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Saturday, October 1, 2016

The 400th win feels just as good as the previous 399

The Prep report
Tiago Bonchristiano recorded 15 saves and the Menlo School boys' water polo team present coach Jack Bowen with his 400th career win, beating visiting Acalanes, 14-8, in a nonleague game Friday.

Saturday, 2:45 AM | No comments yet
Knights fall to Cougars, Palo Alto, Gunn also lose league games

Prep football
The Menlo School football team never could solve Chase Hoffman, who rushed for 238 yards and scored four touchdowns in Half Moon Bay's 36-27 victory over the Knights in the SCVAL El Camino Division opener for both teams.

Saturday, 2:16 AM | No comments yet
Stingy Bears defense paves the way for PAL football win

Stavro Papadakis scored a pair of touchdowns and rushed for 143 yards and the Menlo-Atherton football team opened PAL Bay Division play with a solid 28-8 victory over visiting Terra Nova on Friday night.

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Huskies shut down Cardinal offense in lop-sided victory

Christian McCaffrey was held to 49 rushing yards, Stanford quarterbacks were sacked eight times and No. 10 Washington embarrassed No. 7 Stanford, 44-6, Friday night in a Pac-12 Conference football contest.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Cougars surprise the Cardinal in Pac-12 women's volleyball

Stanford roundup
For the first time since 2002, Washington State defeated the Stanford in women's volleyball. The 17th-ranked Cougars pulled out a 25-15, 17-25, 26-24, 26-28, 15-8 win over the No. 9 Cardinal, Friday, in front of a packed Bohler Gym.

Friday, 11:33 PM | No comments yet
Sullivan delivers for Stanford women in soccer victory

A pair of highlight-worthy goals and a quality defensive effort propelled the top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory pver Washington State on Thursday night in Pac-12 Conference action.

Friday, 6:38 PM | No comments yet
Gunn boys win; stay ahead in SCVAL water polo race

The Prep Report
Quinn Hamilton recorded five goals to help keep the Gunn boys water polo team unbeaten in SCVAL De Anza Division play Thursday with a 16-6 victory over host Mountain View.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Unlikely heroes help keep Menlo's tennis streak alive

Menlo School's No. 3 doubles team of Ellie Lieberman and Ellen Cho clinched match point in a third-set tiebreaker Thursday to lift the Knights to a 4-3 victory over host Sacred Heart Prep Thursday in a WBAL Foothill match.

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Gunn grad Watt is looking for her next challenge

The more you learn about Amy Watt the more you realize how little she has allowed her disability to define her.

Thursday, 4:12 PM | 2 comments
The PAL Ocean Division remains highly competitive

Prep football
League play starts Friday in the Peninsula Athletic League. And just like last year the PAL's Ocean Division -- the league's middle division -- has four of its six teams with 4-0 records heading into league play.

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Menlo and Sacred Heart Prep keep focus on the road ahead

Prep water polo
The Menlo School boys' water polo team, off to its best start in a decade, has two PAL Bay Division matches remaining after beating host Woodside, 19-2, Wednesday.

Thursday, 10:28 AM | No comments yet
Stanford women trim the Huskies in Pac-12 volleyball

Freshman Kathryn Plummer recorded a season-high 18 kills and the ninth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team earned its first win over Washington in Seattle since 2012. The Cardinal moved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the Pac-12 with a 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 15-9 victory over the Huskies on Wednesday night.

Thursday, 12:43 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ledecky is named Female Athlete of the Olympic Games

Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky was named Female Athlete of the Olympic Games on Wednesday at a ceremony in Washington D.C. She set two world records en route to winning four gold medals and one silver medal.

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Zhang to compete in Table Tennis' Women's World Cup

Of local note
The ITTF Women's World Cup will be held at the United States for the first time ever and Palo Alto grad Lily Zhang will be there.

Wednesday, 4:01 PM | No comments yet
Stanford grad Ogwumike named WNBA's Most Valuable Player

Los Angeles Sparks forward and three-time Stanford All-American Nneka Ogwumike was named the 2016 WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Samsung the league announced Tuesday. The fifth-year pro from Cypress, Texas earned 31 of 39 first-place votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Wednesday, 1:33 PM | No comments yet
Menlo's Dreyer gives volleyball fans something to cheer

Grace King and Ashley Dreyer combined for 21 kills and the Menlo School girls volleyball team beat visiting Sacred Heart Prep, 25-19, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, in a West Bay Athletic League contest Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 9:43 AM | No comments yet
Menlo women make waiting worth it in volleyball victory

The Menlo College women's volleyball team had to wait an additional two weeks to settle a score. The Oaks made waiting worthwhile Tuesday night, beating host Pacific Union, 25-10, 23-25, 25-14, 25-16, in nonconference action and reversing an earlier loss to the Pioneers.

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Gunn tops SCVAL water polo standings after first round

The Prep Report
The Gunn boys' water polo team completed the first round of SCVAL De Anza Division play unbeaten after knocking off visiting Los Altos, 16-9, Tuesday.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Football officials should also be held accountable for player safety

College football officials, including replay officials, must be held accountable for failure to protect players from concussions despite rules put in place for just such occurrences. A hit on receiver Francis Owusu has caused Stanford football coach David Shaw to plea for a change in how helmet-to-helmet hits are officiated.

Tuesday, 12:47 PM | 1 comment
Stanford's winning touchdown play worked like it was practiced

Football notebook
The fade pass from Ryan Burns to JJ Arcega-Whiteside for the go-ahead score with 24 seconds left in Stanford's 22-13 victory over UCLA on Saturday was at least a year in the making.

Tuesday, 12:39 PM | No comments yet
Gunn's Enders races to boys title at Ram Invitational

The Prep Report
Jonas Enders followed his victory in the Moonlight Run with another one Saturday at the Ram cross country Invitational in Daly City. The Gunn senior raced the 2.4-mile course in 12:39, finishing five seconds ahead of the pack.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Menlo's Thompson repeats as winner at Pacific Union

College cross country
Menlo College's Megan Thompson successfully defended her title at the Pacific Union Cross Country Invitational on Sunday, racing a 21:07 to complete the 5K course in Angwin and beating a foursome from UC Merced, which won the team title.

Monday, 4:56 PM | No comments yet
Stanford grad Morris sets MLS American rookie scoring mark

Of local note
Stanford grad Jordan Morris scored two goals in the Seattle Sounders' 4-2 win Sunday over the LA Galaxy to give him 12 goals, the most by an American rookie in MLS history. He is one of only five rookies who have scored 10 or more goals in a season.

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Stanford's Thomas earns Pac-12 weekly defensive football honor

Junior defensive lineman Solomon Thomas was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. The communication major had three tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack on Saturday. He also returned a fumble for a touchdown.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Oaks men complete sweep of road conference soccer matches

Menlo College report
Isaac Miselewicz scored late in the first half and the Menlo College men's soccer team made it stand Sunday in a 1-0 victory over host Biola in a Golden State Athletic League match.

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Stanford women recover from early deficit in field hockey win

Cardinal corner
Sacred Heart Prep grad Harrison Enright scored three goals and the fifth-ranked Stanford men's water polo team wrapped up its four-game competition in the Mountain Pacific Invitational with an 8-6 victory over No. 7 Long Beach State Sunday at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Sunday, 6:03 PM | No comments yet
Arcega-Whiteside was ready for his turn in the spotlight

Cardinal football
Stanford football coach David Shaw often talks about the "next man up" culture of his program. That credo was tested Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, when Stanford overcame injuries to four starters to overtake UCLA in a thriller, 22-13, and register its ninth consecutive win in the series.

Sunday, 4:58 PM | 1 comment
SHP grad Swart collects a hat trick for Princeton water polo

Of local note
Sacred Heart Prep grad Michael Swart scored three goals and the No. 11 Princeton men's water polo team downed Whittier, 15-9, on Saturday at the Mountain Pacific Invitational at Northgate High

Sunday, 4:14 PM | No comments yet
Defense holds until offense rallies for comeback victory

After failing to find the end zone in the first 59:30, No. 7 Stanford football struck for two touchdowns over the final 24 seconds to beat UCLA, 22-13, in the Rose Bowl in a Pac-12 Conference contest Saturday.

Sunday, 12:44 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A flurry of goals spring Stanford women to soccer victory

Tegan McGrady broke the deadlock and Averie Collins and Jordan DiBiasi quickly followed as the top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team scored three times within an eight minute span of the second half to beat visiting Oregon, 3-0, in the Pac-12 opener Saturday night.

Saturday, 11:36 PM | No comments yet
Cardinal men split a pair of tournament water polo matches

The fifth-ranked Stanford men's water polo will play Long Beach State in the fifth-place match of the Mountain Pacific Invitational on Sunday at 11:45 a.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex, after splitting its two matches on Saturday in the 16-team tournament.

Saturday, 7:25 PM | No comments yet
Castilleja sinks Aragon in nonleague water polo match

Prep report
Jenna Kotcher was one of four players to record three goals and the Castilleja girls water polo team downed visiting Aragon, 15-4, in a nonleague contest Friday.

Saturday, 12:43 PM | No comments yet
Dynamic running attack leads Palo Alto to SCVAL football win

Junior running backs Paul Jackson III and Sione Latu combined for 412 rushing yards and Palo Alto earned a 44-31 victory over visiting Santa Clara Friday night in the SCVAL De Anza Division football opener.

Saturday, 11:07 AM | No comments yet
Ajanaku, Plummer help stop the Beavers in Pac-12 Conference

Stanford roundup
Senior Inky Ajanaku and freshman Kathryn Plummer combined for 23 kills and No. 11 Stanford women's volleyball beat host Oregon State, 29-27, 25-15, 25-8, in a Pac-12 Conference match Friday night.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Cardinal freshmen will impact women's cross country program

Elizabeth DeBole was named women's head cross country coach, receiving the title for the duties she's already performed as an assistant. DeBole recruited a high-powered five-woman class that should be impactful, though nothing is certain when predicting freshmen success.

Friday, 9:22 PM | No comments yet
Stanford figures to be among nation's top teams

Men's cross country
As the Stanford men's cross country team begins racing in earnest, which began in Virginia on Friday, and continue at the Stanford Invitational on Oct. 1, this is the most anticipated season in years. The men are ranked No. 4, and are Flotrack's choice to win the national title.

Friday, 9:12 PM | No comments yet
Gunn grad Juratovac seeks to create image for student-athletes

Sports and social media
Gunn grad Adam Juratovac, a former all-section left tackle who played in college and professionally, understands the post-athletic career better than most.

Friday, 9:29 AM | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep girls win important league tennis match

Prep report
The Sacred Heart Prep girls' tennis team made a statement Thursday with its 7-0 home victory over a very good Castilleja team in West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division action.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gunn much improved but so is SCVAL El Camino Division

The Gunn football team goes into league play Friday much improved, much stronger than last year. But the same could be said for its league.

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A tough schedule only makes SH Prep that much stronger

Brian Kreutzkamp handed the Sacred Heart boys water polo team a tough assignment: an unrelenting schedule against some of the top teams in the nation.

Thursday, 3:43 PM | No comments yet
Football, flags and being cool; Stanford just wants to play the game

In football this fall, protests during the national anthem have become bigger stories than games themselves. Two former Stanford players, Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin and Miami Dolphins' Michael Thomas, have been at the forefront in this area.

Thursday, 2:51 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stanford women to see added TV exposure in Pac-12 play

Sixteen games will be televised on Pac-12 Networks and an additional three will be picked up by the ESPN family of network, as the conference slate and television selections for the 2016-17 Stanford women's basketball schedule were announced by the Pac-12 on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 2:26 PM | No comments yet
Cardinal men to join basketball celebration for Phil Knight

The Stanford men's basketball program has been selected to compete in the prestigious 16-team PK80 Phil Knight Invitational over Thanksgiving week of 2017.

Wednesday, 2:17 PM | No comments yet
Three Stanford Athletics' senior leadership team are moving up

Stanford Director of Athletics Bernard Muir announced the promotions of three members of the Stanford Athletics' senior leadership team on Wednesday: Jamie Breslin, Heather M. Owen, Tommy Gray.

Wednesday, 2:07 PM | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton girls wins important PAL volleyball match

Prep report
Eliza Grover and Jacqueline DiSanto combined for 34 kills and the Menlo-Atherton girls' volleyball team beat host Carlmont, 25-13, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, in an important PAL Bay Division match Tuesday.

Wednesday, 11:47 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Stanford women open Pac-12 volleyball by beating the Bears

Freshman opposite Kathryn Plummer posted a season-best 16 kills and the 11th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated rival California, 23-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-13, Tuesday, in the Pac-12 opener for both squads at Haas Pavilion.

Tuesday, 11:33 PM | No comments yet
Stanford's Ogwumike sisters earn top WNBA honors from AP

Stanford grad Nneka Ogwumike was named Associated Press WNBA Player of the Year and sister Chiney Ogwumike, also a Stanford grad, earned comeback player of the year honors when the organization announced its postseason awards on Tuesday following a vote from a 14-member media panel.

Tuesday, 8:50 PM | No comments yet
Menlo's Von Schottenstein earns GSAC women's soccer honor

Sophomore transfer Alexis Von Schottenstein had a huge week for the Menlo College women's soccer team, helping the Oaks beat UC Santa Cruz and Soka University of America over the weekend. She was named the Golden State Athletic League Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday for her effort.

Tuesday, 1:15 PM | No comments yet
Stanford football commit named to All-American Bowl

Tight end Colby Parkinson, a senior at Oaks Christian School who has given Stanford his verbal commitment, was selected to participate in the 17th edition of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, it was announced Tuesday.

Tuesday, 1:04 PM | No comments yet

Monday, September 19, 2016

Palo Alto, Castilleja girls earn league golf victories

Prep report
The Palo Alto girls golf team continues to display improved form on the course. A week after finishing third at the Helen Lengfeld tournament, the Vikings beat host Saratoga, 206-216, in a SCVAL match on Monday at Saratoga Country Club.

Monday, 11:55 PM | No comments yet
Fencing across the ocean has its good points

Senior fencer John Stayner was joined by Stanford sophomores Sajan Patel, Nick Campbell-Kruger, Ty Hunter, Valerie Garcia and Carly Weber-Levine on a five-day trip that brought together fencers from eight U.S. colleges, China and Korea.

Monday, 9:11 PM | 2 comments
Bunton leads Menlo College at Roadrunner golf tournament

Douglas Bunton shot a two-round score of 153 to complete the first day of the Roadrunner Invitational in a tie for 10th place and Menlo College resides in fourth place with a team score of 631 in men's golf action Monday.

Monday, 7:52 PM | No comments yet
Stanford inducts 8 into Hall of Fame


Monday, 7:46 PM | No comments yet
Stanford's Plummer earns Pac-12 volleyball honor

Stanford opposite hitter Kathryn Plummer was named Pac-12 Volleyball Freshman of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

Monday, 12:42 PM | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton girls win seventh straight volleyball match

The prep report
The Menlo-Atherton girls volleyball team survived a grueling nonleague schedule and then survived a tough, three-set match against Palo Alto to earn the title of the Chris Chandler Invitational, held at Menlo School on Saturday.

Monday, 3:01 AM | 2 comments
Gators produce best offensive football game, but still lose

Alex Harper scored twice and Garrett Gavello also scored but Sacred Heart Prep lost, 32-22, to visiting McClymonds in a nonleague football contest on Saturday.

Monday, 2:17 AM | 2 comments
Garcia inspires Stanford men to big home soccer victory

It took a little bit longer than Friday, but once the No. 25 Stanford men's soccer team started scoring it didn't stop and the Cardinal routed Omaha at Cagan Stadium on Sunday night, 4-0, in nonconference action.

Monday, 1:47 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Stanford pounded USC's defensive line to set up finesse play

Stanford approaches every game with the same mentality: Impose our will. Some call it intellectual brutality, others smash-mouth football. For David Shaw, the Director of Football, it's a winning formula.

Sunday, 6:34 PM | No comments yet
Bonchristiano comes up big in Menlo's tournament victory

Boys water polo
Tiago Bonchristiano recorded 36 saves on Saturday to lead the Menlo School boys' water polo team to its second tournament title in as many weeks. The Knights (12-0) beat De La Salle, 9-0, in the semifinals of the St. Francis NCS-CCS tournament and then topped San Ramon Valley, 14-7, in the championship game.

Sunday, 3:30 PM | No comments yet


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