round of the District 52 Majors All-Star Tournament held at three sites on the Peninsula. Only the Palo Alto National 11-12 all-stars, however, advanced in the winners' bracket following a 12-6 victory over Redwood City West at Middlefield Ballpark in Palo Alto.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

American men beat Russia; clinch a spot in FIVB world volleyball league final

Team USA
The United States men's national volleyball team is one step closer to defending its FIVB World League championship after knocking off host Russia, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18, Sunday.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Americans a head above the Chinese in Women's World Cup

Stanford grad Kelley O'Hara celebrated her first action of the FIFA Women's World Cup, a start Friday, by helping create the first scoring opportunity for the U.S. women's national soccer team. While that chance didn't pan out, the Americans kept the pressure on and did finally convert a scoring chance.

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Azevedo helps USA men's water polo team stun Hungary

USA volleyball wins
Stanford grad and four-time Olympian Tony Azevedo converted a penalty shot with under three seconds to play, lifting Team USA to an improbable 8-7 victory over Hungary on Friday in the FINA World League Super Final in Bergamo, Italy.

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Williams repeats as U.S. junior decathlon champion

Stanford's Harrison Williams repeated as the U.S. junior decathlon champion, but came up short in his effort to break the junior national record at the U.S. Junior National Track and Field Championships on Friday in Eugene, Ore.

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Randle goes undrafted, but joins Warriors for the summer

Stanford graduate Chasson Randle was passed over in this week's NBA Draft, but he still will be busy with an NBA team after agreeing to join the Golden State Warriors for NBA Summer League competition.

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Stanford women's team sweeps national water polo honors

On the heels of its fourth NCAA Championship in the past five seasons, Stanford women's water polo swept the national postseason awards when the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) announced its 2015 All-America Teams on Friday.

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Appel named to Futures Game roster after promotion to Triple A

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Houston Astros prospect and former Stanford ace Mark Appel ('13) was named to the 2015 Futures Game roster, one day after being promoted to AAA. Appel, the 2013 No. 1 overall pick, was 5-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 13 starts for Class AA Corpus Christi.

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2015 high school all-league track & field teams

Most Outstanding Track: Derek Friske (King's Academy)
Most Outstanding Field: Connor Cody (Sacred Heart Prep)
Most Outstanding Track: Lizzie Lacy (Menlo School)

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Stanford women's soccer faces another tough schedule in '15

The Stanford women's soccer team will face a typically tough schedule in 2015. The 19-match slate, announced Wednesday, features 11 opponents who reached the NCAA tournament last season and 14 who posted winning records. Three -- BYU, Penn State and UCLA -- won conference regular-season titles.

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Atherton tennis standout named to USA National Junior Team

Of local note
Sixteen-year-old CiCi Bellis of Atherton is among eight girls selected for the 2015 Team USA National Junior Team, a training program designed to give America's best young players opportunities to train together during the summer and to compete against other top juniors from around the world.

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Stanford's Brown picked by the Lakers in the NBA Draft

Stanford grad Anthony Brown was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Brown, who was the fourth pick of the round and 34th overall, becomes the 32nd NBA Draft choice in school history.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

USA men go 0-3 in group play at Super League polo

The USA Men's Senior National Team finished group play at the FINA World League Super Final with a 13-10 water polo loss to Italy on Thursday in Bergamo, Italy. Stanford's Bret Bonanni led the way for the second straight match with three goals.

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Serena Williams highlights field for Bank of the West

The official player field for the Bank of the West Classic was announced this week, and with three top-10 players and eight of the Top 20 entered, the 2015 acceptance list for Stanford will feature one of the top player fields of the summer hardcourt season.

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District 52 Little League Majors 11-12 All-stars

Palo Alto American and Palo Alto National will open the District 52 Little League Majors 11-12 All-Star Tournament on Saturday at home, as Palo Alto is serving as the host for the double-elimination event.

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District 52 Little League Majors 10-11 All-Stars

The Palo Alto American and National Little League all-stars won't have far to travel for the District 52 Majors 10-11 tournament, which gets under way Saturday at Ford Field and La Entrada School in Menlo Park.

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District 52 Little League Majors 9-10 All-Stars

Players on the Palo Alto National and American Little League 9-10 all-star teams will be racking up the travel miles beginning this weekend when the District 52 tournament gets under way in Pacifica.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

USA men fall again in FINA World League Super Final

Stanford's Bret Bonanni did his job, but it still wasn't enough as the USA Men's National Team dropped a 10-9 water polo decision to Australia on Wednesday in the second round of the FINA World League Super Final in Bergamo, Italy.

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Gunn's Watt wins national titles at U.S. Paralympics

Of local note
While many high school athletes are taking the summer off, Gunn senior Amy Watt is doing quite the opposite -- despite finishing a busy track and field season last month.

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Track and field season far from over for Stanford athletes

The NCAA Championships are over, but the track and field season continues for 16 Stanford athletes with the upcoming U.S. and Canadian national championships on tap.

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Stanford women's volleyball will be in prime time this season

It won't be hard to watch the Stanford women's volleyball team in 2015 as the defending Pac-12 champion Cardinal will have 17 matches slated for coverage on the Pac-12 Networks, two on ESPNU and an additional match on the Big Ten Network.

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Stanford men's soccer team will be busy after historic season

Eleven televised matches and nine games against NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago highlight the Stanford men's soccer schedule, which the reigning conference champions announced on Tuesday in conjunction with the Pac-12 Networks' release of its 2015 television picks.

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