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Saturday, April 18, 2015

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.

Friday, 6:24 PM | 2 comments
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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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Stanford's Hoffpauir's hot bat earns him Pac-12 weekly honor

Cardinal roundup
Stanford's Zach Hoffpauir homered three times and had three multi-hit games to earn the Pac-12 Conference's Player of the Week honors in baseball while helping the Cardinal win its first series of the season.

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Seidemann, Clark among USA vets on National Team roster

Women's water polo
The current college water polo season is keeping local members of the USA Women's Senior National Team to a bare minimum, with only two named to the squad for the upcoming FINA Women's Intercontinental tournament.

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Stanford women sweep MPSF water polo honors

A weekend sweep of No. 1 UCLA and CSU Bakersfield has earned the Stanford women's water polo team a sweep of the MPSF/Kap7 Player and Newcomer of the Week awards, which were announced on Tuesday morning.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Morrissey earns Pac-12 tennis honor following 3-0 week

Senior John Morrissey was named Pac-12 Men's Tennis Player of the Week after winning all three of his matches last week, including the clinching point of Stanford's upset over USC.

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Menlo sweeps Cal Pac softball doubleheader from La Sierra

The Menlo College softball team used the home run ball to complete its second straight doubleheader sweep of visiting La Sierra, beating the Golden Eagles, 18-6 and 9-7 on Monday in Cal Pac action.

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Stanford Water Polo Club receives national recognition

The Stanford Water Polo Club has been awarded the 2014 USA Water Polo's Men's Chairman's Cup award, given in recognition of an exemplary performance in national championships in men's divisions across multiple age groups.

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Top high school linebacker gives verbal commitment to Stanford

Mater Dei High senior linebacker Curtis Robinson gave his verbal commitment to Stanford on Monday. He announced his decision on Twitter early Monday morning. He's ranked among the top 10 linebacker prospects in the nation.

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M-A girls run to the team title at Serra Top 7

Weekend prep roundup
Members of the Menlo-Atherton girls' track and field team showed no after effects of of the school's prom the night before as they piled up 131 points to capture the team title at the Serra Top 7 Invitational for the third straight year on Saturday in San Mateo.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Paly grad Pederson gets his first MLB homer as Dodgers win

Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson slammed his first home run in Major League Baseball to help the Los Angeles Dodgers post a 7-4 victory over the host Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Sunday, 7:59 PM | 4 comments
Cardinal getting healthy, wins first Pac-12 series

Zach Hoffpauir hit his third home run in two days, Andrew Summerville threw six scoreless innings and the Stanford baseball team won its first Pac-12 Conference series after beating host California, 12-6, on Sunday.

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Morris to play with Team USA soccer against Mexico this weekend

Stanford sophomore forward Jordan Morris received his fourth call-up to the U.S. men's national soccer team Sunday when head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced the 22-player roster for the 64th edition of the USA-Mexico rivalry in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday.

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Senior Day a success for Stanford women's water polo

Stanford All-Americans Ashley Grossman, Kiley Neushul and Maggie Steffens each scored four times and freshman Jordan Raney added her first career hat trick to propel the No. 2 Cardinal womens water polo team to a 20-5 victory over CSU Bakersfield at Avery Aquatic Center on Sunday afternoon.

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Cardinal seniors make it 100 women's water polo wins

Stanford roundup
Stanford All-Americans Ashley Grossman, Kiley Neushul and Maggie Steffens each scored four times and freshman Jordan Raney added her first career hat trick to propel the No. 2 Cardinal women's water polo team to a 20-5 victory over visiting Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday.

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Stanford men add individual national gymnastics titles

The Stanford men's gymnastics team finished its season with a flourish Saturday, as Sean Senters and Brian Knott earned NCAA titles and five gymnasts claimed at least one All-America honor at the Individual Championships in Oklahoma.

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Hoffpauir's two 3-run homers go for naught in 11-10 loss

Stanford-Cal baseball
Two-sport star Zach Hoffpauir had a good excuse not to watch the Stanford football teammate's spring game Saturday. He was on his way to Berkeley to hit opposite field three-run home runs in the eighth and ninth innings at California's Evans Diamond.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Lewis clears hurdles to help Stanford women capture Big Meet

Cardinal corner
Stanford and Cal split the 121st Big Meet dual meet on Saturday at Cobb Track and Angell Field. The Stanford women routed the Bears, 111-40, and the Cal men won, 101-62. The Stanford women lead the all-time series 24-12, while the Cal men have a 69-50-2 advantage.

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Stanford men shock No. 5 USC in Pac-12 tennis upset

By grinding out the biggest victory of his career, senior John Morrissey provided the No. 36-ranked Stanford men with their most memorable tennis weekend in recent memory as the Cardinal shocked No. 5 USC on Saturday after beating UCLA on Friday.

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Defense dominates in Stanford's annual spring football game

The Stanford football team concluded spring practice on Saturday with the annual Cardinal and White Game at Stanford Stadium. It was part of an action-packed day on The Farm called Cardinalpalooza, featuring seven varsity teams in competition.

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Stanford women pass test by topping No. 1 UCLA

College water polo
For the past month, the Stanford women's water polo team has cruised to four easy victories by the combined score of 70-20. Clearly, the Cardinal needed a test before heading into the postseason. That's exactly what the team got Saturday.

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Modi is top all-around gymnast, Cardinal is NCAA runner-up

Stanford scored 440.450 to finish second Friday at the NCAA Championships Finals, earning its ninth top-three finish in the past 10 years, and its highest finish since winning the national title in 2011.

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Top prep tight end gives verbal commitment to Stanford

One of the top tight end prospects in the nation, Kaden Smith of Marcus High in Texas, announced his intention to attend Stanford via twitter on Saturday.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Kim has Stanford women near top of golf tournament

Cardinal corner
Lauren Kim nearly posted a bogey-free opening round to lead the Stanford women's golf team Friday at the PING/Arizona State Invitational.

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Stanford men topple UCLA for crucial Pac-12 tennis win

The Stanford men posted their most significant tennis victory of the season by knocking off No. 15 UCLA, 4-3, to remain undefeated in the Pac-12 Conference this season at the Taube Family Tennis Center on Friday.

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M-A boys have plenty to celebrate with another title

Normally at this time of year, the Menlo-Atherton boys are wrapping up another PAL Bay Division tennis title, which they did on Thursday with a 7-0 victory over visiting Burlingame. In that respect, nothing has changed.

Friday, 8:43 AM | 1 comment
Stanford men will compete for NCAA gymnastics title

Cardinal corner
No. 2 Stanford finished first in its semifinal at the NCAA championships Thursday in Norman, OK, qualifying for the championships finals a 10th consecutive season. California and Penn State also advance to Friday night's final with Stanford.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

It's No. 1 vs. No. 2 in women's water polo showdown

Stanford this weekend
Of all the events taking place on the Stanford campus Saturday, the most meaningful contest, in terms of immediate impact on the national scene, will take place at high noon at Avery Aquatic Center.

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Menlo wrestling program signs heavyweight from Nevada

Oaks report
Menlo College wrestling coach Joey Martinez announced Thursday a key acquisition to his latest recruiting class, signing Carson High standout Brady Rivera. A dual-sport standout, Rivera was a two-time regional champion and four-time state meet participant on the mat and starred as a three-year starting defensive lineman on the football team.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Stanford's Ipsen leads Cardinal sweep of diving honors

Stanford senior Kristian Ipsen was voted Pac-12 Conference Men's Diver of the Year, as announced Wednesday by commissioner Larry Scott. In addition, Stanford's Patrick Jeffrey was selected by the league as its Men's Diving Coach of the Year.

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Stanford tennis teams have plenty to play for this weekend

The nationally No. 13-ranked Stanford women's tennis team closes out its home schedule this weekend, hoping to continue a late-season push while improving its national ranking.

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Shaw all set to join TV coverage of this month's NFL Draft

Stanford notebook
For the fourth consecutive year, Stanford head football coach David Shaw will join NFL Networks for its coverage of the NFL Draft, which begins April 30.

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Cardinalpalooza offers a full day of Stanford sports

It will be a busy day, to say the least, for Stanford athletic teams on Saturday as seven varsity sports will be competing on campus starting at 10 a.m., in what is being called Cardinalpalooza – The Free Stanford Sports Festival.

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2015 Central Coast section track and field leaders

Girls 800 -- Mount (Notre Dame-SJ) 2:14.81; 2, Bryant (Piedmont Hills) 2:15.07; 3, Bishop (Monta Vista) 2:15.58; 4, Friedman (Santa Cruz) 2:16.15; 5, Crowe (Menlo-Atherton) 2:16.21; 6, Miklos (Gunn) 2:17.58; 7, Antonino (Pacific Collegiate) 2:18.38; 8, Joffe (Mountain View) 2:18.40; 9, Quinones (San Benito) 2:18.52; 10, "JJ" Escalera (Fremont) 2:18.61.

Wednesday, 9:33 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cardinal freshmen hurlers tame the Tigers

Stanford roundup
Andrew Summerville and Keith Weisenberg combined to take a no-hitter into the ninth inning in Stanford's 7-2 nonleague baseball win over visiting Pacific on Tuesday evening at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond.

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Cardinal & White Game will put finishing touches on spring practice

There were good plays on offense and defense Saturday morning as the Stanford football team scrimmaged at sun-splashed Elliot Field. Head coach David Shaw saw many positive signs as he prepares his squad for this Saturday's Cardinal and White Game in Stanford Stadium at 1 p.m.

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Former Stanford standouts help San Jose Giants open season

Of local note
Former Stanford baseball standouts Brian Ragira and Austin Slater will begin the 2015 baseball season with the San Jose Giants when they open their season on Thursday.

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Stanford freshman earns MPSF weekly lacrosse honor

Cardinal corner
Stanford freshman women's lacrosse midfielder Kelly Myers was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Errors costly in Stanford's 4-3 baseball loss to host Pacific

Freshman Matt Winaker drove in two runs and Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger hit safely for the eighth time in nine games, but it was host Pacific which took advantage of two Stanford errors to grab a 4-3 nonconference baseball victory over the Cardinal on Monday night in Stockton.

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Stanford's Nolan can rest on his historic swim laurels, for now

Stanford senior David Nolan hasn't returned to the water since setting an American record in the 200-yard individual medley last week at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Iowa City, Iowa. He's still soaking it all in.

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Stanford product Lopez earns player of week honors in NBA

Of local note
Former Stanford standout Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets was named the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday for games that wrapped up Sunday.

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Stanford dots Major League Baseball rosters on Opening Day

Seven former Stanford baseball players made Opening Day rosters on Major League Baseball teams. The total is the second-highest among Pac-12 school's behind Arizona State's 11.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Career day for Poplawski helps Stanford win MPSF match

Cardinal corner
Alex Poplawski scored a career-high five goals, including the clincher with 9:52 left, to lead No. 13 Stanford to a 16-14 women's lacrosse victory over Colorado on Sunday.

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Stanford's Hammar makes an impact in the women's discus

Stanford's Rebecca Hammar set a personal best of 182-7 to finish third in a stacked women's discus field at the 40th Stanford Invitational track and field meet and highlight Stanford's performances on Saturday.

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