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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Stanford's Campbell earns Pac-12 weekly soccer honor

Cardinal corner
Jane Campbell was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week for her standout play this past weekend against No. 6 Florida, as announced Tuesday by the conference.

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Stanford football to bid adieu to special staff member

Robert Mitchell will be attending his final game on the Stanford sideline. Mitchell has been a fixture around the football corridors since 2002 as a volunteer, helping out wherever he can, by passing out water bottles during practice or moving equipment.

Tuesday, 11:55 AM | 1 comment
Championship teams, coaches and athletes highlight M-A fame class

Menlo-Atherton's glory days of athletes and coaches started when the school opened and continues through the present. That became obvious as a wide range of eras and sports were represented in the school's 2016 Hall of Fame inductees at a press conference on Monday.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Stanford's Fitzmorris nabs pair of conference volleyball honors

Stanford middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris was named Pac-12 Defensive Player and Freshman of the Week, the conference announced Monday. She averaged 2.11 blocks, 3.33 points and 2.11 kills per set in her collegiate debuts against San Diego and then-No. 3 Minnesota last week.

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Stanford grad Slater named PCL Offensive Player of the Week

Stanford grad Austin Slater was named the Pacific Coast League's Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .393 (11-for-28) with five home runs and 12 RBI last week for the Sacramento RiverCats, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

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Love is a question mark for Stanford's season opener

Football notebook
Stanford sophomore running back Bryce Love may not be available for the season opening football game against Kansas State on Friday night.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Olympic bronze medalists Walsh Jennings, Ross find gold on the beach

USA Olympic bronze medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross proved golden on home soil, beating Spain's Liliana Fernandez and Elsa Baquerizo, 21-16, 21-16, in a 50-minute, internationally-televised gold medal match Sunday at the $800,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam.

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Stanford grads Kim, Stackhouse survive first stage of qualifying

Stanford grads Lauren Kim and Mariah Stackhouse each survived the first stage of the LPGA/Symetra Tour Qualifying School by finishing among the top 90 of the 340 women (347 total) who teed off on Thursday at Rancho Mirage.

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Stanford women make quick volleyball recovery, top Minnesota

Cardinal corner
The Stanford women's volleyball team has made a habit of recovering from difficult circumstances. The 11th-ranked Cardinal did it again Sunday, knocking off No. 3 Minnesota, 25-23, 25-15, 25-27, 25-19, two days after suffering a five-set loss, at home, to San Diego.

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SH Prep girls beat Menlo, place ninth at SpikeFest I

The Sacred Heart Prep girls volleyball team won the Bronze Division championship at the Milpitas/Independence Spikefest I on Saturday, beating rival Menlo School, 25-20, 25-22, in the title match.

Sunday, 4:57 PM | 1 comment
Stanford grad Morris called to men's national soccer team

Former Stanford forward and current Seattle Sounders FC striker Jordan Morris was one of 26 players called by Jurgen Klinsmann on Sunday for a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifiers as the United States looks to seal a place in the Hexagonal round.

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Locals discover gold at the World Rowing Championships

Palo Alto grad Colette Lucas-Conwell helped the United States remain the dominant force in women's U23 eight as she helped guide the Americans to a fifth consecutive gold medal at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Rotterdam.

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Menlo college women ace a pair of volleyball matches

Oaks corner
After a rough start to the SXU/TCC Crossover Tournament in Chicago on Friday, Menlo College women's volleyball rallied on day two, winning twice to improve to 3-3 on the season.

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Gunn football is alive and well despite losing its opener

El Camino High dealt host Gunn a heartbreaking, 38-28, loss in its season-opening football game on Friday night, but the players didn't see it as a complete wash. The Titans played their visitors tough and infused themselves with confidence, which sent waves of hope through the Gunn fan base.

Sunday, 12:16 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Gators can't capitalize in season-opening loss to San Benito

Sacred Heart Prep quarterback Thomas Wine spent a lot of time on the run on a warm summer day in Atherton Saturday. Wine scrambled, spun, rolled, whatever it took to escape pressure from big, bad San Benito of Hollister. The out-sized Gators left everything out on the field in a 30-12 defeat to the Balers

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Ferguson romps for 200 yards and three TDs in Menlo victory

Charlie Ferguson carried 16 times for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also returned the second-half kickoff 86 yards for a score that jump-started Menlo to its 42-13 nonleague victory over visiting Lincoln of San Francisco on Saturday.

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Titans earn a dramatic 5-set victory in coach's first match

Girls volleyball
Tara Tracy recorded 16 kills and 12 digs and the Gunn girls volleyball team opened its season with an exciting 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 15-25, 15-9 victory over host Hillsdale in a nonleague match Friday night.

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Bears put on a good show in football loss to Bellarmine

No easing into the season. No gradual increase in the difficulty level of opponent played.
Menlo-Atherton opened its season Friday against Bellarmine Prep, the oldest and most accomplished program in Central Coast Section history.

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DiBiasi's goal lifts Stanford to golden victory over Florida

Cardinal corner
Jordan DiBiasi is making a habit of scoring clutch goals in big moments. The sophomore midfielder scored on her own rebound in overtime to propel No. 3 Stanford past No. 6 Florida, 1-0, Friday night at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

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Jackson III helps Palo Alto run to victory over Patterson

The Danny Sullivan era at Palo Alto is off to a good start. The Vikings' new football coach rode a strong defense and yeoman work from junior back Paul Jackson III to a 25-12 nonleague triumph over visiting Patterson on Friday evening.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Bronze or not, Walsh Jennings and Ross go right back at it

Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings and USC grad April Ross are the proud new owners of an Olympic bronze medal in Beach Volleyball, an achievement that they grew to appreciate coming home from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Palo Alto Little League project

The Palo Alto Little League Program installed new backstops at Duveneck and El Carmelo elementary schools recently and is looking into installing up to three more backstops this year.

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Menlo School football has a lot of room for improvement

The Menlo School football team is coming off a 6-5 season. There is plenty of hope for improvement in 2016. Charlie Ferguson was the team's leading offensive performer a year ago, rushing for 1,087 yards.

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Menlo-Atherton football ready for another tough schedule

When Adhir Ravipati took over as head coach of the Menlo-Atherton football team, he immediately set in motion his philosophy of putting together the toughest non-league schedule possible.

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The goal remains the same for Stanford men's soccer team

Winning the national championship doesn't change anything for the Stanford men's soccer team. The goals remain the same and that's to chase down another NCAA title.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Castilleja puts up a good fight in season opening loss

Local roundup
Senior Elle Kass recorded 30 digs in Castilleja's 25-22, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23 nonleague girls volleyball loss to host Fremont in Sunnyvale on Thursday night. Palo Alto opened the girls tennis season with a 6-1 victory over host Aragon.

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Ajanaku returns along with a talented group of players

College volleyball
Inky Ajanaku's return to the Stanford lineup would have been enough to make the Cardinal women's volleyball team an instant contender for the national title.

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McNealy: Why he came back for his senior golf season

In his own words
I truly believe that Stanford is the best place to improve my game and receive a world-class education. I love being a Stanford student-athlete, and I want our team to win a national championship. I would never trade that experience for an extra year of professional golf.

Thursday, 3:43 PM | 1 comment
No. 11 Stanford set to open its field hockey season

The Stanford field hockey team was picked to win the West Division of the America East conference in the annual preseason coaches poll. The 11th-ranked Cardinal was also the top pick last season.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

USA goalie Solo gets 6-month suspension for post-match comments

Of local note
U.S. Soccer has suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo from the U.S. Women's National Team for six months for conduct that is counter to the organization's principles.

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Paly grad Chryst discusses Stanford quarterback situation

Keller Chryst, a redshirt sophomore at Stanford, didn't have far to go to college. Chryst, a 2014 graduate of Palo Alto, was highly recruited after he set several offensive records in his days as a Viking. Chryst was in a duel with redshirt junior Ryan Burns for the No. 1 quarterback job for the Cardinal.

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Stanford's Burns gets the starting nod at quarterback

Senior Ryan Burns will be Stanford's starting quarterback in the season-opening contest against Kansas State. Director of Football David Shaw made the announcement after Wednesday's practice.

Wednesday, 4:05 PM | 1 comment
Local high schools look to open volleyball season on strong note

Menlo-Atherton High reached the state title match, Menlo School made it to the Northern California playoffs and Sacred Heart Prep reached the Central Coast Section semifinal round. What can we expect as an encore from these volleyball powerhouses?

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Stanford's Cook earns weekly soccer honors from the Pac-12

Alana Cook earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors after helping lead Stanford to two season-opening road victories this past weekend, as announced Tuesday by the conference.

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Oaks men stay unbeaten in soccer with a win at UC Merced

David Beary scored late in the first half and the defense made it hold up in Menlo College's 1-0 nonconference men's soccer match over host UC Merced on Tuesday.

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Stanford's Hilliard-Arce named to soccer preseason best list

Stanford center back Tomas Hilliard-Arce has been named to the TopDrawerSoccer Men's Division I Preseason Best XI first team, it was learned Tuesday.

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Stanford football program stays fresh on and off the field

Several improvements to the Stanford football program have been implemented for this season, including: three new 8K Solutions video trailers and studio controllers for the practice field; Shadowman tackling dummies; and the APTUS learning assessment program.

Tuesday, 12:46 PM | 1 comment

Monday, August 22, 2016

DeBole named Stanford's women's head cross country coach

College notes
Elizabeth DeBole, in her third year with the program, has been named head women's cross country coach at Stanford, Director of Track and Field Chris Miltenberg announced Monday.

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Stanford football elects its captains for the season

The Stanford football team selected five captains for the 2016 season, the program announced Sunday evening. They were outside linebacker Peter Kalambayi, running back Christian McCaffrey, strong safety Dallas Lloyd, offensive guard Johnny Caspers and defensive end Solomon Thomas.

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Afghanistan and Palo Alto 98G to meet in soccer friendly

The Afghanistan Women's National Football Team (AFFWNT) will take on Palo Alto 98G in a friendly soccer match at Cubberley Field (Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto) on Aug. 31 at 5:30 pm. Admission is free.

Monday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Stanford athletes account for school record 27 medals

Stanford's contingent of 39 athletes wrapped up action at the 2016 Summer Olympics, putting the finishing touches on the most successful competition in school history. Including a men's volleyball assistant coach and a pair of Sacred Heart Prep grads, the total comes to 30 medals, 15 gold.

Monday, 11:00 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Cardinal women net nonconference soccer victory over Georgetown

Three different players netted goals and the fifth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team scored three times within an eight-minute span of the second half to rally past host Georgetown, 3-0, in a nonconference match Sunday.

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American men claim Olympic bronze medal in volleyball

The United States pulled off a sensational comeback from a 0-2 deficit to claim the bronze medal of the men's volleyball tournament at Rio 2016 with a 23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-13 victory over Russia on Sunday morning at Maracanazinho.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Menlo College soccer teams sweep nonconference matches

Oaks corner
Danielle Robinson and Brittany Squarcia each recorded a goal and an assist to help the Menlo College women's soccer team open its season with a 4-3 victory over visiting College of Idaho on Saturday in a nonconference match.

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Stanford's Valenzuela finishes in top half of Olympic golf

Stanford incoming freshman Albane Valenzuela finished her first Olympics experience tied for 21st place with a four-round score of 2-under 282 Saturday on the Olympic Golf Course in Rio.

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Women's volleyball gives Team USA another Olympic medal

Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo had 16 points and the United States defeated Netherlands, 25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 25-19, to capture the bronze medal of the women's volleyball tournament at Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday afternoon at Maracanazinho.

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Stanford men to take preseason golf trip to Scotland

The Stanford men's golf team will trek to Scotland for nearly two weeks of mastering their craft on some of the world's best courses and will play dual matches against the University of St. Andrews and Oregon State.

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Stanford grad Stefanidi earns gold in the pole vault

Stanford grad Katerina Stefanidi cleared 15-11 in the pole vault Friday to earn the gold medal for Greece at the Olympic Stadium. She became the first Cardinal woman to win an individual event in track and field at the Olympics.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Stanford women sink Navy in soccer season opener

Alana Cook and Michelle Xiao each scored a goal and the Stanford women's soccer team opened the season with a 2-1 nonconference over host Navy on Friday.

Friday, 6:40 PM | 1 comment
USA men regroup to play for Olympic volleyball bronze

Bronze has become the new goal and the new gold for the U.S. Men's National Team after losing an Olympic semifinal battle to Italy, 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9 on Friday at the Maracanazinho stadium.

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American women repeat as Olympic water polo champions

Another round of gold. It's on the U.S. women's Olympics water polo team, which maintained its world dominance from its first appearance in the pool in February through its gold medal victory, 12-5, over Italy Friday at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio.

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Palo Alto seeks a quick return to football glory days

Kids growing up in Palo Alto in 2010 when the Palo Alto High football team won a state championship didn't have to go far to find their heroes. Now they want to match them.

Friday, 1:31 PM | 2 comments
Sacred Heart Prep looks to repeat winning football formula

It's been an incredible run for the Sacred Heart Prep football program the last four years. The Gators have won four consecutive Central Coast Section championships, made two state championship game appearances and completed the transition from small-school power to being included among the biggest and the best.

Friday, 1:31 PM | 7 comments
Pinewood looks to contend for MTAL 8-man football title

There is a tweaking of the 8-man Mission Trail Athletic League this season with East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy moving in and Alma Heights Christian Academy of Pacifica moving out. As for Pinewood and Woodside Priory, two MTAL staples nicknamed "Panthers," they'll remain with Pinewood, expected to be a contender.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

American women have a feel for Olympic water polo gold

The USA women's Olympic water polo teams is playing Italy for the Olympic gold medal on Friday at the Olympic Aquatic Center, the same pool that hosted brilliant performances from the American men's and women's swimming teams.

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Stanford's Valenzuela, Scutt make for good Olympic stories

Rio Olympics
Stanford incoming freshman Albane Valenzuela is one of three amateur golfers competing in the 60-player women's field at the Rio Olympics this weekend.

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Akinradewo injured in USA's semifinal loss to Serbia

The U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team's bid to win its first-ever Olympic gold came up two points short in the semifinals on Thursday as it fell to Serbia 20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 16-25, 15-13 in Rio de Janeiro with one of its prime starters, Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo, on the bench midway through the second set due to an injury.

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Menlo College women open volleyball season with a victory

Moea Kekauoha, Sierra Buscher, Bailey Gamez and Monica Hruby each recorded double-doubles and the Menlo College women's volleyball team opened its season with a dramatic, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-20, 15-11, victory over visiting UC Merced Wednesday night.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Earning the Olympic bronze medal feels good in its own right

Beach volleyball
Three-time Olympic Beach Volleyball champion Kerri Walsh Jennings had to settle for a bronze medal on Copacabana in Rio Wednesday night, though one rally in her three-set win with American partner April Ross will be remembered as the most remarkable in her summer Games career that has spanned five quadrennials.

Wednesday, 10:47 PM | No comments yet
USA water polo advance to women's championship contest

It's official, the U.S. Olympic women's water polo team will get the opportunity to defend their Olympic crown after defeating Hungary, 14-10, in the semifinal round of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Wednesday, 5:16 PM | No comments yet
Morgan's junior squash career ends with historic finish

After shocking third-seeded France in the quarterfinals of the 2016 World Junior Men's Team Championship, Team USA's run came to an end in the semifinals, where Pakistan topped the U.S. 2-0 to reach their eighth-consecutive finals at Enjoy Squash in Bielso-Biala, Poland.

Wednesday, 2:36 PM | No comments yet
Long-time Stanford, M-A, 49er trainer leaving for Tennessee

Of local note
Former Menlo-Atherton High trainer Robert Mitchell, an assistant athletic trainer, has worked and volunteered his time for many years helping Stanford athletics rise to new heights.

Wednesday, 1:33 PM | No comments yet
American men roll into Olympic volleyball semifinals

The United States triumphed over Poland, 25-23, 25-22, 25-20, in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's volleyball quarterfinals at Maracanazinho on Wednesday.

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Stanford grad Davis jumps her way to an Olympic silver medal

Rio Olympics
Stanford grad Lucy Davis, and her horse Barron (named after her grandfather), helped the United States win yet another medal on Wednesday.

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Oaks men grab a victory in the soccer season opener

Eli Bunton and Woodside High grad Luis Nunez each scored in the first half and the Menlo College men's soccer team opened its season with a 2-1 victory over visiting Stanislaus State on Tuesday.

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