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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stanford women conclude fall season with swim records

There's no doubt that head coach Greg Meehan can't wait until world recordholder Katie Ledecky joins his Stanford women's swim team next fall. In the meantime, he'll have to make due with freshman Simone Manuel.

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SHP's Choy completes perfect tennis season with CCS title

CCS roundup
It's one down and perhaps three to go for Sacred Heart Prep freshman Sara Choy when it comes to her place in Central Coast Section girls' tennis history. The top-seeded Choy wrapped up her first section singles title on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:14 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Starters get a break in Stanford's big win over Blue Hens

Chasson Randle scored 15 points, one of four players who reached double figures, and Stanford downed Delaware 84-47 on Tuesday night. Randle played 30 minutes and no one else played more than 27.

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There's no place like home for Menlo women hoops team

The Menlo College women's basketball team ended a two-game losing streak with an 89-70 victory over visiting Holy Names on Tuesday. The Oaks (6-2) posted their best team shooting effort of the year, both from the field (.514) and from three-point-land (.421), leading to lop-sided margin of victory.

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Bowen, Bonanni lead Stanford on All-MPSF water polo team

Cardinal corner
Six Stanford men's water polo players were named All-MPSF when the conference announced its postseason awards on Tuesday morning. The Cardinal's six honorees are its most since 2007.

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2014 prep girls volleyball all-league teams

Most Valuable Player: Carmen Annevelink (Los Altos)
Outstanding Senior: Katie Barker (Homestead)
Outstanding Junior: Chanti Holroyd (Mountain View)
Outstanding Sophomore: Jessica Lee (Palo Alto)
Outstanding Freshman: Eleonore Johansen (Monta Vista) and Kiana Pelton (Los Gatos)
Coach of the Year: Peter Kim (Los Altos)

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Stanford swimmers receive Golden Goggles awards

Former Stanford All-American Maya DiRado earned a Golden Goggles award for Breakout Performer of the Year and Cardinal signee Katie Ledecky won three goggles at USA Swimming's annual award show Monday night.

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Samuelson records career high and No. 5 Stanford avoids upset

Karlie Samuelson scored a career-high 23 points, Kaylee Johnson grabbed 22 rebounds, two off the school record, and No. 5 Stanford avoided another upset in beating host New Mexico, 70-65, in a nonconference game Monday night.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Stanford's Thompson earns national player-of-the-week recognition

Stanford sophomore guard Lili Thompson received just recognition for her impressive start to the 2014-15 basketball season when she was named espnW National Player of the Week late Sunday evening. On Monday, On Monday, she added to that accolade by being tabbed as Pac-12 Player of the Week.

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Niners ruin Murphy's return to the Bay Area with Redskins

Trent Murphy had a productive homecoming to the Bay Area, totaling five tackles and one forced fumble from his linebacker spot in Washington's 17-13 loss to San Francisco on Sunday afternoon at Levi's Stadium to highlight former Stanford players in Week 12 of the NFL season.

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2014 girls all-league tennis teams

The Menlo-Atherton girls were rewarded for going 14-0 and claiming the PAL Bay Division tennis title by having three players named to the all-league first team and seven to the second team.

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Big Game win puts Stanford in position to play for bowl game

Stanford took care of business Saturday by beating Cal in the 117th Big Game in Berkeley. The 38-17 victory marked the fifth consecutive year the Cardinal has won the Axe and sixth straight year the team has become bowl eligible, the previous four resulting in BCS games.

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Playoff loss doesn't tarnish successful soccer season

UC Irvine's Michael Sperber took one shot all evening and it resulted in the No. 21 Anteaters' 1-0 overtime victory over sixth-seeded and top-ranked Stanford (13-3-3) in the second round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament on a brisk Sunday evening in front of 1,053 fans.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Churnside's two late goals send Stanford to NCAA tournament

Cardinal corner
BJ Churnside scored two of his three goals in the final four minutes to help the Stanford men's water polo team down host Long Beach State, 9-8, in the championship final of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament Sunday.

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LaBonta helps Cardinal reach ninth straight Elite 8

The Stanford women's soccer team beat Washington, 1-0, in a third-round match of the NCAA tournament Sunday. The Cardinal hosts Florida on Friday with a berth in the Women's College Cup final four at stake.

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Stanford sets volleyball record, clinches Pac-12 title tie

Cardinal corner
The top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team won its 28th straight match to set a program record for wins to start a season, beating No. 19 Colorado, 25-17, 25-18, 25-13, Saturday at Maples Pavilion.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

SHP rolls to big victory in CCS Open Division over Oak Grove

Senior running back Ben Burr-Kirven led a sturdy defense and ran for 196 yards to lead the Sacred Heart Prep football team to a 37-13 Central Coast Section Open Division first-round playoff victory over Oak Grove on Saturday in Atherton.

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The streak goes on for SHP girls with eighth straight title

CCS water polo
For eight straight years, the Sacred Heart Prep girls have won their final water polo match of the season. That has translated into a remarkable streak of eight consecutive Central Coast Section Division II championships.

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Stanford's rushing attack had all the Wright stuff

Senior running back Remound Wright ran for four touchdowns and the Cardinal defense took care of the rest, as Stanford defeated Cal, 38-17, Saturday in the 117th edition of the Big Game at Memorial Stadium to take The Axe for the fifth consecutive season.

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Stanford reaches title match of MPSF water polo tournament

Bret Bonanni broke a tie with a goal early in the fourth quarter and Alex Bowen added two more to lift the Stanford men's water polo team to a 7-4 victory over USC on Saturday in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament at Long Beach State.

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SHP boys make some history by not letting history repeat

CCS water polo
The Sacred Heart Prep senior class had history on its mind heading into the Central Coast Section Division II boys water polo championship match on Saturday at Independence High in San Jose.

Saturday, 5:21 PM | 1 comment
Stanford runners save their best for NCAA championships

Five Stanford men finished among the top 39 – all earning All-America honors – to give the Cardinal a stunning runner-up finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

LaBonta converts penalty kick to send Cardinal to Sweet 16

Lo'eau LaBonta converted a penalty shot in the 24th minute and the third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team edged visiting Arkansas, 1-0, in a second round game of the NCAA tournament Friday night.

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Stanford's 3-point shooting takes care of the Rebels

Cardinal corner
Chasson Randle scored all of his 18 points on three-pointers and Stanford put on a show from long range in rolling to an 89-60 victory over UNLV in the semifinals of the Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday night.

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Pac-12 soccer honors for Stanford's Vincent, coach Gunn

Brandon Vincent was Stanford's the first-ever selection as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Jeremy Gunn earned his first Pac-12 Coach of the Year nod when All-Pac-12 honors for the 2014 season were announced by the conference on Thursday evening as determined by a polling of the league's coaches.

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Cardinal women's volleyball can clinch Pac-12 title tie

Stanford this weekend
Top-ranked Stanford hosts its final two women's volleyball matches this weekend with a chance to clinch at least a tie for the Pac-12 Conference title and set a school record at the same time.

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This Stanford senior has been golden for men's soccer team

Austin Meyer saw his life's dreams and ambitions intersect at the moment he struck the ball that turned into the game-winning goal for the Stanford men's soccer team Sunday in Berkeley. That earned the Cardinal a No. 6 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament and hopes for a possible championship finish to the season.

Friday, 10:17 AM | No comments yet
Richards named one of four finalists for Pop Warner Award

Stanford senior strong safety Jordan Richards has been named one of four finalists for the Pop Warner National College Football Award, it was announced Thursday. The award honors a player who has contributed at a high level on the field, in the classroom and in his community.

Friday, 10:17 AM | No comments yet
Stanford track signs class of record-breaking athletes

The week-long early signing period began with a bang for Stanford track and field, with the decision and addition of defending Foot Locker national cross country champion Grant Fisher. It ended Wednesday with similar effect, with the commitment and signing of Canadian distance standout Claire Smith.

Friday, 10:16 AM | 3 comments
Menlo College soccer players earn spot on academic team

For the first time in Menlo College Athletics history, two players from the same team have claimed a place on the prestigious Capital One Academic All-America list as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Manuel, Stanford dominate first day of swim meet

Freshman Simone Manuel highlighted the prelims and evening sessions during the first day of the Art Adamson Invitational on Thursday in College Station, Texas, with a pair of the nation's best freestyle swims to date. The No. 10 Cardinal men lead after the first day.

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Texas corrals Cardinal women in overtime hoops stunner

Three days after knocking off the nation's top-ranked team in overtime, Stanford's women's basketball team fell victim to No. 10 Texas, as the Longhorns topped the sixth-ranked Cardinal, 87-81, in overtime in a nonconference game Thursday night.

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Stanford women look to seniors to advance in NCAA soccer

Stanford women's soccer coach Paul Ratcliffe said, before the NCAA Tournament began, that he expected his seniors to step up and play well. After a surprising first-half deficit against Cal State Fullerton in an NCAA opener, that's exactly what Chioma Ubogagu, Taylor Uhl, Lo'eau LaBonta and Alex Doll, seniors all, accomplished last week.

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SHP will get its shot at the big boys in Open Division playoffs

The Sacred Heart Prep football team played in the CIF Division III State Championship game last season. Yet, the 2014 campaign has offered something new to the program.

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Gunn boys help make program history by reaching CCS finals

Water polo
The Gunn boys and girls will play for Central Coast Section Division I water polo championships together for the first time in school history after the boys advanced with a 9-5 win over Mountain View in the section semifinals on Wednesday night.

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M-A girls advance to CCS volleyball finals once again

Playing in the Central Coast Section Division I volleyball playoff finals is nothing new for the Menlo-Atherton girls. After all, the Bears had been in the title match four of the past five years. That number is now up to five in the past six following a semifinal sweep on Wednesday.

Thursday, 9:11 AM | 3 comments
Stanford's Montgomery a finalist for Hornung Award

Stanford senior wide receiver Ty Montgomery has been named one of five finalists for the fifth annual Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse and given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Menlo School grad Frappier repeats as an All-American

Of local note
Pomona-Pitzer senior outside hitter Allie Frappier from Atherton earned first-team All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the second year in a row, it was announced Wednesday by the AVCA office.

Wednesday, 12:16 PM | No comments yet
Rematches are the name of the game in CCS water polo finals

Two rematches have been set for championship finals in the 2014 Central Coast Section water polo playoffs -- the Menlo and SHP boys and Gunn and St. Francis girls -- with more possibly to come.

Wednesday, 11:04 AM | No comments yet
Menlo School girls gain redemption with CCS tennis title

It was all about redemption as the Menlo School girls took to the courts at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos for the Central Coast Section Girls Tennis Team Tournament finale on Tuesday.

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Stanford has three No. 1-ranked teams this week

Stanford has three No. 1-ranked teams this week -- women's volleyball, women's basketball and men's soccer -- plus a No. 2-ranked team (men's water polo) and a No. 3-ranked team (women's soccer).

Wednesday, 8:38 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Stanford's Korolev named West Regional Male Athlete of the Year

Sanford roundup
Stanford's Maksim Korolev, a graduate transfer, was named USTFCCCA West Regional Cross Country Male Athlete of the Year on Tuesday by a vote of coaches.

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Stanford still has something to play for in the Big Game

If you believe in statistics, Saturday's 117th Big Game in Berkeley should be a battle of wills between the Stanford defense and Cal offense.

Tuesday, 12:49 PM | No comments yet
Former Stanford receivers catch on in Week 11 losses

It was a big week for former Stanford receivers in the NFL, as seven players combined for 26 receptions and 322 yards during Week 11. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin had six receptions for 45 yards, including a touchdown for Seattle and tight end Coby Fleener gained a career-high 144 yards through the air for Indianapolis. 

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Menlo College sends volleyball, soccer teams into NAIA national tournaments

Menlo College senior outside hitter Courtney Calicdan, the two-time Cal Pac Conference Player of the Year, will lead the Oaks into the NAIA national tournament this weekend. Menlo opens at Eastern Oregon on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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Stanford quartet honored on all-region field hockey team

Cardinal corner
Four Stanford players were named Longstreth/NFHCA All-Region selections, as announced Monday by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

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Menlo girls upset top-ranked Saratoga in CCS tennis

Menlo School senior Elizabeth Yao won the third set of the final match to carry the No. 5-seeded Knights' tennis squad to a 4-3 upset of No. 1 Saratoga in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Team Tournament on Monday at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

No. 6 Stanford surprises top-ranked Connecticut in overtime

Amber Orrange scored seven of her 17 points in the final 26 seconds of regulation, including a 3-pointer that tied the game with less than two seconds remaining to force overtime as the sixth-ranked Stanford women's basketball team beat top-ranked and defending national champion Connecticut, 88-86, Monday night.

Monday, 10:54 PM | 3 comments
Stanford men's soccer gets No. 6 seed for NCAA Tournament

Less than 24 hours removed from winning its first Pac-12 championship in 13 years, the Stanford men's soccer team received the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament when the bracket was announced on Monday morning.

Monday, 12:36 PM | No comments yet
Stanford's Randle on 50-player watch list for Wooden Award

Stanford roundup
Stanford senior Chasson Randle was one of 50 student-athletes named to the Wooden Award Presented by Wendy's Preseason Top 50, as announced by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on Monday morning and selected by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts.

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Stanford volleyball, golf and tennis teams add top recruits

Stanford men's volleyball head coach John Kosty has announced the signing of three prep standouts to National Letters of Intent. Jordan Ewert (Antioch), Matt Klassen (Milwaukee, Wis.), and Ryan Smith (Clovis) will join the Cardinal in the fall of 2015.

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Stanford cross-country teams earn at-large berths for NCAAs

For the 21st consecutive year, both the Stanford men's and women's cross-country teams will compete at the NCAA Championships. Both Cardinal teams received at-large berths by the NCAA selection committee during the weekend.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stanford men's crowning soccer achievement is golden

Cardinal corner
Two weeks ago the Stanford's men's soccer team was playing just to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament. After beating host California, 3-2, in double-overtime Sunday, the No. 3 Cardinal can expect a No. 1 seed.

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Stanford returning starters set the pace in basketball win

Stefan Nastic and Anthony Brown each recorded a double-double, combing for 25 points and 21 rebounds, and the Stanford men's basketball team beat visiting South Dakota, 84-73, on Sunday.

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Sacred Heart Prep gets No. 1 seed for CCS Open Division

With a 10-0 record, Sacred Heart Prep has compiled the best regular season in program football history. No doubt about it. The perfect campaign earned the Gators their first PAL Bay Division title and, with it, an automatic berth into the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs.

Sunday, 3:46 PM | 1 comment
Locals run to team and individual honors at section finals

CCS cross country
Palo Alto senior Lucas Matison started it off and Pinewood senior Nicole Colonna finished it at the 2014 Central Coast Section Championships in cross country at Saturday at Toro Park in Salinas.

Sunday, 10:48 AM | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton girls advance to CCS volleyball semifinals

CCS volleyball
Senior Devin Joos had 22 kills and 12 digs to lead Menlo-Atherton to a 25-16, 25-15, 25-9 victory over visiting Gunn in a Central Coast Section girls' volleyball quarterfinal on Saturday night.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Stanford fails Pac-12 football test in OT loss to Utah

The Stanford football team lost yet another opportunity to reestablish itself as a player in the Pac-12 Conference, dropping a frustrating, 20-17, game to visiting No. 25 Utah on Saturday.

Saturday, 11:58 PM | 3 comments
Gunn girls, boys lead water polo teams into CCS semis

The Gunn boys and girls made some water polo history this season by both going 12-0 in the SCVAL De Anza Division during the regular season. The teams added to their recent historic achievements on Saturday by winning their quarterfinals matches in the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs and advancing to the semifinals for the first time together.

Saturday, 9:38 PM | 8 comments
Menlo women headed to NAIA national soccer tournament

Volleyball also wins title
Brittany Wisecarver snapped a 1-1 tie with a second-half goal to help the Menlo College women's soccer team down visiting Embry-Riddle, 2-1, in the title match of the Cal Pac tournament on Saturday.

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Another first for the Cardinal field hockey program

Stanford roundup
Alex McCawley scored in overtime and the eighth-ranked Stanford field hockey team earned its first NCAA tournament victory Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Louisville at Connecticut.

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Sacred Heart Prep completes historic 10-0 regular season

Friday's prep football
The Sacred Heart Prep football team finished its regular season in historic fashion on Friday night. Senior Ben Burr-Kirven accounted for five touchdowns to lead the Gators to a 35-14 victory over Menlo School in the Valparaiso Bowl at Woodside High School.

Saturday, 8:37 AM | 1 comment
Nastic the driving force in Stanford's hoops victory

Stefan Nastic scored a career-high 26 points and three others also reached double figures as the Stanford men's basketball team opened its season with a 74-59 victory over visiting Wofford on Friday night.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Ubogagu leads second half charge in first round match

No. 3-ranked Stanford scored five second-half goals -- three by Chioma Ubogagu -- to rally from a two-goal deficit and avoid a shocking women's soccer upset to Cal State Fullerton in a 5-2 NCAA first-round victory Friday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

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Guard play leads Cardinal to season opening victory

Amber Orrange took charge of Stanford's new offense and ran it fluidly, leading the sixth-ranked Cardinal to its 14th consecutive season opener, a convincing 96-63 victory over visiting Boston College on Friday night.

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Stanford's Korolev wins West Regional, Cardinal place third

Cross country
Stanford's Maksim Korolev did the unthinkable, beating reigning NCAA and Pac-12 champ Edward Cheserek of Oregon to win the NCAA West Regional cross country championship at Stanford Golf Course on Friday.

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Stanford men all set to claim Pac-12 soccer title on Sunday

It has been a while since the Stanford men's soccer team has been in this situation, 13 years in fact. The third-ranked Cardinal enters its final match, against host California at 1 p.m. Sunday, as the Pac-12 Conference leader.

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Local prep standouts make their college decisions official

It was a busy week for high school seniors around the nation as the top athletes made early commitments to their respective future colleges.
Locally, a handful of those athletes committed to their future teams, as well.

Friday, 10:10 AM | No comments yet
Nine local teams remain in CCS water polo after Paly, M-A girls win

CCS water polo
Water polo fans don't have to travel very far to catch all the Central Coast Section quarterfinal action on Saturday as all four divisions will be playing at St. Francis, Menlo-Atherton or Sacred Heart Prep.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cordova save, Aguilar penalty kick lift Menlo to soccer win

Cal Pac tournament
The fourth-seeded Menlo College women's soccer team knocked off visiting top seed Marymount, 5-4, in penalty kicks following a scoreless 110 minutes Thursday in the semifinal of the conference tournament.

Thursday, 9:54 PM | No comments yet
Ajanaku helps Stanford beat the Bruins in Pac-12 volleyball

Junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku recorded 17 kills and the top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team beat host No. 18 UCLA, 25-21, 26-24, 25-22, Thursday night in a Pac-12 Conference match.

Thursday, 9:14 PM | 1 comment
Stanford women's soccer begins another quest for NCAA title

Laura Liedle watched the Stanford women's soccer team win the national title in 2011. She was on the field the following fall when the Cardinal reached the College Cup Final Four. Liedle hopes a return trip is in store for the third-ranked Cardinal (17-1-2), which hosts Cal State Fullerton (10-7-4) in a first-round match of the NCAA tournament on Friday at 7 p.m.

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Change in style gives Stanford women a new hoop look

Stanford has long been the measuring stick for the rest of the Pac-12 women's basketball coaches. The Cardinal has won, or shared the past 15 conference titles and 23 in the 28-year history of the conference.

Thursday, 4:28 PM | No comments yet
Randle is the point man in Stanford men's basketball hopes

Chasson Randle grew up in Rock Island, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from Iowa. It would have been far easier if he were an Iowa, Iowa State or Drake fan, all in cities within easy driving distance of his hometown.

Thursday, 4:20 PM | No comments yet
Paly's Matison goes from wheelchair to cross-country champ

It has been said that the journey is more important than the destination. Palo Alto senior Lucas Matison would have to agree. Although, reaching this point in the season is pretty enjoyable, as well. Matison heads into cross-country's Central Coast Section Championship on Saturday at Toro Park in Salinas with the fastest time among all Division I section runners.

Thursday, 4:10 PM | No comments yet
Former Paly state champs, M-A grad earn volleyball honors

Of local note
Three former Palo Alto High teammates joined with a former rival to earn women's volleyball honors from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this week.

Thursday, 3:54 PM | No comments yet
Volleyball, tennis teams advance in section playoffs

CCS roundup
The defending Central Coast Section Division IV champion Menlo School girls opened defense of their volleyball title with a 25-18, 25-16, 25-9 romp over No. 13 seed King City in a first-round match on Wednesday in Atherton.

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