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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Seniors get a win in their final basketball game at Maples

Sophomore Alanna Smith scored 17 points, junior Brittany McPhee added 16 and the 10th-ranked Cardinal took care of business, beating visiting California, 72-54, to remain in a first-place tie with Oregon State in the Pac-12 Conference standings.

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Paly boys, girls basketball teams find Open door closed

Both the boys and girls basketball teams from Palo Alto High were candidates to be included in their respective Central Coast Section Open Division fields. But at Sunday's seeding meeting each was left out of the Open, instead receiving No. 1 seeds in Division I.

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Cardinal women fall to top-ranked Florida in tennis

The fifth-ranked Stanford women's tennis team dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 1 Florida on Sunday afternoon, coming away with a split of its most challenging nonconference road swing in recent memory.

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Burks, Cowles lead Stanford softball to winning weekend

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Whitney Burks collected two hits, drove in four runs and the Stanford softball team downed Pacific, 8-1, in the final game of the Nike Invitational on Sunday.

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M-A, Paly are both motivated entering CCS soccer playoffs

Menlo-Atherton and Palo Alto each earned a spot in the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs and will meet each in the first round Saturday at 1 p.m. Gunn, Menlo and Sacred Heart all open Wednesday.

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Bears over run Warriors for third straight PAL girls title

PAL South MVP Greer Hoyem scored 18 points, Carly McLanahan proved effective as a shooter and passer and the Menlo-Atherton girls basketball team earned its third straight PAL title with a 60-41 win over South San Francisco in the PAL tournament championship game at Hillsdale High ion Saturday.

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Another CCS first for Menlo School boys soccer

Marc Kerrest has led the Menlo School boys soccer team into uncharted waters since taking over the program for the 2012-13 season and when the Knights step on their own field Wednesday to meet Overfelt in a first-round game of the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs, it will be another first.

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Sequoia takes PAL tournament title in dramatic fashion

Menlo-Atherton and Sequoia put on a crowd-pleasing show in the PAL Tournament boys championship game Saturday at Hillsdale High. Zach Bene's 3-pointer with two minutes left broke a 65-65 tie -- the 11th time the game had been tied -- and gave Sequoia a 68-65 victory.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Stanford women split home softball doubleheader

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The Stanford softball team split a pair of games against Omaha and UC Santa Barbara to open the Nike Invitational on Saturday.

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Stanford men go distance in relay, Allman has record weight

In weekend indoor track and field meets involving Stanford, the Cardinal men's distance medley relay team assured itself of a berth in the NCAA Championships and Valarie Allman broke the school record in the weight throw for the fourth time.

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Menlo men can't seem to find a way in hoops loss to Mustangs

Menlo College dropped a 92-81 decision to host NAIA No. 18 Master's University in a Golden State Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Saturday.

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Stanford divers dominate but Cal swimmers are better

The No. 11 Stanford men's swimming and diving team lost its first conference dual meet of the season, dropping a 136-105 decision at No. 2 California on Saturday at the Spieker Aquatics Complex

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M-A boys, girls advance to PAL basketball championships

Prep report
The Menlo-Atherton boys basketball team scored the final seven points of its semifinal game with Jefferson on Friday to earn a spot in the championship game of the Peninsula Athletic League tournament being held at Hillsdale High.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Pickens helps Stanford men take down the Bears in hoops

It may not look like much but for the Stanford men's basketball team it's everything. After two tough losses in Arizona last weekend, the Cardinal returned home and was rewarded for its hard work with a 73-68 victory over California on Friday night.

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Stanford wins rematch of NCAA women's tennis championship

Senior Taylor Davidson shook off an early deficit to grind out a three-setter, clinching No. 5 Stanford's 4-1 victory over No. 6 Oklahoma State on Friday night at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.

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Stanford softball delays home opener a day

Stanford makes its home debut this weekend when it plays host to three teams as part of the Nike Invitational.

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Smith accomplishes a lot for Stanford women in hoops win

Stanford roundup
Alanna Smith accomplished a lot in a short amount of time, helping Stanford overcome a cold shooting night to beat host California, 72-66, in a Pac-12 women's basketball game Thursday night.

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Rain forces postponement of Menlo College baseball series

Oaks report
The Golden State Athletic Conference baseball series between Westmont and host Menlo College, which was supposed to begin Saturday, has been postponed. There is no new date set.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

A dramatic finish to M-A's perfect girls' soccer season

Prep soccer
Josephine Cotto, who usually distributes the ball, turned goal-scorer in the nick of time, taking a pass from Olivia Shane and shooting from the top of the box into the corner of the net in the final minute of play a Menlo-Atherton beat Woodside, 2-1, on Thursday.

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Pinewood girls are a constantly evolving basketball team

Prep basketball
The Pinewood girls basketball team beat host Priory, 70-30, Thursday to complete its WBAL Foothill Division season undefeated and extend its current winning streak to 18 games. Could this year's team be even better than last year, when the Panthers reached the NorCal Open Division finals?

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Encouraging words about teamwork that rang true

The honorable U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) remembers, with great admiration, his high school basketball coach at Palo Alto. Sen. Wyden wanted to submit his tribute last week but something about cabinet confirmations and other pressing government business interfered. The senator held a handful of records at Paly by the time he graduated, including career points and average points per game. Those records stood for nearly 40 years.

Thursday, 5:27 PM | 1 comment
Stanford turns to Gould for football coaching staff

One of the most highly regarded running back coaches in the country, Ron Gould has joined the Stanford football coaching staff, as announced Thursday.

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There's plenty at stake in PAL basketball tournaments

The Peninsula Athletic League is the only league left in the Central Coast Section that still conducts a league basketball tournament. The Blossom Valley Athletic League and West Catholic Athletic league have both dropped theirs.

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Palo Alto takes care of its short-term goals to clinch title

Prep report
The Palo Alto girls basketball team clinched the outright SCVAL De Anza Division championship Wednesday with a 58-48 win over Los Gatos at Gunn High. Doing it against Los Gatos, the team that supplanted Paly last year at the top of the standings, made it all the sweeter.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Late rally lifts Stanford softball to win over Aggies

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Quality pitching, timely hitting, and multiple impressive defensive plays propelled the Stanford softball team to a 6-3 nonconference victory at UC Davis on Wednesday.

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Stanford's Bubic to start baseball season opener

Mitty High grad Kris Bubic gets the starting nod in the opener of the final season under legendary coach Mark Marquess on Thursday. Stanford baseball opens the year with a three-game set at Cal State Fullerton, and a road Monday matinee at Cal Poly.

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Stanford's Hambly completes women's volleyball coaching staff

Erin Lindsey, former Illinois assistant and Dartmouth coach, has been named assistant coach for the Stanford women's volleyball program, as announced Wednesday by coach Kevin Hambly.

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Trio of Stanford baseball players on Golden Spikes list

Quinn Brodey, Tristan Beck and Colton Hock were named to USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list on Wednesday. Stanford is one of just three teams with three players up for college baseball's premier award.

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Menlo boys nab first league soccer title in 15 years

Prep report
The wait is over for the Menlo School's boys' soccer team. Menlo has officially been knighted as West Bay Athletic League champions and no help was needed. The Knights beat rival Sacred Heart Prep, 3-1, Tuesday to complete their mission.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Maxwell hammers 3-run homer to lift Menlo to baseball win

Sophomore infielder Dalton Maxwell collected three hits and drove in four runs and the Menlo College baseball team beat host William Jessup, 14-4, in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday in Rocklin.

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Cardinal women toss third straight tennis shutout

The No. 4 Stanford women's tennis team posted its third consecutive shutout, coasting past visiting San Jose State, 7-0, Tuesday at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

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Stanford's Cowles earns weekly Pac-12 softball honor

Teaghan Cowles was named the Pac-12 Softball Freshman of the Week, it was announced Tuesday by the conference. Cowles had an outstanding debut weekend in six games at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona. She hit .619 (13-for-21) on the weekend with seven RBIs, seven runs, two stolen bases and a triple.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Stanford men earn ACWPC All-Academic water polo honors

Seventeen Stanford men's water polo student-athletes garnered Association of College Water Polo Coaches All-Academic Awards, the group announced. Stanford's team grade-point average of 3.49 was the fourth-highest in the nation and the highest in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

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Priory girls clinch WBAL Skyline Division soccer title

Prep soccer
The Priory girls soccer team clinched the WBAL Skyline Division title, beating visiting Castilleja, 4-0, on Monday.

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Extra, Extra, Menlo College splits softball DH

Oaks report
The Menlo College softball team split a doubleheader with Oregon Tech, losing the first game, 10-9, and taking the second game, 3-1, Sunday at Simpson in Redding. Both games were decided in extra innings.

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Stanford's Ewert earns MPSF weekly men's volleyball honor

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Stanford sophomore Jordan Ewert has been selected the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation/Molten Men's Volleyball Player of the Week, it was learned Monday.

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Palo Alto's Goyal pins his way to SCVAL wrestling title

Palo Alto's Seth Goyal won the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League wrestling title at 132 pounds Saturday at Fremont High. Paly's 120-pound Andrew Wang finished as the runner-up in his division.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Cardinal women capture Peg Barnard Invitational title

Competing for the first time since November, the top-ranked Stanford women's golf team rolled to a wire-to-wire win in the 22nd Peg Barnard Invitational on Saturday and Sunday at soggy Stanford Golf Course.

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Stanford men blow past the Gaels in nonconference tennis

Cardinal corner
The No. 20 Stanford men's tennis team added its third sweep of the year, beating Saint Mary's, 7-0, Sunday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium in a nonconference match.

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Blazing opening quarter sets tone for Pac-12 victory

Women's basketball
An 18-point run in the opening period established Stanford's dominance over visiting Utah in Sunday's 87-51 Pac-12 Conference women's basketball victory. The only real question was the final margin.

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M-A girls clinch first soccer title in nearly 20 years

Katie Guenin scored twice Menlo-Atherton clinched its first PAL Bay Division girls' soccer title in 19 years, beating visiting Aragon, 3-0, on Saturday. Paly also scored a victory, beating Los Gatos, 1-0, in SCVAL action.

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Late turnover spoils Stanford men's basketball party

Marcus Allen scored 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting in Stanford's 75-69 loss to host Arizona State on Saturday night in a Pac-12 men's basketball contest.

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Stanford men reverse fortunes in MPSF volleyball victory

Cardinal corner
Down a pair of sets following a marathon second set, the eighth-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team rallied back to defeat visiting No. 12 UC Santa Barbara, 23-25, 41-43, 26-24, 25-15, 15-10, Saturday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match.

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Neff's effort leads Stanford men to Challenge title

College gymnastics
A career night for Robert Neff led the way for the second-ranked Cardinal men's gymnastics team as it retained its perfect record in team event titles while claiming the inaugural Pac-12 Challenge title with a 422.250.

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Menlo women place fifth at wrestling championships

Menlo memo
Cady Chessin placed second at 116 pounds and five other Menlo College wrestlers placed among the top seven in their respective divisions in helping the Oaks earn an overall program-best fifth-place finish at the Women's College Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City on Saturday.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Personal bests and top marks highlight strong weekend

Track and field
Stanford's Vanessa Fraser ran a personal best in the 3,000 meters at the Husky Classic indoor track and field meet Saturday and likely will return to the NCAA championships.

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Records set at Cal as Stanford women swim to victory

Five pool records propelled the top-ranked Stanford women's swimming and diving team past No. 2 California, 177-123, in front of a standing room only crowd at Spieker Aquatics Complex on Saturday.

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M-A clinches third straight title; Pinewood, Paly are on the verge

Girls basketball
Menlo-Atherton, as is its M.O., did not take long in establishing control in a 56-29 victory over visiting Woodside on Friday to clinch the PAL South Division girls basketball title.

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Palo Alto clinches boys hoops title, M-A is closing in

Prep report
Palo Alto clinched the regular-season boys basketball title of the SCVAL De Anza Division, beating host Cupertino, 55-34, in methodical fashion and sharing the load Friday.

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Menlo opens GSAC baseball play with doubleheader sweep

The Menlo College baseball team got an early start to its Friday doubleheader at Biola. Early, as in 8 a.m. It didn't seem to bother the Oaks, who took both games, 5-2, 5-3, and who will go for a series sweep Saturday.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

McPhee, McCall electrify Stanford women to hoops win

In a dramatic turn of events, the eighth-ranked Stanford women's basketball team went from upset victims to taking over a share of the Pac-12 penthouse, beating visiting Colorado, 64-51, Friday night in a Pac-12 Conference contest.

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Menlo sweeps boys-girls basketball DH from Gators

The Menlo School boys basketball team had enough. The Knights lost three times to Sacred Heart Prep last year, including in the CCS tournament. It felt good that Menlo clinched at least a WBAL title tie with a 64-43 win over the Gators on Friday night.

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Stanford softball improves to 3-0 with last inning rally

Stanford completed a thrilling seventh-inning comeback against Western Michigan to remain perfect on the season Friday evening at the Tempe Sports Complex.

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Cardinal men return home with nonconference wrestling win

Falls by Joey McKenna and Peter Galli, and a major decision by Paul Fox led the 17th-ranked Stanford wrestling team to a 34-3 rout of host Utah Valley on Friday.

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Oaks men wrestle a win away from San Francisco State

Memo from Menlo
NAIA No. 3 Menlo College finished its wrestling season by downing host San Francisco State, 20-19, Thursday night, beating the Gators for the first time in at least seven years.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Menlo girls spoil Sacred Heart Prep's WBAL soccer party

Girls soccer
Menlo School put a little damper on Sacred Heart Prep's plans to celebrate a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division title Thursday. Call it payback for a loss to the Gators earlier in the season.

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Stanford men rally to beat UCLA in MPSF volleyball

Led by sophomore outside hitter Jordan Ewert, who finished with a career-high 22 kills on .439 hitting, Stanford (7-4, 4-2 MPSF) rallied from a 2-1 deficit to top UCLA (9-4, 6-3 MPSF) in the only regular-season meeting between the two teams this season.

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A grand opener for Stanford softball at Kajakawa Classic

Whitney Burks hit a grand slam, Carolyn Lee threw a four-hitter and the Stanford softball team opened its season with sparkling 10-1 victory over UTEP at the Kajakawa Classic in Tempe Thursday.

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Gunn wrestlers pin hopes on league finals after big victory

Gunn High's wrestling team finished the SCVAL De Anza Division regular season with a 60-24 victory over visiting Milpitas on Wednesday night. SCVAL finals begin Friday at Fremont High.

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Stanford grad Klahn ready for another uphill tennis climb

He's been down this road before, working and playing himself into peak tennis shape as he tries to improve his ATP ranking. Stanford grad Bradley Klahn returned to the pro circuit last November after missing nearly two years due to his second back surgery.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gunn girls are battle-tested and ready to fire back

Prep report
The Gunn High girls basketball team has seen a lot of good basketball this season because of a schedule loaded with top teams. The Titans, after beating visiting Saratoga, 57-51, on Wednesday night, hope that kind of scheduling pays off come the post-season.

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Stanford softball goes to the desert in hopes of soaking up wins

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The Stanford softball team takes on six different opponents this weekend when it begins its season at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, AZ.

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Stanford's Cook serves up Pac-12 Diver of the Month honors

McNealy named to watch list
Stanford Olympian Kassidy Cook won the 1-meter event at each of four conference dual meets in January to earn Pac-12 Diver of the Month honors, the conference office announced Wednesday.

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Stanford grad Shaw sets his Italian team up for 'vittoria'

Of local note
In the Italian Pro Volleyball League, Stanford grad James Shaw, setting for Kioene Padova, helped the team earn a split in its last two games.

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Roller coaster season continues for Gunn basketball

Prep report
Gunn led Milpitas by 16 points in the first half, trailed by 16 points at one juncture in the second half and ended up losing by 12, 75-63, in an SCVAL De Anza Division game Tuesday at Gunn. In girls' soccer, Menlo-Atherton, Paly, Sacred Heart Prep and Gunn each won Tuesday to remain atop or near the top of their respective leagues.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Pinewood owns hardwood in dealing the Knights a setback

WBAL basketball
Matt Peery scored 22 of his game-high 34 points in the second half and the Pinewood boys basketball basketball team handed visiting Menlo School its first league loss of the season, 74-59, Tuesday night.

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Trio of Stanford athletes earn weekly conference honors

The Stanford women's water polo team swept Mountain Pacific Sports Federation weekly honors on Tuesday when senior Jamie Neushul was named the league's player of the week and freshman Makenzie Fischer its top newcomer.

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Menlo School's Bowen earns CIF Model Coach Award

Menlo School boys water polo coach Jack Bowen is one of 13 coaches around the state to be honored with a CIF Model Coach Award, the CIF state office announced Tuesday.

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Former Paly coach Clem Wiser was a winner in every sense

Clem Wiser will be best remembered as a champion of education, a championship coach, a championship facilitator and a championship friend. He was a winner in every aspect without losing perspective.

Tuesday, 12:05 AM | 9 comments