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Friday, July 25, 2014

Allman world runner-up at Junior track and field event

Valarie Allman placed second in the discus and Olivia Baker was third in the 400 meters, giving Stanford women's track and field a pair of top-three finishes at the IAAF World Junior Championships on Friday night at Hayward Field for athletes 19 and under.

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Stanford grad Ahn gets berth in main draw of Bank of the West

The Stanford women's tennis program will be well represented this weekend when the 2014 Bank of the West Classic gets underway at Taube Family Tennis Stadium, highlighted by recent grad Kristie Ahn appearing in the main draw.

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Gibbs aces her QF match; Ahn to play in bank of the West

Of local note
Stanford grad Nicole Gibbs is on the verge of earning herself a third consecutive trip into the U.S. Open. She took one step closer Friday with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Australia's Jarmila Gajdosova in the quarterfinal of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington.

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Palo Alto Oaks fall in AABC West Regional baseball opener

On a bright and sunny day at Washington Park in Burlingame on Friday morning, the Palo Alto Oaks' mood did not match the weather after their opening-round AABC West Regional game against the San Fernando Cardinals.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gibbs seeks title; Bank of the West Classic is set at Stanford

With any luck, Stanford grad Nicole Gibbs hopes she won't get the chance to qualify for the Bank of the West Classic women's tennis tournament, which begins Monday at the Taube Family Tennis Center at Stanford.

Thursday, 6:17 PM | 1 comment
Walsh and Ross win 24th consecutive pool play match

FIVB beach volleyball
Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, the top-seeded duo, qualified for the single-elimination part of the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball, a US$1,000,000 FIVB Grand Slam, being held in Long Beach. The U.S. pair downed a team from Canada, 21-18, 21-15, on Thursday.

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Gunn trio hopes to bring regional success to PA Oaks

This past high school season was a tough one for the Gunn baseball program, as the Titans won only twice during a 30-game season and found themselves struggling in the tough SCVAL De Anza Division. A trio of Gunn alums, however, hope to bring some respect to the program while competing for a championship this weekend.

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Allman qualifies for discus final at IAAF World Juniors

Stanford sophomore Valarie Allman needed one throw in the women's discus to qualify for Friday's final in the event at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships, being held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Gibbs reaches second round with a victory over Ahn

USTA Pro Circuit
Stanford grad Nicole Gibbs reached the second round of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington, beating former Cardinal teammate Kristie Ahn, 6-0, 6-3, on Wednesday.

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Stanford picked to finish second in the Pac-12 North this season

Pac-12 Conference Media Days mean that the football season is around the corner. Prior to Wednesday's events, the 2014 conference's preseason media poll was released with Stanford picked to finish second in the North Division.

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Menlo grad Price advances in 400 at World Junior track

Of local note
Recent Menlo School grad Maddy Price had the fourth-fastest qualifying time during the women's 400-meter prelims at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field on Wednesday.

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Stanford rowers have a solid week at the Club Nationals

Stanford roundup
Stanford lightweight rowing team members Katherine Christel and Jackie Huddle were two of the stars at the Club Nationals last week in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Wednesday, 12:03 PM | 1 comment

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Local athletes competing at World Junior Championships

Track and field
Incoming Stanford freshman Harrison Williams will be the first athlete with local ties to compete in the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships that got under way Tuesday in Eugene, Ore. Williams is competing in the men's decathlon.

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Stanford softball takes another hit with Hoover leaving for LSU

Cardinal corner
Carly Hoover, who made five starts for the Stanford softball team as a freshman, tweeted that she was officially transferring to Louisiana State University late last week.

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Ex-Stanford men's soccer coach Sam Koch passes away

Of local note
Former Stanford men's soccer coach Sam Koch, who guided the Cardinal to a 58-53-16 record from 1984-89, has died after a two-year battle with sinus cancer. He was 59.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15s bow out of NorCal State tourney

Youth baseball
The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15-year-old all-stars were knocked out of the double-elimination NorCal State Tournament on Monday with a 6-1 consolation loss to East Sacramento at the Belmont Sports Complex.

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Stanford hoop quartet honored for academic success

Stanford's Anthony Brown, John Gage, Robbie Lemons and Chasson Randle have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

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Stanford wraps up watch list preseason with more nominees

Stanford senior wide receiver and kick returner Ty Montgomery and junior offensive tackle Andrus Peat are among the 50 candidates for the Walter Camp Football Foundation's Player of the Year award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.

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Stanford grads help NYAC men, women win water polo titles

For the second straight year, the New York Athletic Club men and women won gold at the US Open of Water Polo, which finished up Sunday in Southern California.

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Nneka gets best of Chiney in the WNBA All-Star Game

While the West was battling the East in the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday, sisters Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike were having their own little battle. Appropriately enough, experience won out.

Monday, 9:48 AM | 3 comments
Palo Alto Oaks sweep in final tuneup before West Regional

The Palo Alto Oaks tuned up for another run at the AABC West Regional title by sweeping a Western Baseball Association doubleheader from the visiting San Francisco Tides on Sunday at Baylands Athletic Center.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cardinal grad Gibbs moves closer to US Open with a title

Pro tennis
Stanford grad Nicole Gibbs moved another step closer to playing in her third consecutive US Open main draw, capturing the USTA Player Development Women's $50,000 Classic with a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 4-seeded Melanie Oudin on Sunday at the USTA Training Center West at StubHub Center in Carson.

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Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15s bounce back in NorCal State tourney

Youth baseball
The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15-year-old all-stars survived to play another day in the NorCal State Tournament following an 11-1 victory over Northern Solano on Sunday at the Belmont Sports Complex.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Stanford grad Gibbs reaches USTA championship match

Stanford grad Nicole Gibbs and Melanie Oudin survived sluggish first-set losses to advance to Sunday's singles final of the USTA Player Development Women's $50,000 Classic being played at the USTA Training Center/ West at StubHub Center in Carson.

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Palo Alto's journey in Babe Ruth 14s comes to a tough end

Youth baseball
The long journey has come to an end for the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 14-year-old all-stars, in so many ways. Not only did the team travel 2-3 hours each way to Woodland (near Sacramento) to play six games over a seven-day period, but the all-stars' final game was stretched to nine innings.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Paly's new girls volleyball coach is former Italian professional

When Daniele Desiderio takes over as Palo Alto High's new girls volleyball coach this fall, he will bring with him some European flair and a wealth of experience from the professional indoor and beach volleyball circuit.

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Stanford grad Gibbs advances to USTA tourney semifinals

Stanford grad Nicole Gibbs is one of four Americans moving into the semifinals of the USTA Player Development Women's $50,000 Classic at the USTA Training Center/West at StubHub Center in Carson.

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Gunn High's Zhou wins her fifth career AJGA golf title

Gunn High senior Anna Zhou of Palo Alto captured her fifth title of her career on the American Junior Golf Association tour with a wire-to-wire victory at the AJGA Junior at Serrano in El Dorado Hills.

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Palo Alto Babe Ruth 14s reach NorCal State tourney finals

Getting six singles and four runs in the first inning, the Palo Alto 14-year-old Babe Ruth all-stars advanced to the championship game of the NorCal State Tournament with a 7-3 win over Woodland on Thursday at Clark Field in Woodland.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gibbs tops Ahn in a battle of former Stanford teammates

Of local note
It was a showdown between former Stanford teammates at the
USTA Player Development Women's $50,000 Classic in Carson, at the USTA Training Center/West at The StubHub Center on Thursday as six Americans advanced to the quarterfinals.

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Three Stanford women named to U.S. U-20 World Cup team

Three Stanford soccer players -- sophomores Stephanie Amack and Jane Campbell, and incoming freshman Andi Sullivan -- were among the 21 named Thursday to the final United States roster for the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup, to be played Aug. 5-24 in Canada.

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It's all in the family when it comes to this NCAA title streak

The next NCAA championship won by a Stanford team will mark the 39th straight year that the Cardinal has won at least one national championship. It is quite a remarkable achievement for any school to have a 38-year streak of titles.

Thursday, 4:45 PM | 1 comment
Paly grad Pederson homers in PCL all-star baseball game

Of local note
Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson had a solo home run for the Pacific Coast League during a 7-3 loss to the International League in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday night in Durham, N.C.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Palo Alto Babe Ruth all-stars advance in NorCals

Youth baseball
The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 13- and 14-year-old all-star teams are alive for at least one more game in their respective NorCal State tournaments following victories on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 11:05 AM | 1 comment
Ogwumike sisters are named to the WNBA all-star game

Former Stanford All-American basketball players Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike, who in April became only the second set of siblings ever selected with the top overall pick in an American professional sports draft, have made history again.

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Stanford QB Hogan on watch list for the O'Brien award

Stanford senior quarterback Kevin Hogan is among 39 of the nation's best players named to the 2014 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback AwardŽ Watch List today, as announced by The Davey O'Brien Foundation.

Wednesday, 10:04 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Edman named to all-star game; Quantrill tosses perfect inning

Stanford roundup
Stanford sophomore infielder Tommy Edman was named to the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) South All-Star team, the league announced Sunday. Edman, a member of the Newport Gulls, will start at shortstop for the South squad.

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Dahlkemper, Stanford players sharpening their soccer skills

This summer is proving to be a busy time for current and soon-to-be Stanford women's soccer players plus a Menlo Park resident as two US Soccer national teams sharpen their skills in training camps.

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Stanford's Hardebeck just misses main draw of tourney

Stanford junior Krista Hardebeck made it past the first two rounds of qualifying, but fell in the third and final round at the USTA Player Development Women's $50,000 Classic in Carson. The event is on the International Tennis Federation circuit.

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Stanford 14&U boys bring home a bronze from club champs

Water polo
The preliminaries are all but over for the boys and girls of the Stanford Water Polo Club with the National Junior Olympics coming up in just over a week. The final tuneups were this past weekend in separate tournaments in Southern California.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Palo Alto Babe Ruth 14s remain alive in NorCal State tourney

Of local note
The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 14-year-old all-stars survived to play another day following a 9-7 victory over Vallejo in the NorCal State Tournament on Monday at Clark Field in Woodland.

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Preseason recognition continues for the Cardinal

Stanford's football trio of Henry Anderson, Andrus Peat and A.J. Tarpley have been named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, while Tarpley and James Vaughters are among the early candidates for the Butkus Award, given to the most outstanding college linebacker.

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Stanford's Plaza earns gold medal with USA softball squad

Cardinal corner
Stanford's Jessica Plaza is the proud owner of a gold medal today after the USA Women's National team posted a 5-2 victory over Canada at the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX in Irvine on Sunday.

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Oaks get unlucky on 13th game of season, settle for split

Weekend baseball
With baseball being by its nature a game of superstition, the Palo Alto Oaks approached Game 1 of their doubleheader with Fontanetti's on Sunday at Baylands Athletic Center with a heightened level of nervousness.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

U.S. Youth National teams headed for Jr. Pan Am semis

USA Water Polo
Scoring early and often, the United States men's junior national water polo team swamped Mexico, 15-6, in Riverside on Sunday to clinch a spot in the semifinal round of the UANA Junior Pan American Championships.

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Nneka grabs Ogwumike family bragging rights in Sparks' win

Nneka Ogwumike scored 24 points and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the host Connecticut Sun, 90-64, in a WNBA game that featured an Ogwumike on either side of the ball for the first time in the WNBA. Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points for the Sun.

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Stanford goes to Dartmouth to find its new softball coach

Rachel Hanson is the new softball coach at Stanford according to published reports. She will take over for John Rittman, who resigned following a disappointing season in the spring. Hanson spent the past four years at Dartmouth.

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U.S. women complete four-match volleyball sweep of Brazil

The United States women's senior national volleyball team completed a four-match sweep of world No. 1 Brazil on Saturday, winning 22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11, at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu as part of the USA Volleyball Cup.

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