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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Free throw shooting success leads to tournament title

Women's basketball
Briana Roberson scored 19 of her career-high 26 points after halftime, including a pair of free throws that tied the game with 33 seconds remaining in regulation and No. 13 Stanford won in overtime, beating Purdue, 71-65, in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Classic Sunday.

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Morris scores twice to lead Stanford men into NCAA quarterfinal

Jordan Morris scored twice and Corey Baird added another goal as the seventh-ranked Stanford men's soccer team downed visiting No. 14 Ohio State, 3-1, in the third round of the NCAA tournament Sunday.

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Stanford women earn 8 seed for NCAA volleyball tournament

The Stanford women's volleyball team was seeded eighth overall for the NCAA tournament and will host the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday.

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M-A pulls big upset, but Menlo School falls in semifinals

The Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School girls both had an opportunity to avenge volleyball losses on Saturday night in the semifinals of the CIF Northern California playoffs. The Bears were successful, but the Knights were not.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cardinal magic overcomes Irish in fantastic football finish

Conrad Ukropina kicked a 45-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 13 Stanford a 38-36 victory over No. 4 Notre Dame in the regular-season finale before a sellout crowd of 50,242 at Stanford Stadium on Saturday night.

Saturday, 9:06 PM | 1 comment
Smith, defense and the 3-pointer keys for Stanford victory

Australian freshman Alanna Smith scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers, Lili Thompson scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half and the No. 13 Stanford women's basketball team recovered from a 12-point first-half deficit to beat Dayton, 74-66, at the Gulf Coast Showcase on Saturday evening in Estero, Fla.

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Gunn's Meeks runs to cross country title at CIF State Meet

It has been quite a season in cross country for Gunn senior Gillian Meeks, who won all three Santa Clara Valley Athletic League races before winning the SCVAL El Camino Division and Central Coast Section Division II races.

Saturday, 2:29 PM | 3 comments
SHP advances to CCS football final, but Palo Alto falls

The 2015 high school football season will continue for Sacred Heart Prep, but not for Palo Alto following the Central Coast Section semifinals on Friday night.

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Howard spikes at 22 in Cardinal volleyball win over UCLA

Senior Brittany Howard recorded a career-high 22 kills on a hitting percentage of .404 and the sixth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team rallied from behind to beat host No. 13 UCLA, 25-18, 22-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-11, Friday in the regular-season finale.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Duke spoils Stanford's NCAA women's soccer plans

The Duke and Stanford women's soccer teams played magnificently for 110 minutes Friday, and while the NCAA quarterfinal match officially goes down as a 1-1 tie, the Blue Devils advance to the Women's College Cup on the basis of penalty kicks, 3-2.

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Long-range shooters help Stanford women down Lady Bears

Lili Thompson scored 26 points, Briana Roberson added 18 and the 13th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team opened the Gulf Coast Showcase with an 82-65 victory over Missouri State on Friday in Estero, Fla.

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Stanford men overcome large hoops deficit in Brooklyn

Marcus Allen hit a layup with under three seconds remaining for the go-ahead basket as the Stanford men's basketball team downed Arkansas, 69-66, in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn on Friday.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

NFL video clips helped McCaffrey in his development

Even with the great talent that Christian McCaffrey possesses, there still is room for improvement, and Stanford's standout running back said he turned a corner in his development last spring.

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Stanford men drop sloppy basketball game to Villanova

OK, so the shooting percentage wasn't so great. The Stanford men's basketball team still came away from its 59-45 nonconference loss to No. 8 Villanova on Thursday in Brooklyn, N.Y., with a few positives.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Stanford women claim Big Spike victory over the Golden Bears

Hayley Hodson had 18 kills, one of three players to reach double figures in that department, and the Stanford women's volleyball team downed visiting California in the Big Spike on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, 10:35 PM | No comments yet
M-A, Menlo girls advance in CIF NorCal volleyball playoffs

The Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School girls both moved on to the second round of the CIF NorCal volleyball playoffs following victories on Tuesday night.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bonanni heads Stanford's all-MPSF men's water polo honors

Senior Bret Bonanni, one of the most decorated men's water polo players in school history, added another accolade to his impressive list of achievements on Tuesday. The Cardinal was named to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation First Team for a third straight season.

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Anderson prepares for final home football game at Stanford

Palo Alto grad Kevin Anderson acknowledges that "it's going to be weird" walking onto the field at Stanford Stadium for the final time in a Cardinal football uniform on Saturday.

Tuesday, 2:40 PM | 3 comments
Palo Alto Knights Jr. Midgets heading to national playoffs

Youth football
It's holiday time for the Palo Alto Knights' football program. First up is Thanksgiving this week and then Christmas next month. In between, however, maybe something even more special for the players and their families.

Tuesday, 2:28 PM | 19 comments
2015 girls' All-SCVAL De Anza Division volleyball team

Co-Most Valuable Player: Chanti Holroyd (Mountain View), Lulu Kishton (Los Altos)
Outstanding Senior: Sarah Nelson (Los Gatos)
Outstanding Junior: Jessica Lee (Palo Alto)
Outstanding Sophomore: Chelsea Fan (Palo Alto)

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2015 girls' all-league water polo teams

Most Valuable Player: Celia Aldrete (Castilleja) Sr.
Most Valuable Goalie: Amelia Milne (Burlingame) Sr.
First Team
Maddie Macdonald (Castilleja) Sr.; Serena Rivera-Korver (Castilleja) Jr.; Allison Sullivan Wu (Burlingame) So.; Claire Morrison (Bulringame) Sr.; Kyra Sheeper (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Maya Srinivasan (Woodside) Fr.; Ellie Henretty (Half Moon Bay) Sr.

Tuesday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet
2015 boys' all-league water polo teams

Most Valuable Player: Chris Xi (Menlo School) Sr.
Most Valuable Goalie: Tiago Bonchristiano (Menlo School) Jr.

Tuesday, 11:08 AM | No comments yet
SHP's Choy, Menlo's Vielma advance in CCS singles tourney

CCS roundup
Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Sara Choy opened defense of her singles title at the Central Coast Section Individual Tournament by posting a pair of straight-set wins on Monday at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Stanford women suffer rare home basketball loss to Broncos

Nationally No. 13 Stanford got itself in trouble early and never did get things straightened out, dropping a 61-58 nonconference women's basketball contest to visiting Santa Clara on Monday night.

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McCaffrey earns Pac-12 'special' weekly honor for football

Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey earned Pac-12 Conference Football Special Teams Player of the Week honors, it was announced Monday.

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PAL Bay Division, WBAL girls' volleyball all-league teams

Most Valuable Player: Jacqueline DiSanto (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.
First Team
Erin Alonso (Carlmont) Sr.; Elena Mateus (Carlmont) Sr.; Adrienne Lee (Mills) Sr.; Kara Herbert (Sequoia) Sr.; Hailey Merkes (Half Moon Bay) Jr.; Melanie Moore (Aragon) Jr.; Maddie Lee (Aragon) Sr.; Cherene Uale (Hillsdale) Sr.
Natalie Ballout (Burlingame) So.; Julia Haupt (Burlingame) So.; Kirby Knapp (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Eliza Grover (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.

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PAL Bay Division and WBAL girls' tennis all-league teams

First Team
Lanie Van Linge (Menlo-Atherton) So.; Yvette Leung (Menlo-Atherton) Fr.; Julia Marks (Menlo-Atherton) So.; Halle Martinucci (Burlingame) So.; Mar Burgueno (Carlmont) Sr.; Sophia Longo (Woodside) Fr.

Monday, 12:41 PM | No comments yet
Stanford's McCaffrey earns Pac-12 special teams honor

Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey of Stanford has been named Pac-12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his record-breaking effort against Cal in the Big Game, it was announced Monday.

Monday, 11:21 AM | No comments yet
Menlo girls win a second straight NorCal tennis crown

Menlo School topped Saratoga, 5-2, in the championship match to defend its title in the CIF/USTA Northern California Regional on Saturday at the Broadstone Racquet Club in Folsom.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bashti scores twice to lead Stanford men to NCAA victory

Cardinal corner
No. 6 Stanford refocused after a frustrating first half to put together a sound attack that led to its 3-1 victory over visiting Santa Clara in the second round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament Sunday at Cagan Stadium.

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Stanford's McCaffrey continues to be a human highlight reel

Christian McCaffrey made another strong push for the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in front of a national television audience. The sophomore running back compiled a school-record 389 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns in Stanford's 35-22 victory against bowl eligible Cal in the 118th Big Game.

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M-A girls successfully defend their CCS volleyball crown

Saturday CCS roundup
The Menlo-Atherton girls successfully defended their Central Coast Section Division I volleyball title with a 25-14, 27-25, 25-17 victory over Carlmont on Saturday at Independence High School in San Jose.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Stanford to play for the Pac-12 football championship

The Cardinal clinched a spot in the Pac-12 Championship game on Dec. 5 at Levi's Stadium with its 35-22 victory over visiting California in the 118th Big Game and will meet the winner of next week's game between UCLA and USC.

Saturday, 10:48 PM | 3 comments
Stanford women take another step toward return to College Cup

Ryan Walker-Hartshorn scored twice, Megan Turner also scored and the third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team beat visiting Arizona, 3-0, Saturday afternoon to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals.

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SHP girls, boys make a splash with more CCS polo titles

After eight years, Jon Burke finally got it right on the ninth try. As the final buzzer sounded, the Sacred Heart Prep girls water polo coach raised his arms and leaped into the pool. It was picture perfect.

Saturday, 4:51 PM | No comments yet
McCall soars in Stanford's nonconference win over GWU

Cardinal corner
Erica McCall recorded her third double-double in as many games, Lili Thompson added 21 points and six assists and No. 15 Stanford beat visiting No. 22 George Washington, 84-63, in a nonconference women's basketball contest Saturday.

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Cardinal men overcome adversity to place third at nationals

NCAA cross country
A Stanford men's cross-country team, so buried by adversity during mid-season when it dropped to No. 23 in the rankings, battled to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

Saturday, 2:39 PM | 1 comment
Evans, Eggleton pace Menlo hoops victory in triple overtime

Tyler Evans hit several key shots en route to a career-high 28 points and the Menlo College men's basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat visiting Pacific (Ore.), 101-97, in triple overtime Friday night.

Saturday, 12:07 PM | No comments yet
Paly, SHP advance in playoffs, but M-A's season ends

The Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep football teams will be playing for at least another week as they won their respective Central Coast Section first-round playoff games on Friday night. Menlo-Atherton, however, did not.

Saturday, 8:36 AM | 1 comment
Stanford track and field signs top group of runners

The Stanford track and field program signed six during the fall signing period, including a top class of women's distance runners -- four of which are ranked either No. 1 or 2 in the nation.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Swimming depth paying off for Stanford men at Invitational

The Stanford men's swimming team won four of five individual events and split the relays, extending its lead at the A3 Performance Invitational in Monterey Park on Friday.

Friday, 10:48 PM | No comments yet
Bonanni's hat trick not enough to keep Stanford afloat

Cardinal corner
Bret Bonanni scored late in regulation to force overtime, though host USC came back to beat Stanford, 7-6, and advance to the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Water Polo Championships Friday in Los Angeles.

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DiBiasi delivers pair of goals to pace Cardinal in NCAA win

Freshman Jordan DiBiasi scored twice Thursday night to propel the Stanford women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over visiting BYU at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Stanford women rally for Pac-12 volleyball win over Buffaloes

Cardinal corner
Freshman Haley Hodson recorded 16 kills and the seventh-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team rallied from a first set loss to beat visiting Colorado, 18-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-18, in a Pac-12 Conference match Thursday.

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It's a Big Game in more ways than one for Stanford football

Brennan Scarlett retains ties with the University of California, where he earned a degree and played football for three years, missing his junior year to injury. It will be all about Stanford, however, when Scarlett takes the field in a Cardinal uniform on Saturday.

Thursday, 2:05 PM | No comments yet
Cardinal still has plenty to play for in the Big Game

In the locker room after last Saturday's 38-36 Pac-12 Conference football loss to Oregon, Stanford senior offensive left guard Joshua Garnett addressed the team. His message: Pick your head up. We've got a lot to play for.

Thursday, 1:10 PM | No comments yet
Big Game has provided crazy bounces and fantastic finishes

The 118th Big Game kicks off Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Stanford Stadium, and there is no telling what the outcome holds. The series is famous for heroic performances, crazy bounces and fantastic finishes, the majority at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.

Thursday, 12:15 PM | No comments yet
Stanford men, women take runs at NCAA titles in cross country

Stanford sends its men's and women's teams to the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the 22nd consecutive season -- the longest ongoing streak in the country -- on Saturday in Louisville, Ky. Stanford squads have won a combined nine NCAA titles -- the women five and the men four.

Thursday, 10:30 AM | No comments yet
SHP boys seek another CCS title, Menlo wants to end streak

CCS roundup
The Sacred Heart Prep boys have won four straight Central Coast Section Division II water polo championships. Menlo School would like to see that streak end when the rivals meet in the section finals on Saturday.

Thursday, 9:16 AM | No comments yet
Menlo College takes aim from long range to record victory

Adam Griffin scored a game-high 17 points, an effort that included a 5-of-7 performance from long range, and the Menlo College men's basketball team downed visiting Northwest Christian, 66-62, Wednesday night in a nonconference contest.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Stanford's Thompson on women's Wooden Award watch list

Stanford junior Lili Thompson is among 30 women's basketball players who have been named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30. Thompson is one of three Pac-12 players on the list.

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Former prep volleyball standouts earn college honors

Of local note
A handful of local college volleyball players have received honors at various levels, including All-American recognition following the conclusion of their regular seasons.

Wednesday, 10:23 AM | No comments yet
SHP girls reach CCS finals, but M-A and Gunn boys knocked out

Water polo
After one night of semifinals in the Central Coast Section water polo playoffs, this is what has been decided: There will be no matchup between the Gunn and Menlo-Atherton boys in Division I while Sacred Heart Prep and St. Francis will meet in the finals for the first time since 2007.

Wednesday, 9:26 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Big Game week brings added enthusiasm, energy to campus

Football notebook
Stanford football David Shaw has been involved in the Big Game as a player and assistant coach. It still means a lot to him.

Tuesday, 4:22 PM | No comments yet
Stanford women put finishing touches on a top golf class

The Stanford women's golf team completed its 2016 class by announcing that Ziyi (Emily) Wang of Beijing, China, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the program.

Tuesday, 3:10 PM | No comments yet
Stanford men sweep top awards on All-Pac-12 soccer team

The Stanford men's soccer team was rewarded for winning the Pac-12 Conference title as the Cardinal swept all the top honors on the all-conference team on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 2:36 PM | 1 comment
Former SHP athletes help their Princeton teams win titles

Of local note
Three former Sacred Heart Prep athletes helped their respective Princeton teams to league championships this past weekend as both squads prepared for postseason play.

Tuesday, 1:34 PM | No comments yet
Mauro, Taylor get the best of Baldwin and Sherman in Week 10

It was another Stanford reunion in week 10 of the National Football League as Josh Mauro and Stepfan Taylor of the Arizona Cardinals helped their team defeat Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks.

Tuesday, 12:34 PM | No comments yet
Stanford adds recruits in golf, gymnastics, softball, wrestling

The Stanford men's golf team, men's gymnastics squad, softball and wrestling teams all continued to build for the future by signing athletes last week to National Letters of Intent for the 2016-17 season.

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