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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Menlo-Atherton hosts 3-AA NorCal football playoff game

Prep report
Menlo-Atherton will continue its football journey with a Northern California contest at home against Manteca Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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Cardinal women head into hoops break with a solid victory

Erica McCall recorded her third consecutive double-double in Stanford's 68-42 nonconference women's basketball victory over visiting UC Davis on Sunday.

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Gunn boys basketball thriving in a 'rebuilding year'

The Gunn boys basketball team never trailed Saturday and ran away with a 70-46 victory over Wilcox in the championship game of the 61st annual James Lick Invitational.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Stanford men gain return to College Cup to defend title

Cardinal corner
A Foster Langsdorf winner, some stout defense and a victory on the road in the quarterfinals. Stanford used a familiar script to knock off Louisville 2-0 on Saturday and book its second consecutive trip to the College Cup.

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Freshmen in charge as Stanford women advance to Sweet 16

NCAA volleyball
Freshman Kathryn Plummer recorded 17 kills, Morgan Hentz had 16 digs and six assists and the Stanford women's volleyball team beat visiting Boise State, 25-11, 25-22, 25-18, in the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday.

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The Knights make their own state volleyball history

After losing in its first five state championship match appearances, the Menlo School girls' volleyball team shook off the negative history, beating Point Loma-San Diego, 25-18, 25-13, 25-21, at Santiago Canyon College for the CIF Division IV title on Saturday.

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Japic scores twice in Palo Alto's victory over the Bears

Prep soccer
Palo Alto freshman midfielder Chloe Japic scored two goals to lead the Vikings to a 5-0 nonleague victory over visiting Menlo-Atherton on Saturday.

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M-A's 30-win volleyball season comes to a close in the state final

Menlo-Atherton High's girls volleyball team went out the way they started, with big dreams and unlikely results. There were too many good things that happened this year to consider the Bears anything less than successful.

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Gunn presses the advantage to earn spot in tourney final

Boys basketball
A change in tempo turned frustration into fortune as the Gunn boys basketball team moved into the championship final of the James Lick Invitational, beating the host team, 85-61, Friday in a contest that was in doubt at halftime.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Cardinal women advance in the NCAA volleyball tournament

No. 9 Stanford women's volleyball opened the postseason with a convincing 25-12, 25-22, 25-20 victory over Denver in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night at Maples Pavilion.

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Stanford men continue strong showing at Texas Invitational

Three runner-up finishes and an all-around team effort led the Stanford men's swimming team to a strong showing on Day 3 of the Texas Invitational at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

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Castilleja brings home a trophy; Eastside Prep an easy winner

Prep report
Senior Cate Adler and freshman Sammy Wong combined to hit nine 3-pointers and score 32 points in helping the Castilleja girls basketball team beat league rival King's Academy, 45-24, in the fifth-place game of the Firebird Classic on Thursday.

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Menlo-Atherton is hosting a girls wrestling tournament

Folashade Akinola and Abby Erickson followed Menlo-Atherton High senior Chelsea Wilson into the wrestling room and helped shape the image of Bears' girls' wrestling.

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Menlo girls ready for prime time at state volleyball

Menlo School senior outside hitter Mia Vandermeer watched her older sister Lida from the stands of the Santiago Canyon College gymnasium in Orange the last team Menlo played for the state Division IV girls volleyball championship. She gets to play in one this year.

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McCall feels right at home in Cardinal victory on the road

Women's basketball
It was a happy homecoming for Erica McCall. Stanford's senior captain tallied a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds and the No. 11 Cardinal women's basketball team beat host CSU Bakersfield 77-56 on Thursday night.

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DeVine swims to victory in 200 IM at Texas Invitational

A win by Abrahm DeVine in the 200-yard individual medley punctuated a strong showing by the Stanford men's swimming team on Thursday night at the Texas Invitational.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bears are better prepared for state volleyball chase

Second-year coach Fletcher Anderson learned from Menlo-Atherton's trip to the state girls volleyball championships last year. The Bears (30-5) should have a better trip to Santiago Canyon College, where they meet Edison (35-8) for the Division I championship at 4:30 p.m. Friday night.

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His influence continues to be felt in the community

In boys tennis, the 1990s belonged to Palo Alto and its coach, Keith Clark. The Vikings won six straight section crowns under Clark, from 1991-96. During that stretch, Paly won a remarkable 86 straight dual matches. That ranks second to Gunn's 200 straight in CCS history for boys tennis.

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Stanford's McCall on Wade Watch list for women's hoops

Stanford senior forward Erica McCall is one of 25 players on the "Wade Watch" list of candidates for the 2017 Wade Trophy, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Thursday.

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Gunn's Lee-Heidenreich turns in double-double in hoops win

Boys' basketball
Gunn senior Jeffrey Lee-Heidenreich scored 24 points and grabbed 22 rebounds as the Titans' boys basketball team opened their season with a 77-58 victory over Pioneer in the opening round of the James Lick Invitational Tournament.

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Stanford men fall to Gaels, 66-51, in nonconference hoops

Cardinal corner
Senior Grant Verhoeven scored 12 points and sophomore Robert Cartwright added 10 for the Stanford men's basketball team in a 66-51 loss to visiting No. 12 St. Mary's in a nonconference contest Wednesday night.

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Sacred Heart Prep girls open soccer season with a big win

Prep report
The Sacred Heart Prep girls soccer team may have lost some talented seniors from last year's Central Coast Section Division II runner-up team, but it appears there's plenty left to make another run.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gunn grad McElfresh named men's soccer All-American

Gunn grad Cameron McElfresh was one of two UC San Diego men's soccer players named as Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-Americans, it was announced Wednesday.

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Stanford's Bauer named Pac-12's top soccer scholar-athlete

Stanford's Maddie Bauer was named the Pac-12 Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2016 season, the Conference office announced Wednesday. The award, which is presented in each of the 23 sports the Pac-12 sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.

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Stanford men heading to Texas for swimming invitational

Cardinal corner
The Stanford men's swimming and diving team will compete in a talented field at the Texas Invitational this week at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sacred Heart Prep boys open soccer season with a victory

Prep report
Senior team captain Connor Johnston scored in the second half and the Sacred Heart Prep boys soccer team beat host Mountain View, 1-0, in the season opener for both teams Tuesday.

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Sullivan, Bauer named semifinalists for Hermann Trophy

Women's soccer
Stanford women's soccer players Andi Sullivan and Maddie Bauer are among 15 collegiate players named Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy semifinalists, as announced Tuesday by the organization.

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Hilliard-Arce a semifinalist for MAC Hermann Trophy

Men's soccer
Stanford junior center back Tomas Hilliard-Arce was named one of 15 semifinalists for the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy it was announced Tuesday.

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McCaffrey, Thomas named first team all-Pac-12 football

First-team recipients Christian McCaffrey and Solomon Thomas were among 13 Cardinal to earn All-Pac-12 football honors, as announced by the conference on Tuesday. McCaffrey, a first-team selection at running back, was also an honorable mention pick as a return specialist.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Palo Alto girls tame Wildcats in soccer season opener

Three different players scored as the Palo Alto girls soccer team opened the season with a 3-0 victory over visiting Woodside on Monday night.

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Stanford men to host an exhibition volleyball match

The Stanford men's volleyball team will host an exhibition match on Friday against SportConX. The action will begin at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion. Admission is free.

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Plummer named Pac-12 women's volleyball Freshman of the Year

Stanford outside hitter Kathryn Plummer has been named the Pac-12 women's volleyball Freshman of the Year as the annual conference awards were announced Monday by Commissioner Larry Scott.

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Stanford football smoothed out the bumps along the way

The preseason pick by the media for the first time in school history to win the Pac-12 Conference championship, Stanford started the season strong, lost three of four, then closed with five straight victories.

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Langsdorf's header sends Cardinal men into the quarterfinals

NCAA soccer
Foster Langsdorf, the Pac-12 co-Player of the Year, recorded his seventh game-winning goal of the season, a header in the second overtime, and the No. 5 Stanford men's soccer team knocked off visiting No. 16 Virginia, 1-0, in the third round of the NCAA tournament Sunday night.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Pickens leads Stanford men to hoops victory over Seton Hall

Cardinal corner
Junior Dorian Pickens scored a season-high 21 points to lead Stanford to a 66-52 victory over Seton Hall Sunday evening at the Advocare Invitational in HP Field House.

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State cross country meet good for some, not for others

Palo Alto High's boys' cross country team finished 13th in the state Division I cross country race at Woodward Park on Saturday. It wasn't a disaster, though the race might have gone a different way had everyone been healthy. Menlo placed 15th in girls' Division IV and Gunn was 22nd in girls' Division II.

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Menlo holds a block party in NorCal championship match

NorCal girls' volleyball
The Menlo School girls' volleyball team will be making its sixth trip to the state finals, though just its second in the rally-scoring era. Mia Vandermeer made sure the Knights got another chance this year, recording 10 kills and being part of an astonishing 12 blocks in Menlo's 25-9, 25-14, 28-26 victory over Monte Vista Christian in the NorCal Division IV final Saturday in front of a full house at Menlo.

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Loss in football title game can't sour Menlo's sweet season

Menlo was not supposed to get this far. Too many questions, especially at quarterback. This Hayden Pegley kid? Never started a game at QB until this season. Don't call them overachievers, though. The Knights earned the right to play for a title. That they fell short of a Central Coast Section Division V championship, 41-24, at the hands of defending champion Half Moon Bay at Sequoia High School on Friday night, takes nothing away from a marvelous year.

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McCaffrey gives Stanford football fans a kind of a rush

The biggest mystery of Stanford's 41-17 nonconference football victory over Rice on Saturday night was guessing what kind of crazy numbers Christian McCaffrey would accumulate in the regular-season finale at Stanford Stadium.

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Bears start planning their return trip to the state championship

The Menlo-Atherton girls' volleyball team won its second consecutive Northern California Division I championship Saturday with a 3-1 win over visiting Oak Ridge.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Samuelson helps Cardinal women win hoops tourney in Cancun

Karlie Samuelson nailed six 3-pointers, Erica McCall had a double-double, Brittany McPhee led the Cardinal with 22 points and No. 11 Stanford women's basketball team won the Cancun Challenge with a 78-69 win over Purdue on Saturday afternoon.

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Stanford men shooting for a repeat in NCAA soccer

The past two men's soccer national champions meet Sunday when Pac-12 champion Stanford (12-3-4) hosts Virginia (11-3-5) in a third round NCAA match at 5 p.m.

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Mims, defense shine for Bears in victory over Milpitas

CCS football
Talk about saving your best football for last, about saving your best for the most important games of the season. That's what the Menlo-Atherton defense did once it arrived deep in the playoffs.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Stanford's volleyball senior sendoff a sweeping success

The 12th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team made sure to give seniors Inky Ajanaku and Kelsey Humphreys a successful send off with a dominating 25-15, 25-8, 25-15 victory over California in the Big Spike, Friday, at Maples Pavilion.

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Oaks' Paine scores 27 points in men's basketball action

Bud Presley Classic
The Menlo College men's basketball team ended a two-game losing streak to Cal Pac Conference opponents Friday, beating visiting UC Merced, 80-59, in the first round of the Bud Presley Classic.

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Pickens hits game-winner in Stanford's victory over Sycamores

Men's basketball
Junior Dorian Pickens connected on a three-pointer with two seconds left to break a tie and give the Stanford men's basketball team a 65-62 victory over Indiana State Friday in the Advocare Invitational at HP Field House.

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Coffee brews a career day for Stanford women's hoops

Cancun Challenge
Brittany McPhee and Shannon Coffee each scored 13 points to lead a contingent of six players in double figures and the 11th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team beat Wichita State, 87-39, Friday on the second day of the Cancun Challenge.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Paly's Liang, six others join Stanford men's swim program

Seven talented high school student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Cardinal men's swimming and diving next season, as announced this week by Director of Swimming Ted Knapp.

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McCaffrey is an award winner no matter what happens in Heisman voting

National awards have become immaterial for Stanford football. The frustrations of the past have led to skepticism of the present, at least concerning Christian McCaffrey.

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Cardinal women's 19-1 run buries Northeastern hoops

Up eight with two minutes remaining in the third quarter, the No. 11 Stanford women's basketball team went on a 19-1 run and beat Northeastern, 74-45, in its first game at the Cancun Challenge on Thursday morning.

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Second-half rally leads Miami to victory over Stanford

Men's basketball
The Stanford men's basketball team, behind Reid Travis' third double-double of the season, led for the majority of the game against Miami, but a late surge lifted the Hurricanes past the Cardinal, 67-53, Thursday in the Advocare Invitational at HP Field House in Orlando.

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Gunn boys basketball looks to retool, Palo Alto on the rise

When Gunn hired coach Brandynn Williams, the Titans' basketball team had just come off a horrific season, going 4-19 overall and only winning a single game in league play. Williams, who was a part of the Paly coaching staff when the Vikings won the state championships in 2006 and also a Paly grad, sought to revive Gunn basketball and that is exactly what he did.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Stanford women still have chance at Pac-12 volleyball title

No. 12 Stanford made quick work of 19th-ranked Oregon in women's volleyball action at Maples Pavilion on Wednesday, sweeping the Ducks, 25-22, 25-11, 25-22, and securing a 20-win season for the 16th time in as many seasons under coach John Dunning.

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All-CCS Division I, II Girls' Water Polo Awards
Division II co-Players of the Year: Maddy Johnston* SHP 12 and Hannah Henry (GK) Soquel 12
*Overall CCS Player of the Year

Wednesday, 3:53 PM | 1 comment
This time Menlo, HMB meet with CCS championship on the line

The third-seeded Menlo football team meets fourth-seeded Half Moon Bay at 7 p.m. Saturday in the CCS Division V championship game at Sequoia High. Go figure.

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Stanford basketball teams are working through the holiday

The 11th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team is on the road for the first time this season. The Cardinal (3-1) is in Mexico for the Cancun Challenge until Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya where it plays Northeastern on Thursday and will play Wichita State and Purdue.

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M-A looks to Bear down on Milpitas in CCS title game

Prep football
Plenty of size and athleticism will be on display Friday when Menlo-Atherton takes on Milpitas in the Central Coast Section Open Division I championship game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Independence High in San Jose.

Wednesday, 12:23 PM | No comments yet
Menlo girls ace NorCal volleyball test to reach finals

Junior Ashley Dreyer recorded 13 kills, Grace Enright produced a clutch service ace, and the top-seeded Knights rallied to beat visiting Branson, 26-24, 25-16, 22-25, 26-24, Tuesday to reach the Northern California regional finals, one win away from reaching the state Division IV finals.

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M-A hits on all cylinders in NorCal volleyball victory

The Menlo-Atherton girls' volleyball team turned in one of its strongest performances of the season Tuesday in a 25-14, 25-21, 25-12 victory over visiting Turlock in the Northern California Division I semifinals.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Kansas men to play a little hoops in Maples Pavilion

Stanford roundup
The Stanford men's basketball program has announced an agreement on a four-game series with Kansas, guaranteeing a game at Maples Pavilion in 2019.

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Even more gold for Stanford Olympians Manuel, Ledecky

Stanford's Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky each earned prestigious hardware at the 2016 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards on Monday night at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

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Former Castilleja coach has Harvard in NCAA water polo tourney

Men's water polo
Former Castilleja water polo coach Ted Minnis makes his first appearance in the NCAA tournament Saturday when his 11th-ranked Harvard men's team hosts No. 12 Bucknell for the right to play No. 8 UC Davis in next Thursday's quarterfinal.

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Menlo-Atherton edges host Priory in girls' basketball opener

In a match-up made for March, the Menlo-Atherton High girls' basketball team survived a possible game-tying shot at the buzzer to eke past host Priory, 48-45, in a CCS Sportsmanship game on Monday night.

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Eastside girls get deeper, taller in bid to repeat as hoops champ

Junior captain Kayla Tahaafe scored 14 points and the Eastside Prep girls' basketball team opened its season with a 55-27 victory over host Aragon on Monday in a Sportsmanship game.

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