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Friday, September 4, 2015

Menlo men win third straight soccer match; women also win

Oaks report
Issac Miselewicz and Luis Nunez each scored in the second half and the Menlo College men's soccer team won its third straight, beating host Simpson, 2-0, in a nonconference match Friday.

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Lutz leads Cardinal women past Illinois in volleyball

Cardinal corner
Merete Lutz returned from a finger injury to record a career high 19 kills and the second-ranked Stanford's women's volleyball team downed No. 6 Illinois, 16-25, 27-25, 25-18, 25-21, Friday at Rec Hall in University Park, PA as part of the Pac-12/Big 10 Challenge.

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Shaw is ready for his fifth season opener as head coach

Stanford head football coach David Shaw leads his 21st-ranked Cardinal into a season-opener for the fifth time Saturday at Northwestern and is 4-0 in lid-lifters. He said the buildup is a mixture of excitement, uncertainty and discovery.

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Gunn's Watt is a Paralympian field Athlete of the Year

Gunn High senior Amy Watt has been named the 2015 Female Field Athlete of the Year by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee. Watt is one of 66 athletes selected as 2015 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field High School All-Americans.

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USA women's volleyball falls to Russia in FIVB World Cup

The U.S. Women's National Team had its six-match win streak at the FIVB World Cup snapped after Russia earned a 25-17, 31-29, 25-23 victory on Friday afternoon in Nagoya, Japan, in a battle of 7-1 teams in the top two positions of the standings.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

It's a makeover for Stanford defense with nine new starters

Fifth-year senior cornerback Ronnie Harris will be one of nine new starters on defense when the 21st-ranked Stanford football team takes the field Saturday morning against host Northwestern at 9 a.m. (PT) in Evanston, Ill.

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Stanford's Bonanni takes aim at Azevedo's scoring record

Bret Bonanni returns for his senior season as one of the top offensive water polo players in the world, let alone at the collegiate level. He's on target to surpass Tony Azevedo's career scoring record at Stanford, which is also the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation record and, likely, the NCAA record.

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SHP's football blueprint for success is a proven winner

As Pete Lavorato enters his 13th season as head coach of the Sacred Heart Prep football team, the message he conveys to his squad is simple -- continue to build a legacy at the school.

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Stanford Water Polo Club has 11 All-Americans from the JOs

A total of 11 players from the Stanford Water Polo Club were named 2015 Junior Olympic All-Americans by USA Water Polo. The Junior Olympics were held in July and August in Orange County.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Stanford cross country teams among top seven in the nation

The Stanford men's and women's cross country teams will open the season ranked among the nation's top 10, and each was identified as the best in the region. The Cardinal men are ranked No. 2, equaling their NCAA finish of last year, and the women are No. 7.

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Shaw not concerned with his young, inexperienced defense

With nine new defensive starters, there have been questions about Stanford's strength on that side of the ball heading into Saturday's season-opening football game at Northwestern.

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USA holds onto first place, beating Cuba at FIVB World Cup

The world's top-ranked USA women's national volleyball team won its sixth straight match at the FIVB World Cup, defeating NORCECA rival Cuba, 25-15, 25-11, 25-15, Tuesday in Okayama, Japan.

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Nunez scores twice in Menlo College men's soccer victory

Oaks report
The Menlo College men's soccer team played like it was on familiar turf, beating Whittier, 5-0, in a nonconference game played at De Anza College in Cupertino on Tuesday.

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Pederson shakes slump with game-winning HR against Giants

Of local note
To say that Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been struggling in the second half of the Major League Baseball season might be an understatement. Heading into Tuesday's game with the visiting San Francisco Giants, the Palo Alto High grad was just 6-for-63 (.095) in his past 25 games.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Stanford's Garnett a preseason All-American in football

Stanford senior offensive guard Joshua Garnett has been named to the USA Today preseason All-America football team for 2015, it was announced Tuesday.

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It's a volleyball anniversary for Paly's 2010 state champs

The beginning of the 2015 high school volleyball season will mark Dave Winn's second campaign as head coach at Mountain View. It also marks the fifth anniversary of Winn's greatest coaching achievement, guiding the Palo Alto girls to the 2010 CIF Division I state championship.

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Hodson is Pac-12 Freshman of the Week in volleyball

Stanford opposite Hayley Hodson has been tabbed the first Pac-12 Freshman of the Week of the 2015 season, as announced by Commissioner Larry Scott. Hodson helped lead the Cardinal to sweeps over Texas A&M and Minnesota at Maples Pavilion last week.

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Menlo College athletes give back to a community in need

Menlo College fall sport student-athletes took time out of their training camps to give back to a community in need earlier this month. Athletes from men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and cross country organized a two-day servant leadership project to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul San Francisco Shelter.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Morris keys men's soccer nonconference win at Louisville

All-American Jordan Morris scored and Andrew Epstein recorded his sixth career shutout to lead the No. 8 Stanford men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over host No. 18 Louisville on Monday night.

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Castilleja volleyball gets 2015-16 prep season under way

Castilleja will officially get the 2015-16 high school sports season under way when its volleyball team visits Hillsdale on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. For the Gators, there's much to improve on.

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USA women take over lead in FIVB World Cup volleyball

The top-ranked U.S. Women's National Team won its fifth straight match of the FIVB World Cup by defeating Argentina, 25-16, 25-19, 25-14, Monday afternoon in Okayama, Japan, and, in the process, made a step up to the top spot in the standings.

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Hopping lifting weights instead of throwing the hammer

Stanford grad Sarah Hopping hasn't thrown the hammer for years, though she's still competing at a high level. Fans of the National Pro Grid League are certainly aware of her multi-faceted abilities.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Stanford's Piscotty on a tear for the St. Louis Cardinals

Stanford grad Stephen Piscotty made a lasting impression in his homecoming at AT&T Park over the weekend. The St. Louis rookie outfielder went 7-for-12 in three games and the Cardinals took two of three from the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants.

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Stanford women's volleyball blocks Minnesota's upset bid

Cardinal corner
Behind 15 team blocks, the second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team registered its second sweep of the season by defeating Minnesota, 25-15, 25-23, 25-18, Sunday in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal moves to 2-0 on the season, while the Golden Gophers drop to 0-2.

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One free kick for Onizuka, one soccer victory for the Oaks

Oaks report
Ryan Onizuka scored on a free kick just before halftime and the Menlo College men's soccer team made it stand up as the game-winner in a physically demanding nonconference contest on Saturday at Sequoia High in Redwood City.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Locals help keep USA unbeaten in UANA Youth Pan Ams

The USA Cadet Women's National Team capped pool play at the UANA Youth Pan American Championship, picking up victories over Brazil (16-3) and Mexico (21-7) during the weekend in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Stanford women take home soccer opener; men fall to UCSB

The third-ranked Stanford women's soccer team delivered a dominating performance in its home debut Friday night, defeating Boston College, 4-0, in a nonconference match at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Cardinal men, however, weren't quite as fortunate.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Vanjak rises to the occasion in Cardinal volleyball win

Redshirt sophomore Ivana Vanjak made sure Stanford's women's volleyball team was protected in the middle as she replaced an injured Merete Lutz in Friday's season opener against Texas A&M. She did just fine, collecting eight blocks in helping the second-ranked Cardinal beat the visiting Aggies, 25-19, 25-19, 25-15.

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Stanford suffers overtime loss in field hockey opener

Maddie Secco scored in the final three minutes of regulation to force overtime, but the sixth-ranked Stanford field hockey team opened its season with a frustrating, 2-1, loss to visiting No. 4 Syracuse on Friday.

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Stanford men's soccer freshman headed to U.S. U-20 team

Stanford freshman Amir Bashti has been named to the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team roster by head coach Tab Ramos that will represent the United States at the 2015 Stevan Vilotic-Cele Tournament in Serbia.

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Steffens is a finalist for the WSF Sportswoman of the Year

Stanford women's water polo's Maggie Steffens, already a two-time national champion with the Cardinal and the reigning ACWPC Player of the Year, has been named a finalist for the Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year award.

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Hard work and perseverance pays off for a senior walk-on player

A roar erupted after Thursday's practice when Stanford head coach David Shaw announced that senior walk-on inside linebacker Craig Jones had received a scholarship. Jones immediately was mobbed by his teammates.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Stanford men ranked fourth as water polo season opens

Stanford men's water polo will open up the 2015 season ranked fourth in the nation following the release of the Varsity Preseason National Top 20 on Thursday.

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Stanford women's volleyball looking for missing pieces to puzzle

College volleyball
Jordan Burgess, Madi Bugg and Brittany Howard have faced incredibly high expectations since joining the Stanford women's volleyball program in the fall of 2012 as three-fourths of the nation's top-ranked recruiting class. That's nothing compared to the expectations they place on themselves and each other.

Thursday, 2:41 PM | 3 comments
Paly teams adjusting to losing both gyms to the wrecking ball

Barring any unforeseen last-minute obstacles, demolition of Palo Alto High's historic main gym will begin on Wednesday. Also scheduled to be razed is the old girls' gym. Both will be replaced by the school's new $36 million athletic facility.

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Stanford men's soccer has the talent to match high expectations

Stanford senior Brandon Vincent looks at last year's Pac-12 Conference men's soccer title as a nice accomplishment, though it has nothing to do with this season, which officially begins Friday at UC Santa Barbara at 7:30 p.m.

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Paly grad Anderson among Stanford football captains

Palo Alto High grad and outside linebacker Kevin Anderson is among six Stanford football players who have been named captain for the 2015 season, which begins Sept. 5 at Northwestern. The captains were picked by a player vote.

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Stanford field hockey looks to improve upon historic season

The 2014 season was groundbreaking for Stanford field hockey, which set numerous program records and won its first NCAA Tournament game in school history.

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American women beat Algeria at World Cup; men top Brazil

The U.S. women's national volleyball team, ranked No. 1 in the world by the FIVB, completed the first phase of the FIVB World Cup by dominating winless Algeria, 25-7, 25-2, 25-5, Thursday in Matsumoto, Japan.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Shoults adds silver to his medal collection at world juniors

Cardinal corner
Grant Shoults, a senior at St. Margarita Catholic who announced his verbal commitment to Stanford via his Twitter account in July, earned the silver medal in the 200 free for his second individual medal in as days at the FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore on Wednesday.

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Former Stanford women's soccer standout calls it a career

Former Stanford defender Rachel (Buehler) Van Hollebeke has announced her retirement from club and country. She is one of just five players to score for the United States as a defender in a Women's World Cup.

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SH Prep's Davidson training with Under-20 national soccer team

Sacred Heart Prep senior midfielder Tierna Davidson of Menlo Park is among the 31 members of the United States Under-20 women's national soccer team at the National Training Center at StubHub Center in Carson through Sunday.

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USA women down Peru at World Cup; U.S. men fall to Brazil

The U.S. women's national volleyball team, ranked No. 1 in the world by the FIVB, converted 58.8 percent of its attacks and totaled 13 blocks in blanking Peru, 25-17, 25-15, 25-12, on Wednesday in Matsumoto, Japan, to improve to 3-1 in the FIVB World Cup.

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Freshmen lead Menlo College men to opening soccer victory

The Menlo College men's soccer team opened the season with a 2-0 victory over host Pacific Union on Tuesday.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Victory for Stanford in Italian basketball opener

Cardinal corner
The Stanford men's basketball team opened its six-game exhibition tour of Italy with a 75-26 victory over Stella Azzurra Roma Tuesday in Rome. The teams played three 10-minute quarters.

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Ex-Stanford NCAA track champs out of World Championships

Of local note
Former Stanford NCAA champions Kori Carter and Katerina Stefanidi each saw their runs at the 2015 World Track and Field Championships come to an end on back to back days in Beijing, China.

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Injury to Packers' star thrusts Paly grad Adams into key role

When the Green Bay Packers lost All-Pro receiver Jordy Nelson for the season to a torn ACL during a 24-19 exhibition football loss to Pittsburgh last weekend, Palo Alto High grad Davante Adams' name suddenly jumped to the forefront as a possible replacement.

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SHP's Koshy named a first team All-American in water polo

Malaika Koshy had a pretty good junior season with her Sacred Heart Prep water polo teammates in 2014. The season began with the Gators winning their first St. Francis Invitational in eight years and ended with the SHP girls claiming their eighth straight Central Coast Section Division II championship.

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Murphy joins two teammates on Lombardi Award watch list

Stanford roundup
Stanford football senior offensive tackle Kyle Murphy was named to the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list, it was announced Tuesday. The 6-foot-7, 301-pounder from San Clemente was one of 34 players from around the country to be selected.

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Stanford commit wins world junior title in 400 freestyle

Grant Shoults, a senior at St. Margarita Catholic who announced his verbal commitment to Stanford via his Twitter account in July, became the first gold medalist of the FINA World Junior Championships, winning the 400 meter freestyle, on Tuesday at Singapore's OCBC Aquatic Centre.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Stanford men's water polo a co-No. 3 pick in MPSF poll

Cardinal corner
The Stanford men's water polo team is tied for third in the 2015 MPSF Preseason Coaches' Poll announced by the league on Monday morning. The Cardinal and California each received one first-place vote and totaled 65 points.

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USA volleyball rebounds with big win over China at World Cup

Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo and the world's top-ranked United States women's national volleyball team rebounded from a tough loss to beat No. 3 China, 25-23, 25-17, 25-23, Monday at the FIVB World Cup in Matsumoto, Japan.

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Stanford is ranked No. 21 in the first AP Top 25 poll

The Stanford football team was ranked 21st in the Associated Press preseason college football poll released on Sunday. It was the fifth straight AP preseason ranking for the Cardinal.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Stanford, Santa Clara settle for men's soccer draw

Stanford outshot Santa Clara 14-5 but could not find the back of the net, finishing with a 0-0 draw in the final preseason tune-up Saturday night.

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Walsh Jennings and Ross earn silver at Grand Slam event

World roundup
Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross earned the silver medal at the Long Beach Grand Slam beach volleyball tournament Sunday, losing to Brazil's Larissa Maestrini and Talita Antunes, 21-18, 21-16, in the title match.

Sunday, 2:43 PM | 1 comment
American women blocked from volleyball victory by Serbia

The U.S. Women's National Team, ranked No. 1 in the world by the FIVB, was upset by Serbia on day two of the FIVB World Cup, 25-20, 22-25, 18-25, 25-19, 15-6, Sunday in Matsumoto, Japan.

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USA women win FINA World Junior Championships

Water polo
The USA Water Polo Women's Junior National Team has repeated as champion at the FINA Junior World Championships as Team USA defeated Spain, 13-10, on Sunday to cap an undefeated run to the title in Volos, Greece.

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Quarterbacks impress at Stanford's annual open house

The quarterbacks spread the football around Saturday during Stanford's annual open practice at the Elliott Practice Field. Thirteen players caught at least one pass as quarterbacks Kevin Hogan (8-of-11), Keller Chryst (7-of-11) and Ryan Burns (4-of-7) combined for 274 yards on 19 completions during the scrimmage.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

U.S. women heading to water polo championship match

Stanford junior Jamie Nueshul scored twice and Cardinal sophomore Jordan Raney added a goal as the USA Women's Junior National Water Polo Team beat Russia, 13-11, Saturday to advance into the gold medal match of the FINA Women's Junior World Championship in Volos, Greece.

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Stanford grad Akinradewo scores 15 in USA volleyball win

FIVB World Cup
Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo scored a team-high 15 points to help the world's top-ranked U.S. women's national volleyball team open its FIVB World Cup 11-match slate with a three-set victory Saturday in Japan.

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Two late goals give Stanford women season opening soccer win

College soccer
Sophomore All-American candidate Andi Sullivan scored in the 73rd minute and freshman Alana Cook converted less than seven minutes later as the Stanford women's soccer team avoided a major upset to beat host Hawai'i, 2-1, in the season opener for both teams.

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