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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Menlo women go on the offensive for soccer victory

Danielle McCarthy and Brittany Squarcia each contributed a goal and an assist as the Menlo College women's soccer team downed visiting Northwest Christian, 4-0, for its second consecutive win, a nonconference affair on Tuesday.

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Best friends make all-tourney teams in college volleyball

Of local note
Sarah Daschbach and Ali Spindt have a lot in common. Both played high school volleyball in Atherton, Daschbach at Sacred Heart Prep and Spindt at Menlo-Atherton. Both were the Most Valuable Players in their respective teams. And, both are continuing to play in college.

Tuesday, 11:29 AM | No comments yet
Stanford has 20 former players in action during NFL's Week 2

Seventeen former Stanford football players saw action in games around the NFL Sunday with three more -- Andrew Luck, Griff Whalen and Zach Ertz -- playing in a Monday night showdown.

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Gunn girls grab early golf lead by holding off Palo Alto

Monday's prep roundup
The Gunn girls grabbed an early lead in the SCVAL golf race with a 192-195 victory over rival Palo Alto at the par-34 Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course on Monday.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Stanford men's basketball schedule is quite a challenge

College notes
The Stanford men's basketball season will open at home on Nov. 14 with a late, 9 p.m., start against Wofford as part of the Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and only gets better from there.

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Stanford women sweep Pac-12 defensive soccer honors

Stanford's defense took the spotlight among the Pac-12 Player of the Week awards for women's soccer, which were announced Monday, with Jane Campbell and Kendall Romine honored.

Monday, 1:11 PM | 2 comments
Pederson enjoying his first days as a major league player

Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson is taking nothing for granted. He knew what he had to do to reach the major leagues and he knows he has to work that much harder to stay.

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Menlo School rolls to a big 68-8 football win to remain unbeaten

While Menlo School graduated a lot of its offense from last year's successful football team, there certainly hasn't been much of a drop off following back-to-back victories.

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SHP girls win first St. Francis Invitational polo title since 2007

Weekend prep roundup
Despite winning the past seven Central Coast Section Division II water polo titles, the Sacred Heart Prep girls had struggled in the annual season-opening St. Francis Autumn Invitational.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Walker-Hartshorn records a hat trick in Cardinal victory

Stanford roundup
Ryan Walker-Hartshorn scored three goals, Alex Doll added a pair and the fourth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team defeated visiting Dayton, 8-0, in a nonconference match Sunday.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

It was a memorable first start for Stanford freshman

Cardinal corner
Sidney Brown will remember her first collegiate start. The freshman was nearly flawless for No. 1 Stanford, recording 12 kills and producing a hitting percentage of .706 as the Cardinal women's volleyball team swept visiting Penn, 25-17, 25-23, 25-22, Saturday morning.

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Cardinal defense throws another football shutout

Devon Cajuste caught a career-high three touchdown passes, Kevin Hogan threw for 216 yards and four touchdowns and No. 15 Stanford's defense dazzled in Saturday's 35-0 nonconference football victory over visiting Army.

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Sacred Heart Prep adjusts enough to beat Riordan, remains undefeated

Friday prep football
Sacred Heart Prep is a run-first football team and Riordan knew that coming into their nonleague matchup Friday in San Francisco. Thus, the Crusaders' game plan was simple and effective.

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LaBonta's penalty kick ends dramatic overtime contest

Lo'eau LaBonta drilled a penalty kick into the upper left corner in overtime to give No. 4 Stanford a much-deserved 1-0 victory over No. 6 Florida in a nonconference women's soccer thriller Friday night.

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Ajanaku helps top-ranked Stanford women top Duke

Junior middle blocker Inky Ajanaku recorded a career-best 21 kills and the top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated No. 20 Duke, 25-11, 27-25, 23-25, 25-15, Friday in Maples Pavilion.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Palo Alto girls ace their league season opener in golf

Palo Alto senior Michelle Xie registered a hole in one to lead the Vikings to a 205-214 victory over host Los Gatos in SCVAL girls' golf action Thursday at the par-34 Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Shaw and Stanford not yet ready to hit the panic button

Maybe something positive did come out of last weekend's 13-10 loss to visiting USC. It has strengthened Stanford's resolve. The Cardinal pledged to improve in the areas that cost the team in a painful loss in which Stanford largely outplayed the Trojans, but failed to cash in on a series of scoring opportunities.

Thursday, 5:22 PM | 1 comment
Top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball hosts invitational

Stanford roundup
The Stanford women's volleyball team heads into this weekend as the nation's top-ranked team. The Cardinal has plans on staying there for some time. A sweep of three matches at the Stanford Invitational should keep Stanford on top.

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Stanford men's water polo starts out No. 1 in nation

Bret Bonanni and Alex Bowen will provide a solid one-two scoring punch this season for the Stanford men's water polo, which is opening its campaign ranked No. 1 in the nation.

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Gunn football began with an inauspicious start in 1964

Gunn turns 50
Gunn High has turned 50. This celebration begs for something more than just a cake with a bonfire of candles. Only 49 graduating classes have gone out into the world, however, as the 1964-65 school year featured no seniors.

Thursday, 3:50 PM | 7 comments
Getting Montgomery the ball often will be crucial

Stanford football notes
Stanford senior receiver Ty Montgomery has proven to be Stanford's biggest playmaker and a big-play threat any time he has the ball. The challenge is finding creative ways to create space for him.

Thursday, 3:31 PM | No comments yet
Stanford field hockey risks unbeaten mark vs. top-20 foes

The nationally No. 8 Stanford field hockey team looks to keep its perfect record intact as it returns home this week for top-20 matchups against No. 7 Iowa and No. 12 Albany at the Varsity Turf.

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SHP water polo teams pick up where they left off

Prep roundup
The Sacred Heart Prep water polo teams have won seven Central Coast Section titles apiece, with the girls winning a record seven straight. The squads also have reached the section finals a combined 19 times since 2003. Neither teams looks to be slowing down.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Stanford grads Owusu, Taylor catch first TD passes in NFL

Of local note
Former Stanford players had an impact on the opening weekend in the National Football League as four caught touchdown passes and 20 saw action.

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Five local girls teams rack up nonleague volleyball victories

Tuesday's prep roundup
It was a perfect night for five local girls volleyball teams as each squad came up with a solid victory in nonleague action Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 9:10 AM | 1 comment
McNealy's individual title paces Stanford men to golf crown

College roundup
Stanford won its third straight regular-season tournament and sophomore Maverick McNealy claimed his first career medalist honor Tuesday at the Southwestern Intercollegiate in Westlake Village.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Stanford's Ajanaku wins national honor in volleyball

The awards continue to roll in for Stanford junior Inky Ajanaku, who was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the week, the association announced today.

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USOC honor for Ledecky; Stanford freshmen on USA junior team

USA Swimming
Top performances throughout August earned future Stanford swimmer Katie Ledecky of Bethesda, Md., Athlete of the Month recognition, the United States Olympic Committee announced Tuesday.

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Calicdan earns Cal Pac Player of the Week honors in volleyball

Menlo College outside hitter Courtney Calicdan has been dominant all season long for the Lady Oaks women's volleyball team. On Monday, she was rewarded for her efforts. She was named the Cal Pac Player of the Week.

Tuesday, 12:05 AM | 1 comment

Monday, September 8, 2014

USC AD is fined, Trojans' football coach reprimanded

The Pac-12 Conference has reprimanded and fined USC Athletics Director Pat Haden, and reprimanded head football coach Steve Sarkisian for their inappropriate sideline conduct during USC's game at Stanford on Saturday, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

Monday, 2:26 PM | 3 comments
Stanford Water Polo Club players named All-Americans

Several members of the Stanford Water Polo Club players (both boys and girls) were named to the 2014 National Junior Olympics All-American teams, announced last week by USA Water Polo.

Monday, 11:46 AM | No comments yet
Stanford's Ajanku earns Pac-12 defensive volleyball honor again

Cardinal corner
Stanford junior Inky Ajanaku was voted Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week in women's volleyball for the second-straight week on Monday after the leading the Cardinal to five-set wins over Penn State and Illinois last weekend.

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Frustrating loss to USC a rarity at home for Stanford football

It was a feeling many Stanford football players had never experienced, and it didn't sit well Saturday. The 13th-ranked Cardinal lost on its home turf for the first time since 2011, snapping its nation-best 17-game streak after a frustrating 13-10 defeat to No. 14 USC.

Monday, 9:21 AM | 3 comments
SHP rolls to a 32-20 football win even without Burr-Kirven

Weekend prep roundup
Ben Burr-Kirven is arguably Sacred Heart Prep's best overall football player, doubling as a standout linebacker and running back. He began the 2014 prep football season, however, on the sideline with a leg injury.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lutz helps Stanford women rally in 5th set for volleyball win

Cardinal corner
Redshirt freshman Merete Lutz had a hand in scoring three of Stanford's final four points to help the second-ranked Cardinal complete its comeback and record a 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 25-22, 15-12 victory over No. 9 Illinois on Sunday as part of the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge in Maples Pavilion.

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Bryan brothers win record fifth US Open doubles title

Stanford products Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have already won more doubles titles together than any other team in professional tennis. Being the first to 100 cements their legacy.

Sunday, 12:14 PM | 1 comment
Morris returns from national team to spark a Stanford win

Men's soccer
Redshirt junior Eric Verso and sophomore Jordan Morris supported each other in a team effort, each scoring off assists from the other, to lead Stanford to a 2-0 men's soccer victory over San Jose State in the Cardinal's home opener at Cagan Stadium on Saturday night.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Late score lifts Menlo College to first football win of season

DJ Jones scored three times, including the game-winning touchdown late in the game, and Menlo College beat host Simon Fraser, 31-24, in a nonconference football contest Saturday in Canada.

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Late field goal lifts the Trojans past Stanford, 13-10

Andre Heidari broke the hearts of Stanford football fans for a second straight year, connecting on a 53-yard field goal with 2:30 remaining to play to lift visiting USC to a 13-10 victory over the 13th-ranked Cardinal in the Pac-12 opener for both teams on Saturday.

Saturday, 3:49 PM | 6 comments
Menlo women record volleyball sweep of William Jessup

Oaks report
Courtney Calicdan recorded 14 kills, including the go-ahead kill in the third set, and the Menlo College women's volleyball team downed visiting William Jessup, 25-16, 25-9, 25-23, Saturday in a nonconference match.

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Palo Alto rallies late with a field goal for a 30-28 victory over Sequoia

Friday prep football
Junior Jose Patino made up for missing an earlier PAT by kicking a 32-yard field goal with 26 seconds to play to lift visiting Palo Alto to a 30-28 nonleague football win over host Sequoia on Friday night.

Saturday, 8:33 AM | 11 comments

Friday, September 5, 2014

Cardinal makes its point in victory over Penn State

Stanford roundup
The Stanford women's volleyball worked to gain a 18-25, 25-23, 25-22, 16-25, 15-10 victory over the defending national champion Nittany Lions, reversing the nightmare decision of the same match-up in last year's NCAA Elite Eight.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Palo Alto Oaks secure baseball future, will play a 66th seasson

When Steve Espinoza finally decided before this past season began to step away as the general manager of the Palo Alto Oaks, it was a decision he agonized over. "My fear was that when I stepped away, no one would care," Espinoza said. "It would have left a large hole in my heart."

Thursday, 7:43 PM | No comments yet
Stanford women remain perfect with soccer win over UCSB

Cardinal corner
First-half goals by Ryan Walker-Hartshorn and Chioma Ubogagu within four minutes of each other gave the No. 4 Stanford women's soccer team a 2-0 nonconference victory over UC Santa Barbara on Thursday night, extending the Cardinal's unbeaten streak in home openers to 26.

Thursday, 7:13 PM | No comments yet
Stanford-USC kick off Pac-12 season with a big rivalry game

There's no telling what might happen in a football game between Stanford and USC, and that's what makes it all so much fun. Half the team is studying film of Washington to get ready for the Trojans, who visit Stanford Stadium on Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. Pac-12 Conference game to be aired on ABC.

Thursday, 3:16 PM | No comments yet
No. 2 Stanford all set for volleyball showdown with No. 1

Stanford junior Inky Ajanaku is a person who likes to have fun. However, she'll be all business on Friday when the No. 2-ranked Cardinal plays host to No. 1 Penn State in the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge in Maples Pavilion.

Thursday, 3:12 PM | No comments yet
Bryan brothers seek historic 100th career doubles title

It was only a few years ago that Stanford grad Scott Lipsky, teaming with partner Dane Martin, upended the world No. 1-ranked Bryan brothers at the SAP Open in San Jose. Lipsky got another shot at the former Cardinal All-Americans on Thursday, but missed.

Thursday, 1:12 PM | No comments yet
Palo Alto-Sequoia football kicks off new webcast TV schedule

One of the area's oldest high school football rivalries, Palo Alto vs. Sequoia, will kick off a new series of live high definition football webcasts in the Bay Area on Friday at 7 p.m.

Thursday, 9:37 AM | No comments yet
No extra motivation needed for Cardinal in Pac-12 opener

Stanford against USC: One of the nation's fiercest and most competitive rivalries in recent years is renewed once again. "This is one of those games where I don't need to motivate them," said Stanford head coach David Shaw. "I just get out of the way."

Thursday, 9:16 AM | No comments yet
Large hoops recruiting classshould keep Menlo competitive

Menlo College men's basketball coach Jon Surface officially introduced his latest recruiting class, which will need to fill some shoes this season. Six true freshmen, and one sophomore transfer, look to help the Oaks reload after the graduation of seven seniors.

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