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Friday, October 24, 2014

Palo Alto, Menlo-Atherton girls wrap up tennis titles

Thursday's prep roundup
The Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton girls tennis teams both have one regular-season league match remaining next week. Those matches, however, won't have much impact on the rest of the season.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stanford's former No. 1 class has earned that volleyball spot

When Stanford junior outside hitter Jordan Burgess takes the time to look around the locker room, she's amazed at the collection of all-stars surrounding her. Burgess was part of a recruiting class in 2012 that was considered the top recruiting class in the nation by a wide margin at the time and four of the five newcomers started as freshmen.

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Cardinal men picked for fifth in Pac-12 hoops poll

Stanford, which reached the Sweet Sixteen last year, was tabbed to finish fifth in this year's Pac-12 Conference Coaches Poll released Thursday.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Some things don't change: Stanford tabbed Pac-12 favorite

The roster has changed over the years but there's been one constant this millennium: Stanford being voted the preseason favorite in Pac-12 Conference women's basketball coaches poll.

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Darrin Nelson to be honored for Hall of Fame induction

Former Stanford All-American football player and 2014 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame inductee Darrin Nelson will be honored during Saturday's Stanford home game against Oregon State, which kicks off at 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 4:50 PM | 1 comment
North-South tourney offers top water polo talent in nation

Harvard-Westlake is regarded as the No. 1 boys water team in America. The Wolverines are ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section and are off to the best start in program history at 18-0.

Wednesday, 4:35 PM | 3 comments
Paly names former assistant as new head wrestling coach

Braumon Creighton has been the assistant wrestling coach at Palo Alto High since 2011. It's a position he no longer fills, because Creighton is now the team's new head coach -- replacing the veteran Dave Duran.

Wednesday, 1:58 PM | 2 comments
Menlo School girls upset in WBAL volleyball action

Tuesday's prep roundup
The Menlo School girls suffered their first loss in West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) volleyball action as visiting Harker rallied from a 2-0 deficit to post a 24-26, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-13 victory on Tuesday night.

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Gunn water polo teams move closer to defending their titles

While Gunn is celebrating its 50th year anniversary this school year, the Titans' water polo program may have something special to celebrate, as well.

Wednesday, 9:09 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Shaw's Stanford coaching start comparable to Pop Warner

In the long history of Stanford football, only Pop Warner's nine-year run as coach, between 1924-32, compares favorably to David Shaw's current run. Warner was 37-8-3 over his first 48 games, while Shaw checks in at 38-10 heading into Saturday's 12:30 p.m. Pac-12 game against visiting Oregon State.

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Stanford freshman captures USTA/ITA regional singles title

Stanford freshman Tom Fawcett captured his first career singles title by defeating Santa Clara's Ashot Khacharyan, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, in the final of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships on Tuesday at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

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Menlo School to induct five new members into its Hall of Fame

Menlo School will have five new inductees for its Athletics Hall of Fame to highlight homecoming week. The induction ceremony is Friday at the Athletic Center at 5:30 p.m., following the Burlingame at Menlo football game at 3 p.m.

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Luck shines brightest for ex-Stanford players in Week 7

Andrew Luck kept the Indianapolis Colts rolling with their AFC-best fifth straight win by picking apart the Cincinnati Bengals for 344 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-0 blanking on Sunday.

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Stanford, California fit to be tied in Pac-12 soccer

Zach Batteer scored late in regulation to bring the Stanford men's soccer team even with visiting California in a Pac-12 Conference match that ended in a 1-1 draw Monday night.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Stanford freshman Fawcett reaches ITA tourney final

Freshman Tom Fawcett will play for his first career singles title on Tuesday during the final day of competition at the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

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Stanford athletes earn weekly honors in three different sports

Stanford volleyball junior setter Madi Bugg, cross-country runner Maksim Korolev and water polo goalie Drew Holland all have received weekly honors following standout performances last week.

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Stanford falls from AP Top 25, 72-week streak ends

Stanford fell from the Associated Press Top 25 rankings on Sunday for the first time since 2010, snapping a school-record streak of 72 consecutive weeks ranked in the poll. But the Cardinal (4-3 overall, 2-2 Pac-12 Conference) has bigger concerns heading into its final five regular season games.

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Lacy, Hill run to runner-up finishes at Monterey Bay race

Weekend prep roundup
Menlo School senior Lizzie Lacy and Sacred Heart Prep senior Daniel Hill both ran to second-place finishes during races Saturday at the Monterey Bay Invitational at Toro Park in Salinas.

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Stanford freshmen reach USTA/ITA tennis semifinals

Freshmen Tom Fawcett and David Hsu will square off in an all-Stanford semifinal when play continues Monday morning at the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dramatic finish means a home golf title for Stanford

Cardinal corner
Mariah Stackhouse calmly sank a 33-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the Stanford Intercollegiate to secure a share of the team title for the Stanford women's golf team Sunday. Stackhouse's putt completed her even-par 71 round and helped the Cardinal rebound to tie with USC for top honors among the 17-team field.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cardinal fumbles away chance at Pac-12 football victory

Stanford had trouble running the ball and holding onto it was also problematic. The result was another Pac-12 Conference football loss, this time to host Arizona State, 26-10, on Saturday night.

Saturday, 11:53 PM | 6 comments
Stanford men swim to season opening victory

Cardinal corner
The Stanford men's swimming team opened its season with a convincing 179-106 victory over visiting Hawaii on Saturday.

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Holland helps save the day as Stanford takes down No. 1

Drew Holland recorded a career-high 20 saves and B.J. Churnside scored the game-winner with 41 seconds left to lift the Stanford men's water polo team to an important 11-10 victory over top-ranked USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday at Avery Aquatic Center.

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SHP overcomes a big hurdle in quest for PAL Bay Division title

Friday's prep football
For the past five years, Terra Nova has stood in Sacred Heart Prep's way of a PAL Bay Division football championship. That streak, however, ended Friday night as the Gators rolled to a 49-28 victory in Pacifica.

Saturday, 10:04 AM | 1 comment

Friday, October 17, 2014

Stackhouse brushes off tough golf start at Stanford Intercollegiate

Stanford roundup
Led by Mariah Stackhouse's 4-under, the Stanford women's golf team opened the Stanford Intercollegiate, hosted by Condoleezza Rice, Friday with a 2-under 282 through 18 holes.

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Menlo School boys hold off Bellarmine in water polo OT

If it hasn't already, the balance of power in boys water polo apparently has shifted from Division I of the Central Coast Section to Division II. Cases in point: Division II Sacred Heart Prep knocked off Division I St. Francis on Wednesday and Division I Menlo School toppled Division I Bellarmine on Friday.

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Stanford takes individual men's cross-country title in Wisconsin

Maksim Korolev, a Stanford graduate student in management science and engineering, made a bold move with 300 meters left to win the men's division at the high-powered Wisconsin Invitational cross country meet Friday in Madison.

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Menlo's Lacy, SHP's Hill run to titles in WBAL cross country

Thursday's prep roundup
Menlo School's Lizzie Lacy and Sacred Heart Prep's Daniel Hill ran away with individual honors to highlight the West Bay Athletic League's second cross-country meet of the season on Thursday at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale.

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Gunn girls wrap up SCVAL golf title by downing rival Paly

The Gunn girls had to share the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League regular-season golf title with rival Palo Alto last year. That's won't be the case this season following a season sweep of the Vikings.

Friday, 9:27 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Uhl helps Stanford women record 12th soccer shutout

Taylor Uhl's first-half header sparked Stanford to a 3-0 Pac-12 women's soccer victory over Colorado on Thursday night, while the Cardinal defense earned its national-leading 12th shutout of the season.

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Stanford cross-country teams begin tuneups for NCAA competition

Cardinal corner
The Stanford cross-country teams will put their best runners on the starting line Friday at the high-powered Wisconsin Invitational. The meet is among the two major invitationals -- along with the Pre-Nationals in Terra Haute, Ind. -- providing NCAA-championship caliber competition in advance of the postseason.

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Stanford's Hoffpauir is proving to be a hit in two sports

Zach Hoffpauir hopes to have a very difficult decision to make on June 8, 2015. That's the day Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft begins. There's also the NFL to possibly consider.

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SHP upset throws WBAL girls' golf race into another tie

Wednesday's prep roundup
The West Bay Athletic League girls' golf title is still up for grabs after Sacred Heart Prep threw the race into a logjam after upsetting first-place Castilleja, 205-209, on Wednesday at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cajuste will miss Stanford's game against the Sun Devils

Stanford will be without wide receiver Devon Cajuste this weekend when the No. 23 Cardinal visits Tempe for a Pac-12 Conference football game against No. 17 Arizona State on Saturday night.

Wednesday, 6:12 PM | No comments yet
Stanford women long overdue to win honors in own tourney

Stanford this weekend
Members of the Stanford women's golf team have a clear task ahead of them this week at their own Stanford Intercollegiate, which runs Friday through Sunday at the par-71 Stanford Golf Course. That would be to end a drought.

Wednesday, 3:11 PM | No comments yet
Golf races are winding up, but no champs crowned yet

Four girls golf teams -- Gunn, Palo Alto, Castilleja and Menlo School -- are still in the running for league dual-match titles, which should be decided by the end of this week.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Stanford's Zhao wins battle of teammates for tennis title

Carol Zhao prepared for her championship match in the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships on Tuesday at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium by warming up with teammate Taylor Davidson.

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Team USA ready for CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying

Soccer roundup
The U.S. women's national soccer team enters its sixth CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying tournament beginning Wednesday when it goes for one of three automatic berths at the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

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Paly grad Adams nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week

Of local note
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams from Palo Alto High is one of five nominees for the NFL's Rookie of the Week award for Week 6 after helping the Packers pull off a big win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Tuesday, 10:40 AM | 8 comments
All-Stanford singles final at USTA/ITA tennis regional

For the third time in five years, the singles final of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships will be an all-Stanford affair.

Tuesday, 8:53 AM | 1 comment

Monday, October 13, 2014

Inspired by Woods and Begay, Stanford golfer shoots record 59

Stanford men's golfer Viraat Badhwar, a sophomore from Queensland, Australia, broke the course record at Stanford Golf Course on Sunday by shooting an 11-under-par 59. He previously shared the record -- 61 -- with Cardinal women's team junior All-American Mariah Stackhouse.

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Former Stanford tight ends keeping a tradition going in NFL

Zach Ertz and Coby Fleener caught touchdowns as 15 former Cardinal players saw action during Week 6 of the NFL season. The two continued a good weekend for Stanford tight ends after Greg Taboada and Eric Cotton combined for three touchdowns in Stanford's 34-17 win over Washington State Friday.

Monday, 3:23 PM | No comments yet
Stanford's Montgomery earns a Pac-12 weekly honor

Stanford senior wide receiver/kick returner Ty Montgomery has been named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week following Stanford's 34-17 victory over visiting Washington State last Friday night.

Monday, 2:01 PM | No comments yet
SHP, Menlo boys post impressive efforts in water polo

Weekend prep roundup
There's a very good reason why the Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School boys are a combined 25-2 in water polo this season. Both teams showed why with impressive efforts on Saturday.

Monday, 9:39 AM | 11 comments

Sunday, October 12, 2014

USA women become volleyball champions of the world

The United States women's volleyball team captured its first-ever world championship Sunday, beating China, 27-25, 25-20, 16-25, 26-24, in Milan, Italy for the historic milestone before a crowd of 12,600.

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Cardinal women rebound for Pac-12 soccer victory at USC

Stanford soccer
Stanford senior Hannah Farr's first career goal gave No. 3 Stanford a 1-0 victory over host USC in Pac-12 women's soccer action Sunday. Farr knocked in a rebound of Chioma Ubogagu's shot in the 24th minute.

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Stanford women remain undefeated in Pac-12 volleyball

Cardinal corner
Junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku recorded 14 kills and four blocks as the top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated No. 18 Arizona State, 20-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-18, Sunday, at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe Ariz.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Defense puts out the fire in Menlo's 35-14 football win

With the crowd already in a good mood thanks to homecoming festivities and Hall of Fame inductions, the Menlo football team added to the fun with a 35-14 victory over visiting Arizona Christian in a nonconference game Saturday.

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Cardinal men splash to a pair of victories in SoCal tournament

Stanford roundup
Cody Smith scored a Stanford season-high six goals in the morning against LMU and a balanced effort in the afternoon against Pacific included BJ Churnside's 100th career goal, as the second-ranked Cardinal men's water polo team registered a pair of victories on the first day of the SoCal Tournament at Sunset Canyon in Los Angeles.

Saturday, 7:56 PM | No comments yet
Team USA reaches world volleyball championship final

The second-ranked United States' women's national volleyball team downed No. 1 Brazil, 25-18, 29-27, 25-20, in Saturday's semifinal match at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championships in Milan, Italy on Saturday.

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