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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stanford golfer Wilson named to U.S. Palmer Cup team

Stanford senior Cameron Wilson was named to the Palmer Cup team for the United States, as announced Thursday on the Golf Channel's Morning Drive. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 26-28 at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.

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Paly baseball closes in on first place in De Anza Division race

Prep roundup
Palo Alto remained in the hunt for a possible title in the SCVAL De Anza Division baseball race with a 3-2 victory over visiting Homestead on Wednesday. The Vikings moved to 7-2 in league (11-8 overall) and inched to within a game of first place.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Klausner getting her career started, Albanese wraps hers up

Of local note
One year after helping the Gunn softball team to a winning record and successful season, Claire Klausner is doing the same for her Princeton teammates, only in a different role.

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Stanford men host rowing invitational this weekend

Cardinal corner
The Stanford men's rowing team will welcome seven teams to Redwood Shores this weekend for the 2014 Stanford Invitational/Pac-12 Challenge on Friday and Saturday.

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Menlo College's Hall earns Cal Pac softball honor

Oaks' notes
Mary Hall of Menlo College was named Cal Pac Softball Player of the Week after having a huge week for the Oaks, pounding out eight hits in 12 trips to the plate while raising her season average to .348.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stineman clinches Cardinal tennis victory over Gaels

Stanford roundup
The Stanford men's tennis team beat visiting St. Mary's, 4-0, in a nonconference match Tuesday, extending its winning streak to four matches.

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Palo Alto grad Raffel wins his first college golf title

Of local note
Palo Alto High grad Grant Raffel not only earned his first collegiate golf title this past weekend, but he helped Williams College win the NYU/Manhattanville Invitational team title, as well.

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Stanford's Jamie Neushul earns MPSF water polo honor

Stanford freshman driver Jamie Neushul was named MPSF/KAP 7 Newcomer of the Week by the conference after a standout weekend during the top-ranked Cardinal's road sweep of No. 2 UCLA and Cal State Bakersfield.

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2014 Central Coast Section track and field leaders

400 relay -- Santa Cruz 42.89; Palo Alto 43.13; Palma 43.46; Bellarmine 43.72; Mt. Pleasant 44.12; Menlo-Atherton 44.17; Gunn 44.24; Willow Glen 44.29; Oak Grove 44.30; St. Ignatius 44.38.

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M-A earns share of first place in PAL Bay Division race

Monday's prep roundup
Eric Amundson tossed six shutout innings and Matt McGarry went 3-for-4 with three RBI -- including a two-run homer -- as Menlo-Atherton defeated host Half Moon Bay 8-0, in PAL Bay Division baseball action Monday afternoon.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Stanford's Ogwumike goes No. 1 in the WNBA Draft

Ruef picked in third round
Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike was selected by the Connecticut Sun with the top overall pick in the WNBA Draft on Monday night. With the selection, Ogwumike becomes Stanford's second No. 1 overall pick, joining older sister, Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who was taken in the same slot by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2012.

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Stanford's Huestis invited to basketball showcase

Stanford senior forward Josh Huestis has been invited to participate in the 62nd annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which runs Wednesday-Saturday at the Churchland High School Sports Complex in Portsmouth, Va.

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Menlo School's Price sets the bar high in girls 400 meters

Weekend prep roundup
Whatever plans Maddy Price has for the remainder of the 2014 track and field season, she's probably already ahead of schedule to achieve those goals following a sensational effort in the 400 meters at the Arcadia Invitational.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hochstatter pitches Stanford to conference win over Huskies

Sunday's Cardinal corner
Stanford gave starting pitcher John Hochstatter a four-run lead before he threw a pitch and he made it stand up in helping the Cardinal avoid a sweep with a 6-3 Pac-12 Conference win at Washington on Sunday.

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Wilson overtakes Rodgers to earn blue letter jacket

Hours before The Masters champion was cloaked with a green blazer, Cameron Wilson donned the blue letter jacket awarded to the Western Intercollegiate champion after winning the event by two strokes over teammate Patrick Rodgers.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Teammates tied atop the leaderboard at golf tournament

Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers will be looking to close in on Tiger Woods' school-record 11 individual titles on Sunday at the Western Intercollegiate. Senior teammate Cameron Wilson will be looking for his own title. They are currently in a three-way tie for first in the Western Intercollegiate at the par-70 Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz.

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Sanders has a solid game in Stanford spring contest

Barry Sanders couldn't hide his enthusiasm after Saturday afternoon's Cardinal and White Spring Game at sun-splashed Stanford Stadium. The rising-junior running back has been itching to receive more carries, and got his name called 17 times, collecting 72 yards, including a 29-yard scamper on a draw, and juked defenders on two screen passes.

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Stanford clinches top seed at MPSF water polo tournament

Cardinal corner
Junior Kiley Neushul scored six goals, four in the first period, as the Stanford women's water polo team downed host Cal State Bakersfield, 19-6, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game Saturday. The victory clinched the No. 1 seed for the Cardinal in the upcoming MPSF tournament.

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SHP ruins no-hit bid while upending Menlo-Atherton

Sacred Heart Prep's Danny Cody beat out an infield single with two outs in the top of the eighth inning to end Menlo-Atherton's Matt McGarry's no-hit bid and give the Gators a 1-0 victory over the Bears on Friday in PAL Bay Division baseball action.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Top-three finish for Stanford men at NCAA gymnastics

The Stanford men's gymnastics team placed third at the NCAA Championships on Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich., recording its eighth top-three finish in the past nine years.

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A spectacular basketball season ends with the Wooden Award

Chiney Ogwumike was named the John R. Wooden Award winner at the Wooden Award Gala in Los Angeles on Friday night. She was there with Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer and her older sister, Stanford grad Nnemkadi Ogwumike.

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Big stops lead to big MPSF victory for the Cardinal

Stanford roundup
Kaley Dodson scored the go-ahead goal early in the fourth period, Jamie Neushul made a key field block that led to the goal and the top-ranked Stanford women's water polo team rallied to beat No. 2 UCLA, 9-8, in a key Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Friday.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

This return was easy to handle for Stanford's Montgomery

Stanford junior Ty Montgomery received the Jet Award, which goes to the nation's top kick return specialist, Thursday night at Ralston Arena. Montgomery, a native of Dallas, led the nation during the regular season with a 31.2 yards per kickoff return average while taking a pair of kicks back for touchdowns.

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Stanford men qualify for NCAA finals in gymnastics

Cardinal corner
The No. 4-ranked Stanford men's gymnastics finished second in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships on Thursday in Ann Arbor, Mich., qualifying to Friday's finals for the ninth consecutive season.

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Canada honors Stanford tennis freshman Zhao

Stanford freshman Carol Zhao was honored as the 2013 Junior Player of the Year, as announced by Tennis Canada. She is a member of Tennis Canada's full-time National Training Centre in Montreal.

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Stanford improves its lead in Directors' Cup standings

Stanford has built on its lead in the Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup winter standings. The Cardinal finished second in women's swimming & diving, third in women's basketball, ninth in fencing, men's basketball and men's swimming & diving and 40th in wrestling. They now have 997.75 total points.

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SHP girls top rival Menlo in WBAL lacrosse showdown

Coming into their final-regular season match of the 2013 season, the Sacred Heart Prep girls lacrosse team had never beaten Menlo School in its history -- falling victim to the Knights many times during Menlo's 59-game league winning streak that stretched over seven seasons.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Stanford's Solomon earns Pac-12 honor for track

Stanford roundup
Stanford sophomore Steven Solomon was named Pac-12 Men's Track Athlete of the Week, the Pac-12 announced Wednesday. Solomon dominated the 400 meters at the Australian national championships on Saturday.

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Olympians, ex-pro athletes on hand for PCA's national awards dinner

More than a dozen Olympians and pro and college athletes, coaches and executives who support the Positive Coaching Alliance will attend PCA's 13th Annual National Youth Sports Awards Dinner and Auction on Saturday at Palo Alto's Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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Kris Weems returns to Menlo School as the new athletic director

Menlo School has dug into its past to find a leader for the future, hiring Kris Weems as its new athletic director. Weems, the school's former boys basketball coach, brings a wealth of experience as an administrator, coach and player at all levels from youth to NCAA Division I to the NBA.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stanford nets victories on tennis and sand courts

Cardinal corner
Stanford No. 1 singles player John Morrissey recovered from a tough first-set loss to claim a 6-7, 6-0, 6-4 triumph at the top of the ladder to clinch a 4-2 nonconference men's tennis victory over visiting Cal Poly on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 6:02 PM | 1 comment
Menlo batterymates named Cal Pac pitcher, catcher of the week

Menlo College pitcher Kelly Hager and catcher Melissa Reynosa were both honored as California Pacific Conference softball players of the week it was announced Tuesday. They each played key roles in the Lady Oaks' two wins last week.

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Stanford wraps up spring practice with annual scrimmage

The two-time reigning Pac-12 champion Stanford football team returns to action Saturday in the annual Cardinal & White Spring Game at Stanford Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and admission is free.

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East Palo Alto native joins MLS's New England Revolution

Professing he will continue to "keep his head down and continue to work hard", former Santa Clara University goalkeeper Larry Jackson ('13) signed to work as a goalkeeper for the MLS's New England Revolution this past week.

Tuesday, 10:41 AM | 2 comments
Stanford senior golfer a finalist for Byron Nelson Award

Cardinal notes
Stanford senior Cameron Wilson is one of five finalists for the Byron Nelson Award, as announced Tuesday by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

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SHP boys knock Menlo out of share of first place in WBAL golf

Monday's prep roundup
Sacred Heart Prep maintained its share of first place in the West Bay Athletic League boys golf race with a 177-183 victory over neighborhood rival Menlo School on Monday at Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course.

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Record run by Stanford's Solomon could be just the start

Steven Solomon's record-breaking 400-meter run in Melbourne on Saturday was satisfying on many levels for both Solomon and Stanford associate head coach Jody Stewart.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

2014 Central Coast Section track and field leaders

400 -- Price (Menlo) 54.69 (55.22 outdoors); Collier (Piedmont Hills) 54.90 (indoors); Baynard (Piedmont Hills) 56.74; Revera (Santa Catalina) 57.18; Miklos (Gunn) 57.27; Chen (Los Gatos) 57.64c; Harrison (Cupertino) 57.71; Herberg (Scotts Valley) 58.13; Peyser (Mitty) 58.47; Nguyen (Piedmont Hills) 58.91.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Ogwumike era comes to a close with a 75-56 loss in Final Four

Amber Orrange scored 16 points, Chiney Ogwumike had 15 points and 10 rebounds but the Stanford women's basketball team saw its season come to an end, losing, 75-56, to Connecticut in the national semifinal of the NCAA tournament Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

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Stanford women finish seventh at PING/ASU Invitational

Sunday's Cardinal corner
No. 10 Stanford put the finishing touches on its regular season Sunday with a seventh-place finish at the PING/Arizona State Invitational in Tempe. Four Cardinal finished in the top-50, led by 12th-place Casey Danielson (71-71-74).

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The Cardinal's toughness is tested at Stanford Invitational

Lucas Rowley passed his previous personal record by 14 feet in the discus and won that competition with a throw of 174-9 at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday. Darian Brooks broke his personal record in triple jump to progress to No. 9 on Stanford's all-time list, jumping 50-6 1/2 to finish third.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Cardinal ready for a grand finale at the NCAA championships

Women's gymnastics
The 10th-ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team scored big on Saturday, matching its season-high total of 197.275 to finish second at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.

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Gunn's Robinson lowers another record at Stanford meet

Prep track and field
Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley and Sarah Robinson of Gunn ran two of the top three outdoor times in in the nation in the girls' mile on Saturday and Menlo School's Maddy Price had a victory and second place to highlight the 39th annual Stanford Invitational track and field meet at Cobb Track & Angell Field.

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Stanford women stay unbeaten in MPSF water polo action

Cardinal corner
Top-ranked Stanford got 11 goals from the trio of Annika Dries, Ashley Grossman and Kiley Neushul, and the defense did not concede a goal over the final 26:41 as the Cardinal defeated No. 5 Arizona State, 14-4, Saturday at Avery Aquatic Center in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest.

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It's a consensus: Ogwumike named WBCA All-American

Stanford senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Coaches' All-America Team, the organization announced Saturday.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Menlo's Chavez pitches and fields his way to a no-hitter

Oaks corner
Menlo College senior starter Daniel Chavez put his pitching hand at risk in the ninth inning of a blowout. He had good reason. Chavez pitched his first collegiate no-hitter, and the second in Oaks history, as Menlo beat visiting Simpson, 7-0, in the first game of a Cascade Collegiate Conference doubleheader Friday.

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Top marks for Cardinal women at the Stanford Invitational

Stanford roundup
Sophomore Kristyn Williams ran the fastest collegiate 400 meter time in the country this year, and teammate Brianna Bain had the No. 2 javelin throw, at the Stanford Invitational on Friday at Cobb Track and Angell Field.

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Gunn girls run to a national best in distance medley relay

Gunn High track and field coach PattiSue Plumer had to make a strategic decision on Friday at the 39th annual Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track & Angell Field. Plumer could have her best runner, senior Sarah Robinson, compete in the 3,000 for individual honors or run on distance medley relay team and take a shot at a record.

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Menlo water polo standout gets some special training

Menlo junior Nick Bisconti took his offseason training to a new level, more than 5,000 feet higher. Bisconti was one of six junior water polo players invited to train with the U.S. Senior National Team for 10 days recently at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

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Stanford women hope a second shot at UConn won't miss

The sixth-ranked Stanford women's basketball team gets a second chance to make a good first impression this weekend in Nashville, Tenn., getting the honor of sharing the same court with top-ranked and defending national champion Connecticut.

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SHP boys hold off Menlo, take control of SCVAL lacrosse race

Thursday's prep roundup
In a much-anticipated battle of unbeaten teams in the SCVAL De Anza Division boys' lacrosse race, host Sacred Heart Prep held off rival Menlo School, 15-14, in a tightly contest tug-of-war on Thursday.

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