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Monday, September 29, 2014

Stanford grad A.J. Hinch is new manager of Houston Astros

Former Stanford baseball standout A.J. Hinch was introduced as the manager of the Houston Astros at a press conference Monday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Hinch's MLB managing experience includes parts of two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2009-10.

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Cardinal's top defense is making a strong case for itself

There is growing sentiment that this season's Stanford defense is better than last year's, and might be one of the best in many, many years. Four games into the 2014 season, the unit is making a strong case.

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Priory football team can claim a No. 1 ranking in the state

Priory may be one of the smallest schools in California, but the idyllic Portola Valley campus can claim something no other school in the state can. Yes, the Panthers' football team is No. 1.

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It's a three-peat for SHP boys in water polo tournament

Players come and players go but, evidently, not much as changed for the Sacred Heart Prep boys in water polo team when it comes to winning titles. The Gators went 4-0 this past weekend at the 32-team St. Francis/Acalanes Invitational.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Stanford men handle the field at water polo tournament

Cardinal corner
Bret Bonanni and BJ Churnside each scored four goals and the Stanford men's water polo team downed Whittier, 21-5, to complete a four-game swept at the Aggie Shootout in Davis on Sunday.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oaks drop nonconference football game to Webber International

Menlo roundup
Menlo College gave up two late touchdowns and dropped a 20-17 decision to visiting Webber International in a nonconference football contest on Saturday in Atherton.

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Wrong turns and bloody noses did not stop Stanford runners

Cardinal corner
A wrong turn didn't faze Joe Rosa and Maksim Korolev on their way to victory at the 41st Stanford Cross Country Invitational on Saturday at the Stanford Golf Course.

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Out of the quagmire and into the Pac-12 victory column

A quick start turned into a plodding mess until quarterback Kevin Hogan found the end zone in the final five minutes and No. 16 Stanford escaped Seattle with a 20-13 victory over host Washington in a Pac-12 Conference football contest on Saturday.

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Gunn's Meeks races to a big victory at Stanford Invitational

Gunn's Gillian Meeks spent her sophomore season of cross country watching teammate Sarah Robinson run to multiple victories. Meeks, most often, was right behind. Not any more. Robinson is now playing soccer at Stanford and Meeks has assumed her leadership role with the Titans.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Everybody got a chance to play in Stanford's 3-0 win

Freshman Foster Langsdorf came off the bench to play his first career minutes and score his first career goal and the No. 19 Stanford men's soccer team beat visiting Gonzaga, 3-0, Friday night in a nonconference contest.

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Stanford women's soccer streak ends in Pac-12 opening tie

Field hockey scores upset
The Stanford women's soccer team allowed a goal for the first time this season. It proved to be big in a 1-1 draw against Utah in a Pac-12 Conference double-overtime opener Friday.

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Gunn girls keep their volleyball winning streak intact

If the Gunn girls wanted to prove that Tuesday's big victory over rival Palo Alto was no fluke, the Titans took care of that by defeating host Monta Vista in five sets in SCVAL De Anza Division girls' volleyball action on Thursday.

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Gunn boys remain tied for first, but Paly falls in water polo

The logjam in the SCVAL De Anza Division boys' water polo race is beginning to loosen, thanks to a pair of results that knocked one of three teams out of first place on Thursday.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Stanford's top football defense will be tested by Huskies

While Stanford football possesses the nation's best defense, the Cardinal most likely will give up more points, more yards and more first downs against Washington this weekend than it has in any game this season and may very well be playing even better.

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It's time for Stanford's Boukather to shine in volleyball

Senior Morgan Boukather has played and started alongside seven All-Americans during her Stanford women's volleyball career. Ask her to name them, well, they're just teammates to her, she doesn't know the specifics.

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Menlo College introduces a solid baseball recruiting class

Menlo College baseball coach Jake McKinley likes what he sees from his 14-player recruiting class that will take the field for the Oaks in the spring.

Thursday, 9:52 AM | 1 comment
Dawkins era will continue in Stanford men's basketball

Stanford roundup
Johnny Dawkins not only will be back this season to coach the Stanford men's basketball team, but he'll be around for some time after having his contract extended by the school.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Menlo School girls avenging '13 tennis losses to Monta Vista

Tuesday's prep roundup
Menlo School suffered only three losses in girls tennis last season while winning 26 times. Two of those setbacks were to Monta Vista, once in the Central Coast Section final and the second at the NorCal title match.

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Nneka Ogwumike named to USA women's basketball team

Of local note
Former Stanford standout Nnemkadi Ogwumike was named the 12-member 2014 USA World Championship Team when the roster was finalized on Tuesday in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Gunn girls shock rival Palo Alto in division volleyball opener

For quite some time, the Gunn girls volleyball team has been only the second-best squad in Palo Alto as the crosstown Vikings dominated the rivalry. In fact, Paly had beaten Gunn 16 straight times in league play -- until Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9:42 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cardinal women one big happy family after beating Cal

Inky Ajanaku recorded a match-high 14 kills and had a hitting percentage of .632 and the top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team downed visiting California, 25-16, 26-24, 25-16, Tuesday in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams in Maples Pavilion.

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Stanford's Steffens, Bonanni among finalists for FINA award

Water polo
Stanford juniors Maggie Steffens and Bret Bonanni have been named among the six finalists for the FINA Women's and Men's Water Polo Athlete of the Year, it was announced Tuesday.

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Palo Alto finds a new head baseball coach in a former player

During his days as a member of the Palo Alto High baseball team, Pete Fukuhara never made it to a Central Coast Section championship game. He may, however, now have a chance to do that as a coach.

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Former tennis greats highlight EPATT Pro-Am tournament

The inaugural EPATT Kids Cup Pro-Am Tennis Tournament, benefiting the after-school tennis and tutoring program for underserved kids in East Palo Alto, will be held Saturday at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center.

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Gunn girls maintain golf lead, stay perfect in the SCVAL race

Monday's prep roundup
With its lineup back intact, the Gunn girls remained unbeaten in the SCVAL golf race with a 209-250 dual-match victory over Homestead at Sunnyvale Municipal on Monday.

Tuesday, 9:04 AM | 1 comment
Bowen reaches elite goal in Stanford water polo history

Stanford senior driver Alex Bowen joined the elite in Cardinal men's water polo history by scoring his 200th career goal in the championship of the Kap7 NorCal Classic against UCLA on Sunday in Stockton.

Tuesday, 8:28 AM | 1 comment

Monday, September 22, 2014

Stanford baseball's freshman class is ranked No. 8 in nation

Cardinal corner
Stanford's 2014-15 recruiting class, which began its first day of college classes on Monday, has been ranked No. 8 in the country according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The Cardinal came in as the top group among Pac-12 programs.

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Luck throws for 370 yards and four TDS to highlight Week 3

Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes for the third time in his career as the Indianapolis quarterback highlighted former Stanford players in Week 3 of NFL action by leading the Colts to a 44-17 win at Jacksonville.

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Verso comes up big for Cardinal men in soccer upset

Stanford roundup
Eric Verso and Corey Baird scored in the second half as the 24th-ranked Stanford men's soccer team recorded its biggest win of the season to date, a 2-1 decision over No. 11 Delaware at Cagan Stadium on Sunday.

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Stanford women keep soccer shutout streak alive

Stanford completed what might have been the toughest nonconference women's soccer schedule in the country undefeated and unscored upon after its 2-0 victory over Cal Poly on Sunday before 2,279 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Menlo boys capture Scott Roche Invitational water polo title

Weekend prep roundup
After watching San Ramon Valley win the Scott Roche Invitational water polo title for two straight years in Menlo School's own pool, the host Knights figured enough was enough.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stanford women a perfect 10 after volleyball sweep

Cardinal corner
The top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team improved to 10-0 on Saturday with a 25-10, 25-12, 25-21 win over Cal State Northridge in the USD Invitational at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego.

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SHP pulls out a thrilling 27-21 victory in the final nine seconds

Friday prep football
Sacred Heart junior quarterback Mason Randall found Nick O'Donnell in the back of the end zone with just nine seconds left in the game and the Gators came out with a thrilling 27-21 nonleague victory over visiting Salinas Friday afternoon.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Stanford women remain unbeaten, unscored upon in soccer season

Ryan Walker-Hartshon and Stephanie Amack each scored goals to help the fourth-ranked Stanford women's soccer team remain unbeaten on the season with a 3-0 victory over visiting Santa Clara in a nonconference match Friday night.

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Cardinal men capture another soccer match at home, improve to 4-1

Stanford roundup
Brandon Vincent scored in the second half to snap a tie and help the 24th-ranked Stanford men's soccer team beat visiting Southern Illinois Edwardsville, 2-1, in a nonconference match Friday evening.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

O'Hara, Press are teammates again for U.S. national team

Of local note
Stanford grads Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press were teammates again, with each having a hand in Team USA's 4-0 victory over Mexico in a women's soccer international friendly in Rochester, N.Y. on Thursday evening.

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Stanford wrestling adds Olympic silver medalist to its staff

Jamill Kelly, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist, has joined the Stanford wrestling staff as an associate head coach, Jason Borrelli announced Thursday. Kelly comes to The Farm after serving two years as an assistant at North Carolina State (2012-14).

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Two titles help McNealy keep Stanford men's golf team on top

Maverick McNealy spent the summer traveling the country with one goal in mind: to be better in golf than he was last year as a freshman at Stanford. Early indications show McNealy is right on target.

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Rare bye week gives Stanford some important time off

Cardinal notebook
For the first time in three years, Stanford football coach David Shaw actually has a little time on his hands during the season. The 16th-ranked Cardinal hasn't had a true bye week since September of 2011.

Thursday, 11:40 AM | 1 comment
Menlo School boys tune up for Roche tourney with win

The Menlo School boys opened defense of their PAL Bay Division water polo title, and tuned up for this weekend's Scott Roche Invitational, with a 20-6 victory over visiting Sequoia on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Menlo women reach defining moment with volleyball win

There are certain points over the course of a season that helps define a team's progress. The Menlo College women's volleyball team experienced just such a moment Wednesday night when it downed No. 17 Vanguard, 25-19, 25-23, 16-25, 23-25, 15-13, in a nonconference contest in Atherton.

Wednesday, 11:09 PM | 1 comment
Gunn grad takes a hard look at football in latest book

Gunn High School English teacher Tim Farrell had a way with words that resonated with Steve Almond, one of his students in the mid-1980s. Almond was inspired to write, in part, because of Farrell.

Wednesday, 5:07 PM | 1 comment
Stanford's newest athletes are ready to take their place

Anticipation, excitement, nervousness and questions. Those are some of the words that describe Monday night's New Student-Athlete/Parent Orientation. More than 200 members of the Class of 2018 and their families and friends attended the annual welcome, most having just arrived on campus.

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Menlo-Atherton girls are hoping to join local volleyball elite

Tuesday's prep roundup
In recent years, a handful of local volleyball teams have reached the state finals. The Palo Alto girls accomplished that in 2010 and '11, Sacred Heart Prep in 2010 and '12 and Menlo School last year. Menlo-Atherton may be figuring it's finally time to join that elite group.

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