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Monday, April 27, 2015

Menlo College softball players sweep Cal Pac weekly honors

Oaks notebook
Menlo College softball players Nicole Larson and Kimberly Wilburn were selected as the Cal Pac Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. Larson had a big week at the plate to ignite the Oaks' offense while Wilburn turned in two solid performances in the circle, splitting her two decisions.

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Cardinal track and field athletes earn Pac-12 weekly honors

Stanford roundup
Stanford's Elise Cranny and Jaak Uudmae earned Pac-12 track and field athlete of the week honors for their performances last weekend. Cranny led Stanford to its first victory at the Penn Relays since 2006 by running the fastest split in the women's 4x1500 meters in Philadelphia on Friday. Uudmae set two personal records at the Brutus Hamilton Open and Challenge in Berkeley.

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McNealy tops Pac-12 leaderboard; Stanford in third after first day

Portola Valley resident Maverick McNealy caught fire early and never cooled down to open the Pac-12 Conference Championships at Palouse Ridge Golf Club. He shot rounds of 65 and 68 to hold the overall lead at 7-under after two rounds Monday.

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Palo Alto High divers win regional age-group titles

Of local note
Palo Alto High juniors Reed Merritt and Mimi Lin of Stanford Diving each captured an individual title at the USA Diving Junior Region 10 Championships last weekend at the Tualitin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton, Ore.

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Gunn's Campbell splashes to a pair of school records

Prep swimming
Jenna Campbell has been known as a 200- and 500-yard freestyler for the Gunn High swim team throughout her career. She solidified that claim by winning a Central Coast Section title in the 200 free last season before taking second in the 500.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Stanford gets plenty of offense, not enough big hits in loss

The largest crowd of the season watched as the Stanford baseball team collected 13 hits against one of the top teams in the country. Unfortunately, the Cardinal also stranded 12 runners, resulting in a 9-3 loss to No. 3 UCLA in Pac-12 action Sunday.

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Davidson, Zhao capture Pac-12 doubles title in tennis

Sophomores Taylor Davidson and Carol Zhao collected their second doubles title of the season, taking home the hardware at the Pac-12 Championships on Sunday afternoon in Ojai.

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Cardinal women finish MPSF lacrosse with perfect mark

Stanford roundup
The 15th-ranked Stanford lacrosse team set a school record for goals in a game by beating host California, 25-9, on Sunday at Memorial Stadium, completing a perfect Mountain Pacific Sports Federation season.

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M-A grad qualifies for JC NorCal track and field meet

Of local note
Menlo-Atherton High grad Jorge Tafolla finished second in the men's 800 meters at the Coast Conference Track and Field Championships Friday at San Jose City College.

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It's an all-Stanford finale in Pac-12 doubles title match

College tennis
Sunday's final at the Pac-12 Championships will be an all-Stanford affair, with Taylor Davidson and Carol Zhao squaring off against Caroline Doyle and Ellen Tsay in Ojai.

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Stanford baseball blanked by UCLA in Pac-12 action

Stanford committed a season high five errors that led to seven unearned runs for No. 3 UCLA in a 10-0 baseball loss in front of 1,590 fans at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond Saturday night. The three-game Pac-12 set is even after the Cardinal took Friday's opener, 6-1.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Interesting strategy in 4 mile relay helps Stanford

Track and field
Stanford concluded the 121st Penn Relays on Saturday with three relay teams in action, but no events were more unusual than the men's 4xMile. Stanford was third in that race, and also placed fourth in the women's 4x800 and fifth in the men's 4x800 at Franklin Field.

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Stanford women bounced from MPSF water polo tournament

Cardinal corner
Kiley Neushul scored two of her three goals in the fourth quarter to bring the top-ranked Stanford women's water polo team within one, but a late chance on the Cardinal's last possession hit off the crossbar and No. 4 California earned an 8-7 upset victory in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament at Arizona State on Saturday.

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Two Stanford track athletes pass tests at Brutus Hamilton

While their teammates were having a big day across the country at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, two Stanford athletes had performances Friday in Berkeley that could have big-time implications.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Hanewich, Hoffpauir lead Cardinal to Pac-12 baseball win

Zach Hoffpauir had four hits and drove in a pair of runs to help support Brett Hanewich's complete-game effort and the Stanford baseball team opened its Pac-12 series against visiting UCLA with a 6-1 victory Friday night in Sunken Diamond.

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Oaks sweep the Yotes in record-setting doubleheader

Oaks notes
The Menlo College baseball team swept a doubleheader from visiting College of Idaho, 13-9 and 7-5, Friday to clinch at least a fourth-place finish in the NAIA West Conference. The Oaks set a team record and a couple of individual records, as well.

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Relay team wins to snap runner-up finishes at major meets

Stanford roundup
The relay team of Rebecca Mehra, Jessica Tonn, Elise Cranny, and Claudia Saunders helped Stanford break a two-year streak of runner-up relay finishes at major meets, winning the 4x1500 meters on Friday at Franklin Field at the Penn Relays.

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Pitcher of record revisits Stanford baseball's first no-hitter

Last month, Ed Verdurmen made his yearly trek to Klein Field at Sunken Diamond from Portland, Ore., to watch the Stanford baseball team play Arizona. This was a special trip for the 80-year-old Verdurmen, who threw the first no-hitter at the field in April of 1956, and was asked to throw out the first pitch.

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Palo Alto, Gunn both looking for new athletic directors

The search is on for new athletic directors at Palo Alto and Gunn high schools as Jason Fung and Jill Naylor will be taking on new endeavors next school year.

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Stanford men's volleyball trio earns All-MPSF honors

Three Stanford men's volleyball players garnered All-MPSF conference accolades, the league announced Thursday. Representing the Cardinal were junior Conrad Kaminski, junior James Shaw and freshman Kyle Dagostino.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cardinal women second in distance medley at Penn Relays

Stanford roundup
Stanford finished second in the women's distance medley relay at the Penn Relays on Thursday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, leading on the final lap at the 121st annual meet.

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Cardinal women's lacrosse player nominated for top honor

Stanford notes
Stanford junior midfielder Lucy Dikeou was named Thursday as one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award, emblematic of the best player in collegiate lacrosse.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Menlo's Hall named Cal Pac Softball Player of the Week

Oaks notes
Menlo College's Mary Hall was named Cal Pac Softball Player of the Week for her efforts in six games last week. The Oaks also signed another recruit for softball on Wednesday.

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Kim sharp in final round of Pac-12 golf championships

Lauren Kim posted a spectacular final-round 67 to place seventh and the 17th-ranked Stanford women's golf team finished seventh at the Pac-12 Conference Championships, with the final round Wednesday at Boulder Country Club in Colorado.

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Stanford women win first MPSF lacrosse title since 2011

Cardinal corner
Stanford scored the game's first 13 goals on its way to beating UC Davis, 15-6, on Wednesday night to capture its first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season women's lacrosse title since 2011.

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2015 Central Coast Section track & field leaders

Boys 200 -- Givens (Palo Alto) 21.86; 2, Harrison (San Benito) 21.90; 3, Macauley (Bellarmine) 22.03; 4, Cory (Palma) 22.05; 5, Bains (St. Francis) 22.42; 6, Ilio (Mt. Pleasant) 22.49; 7, Martig (Bellarmine) 22.55; 8, Bolarinwa (Palo Alto) 22.64; 9, Keller (Monterey) 22.67w; 10, Prager (Aragon) 22.68.

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No Froyo, but local LPGA event is a go for Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie, in town for the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, usually enjoys her visits to Stanford, where she spent five years earning a degree (2012) while playing professional golf. She was met with bad news this time around. Her favorite Froyo café on campus was closed for construction.

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Stanford soccer recruit named to U-18 national team

Incoming Stanford freshman Amir Bashti was selected by U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team head coach Javier Perez as part of a 20-player soccer roster that will travel to Medugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina, for the team's first training camp of 2015, running from April 22-May 1.

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Gunn baseball holding on to first place in a turnaround season

The Gunn baseball team has made a complete 180 turnaround from its poor season last year. The Titans have transformed a 1-17 start last season to a 11-6-1 overall record so far this spring.

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Menlo School girls end losing streak to rival SHP

Prep roundup
The Menlo School girls snapped a five-match losing streak to rival Sacred Heart Prep with a big 16-5 victory in West Bay Athletic League lacrosse action Tuesday.

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Palo Alto's Pederson has time to enjoy a birthday at home

Palo Alto grad Joc Pederson was able to spend his birthday with his family for the first time since high school when he came to San Francisco with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday to open a three-game series with the Giants.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stanford nearly perfect in nonconference win over California

Cardinal corner
Two Stanford pitchers carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning before settling for a combined two-hitter as the Cardinal beat visiting California, 4-0, in nonconference baseball action Tuesday night in Sunken Diamond.

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Stanford women slip to seventh at Pac-12 golf championships

The 16th-ranked Stanford women's golf team moved down the leaderboard in the Pac-12 Conference championships at Boulder Country Club in Colorado on Tuesday. The Cardinal fell into seventh with a second round score of 19-over 303.

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Stanford lacrosse duo earns MPSF recognition for big wins

Weekly honors
Stanford's Adrienne Anderson and Allie DaCar earned player of the week honors from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for their performances during the Cardinal's big weekend lacrosse victories over San Diego State and USC.

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Stanford teams make final NCAA tuneups at Pac-12 tennis

With the regular season in the books, this weekend's Pac-12 Championships in Ojai serve as the final tennis tune-up before NCAA Tournament first- and second-round action begins in two weeks at campus sites throughout the nation.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Stanford women start strong at Pac-12 golf tournament

The 16th-ranked Stanford women's golf team shot a 2-over 286 to finish the first day of action Monday in second place at the Pac-12 Conference Championships in Boulder, Colo.

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Stanford softball suffers another blow as three seniors quit

Cardinal roundup
The Stanford softball season just went from bleak to downright miserable as three seniors -- Hannah Winter, Leah White and Cassie Rouland -- reportedly quit the team on Monday.

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Stanford men's volleyball rounds out recruiting class

Stanford head men's volleyball coach John Kosty has announced the signing of two additional prep standouts to National Letters of Intent. Russell Dervay (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Chris Moore (Lake Mary, Fla.) will join the Cardinal class of 2015, which also includes Jordan Ewert (Antioch), Matt Klassen (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Ryan Smith (Clovis).

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Stanford's Morris now playing for USA Under-23 team

One week after headlining the U.S. Senior National Team's 2-0 victory over Mexico with his first start and score, Stanford sophomore Jordan Morris will get another chance to help his country take down El Tri, this time against Mexico's U-23s.

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Pederson, Dodgers face Giants riding a seven-game win streak

Of local note
Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson hopes to be celebrating more than just his 23rd birthday when he and his first-place Los Angeles Dodgers visit AT&T Park to face the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series. First pitch is 7:15 p.m.

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Stanford gymnast wins NCAA individual title on vault

Stanford's Elizabeth Price won the NCAA title on vault and Ivana Hong placed second on beam at the NCAA Championships Individual Event Finals on Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas. Price scored 9.9333 to become the second Cardinal gymnast in program history to claim a national title on vault.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Stanford women close in on top seed for MPSF tournament

Cardinal corner
Lucy Dikeou and Hannah Farr scored four goals each and freshman goalie Allie DaCar made a career-high 14 saves to lead the No. 15 Stanford women's lacrosse team to a 12-6 victory over USC in a showdown between undefeated Mountain Pacific Sports Federation leaders Sunday.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Cardinal gymnasts provide super finish to the season

The 11th ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team scored 197.250 to finish fifth at Saturday's NCAA Championships Super Six in Fort Worth. The Cardinal's result is its second-highest score in program history at any NCAA Championships competition.

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Stanford puts the brakes on Utah in 8-1 Pac-12 baseball victory

Cardinal corner
The Stanford baseball team clinched its second straight Pac-12 series with an 8-1 win over Utah in front of 1,245 fans at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond Saturday afternoon. Marc Brakeman returned from a seven-week absence to earn his first win of the year.

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Stanford men lose to Cal, share Pac-12 tennis title

With the Pac-12 title hanging in the balance, Billy Griffith outlasted Nolan Paige, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, at the No. 5 spot, as No. 28 California held on to knock off No. 24 Stanford, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

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Palo Alto's Givens races to victories at CCS Top 8

The annual CCS Top 8 Invitational serves as a pretty good preview to the section track and field championships. With that said, look for Palo Alto junior Eli Givens to make a return trip to the CIF State Meet in both the 100 and 200 next month.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Cardinal baseball rallies from deficit to beat Utah in Pac-12 action

Stanford roundup
Chris Castellanos turned 13 into his lucky number Friday night in helping the Stanford baseball team beat visiting Utah, 10-6, in Pac-12 action. Castellanos retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced, including nine of the last 10.

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It has been a long tennis journey for Stanford seniors

Seniors John Morrissey and Robert Stineman come to The Farm from Dublin, Ireland, and Winnetka, Ill., respectively. Unlikely college tennis teammates, let alone Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers, they will always share a special bond and have helped put the Cardinal on the doorstep of its first outright Pac-12 title since 2003.

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It's onward to the Super Six for Stanford women gymnasts

The No. 11 Stanford women's gymnastics team matched its second-highest score of the season with a 197.175 to finish third Friday in the semifinals of the NCAA championships at the Forth Worth Convention Center Arena and advance to Saturday's Super Six for the seventh time in program history, and the first in three years.

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McNealy named to U.S. golf team for prestigious Palmer Cup

Stanford notes
Stanford sophomore Maverick McNealy was named to the Palmer Cup team for the United States, as announced Friday on the Golf Channel's Morning Drive. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 12-14 at Rich Harvest Farms near Sugar Grove, Ill.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Raney scores twice to help Stanford women win MPSF finale

Freshman Jordan Raney scored twice and the top-ranked Stanford women's water polo team beat host No. 4 California, 7-3, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season finale for both teams on Thursday in Berkeley.

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Stanford grad Slater helps SJ Giants win their home opener

Stanford grad Austin Slater was 3 for 5, including a double, and drove in two runs to help the San Jose Giants win their home opener, batting the Bakersfield Blaze, 10-5, in Single-A California League baseball action Thursday night.

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Stanford's Orrange going to the Big Apple in WNBA draft

Amber Orrange was drafted by the New York Liberty with the 23rd overall pick of the WNBA draft on Thursday. She became the 24th Stanford player overall, and 10th in the past nine years, when she was selected at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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Menlo College adds two to its softball recruiting class

Oaks roundup
The Menlo College softball program added two more players to its 2015-16 recruiting class with the addition of twins Megan and Mackenzie Wright.

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Stanford's McNealy a semifinalist for Ben Hogan Award

Cardinal corner
Stanford's Maverick McNealy of Portola Valley was named a semifinalist for the 2015 Ben Hogan Award, as announced Wednesday by Colonial Country Club, Friends of Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America.

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Paly grad Pederson a defensive standout as Dodgers win

Of local note
Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson came up with another outstanding defensive play and contributed at the plate, as well, to help the Los Angeles Dodgers complete a sweep of the visiting Seattle Mariners on Wednesday with a 5-2 victory in Major League Baseball action.

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Stanford's Morris scores game-winner for U.S. soccer

In the past nine months, Stanford's Jordan Morris has scored goals against the likes of San Jose State, Gonzaga, San Francisco, Washington, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Cal Poly. Now, Mexico can be added to the list.

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Menlo boys topple Gunn in battle of tennis titans

Prep roundup
The Gunn boys tennis team won the first seven Central Coast Section team titles that were held, starting in 1972. The Menlo School boys have won the past six championships and will be shooting to tie the Titans' record streak next month.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Strong relief effort not enough for Stanford softball

Erin Ashby pitched six strong innings of relief and hit a game-tying home run for the Stanford softball team only to have visiting St. Mary's rally for a 10-9 nonconference decision Wednesday.

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2015 Central Coast Section track and field leaders

Girls 3,200 -- Lacy (Menlo) 10:25.05; 2, Gee (Cupertino) 10:29.75; 3, Iyer (Harker) 10:32.37; 4, Meeks (Gunn) 10:38.30; 5, Ratliff (Santa Cruz) 10:46.88; 6, Jacob (Los Altos) 10:46.91; 7, Xu (Monta Vista) 11:15.00; 8, Allen (Homestead) 11:19.98; 9, Skahill (St. Francis) 11:22.82; 10, Abundis (Aptos) 11:24.33.

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Stanford soccer duo named to U.S. women's World Cup squad

Former Stanford teammates Kelley O'Hara ('10) and Christen Press ('11) have been named to the U.S. squad for the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup that will be played in Canada this summer.

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Palo Alto boys win golf showdown with rival Gunn

The Palo Alto boys grabbed control of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League golf race with a 189-195 victory over rival Gunn in a dual-match showdown between undefeated teams at Santa Teresa Golf Course in San Jose on Tuesday.

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Stanford men extend tennis winning streak with win over Dons

Cardinal corner
The Stanford men's tennis team, ranked among the top 25 for the first time in over two years, upped its longest winning streak in four years to 10 matches with a 4-2 victory over visiting USF Tuesday in nonconference action.

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