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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

M-A, Menlo girls advance in CIF NorCal volleyball playoffs

The Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School girls both moved on to the second round of the CIF NorCal volleyball playoffs following victories on Tuesday night.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bonanni heads Stanford's all-MPSF men's water polo honors

Senior Bret Bonanni, one of the most decorated men's water polo players in school history, added another accolade to his impressive list of achievements on Tuesday. The Cardinal was named to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation First Team for a third straight season.

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Anderson prepares for final home football game at Stanford

Football notebook
Palo Alto grad Kevin Anderson acknowledges that "it's going to be weird" walking onto the field at Stanford Stadium for the final time in a Cardinal football uniform on Saturday.

Tuesday, 2:40 PM | 1 comment
Palo Alto Knights Jr. Midgets heading to national playoffs

Youth football
It's holiday time for the Palo Alto Knights' football program. First up is Thanksgiving this week and then Christmas next month. In between, however, maybe something even more special for the players and their families.

Tuesday, 2:28 PM | 10 comments
2015 girls' All-SCVAL De Anza Division volleyball team

Co-Most Valuable Player: Chanti Holroyd (Mountain View), Lulu Kishton (Los Altos)
Outstanding Senior: Sarah Nelson (Los Gatos)
Outstanding Junior: Jessica Lee (Palo Alto)
Outstanding Sophomore: Chelsea Fan (Palo Alto)

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2015 girls' all-league water polo teams

Most Valuable Player: Celia Aldrete (Castilleja) Sr.
Most Valuable Goalie: Amelia Milne (Burlingame) Sr.
First Team
Maddie Macdonald (Castilleja) Sr.; Serena Rivera-Korver (Castilleja) Jr.; Allison Sullivan Wu (Burlingame) So.; Claire Morrison (Bulringame) Sr.; Kyra Sheeper (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Maya Srinivasan (Woodside) Fr.; Ellie Henretty (Half Moon Bay) Sr.

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2015 boys' all-league water polo teams

Most Valuable Player: Chris Xi (Menlo School) Sr.
Most Valuable Goalie: Tiago Bonchristiano (Menlo School) Jr.

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SHP's Choy, Menlo's Vielma advance in CCS singles tourney

CCS roundup
Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Sara Choy opened defense of her singles title at the Central Coast Section Individual Tournament by posting a pair of straight-set wins on Monday at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Stanford women suffer rare home basketball loss to Broncos

Nationally No. 13 Stanford got itself in trouble early and never did get things straightened out, dropping a 61-58 nonconference women's basketball contest to visiting Santa Clara on Monday night.

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McCaffrey earns Pac-12 'special' weekly honor for football

Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey earned Pac-12 Conference Football Special Teams Player of the Week honors, it was announced Monday.

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PAL Bay Division, WBAL girls' volleyball all-league teams

Most Valuable Player: Jacqueline DiSanto (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.
First Team
Erin Alonso (Carlmont) Sr.; Elena Mateus (Carlmont) Sr.; Adrienne Lee (Mills) Sr.; Kara Herbert (Sequoia) Sr.; Hailey Merkes (Half Moon Bay) Jr.; Melanie Moore (Aragon) Jr.; Maddie Lee (Aragon) Sr.; Cherene Uale (Hillsdale) Sr.
Natalie Ballout (Burlingame) So.; Julia Haupt (Burlingame) So.; Kirby Knapp (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Eliza Grover (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.

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PAL Bay Division and WBAL girls' tennis all-league teams

First Team
Lanie Van Linge (Menlo-Atherton) So.; Yvette Leung (Menlo-Atherton) Fr.; Julia Marks (Menlo-Atherton) So.; Halle Martinucci (Burlingame) So.; Mar Burgueno (Carlmont) Sr.; Sophia Longo (Woodside) Fr.

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Stanford's McCaffrey earns Pac-12 special teams honor

Heisman Trophy candidate Christian McCaffrey of Stanford has been named Pac-12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his record-breaking effort against Cal in the Big Game, it was announced Monday.

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Menlo girls win a second straight NorCal tennis crown

Menlo School topped Saratoga, 5-2, in the championship match to defend its title in the CIF/USTA Northern California Regional on Saturday at the Broadstone Racquet Club in Folsom.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bashti scores twice to lead Stanford men to NCAA victory

Cardinal corner
No. 6 Stanford refocused after a frustrating first half to put together a sound attack that led to its 3-1 victory over visiting Santa Clara in the second round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament Sunday at Cagan Stadium.

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Stanford's McCaffrey continues to be a human highlight reel

Christian McCaffrey made another strong push for the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in front of a national television audience. The sophomore running back compiled a school-record 389 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns in Stanford's 35-22 victory against bowl eligible Cal in the 118th Big Game.

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M-A girls successfully defend their CCS volleyball crown

Saturday CCS roundup
The Menlo-Atherton girls successfully defended their Central Coast Section Division I volleyball title with a 25-14, 27-25, 25-17 victory over Carlmont on Saturday at Independence High School in San Jose.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Stanford to play for the Pac-12 football championship

The Cardinal clinched a spot in the Pac-12 Championship game on Dec. 5 at Levi's Stadium with its 35-22 victory over visiting California in the 118th Big Game and will meet the winner of next week's game between UCLA and USC.

Saturday, 10:48 PM | 3 comments
Stanford women take another step toward return to College Cup

Ryan Walker-Hartshorn scored twice, Megan Turner also scored and the third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team beat visiting Arizona, 3-0, Saturday afternoon to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals.

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SHP girls, boys make a splash with more CCS polo titles

After eight years, Jon Burke finally got it right on the ninth try. As the final buzzer sounded, the Sacred Heart Prep girls water polo coach raised his arms and leaped into the pool. It was picture perfect.

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McCall soars in Stanford's nonconference win over GWU

Cardinal corner
Erica McCall recorded her third double-double in as many games, Lili Thompson added 21 points and six assists and No. 15 Stanford beat visiting No. 22 George Washington, 84-63, in a nonconference women's basketball contest Saturday.

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Cardinal men overcome adversity to place third at nationals

NCAA cross country
A Stanford men's cross-country team, so buried by adversity during mid-season when it dropped to No. 23 in the rankings, battled to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

Saturday, 2:39 PM | 1 comment
Evans, Eggleton pace Menlo hoops victory in triple overtime

Tyler Evans hit several key shots en route to a career-high 28 points and the Menlo College men's basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat visiting Pacific (Ore.), 101-97, in triple overtime Friday night.

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Paly, SHP advance in playoffs, but M-A's season ends

The Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep football teams will be playing for at least another week as they won their respective Central Coast Section first-round playoff games on Friday night. Menlo-Atherton, however, did not.

Saturday, 8:36 AM | 1 comment
Stanford track and field signs top group of runners

The Stanford track and field program signed six during the fall signing period, including a top class of women's distance runners -- four of which are ranked either No. 1 or 2 in the nation.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Swimming depth paying off for Stanford men at Invitational

The Stanford men's swimming team won four of five individual events and split the relays, extending its lead at the A3 Performance Invitational in Monterey Park on Friday.

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Bonanni's hat trick not enough to keep Stanford afloat

Cardinal corner
Bret Bonanni scored late in regulation to force overtime, though host USC came back to beat Stanford, 7-6, and advance to the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Water Polo Championships Friday in Los Angeles.

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DiBiasi delivers pair of goals to pace Cardinal in NCAA win

Freshman Jordan DiBiasi scored twice Thursday night to propel the Stanford women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over visiting BYU at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Stanford women rally for Pac-12 volleyball win over Buffaloes

Cardinal corner
Freshman Haley Hodson recorded 16 kills and the seventh-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team rallied from a first set loss to beat visiting Colorado, 18-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-18, in a Pac-12 Conference match Thursday.

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It's a Big Game in more ways than one for Stanford football

Brennan Scarlett retains ties with the University of California, where he earned a degree and played football for three years, missing his junior year to injury. It will be all about Stanford, however, when Scarlett takes the field in a Cardinal uniform on Saturday.

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Cardinal still has plenty to play for in the Big Game

In the locker room after last Saturday's 38-36 Pac-12 Conference football loss to Oregon, Stanford senior offensive left guard Joshua Garnett addressed the team. His message: Pick your head up. We've got a lot to play for.

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Big Game has provided crazy bounces and fantastic finishes

The 118th Big Game kicks off Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Stanford Stadium, and there is no telling what the outcome holds. The series is famous for heroic performances, crazy bounces and fantastic finishes, the majority at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.

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Stanford men, women take runs at NCAA titles in cross country

Stanford sends its men's and women's teams to the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the 22nd consecutive season -- the longest ongoing streak in the country -- on Saturday in Louisville, Ky. Stanford squads have won a combined nine NCAA titles -- the women five and the men four.

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SHP boys seek another CCS title, Menlo wants to end streak

CCS roundup
The Sacred Heart Prep boys have won four straight Central Coast Section Division II water polo championships. Menlo School would like to see that streak end when the rivals meet in the section finals on Saturday.

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Menlo College takes aim from long range to record victory

Adam Griffin scored a game-high 17 points, an effort that included a 5-of-7 performance from long range, and the Menlo College men's basketball team downed visiting Northwest Christian, 66-62, Wednesday night in a nonconference contest.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Stanford's Thompson on women's Wooden Award watch list

Stanford junior Lili Thompson is among 30 women's basketball players who have been named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30. Thompson is one of three Pac-12 players on the list.

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Former prep volleyball standouts earn college honors

Of local note
A handful of local college volleyball players have received honors at various levels, including All-American recognition following the conclusion of their regular seasons.

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SHP girls reach CCS finals, but M-A and Gunn boys knocked out

Water polo
After one night of semifinals in the Central Coast Section water polo playoffs, this is what has been decided: There will be no matchup between the Gunn and Menlo-Atherton boys in Division I while Sacred Heart Prep and St. Francis will meet in the finals for the first time since 2007.

Wednesday, 9:26 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Big Game week brings added enthusiasm, energy to campus

Football notebook
Stanford football David Shaw has been involved in the Big Game as a player and assistant coach. It still means a lot to him.

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Stanford women put finishing touches on a top golf class

The Stanford women's golf team completed its 2016 class by announcing that Ziyi (Emily) Wang of Beijing, China, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the program.

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Stanford men sweep top awards on All-Pac-12 soccer team

The Stanford men's soccer team was rewarded for winning the Pac-12 Conference title as the Cardinal swept all the top honors on the all-conference team on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 2:36 PM | 1 comment
Former SHP athletes help their Princeton teams win titles

Of local note
Three former Sacred Heart Prep athletes helped their respective Princeton teams to league championships this past weekend as both squads prepared for postseason play.

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Mauro, Taylor get the best of Baldwin and Sherman in Week 10

It was another Stanford reunion in week 10 of the National Football League as Josh Mauro and Stepfan Taylor of the Arizona Cardinals helped their team defeat Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks.

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Stanford adds recruits in golf, gymnastics, softball, wrestling

The Stanford men's golf team, men's gymnastics squad, softball and wrestling teams all continued to build for the future by signing athletes last week to National Letters of Intent for the 2016-17 season.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Stanford men get a No. 8 seed for NCAA soccer tournament

The back-to-back Pac-12 champion Stanford men's soccer team received the No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament when the bracket was announced on Monday morning. It's the Cardinal's third straight appearance in the postseason.

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M-A, Menlo and SHP girls advance to CCS volleyball semis

The Menlo-Atherton, Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep girls all advanced to semifinal matches following victories in the Central Coast Section volleyball quarterfinals on Saturday.

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Football teams face a tough road in new CCS playoffs

The second season of high school football gets under way this weekend with four local teams competing in one of the five new Central Coast Section playoff brackets, none of which appear favorable for the local squads.

Monday, 10:38 AM | 1 comment
Seven local water polo teams advance to CCS semis

It's down to the semifinals of the Central Coast Section water polo tournaments and seven local teams are still alive, all battling for berths in Saturday's championship matches at Independence High in San Jose.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Humphrey doubles up to help Cardinal men beat Buccaneers

Michael Humphrey recorded his second double-double in as many games in helping lead Stanford to a 93-59 basketball victory over visiting Charleston South on Sunday in a preliminary game of the Preseason NIT.

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McCall helps Stanford women race past Gonzaga in hoops win

Cardinal corner
Erica McCall recorded a double-double with a career-high 23 points and 13 rebounds, Lili Thompson added 21 points and the 16th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team closed the game on a 19-1 run to beat host Gonzaga, 65-48, at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane on Sunday.

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Stanford already focusing on Cal and the 118th Big Game

Twenty-four hours. That's how long David Shaw, Stanford's Director of Football, gave his players to move on from Saturday night's difficult 38-36 loss to Oregon. Most will do it quicker.

Sunday, 4:15 PM | 5 comments
Menlo College drops GSAC volleyball finale; Chessin a champion

Oaks report
Maddie Clegg had 10 kills and recorded a hitting percentage of .474 but the Menlo College women's volleyball team dropped a 25-18, 25-22, 25-17 decision to host San Diego Christian in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest Saturday.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

True team effort leads Menlo girls to another CCS tennis title

Menlo School freshmen Ashley Vielma and Taylor Gould had a big tennis decision to make before Saturday's Central Coast Section Team Tournament semifinals and finals at Monta Vista High in Cupertino.

Saturday, 9:33 PM | 1 comment
Stanford turnovers too much to overcome in loss to Ducks

Oregon beat Stanford, 38-36, in a Pac-12 Conference football contest to remain in the hunt for the North Division title and a berth in the Pac-12 Conference title game. The Ducks, at full strength, are as good as any team on Stanford's schedule and they were clicking on Saturday.

Saturday, 8:41 PM | 2 comments
Three local runners chase down titles at CCS cross country

Gunn senior Gillian Meeks, Palo Alto junior Kent Slaney and Priory senior Hana Marsheck all ran to individual titles at the 2015 Central Coast Section Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Crystal Springs in Belmont.

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Cardinal women receive at-large bid for NCAA cross country

For the 22nd consecutive year, both the Stanford men's and women's cross country teams will compete at the NCAA Championships, extending the nation's longest ongoing streak.

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SHP, M-A roll to winning tuneups for the CCS playoffs

Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton made successful tuneups for next week's Central Coast Section football playoffs, but Palo Alto and Menlo School did not following losses on the final night of the regular season.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Short road trip turns into season opening victory for Stanford

Cardinal corner
Briana Roberson scored 15 points, Erica McCall added her third career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds and the 16th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team opened the season with a 74-45 nonconference victory over host UC Davis on Friday night.

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Cardinal women top Spartans to open NCAA tournament

Averie Collins scored, Kyra Carusa's early shot resulted in an own goal in the first half and the Stanford women's soccer team downed visiting San Jose State, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.

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Sanders points the way to Stanford basketball victory

Christian Sanders scored eight of his 23 points in overtime, Rosco Allen hit a key 3-pointer and Stanford beat Wisconsin-Green Bay, 93-89, Friday night in Maples Pavilion in a preliminary game of the Preseason NIT.

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Stanford men qualify for NCAA cross country championship

The Stanford men finished second in the rain and mud of the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships on Friday, earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships.

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Stanford's Alfieri will be facing his old high school teammates

Football notes
When Stanford played at top-ranked Oregon in 2012, Joey Alfieri was a junior at Jesuit High in Portland. He was a guest of the Ducks, but left a fan of the Cardinal after watching it stage a 17-14 overtime win.

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Stenstrom family adds talent to Stanford women's swim

The Stanford women's swimming and diving program has announced the signing of seven incoming student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, with the group joining the Cardinal for the 2016-17 campaign.

Friday, 4:05 PM | No comments yet
Stanford men run to an NCAA berth in regional cross country

The Stanford men finished second at the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships on Friday in Seattle, earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships. The Cardinal women were fourth (121 points) and will require an at-large berth to advance.

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Local runners take aim at CCS titles in cross country

As many as four or five local athletes could run away with individual titles at the Central Coast Section Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Crystal Springs in Belmont. Gunn senior Gillian Meeks is favored to defend her title in the girls' Division II race. She won last year in Division I.

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Gunn girls have shot at ending CCS tennis droughts

Prep roundup
The last time the Gunn girls played in a Central Coast Section Team Tournament title match was 1993. The last time the Titans won the championship was 1992. Those droughts have a chance to end on Saturday.

Friday, 9:16 AM | 1 comment
McDonald has 27 kills in Menlo College volleyball victory

Oaks report
Maggie McDonald recorded 27 kills and 13 digs to help lead the Menlo College women's volleyball team to a 23-25, 25-14, 26-24, 25-17 victory over host Arizona Christian in a Golden State Athletic Conference match Thursday.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Stanford men let the Pac-12 soccer title celebration begin

Cardinal corner
Stanford had some celebrating to do on Thursday night. The No. 6 Cardinal's 1-0 victory on The Farm over rival and No. 23 Cal to close out its regular season was sandwiched between a pregame recognition honoring the program's decorated senior class and a postgame ceremony celebrating its second consecutive Pac-12 championship.

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Stanford men open hoop season with four players sidelined

Rosco Allen's Italian experience this summer included a police escort for the sake of a basketball game. Perhaps he'd like to create another opportunity for such an escort with the help of his Stanford men's basketball teammates, for the sake of a championship.

Thursday, 5:09 PM | 1 comment
McCall ready for the go-to role as Stanford women open season

Stanford junior forward Erica McCall always had the talent. Now she's got the confidence to go with it as the Cardinal women prepare to open their 2015-16 basketball season on Friday at UC Davis.

Thursday, 5:02 PM | No comments yet
Stanford women open NCAA soccer behind youth movement

No one could have predicted the kind of success the freshmen class would enjoy this year for the Stanford women's soccer team. It was one of the most highly touted recruiting classes in the nation with potential off the charts. But, to expect five of the newcomers to make their way into the starting lineup at one point or another? Yeah, right.

Thursday, 4:50 PM | No comments yet
Stanford-Oregon means there is plenty at stake in showdown

Stanford football players don't need to be reminded the importance of Saturday's home game against Oregon. They know their Pac-12 history. Beginning with the 2009 season, the Ducks and Cardinal are the only teams to win conference titles and it normally comes down to their annual meeting. It's no different this year.

Thursday, 4:45 PM | No comments yet
Nation's No. 2 junior golfer heads the list of Stanford recruits

Andrea Lee, one of the top student-athletes in the class of 2016, signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday to continue her academic and athletic career with the defending national champion Stanford women's golf team.

Thursday, 3:12 PM | No comments yet
CCS girls tennis tourney has a very different look this week

If the Central Coast Section Team Tournament in girls tennis seems a bit brief this season, it's because it is. Normally spread out over 1 1/2 weeks, the 2015 event -- thanks to Monday's rainout -- is now held in just five days.

Thursday, 8:52 AM | No comments yet
Koshy, four others, sign to play water polo at Stanford

Sacred Heart Prep senior Malaika Koshy heads the list of highly regarded recruits who will join the Stanford women's water polo program after signing national letters of intent, it was announced Wednesday.

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