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Friday, October 31, 2014

Stanford's Richards a national scholar-athlete winner

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Stanford senior strong safety Jordan Richards has been selected as a National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete Award winner and one of 17 finalists who will vie for the William V. Campbell Trophy

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Gunn water polo teams finish off historic 12-0 league seasons

Thursday's prep roundup
The Gunn girls and boys teamed up to make some history on the final day of the regular season in water polo as both finished off 12-0 seasons in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

LaBonta's overtime goal is as good as gold for Cardinal

Stanford roundup
Lo'eau LaBonta scored in the first overtime period to lift the fourth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over visiting Oregon in Pac-12 action Thursday night.

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McCaffrey doing a good job following in father's footsteps

It's no surprise to Valor Christian High head football coach Rod Sherman that Stanford freshman running back Christian McCaffrey has made a seamless transition to the college game. In high school, the Denver, Colo., native did everything but line the field setting state records for career points (848), touchdowns (141), all-purpose yards (8,845) and single-season all-purpose yards (3,032).

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Trio of local girls teams face year's toughest polo challenge

San Ramon Valley has the best girls water polo team in Northern California and likely should be ranked among the best in the country. One big reason is senior Katherine Klass, arguably the nation's No. 1 recruit.

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Local water polo teams wrap up regular-season titles

Prep roundup
Regular-season water polo champions were crowned in the PAL Bay Division and West Catholic Athletic League on Wednesday in two very distinct ways. The PAL titles both went into overtime while the Sacred Heart Prep boys and girls cruised to easy victories.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Menlo women picked to win fourth Cal Pac hoops title

The Menlo College women's basketball team is predicted to win its fourth straight Cal Pac Conference in a vote by the coaches released Wednesday.

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Stanford runners all set for Pac-12 cross-country finals

Stanford should play a prominent role in the Pac-12 cross country championships on Friday, with expected contenders among both men and women at the Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland.

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Another Stanford alum qualifies for Women's World Cup

Stanford alum Ali Riley '10 and her New Zealand national soccer team booked passage to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup by routing the Cook Islands, 11-0, on Wednesday in the final match of the Oceania Nation's Cup in Kokopo, Papau New Guinea.

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Gunn water polo teams wrap up regular-season division titles

Tuesday's prep roundup
The Gunn water polo program evidently is doing everything in tandem this season, which is proving to be a good thing for the Titans.

Wednesday, 9:51 AM | 1 comment
Gunn girls successfully defend their SCVAL golf title

With senior Anna Zhou leading the way once again, the Gunn girls successfully defended their Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Tournament title by defeating rival Palo Alto on Tuesday at Santa Teresa Golf Course in San Jose.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Stanford without Hoffpauir this week against Oregon

Football notebook
Stanford will be missing one of its safeties this week against the explosive offense of Oregon. The Cardinal could also play without one of its top defensive lineman.

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Stanford, Texas women match unbeaten swim records

The Stanford and Texas women will match unbeaten swim records on Thursday when the two perennial powers meet in a nonconference dual meet at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Complex.

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Stanford grad Aldrete reunites with Melvin on Oakland A's staff

Longtime baseball friends Mike Aldrete and Bob Melvin are being reunited once again on the Oakland A's staff after Aldrete was named Oakland's bench coach on Monday. Aldrete, a former Stanford standout, recently finished his third season as bench coach with St. Louis.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Ex-Stanford wideout Baldwin continues to impress for Seattle

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks had over 50 receiving yards for the fourth time in the past five games to lead a group of nine former Stanford players that caught passes in NFL games this past weekend.

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By shrinking the playbook, Stanford's offense grows

The much-maligned Stanford offense got back on track last Saturday in a convincing 38-14 Pac-12 football victory against Oregon State, its second-highest scoring output on the season.

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Stanford's Ajanku and Lutz earn Pac-12 volleyball honors

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Stanford middle blockers Inky Ajanaku and Merete Lutz have been named the Pac-12 Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week, respectively, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

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Priory's state-leading football win streak ends at 20

Weekend prep roundup
For the past three weeks, the Priory football team has been in the spotlight with the state's longest winning streak. The number of consecutive victories was 20, until this past weekend.

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Lin expected to start at point guard in Lakers' NBA opener

When the Los Angeles Lakers play their 2014-15 NBA season opener on Tuesday night at the Staples Center, only 10 healthy players are expected to suit up for the home team. Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin is one of them, and thus will be in the starting lineup against the Houston Rockets.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Stanford women continue winning ways in Pac-12 volleyball

The top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team beat No. 19 USC, 23-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19, as the midway point of the conference season was reached on Sunday. The Cardinal (10-0 in Pac-12 play) won its 20th consecutive match and remained undefeated on the year.

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Double duty from Ubogagu does the job for Cardinal women

Stanford roundup
Stanford senior Chioma Ubogagu scored both goals, 17 minutes apart, to give Stanford a 2-0 victory over No. 25 Arizona State in Pac-12 women's soccer play Sunday.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Menlo wins preview of PAL water polo showdown over rival Menlo-Atherton

North-South water polo
Before the top two teams in the nation -- Harvard-Westlake and Mater Dei -- battled it out for the championship of the ninth annual North-South Water Polo Challenge on Saturday at Sacred Heart Prep, local rivals Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton provided a preview for this week's PAL Bay Division championship showdown.

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Stanford gets downright offensive in win over the Beavers

Kevin Hogan threw for 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another, Ty Montgomery returned a punt 50 yards for a score and the Stanford football team downed visiting Oregon State, 38-14, before an appreciative homecoming crowd of 48,401 in a Pac-12 contest Saturday.

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Menlo has plenty to celebrate on homecoming, a win over M-A

Friday's prep football
Senior cornerback/wide receiver Jack Marren accounted for three touchdowns, including an interception for a score, to lead the Knights to a 28-20 PAL Bay Division football victory over crosstown rival Menlo-Atherton on Friday afternoon.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Callinan's first career goal worth the wait for Stanford

Jimmy Callinan had gone 65 career matches without scoring a collegiate goal. He corrected that in his 66th game on Friday night. The senior captain's 54th minute tally was the highlight of No. 11 Stanford men's soccer team's 3-0 win at USF. Meanwhile, Taylor Uhl scored in overtime to lift the women past Arizona, 3-2.

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Former Stanford ace Guthrie beats the Giants in World Series

Of local note
Former Stanford ace Jeremy Guthrie recorded his first career postseason victory, beating the host San Francisco Giants in the third game of the World Series on Friday at AT&T Park.

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Lutz is lights out in top-ranked Stanford's block party

Redshirt freshman Merete Lutz was the life of the party, recording 10 blocks to go with 12 kills as the top-ranked Cardinal women's volleyball team maintained its spotless start to the season with a 25-20, 30-28, 20-25, 27-25 victory over the Bruins in Pac-12 action Friday night in Maples Pavilion.

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Howe wins twice and Stanford women beat OSU in swim meet

Cardinal corner
Sacred Heart Prep grad Ally Howe won twice and freshman sensation Simone Manuel added three wins as the Stanford women's swimming team beat visiting Oregon State, 134-117, in a Pac-12 Conference dual meet Friday in Avery Aquatic Center.

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No medals for SHP, M-A or Menlo boys in North-South polo

Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton won't be bringing home any medals from the ninth annual North-South Water Polo Challenge that wraps up on Saturday at the SHP and M-A pools.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Stanford men swim to season opening victory

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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.

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