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Friday, March 6, 2015

Stanford women need some momentum for NCAAs

It's a crazy scenario that seems to defy description. The Stanford women's basketball team has shown this season it can beat the best, and has also shown it can lose to the not-so-best.

Friday, 9:31 AM | No comments yet
Nolan leads Stanford men into Pac-12 swimming lead

David Nolan set several records in one swim Thursday and helped the Stanford men's swimming and diving team take over the lead following the second day of the Pac-12 Conference championships in Federal Way, Wash.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Diekroeger powers Stanford baseball past the Longhorns

Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger drove in four and the Stanford baseball team stranded 14 Texas runners to beat the Longhorns, 5-4, Thursday evening at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond in the first of a four-game series.

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Cardinal men lose Pac-12 game, possibly lose Humphrey

Chasson Randle and Stefan Nastic each scored 16 points and Anthony Brown added 13, but the Stanford men's basketball team dropped a 67-62 Pac-12 decision to host Arizona State on Thursday.

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Gunn wrestling coach Horpel says it's time to do something else

The drive to Bakersfield will be the same and Rabobank Arena will be familiar as ever. But, the 2015 CIF State Wrestling Championships this weekend will be different for Chris Horpel. This will be his last one as Gunn's head coach.

Thursday, 8:12 PM | 1 comment
Menlo women get an at-large bid to NAIA national tournament

The Menlo College women's basketball team received a reprieve from the NAIA and was awarded an at-large bid into the national championships that get underway on Wednesday at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Thursday, 12:37 PM | No comments yet
M-A girls, Priory boys advance to section title games

The last time the Menlo-Atherton girls reached the Central Coast Section Division I basketball playoffs, the Bears fell to North Salinas in the championship game. That was 2010. Five years later, Menlo-Atherton has a chance to avenge that loss.

Thursday, 9:38 AM | 1 comment
Paly, SHP girls join SHP boys in CCS soccer finals

The Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep girls plus the SHP boys all will play for Central Coast Section soccer titles on Saturday after the trio posted semifinal victories on Wednesday.

Thursday, 8:47 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Stanford men just eight points behind USC at Pac-12 swim

Cardinal corner
Freshman Patrick Conaton posted a lifetime-best in the 200-yard backstroke and Stanford's relay units achieved a pair of NCAA A-cuts Wednesday to open the swimming portion of the Pac-12 Conference Championships in Federal Way, Wash.

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Stanford to send 11 athletes to indoor track championship

Six Stanford men and five women will compete in a total of five events at the NCAA indoor track and field championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas beginning Friday, March 13. The list was released Tuesday night.

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Stanford women have 12 qualifiers for NCAA swim meet

The Stanford women's swim team will have 12 athletes at the 2015 NCAA championships after Wednesday's announcement from the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Committee.

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New baseball translates to more home runs, more strikeouts

College report
The flat-seam baseball is having an effect on Division I baseball. The biggest statistical change from 2014 to 2015 is an increase in home runs that is up more than 40 percent from 0.33 per game in 2014 to 0.47 per game in 2015.

Wednesday, 10:42 AM | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep falls in CCS Open Division semifinal

CCS boys' hoops
Sacred Heart Prep saw its 16-game win streak end in a 64-59 loss to St. Francis in the Central Coast Section Open Division boys' basketball semifinal at Independence High School on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, 9:51 AM | No comments yet
Pinewood girls hold on to reach Open Division finale

CCS girls' basketball
The Pinewood girls showed a knack for playing their best in crunch time last season when they won the CIF State Division V championship. That quality appears to have carried over to this season, as well.

Wednesday, 8:41 AM | No comments yet
Diekroeger's four hits help Stanford top the Spartans

Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger collected four hits, one of six players with more than one in the game, and the Stanford baseball team set a season-high for runs in Tuesday's 13-8 nonconference victory over host San Jose State.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Four Stanford women earn All-Pac-12 hoop honors

Amber Orrange, Lili Thompson, Bonnie Samuelson and Kaylee Johnson each received recognition from the league's coaches when the All-Pac-12, All-Defensive and All-Freshman teams were announced by the conference office on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 12:52 PM | No comments yet
Diving helps put Stanford men in early lead at Pac-12s

Thanks to senior diver Kristian Ipsen, the Stanford men's swimming and diving team actually leads the Pac-12 Conference Championships, which won't even begin until Wednesday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Tuesday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet
Stanford lacrosse players earn MPSF weekly honors

Cardinal roundup
For the second consecutive week, Stanford freshman goalie Allie DaCar won Rookie of the Week honors and was joined by teammate Kelsey Murray – the Offensive Player of the Week -- among Mountain Pacific Sports Federation lacrosse honorees.

Tuesday, 10:21 AM | No comments yet
Cardinal women gymnasts celebrate senior night with big win

The No. 13 Stanford women's gymnastics team made sure its Senior Night would be a night full of celebration, erupting for a season-best score to defeat visiting No. 25 Washington, 197.525-196.125, Monday night in Maples Pavilion.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Stanford's Badhwar among leaders at golf tournament

College golf
The Stanford men's golf team moved up one spot to second among the 14-team field at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate and Viraat Badhwar sits in a three-way tie for first after Monday's round in Mexico.

Monday, 4:36 PM | No comments yet
Gunn's Cramer achieves his goal with a CCS wrestling title

Weekend prep roundup
Gunn senior Ian Cramer won his first title at the Central Coast Section Wrestling Championships with a 5-1 victory over Max McCann of Monta Vista on Saturday night at Independence High in San Jose.

Monday, 9:44 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Menlo women upset in semifinal of Cal Pac hoops tourney

The 13th-ranked Menlo College women's basketball team had its run of three straight Cal Pac Conference tournament titles end in stunning fashion. The Oaks were upset by fourth-seeded UC Merced, 51-49, in the semifinals of the conference tournament at Cal Maritime in Vallejo on Sunday.

Sunday, 10:00 PM | No comments yet
Oops, the Cardinal women do it again with a loss at Oregon

Lili Thompson scored 14 points, Amber Orrange added 13 and five assists and Kaylee Johnson hauled in 11 rebounds, but the No. 19 Stanford women's basketball team dropped its regular-season finale at Oregon, 62-55, Sunday.

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Stanford men miss a final chance, lose to Oregon in Pac-12 play

Chasson Randle scored 17 points but was unable to get his final shot to fall and Stanford dropped a 73-70 decision to visiting Oregon in a Pac-12 Conference game Sunday, likely costing the Cardinal a first-round bye in the upcoming conference tournament.

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Bonstrom powers Stanford softball past Weber State

Cardinal corner
Kayla Bonstrom hit two home runs and Stanford generated 10 hits to power past Weber State, 12-4, in five innings Sunday at the Long Beach Louisville Slugger Classic.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Manuel, Stanford end Pac-12 swim meet with a flourish

Simone Manuel set two individual records in the 100 free and helped the 400 free relay team, which also included Ally Howe, Janet Hu and Lia Neal, set a meet record as Stanford finished second to California, 1,629 1/2-1,401, at the Pac-12 women's swimming and diving championships in Federal Way, Wash. on Saturday. Kristian Ipsen, meanwhile, won his third men's diving title in as many days.

Saturday, 11:16 PM | No comments yet
Paly girls among six local soccer teams heading to semis

CCS soccer
It has been 33 years since the Palo Alto girls have shared a Central Coast Section title in soccer. It has been 35 since the Vikings have claimed one. Clearly, the program is long overdue for one or the other.

Saturday, 8:47 PM | 1 comment
Brooks leaps into Stanford record books; Tonn wins a title

MPSF Championships
Darian Brooks set a Stanford indoor record in the triple jump to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation track and field championship title Saturday. Brooks' effort highlighted performances by Stanford's men, who finished sixth with 61 1/2 points.

Saturday, 8:34 PM | No comments yet
Stanford records big lacrosse road victory at Ohio State

Cardinal corner
Kelsey Murray scored five goals and the No. 15 Stanford lacrosse team beat host No. 10 Ohio State, 12-10, in a nonconference match played indoors on Saturday.

Saturday, 2:46 PM | No comments yet
Three local wrestlers reach semifinals at CCS tourney

Three local wrestlers advanced to the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Championships on Frida at Independence High in San Jose and will compete for State Meet berths on Saturday. Titles will be decided starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday, 9:25 AM | No comments yet
SHP boys make successful debut in CCS Open Division

Sacred Heart Prep's Corbin Koch, Connor Moses and Mason Randall combined for 37 points to lead the Gators to their first- ever Central Coast Section Open Division victory, 51-46 over Riordan at Santa Clara High School on Friday night.

Saturday, 8:00 AM | No comments yet
Ipsen wins second diving title, Haase also a champion

Pac-12 Swimming, Diving
Sarah Haase won the 100-yard breaststroke and the Stanford women's swimming and diving team had eight swimmers place sixth or higher Friday at the Pac-12 Championships in the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Kristian Ipsen set a school record in winning the 3-meter diving title.

Saturday, 12:09 AM | No comments yet

Friday, February 27, 2015

Stanford women go the distance at MPSF championship meet

Cardinal corner
Stanford won the women's distance medley relay at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation indoor track and field championships on Friday for its first such title since 2008.

Friday, 11:09 PM | No comments yet
Diekroeger makes his mark with a big game in Stanford's victory

College baseball
Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger, in his first season at Stanford, had three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs to help the Cardinal open its nonconference baseball series with host Rice with a 5-3 win Friday in Houston, Texas.

Friday, 9:26 PM | No comments yet
2014-15 boys' ALL-SCVAL De Anza Division basketball team

Most Valuable Player: Mo Abdulrasul (Fremont)
First Team
Kevin Mullin (Palo Alto); Jay Slaney (Homestead); Colin Spence (Homestead); Jake Burris (Fremont); Daniel Rosenbaum (Los Altos); Jase Wycliffe (Wilcox); Drew Krulevitch (Los Gatos);
Christian Mejia (Milpitas)

Friday, 5:01 PM | No comments yet
Gunn advances, but Palo Alto does not in boys' CCS playoffs

On a night when the Gunn boys pulled out a big victory following a thrilling rally, Palo Alto could not do the same and exited the Central Coast Section Division I basketball playoffs. The Castilleja and Sacred Heart Prep girls, meanwhile, advanced in Division IV action.

Friday, 8:32 AM | No comments yet
Second-half outburst leads to convincing Pac-12 victory

Stanford men's hoops
Michael Humphrey matched his season-high of 14 points and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds for his second straight double-double as the Stanford men's basketball team used a terrific second half to beat visiting Oregon State, 75-48, Thursday night in a Pac-12 Conference contest.

Friday, 3:32 AM | No comments yet
Stanford sweeps diving events at Pac-12 swimming meet

Junior Alex Clay won the three-meter diving competition at the Pac-12 Championships Thursday to help keep the Stanford women's swimming and diving team in second place at the mid-point of the four-day meet. Kristian Ipsen won the men's 3-meter diving event, though his points will be added during next week's men's conference championships.

Friday, 2:35 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cardinal women sweep nonconference water polo doubleheader

The second-ranked Stanford women's water polo team bounced back from its first setback of the year with a pair of convincing wins over No. 20 Santa Clara, 17-4, and unranked Sonoma State, 16-3, on Thursday at the Avery Aquatic Center.

Thursday, 8:50 PM | No comments yet
Stanford has its say in win over Pac-12 leading Beavers

Lili Thompson scored 13 points, leading a quintet of double-digit scorers, and No. 19 Stanford upset No. 7 Oregon State, 69-58, on its home court Thursday night. It was the Beavers' first home loss of the season and ended a 21-game home winning streak.

Thursday, 8:32 PM | No comments yet
2014-15 Girls All-PAL South Division basketball team

Most Valuable Player: Brianna Deckman (Capuchino( Sr.
First Team
Greer Hoyem (Menlo-Atherton) Fr.; Brianna Reynolds (Aragon) Jr.; Claire Phillips (Burlingame) Sr.; Aubrie Businger (Mills) So.; Julia Gibbs (Mills) Jr.

Thursday, 4:08 PM | No comments yet
Gunn's Cramer hopes to pin down a CCS wrestling goal

It took perhaps 30 minutes for Ian Cramer to recover from his loss in the 132-pound division finals at the 2014 Central Coast Section Wrestling Championships. It was a setback that provided the Gunn High standout with a personal challenge.

Thursday, 4:01 PM | No comments yet
2014-15 Boys' All-PAL South Division basketball team

Most Valuable Player: Marquis Adkins (Mills) Sr.
First Team
Justin Gutang (Burlingame) Sr.; Chris Bene (Sequoia) Sr.; Ryan Cole (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Adam Cook (Hillsdale) Sr.; Brandon Matsuno (Mills) Sr.; Ziggy Lauese (Sequoia) Fr.

Thursday, 3:32 PM | No comments yet
Eight local soccer teams remain in playoffs after opening round

Nine local soccer teams began the Central Coast Section playoffs this week, a number believed to be a record. Four schools -- Gunn, Palo Alto, Menlo-Atherton and Sacred Heart Prep -- had both a boys and girls team entered.

Thursday, 9:48 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stanford runner Korolev earns national honor from USATF

Cardinal corner
Stanford's Maksim Korolev followed up his Pan American Cup cross country title by being named Athlete of the Week by USA Track and Field. In his first race for the U.S. national team, Korolev won the 10K (6.2-mile) race in Barranquilla, Colombia, on Sunday in 28:21.

Wednesday, 8:24 PM | No comments yet
Stanford tennis teams take on nation's best this weekend

Winners of five straight, the Stanford men's tennis team carries momentum into this weekend's Southern California road swing. The Cardinal (6-2) will need every bit of it, visiting two of the Pac-12's best teams in No. 1 USC and No. 21 UCLA.

Wednesday, 11:47 AM | No comments yet
Gunn boys pull away to win their CCS basketball opener

Prep roundup
The Gunn boys took to the basketball floor this season for the 22nd time on Tuesday night. Yet, there was something different for every member of the squad. The Titans' appearance was their first in the Central Coast Section playoffs since 2011, when most of the players were still in middle school.

Wednesday, 8:45 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winaker delivers walk-off double for Stanford baseball

Freshman first baseman Matt Winaker doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Stanford baseball team a 6-5 victory over visiting, and previously undefeated, Nevada.

Tuesday, 9:44 PM | No comments yet
Menlo wrestlers are heading to the NAIA national tournament

The Menlo College men's wrestling team is sending seven wrestlers to the NAIA national championships in Topeka, Kan., which begin March 6 at the Kansas Expocentre.

Tuesday, 6:12 PM | No comments yet
Stanford freshman earns Newcomer award in water polo

Cardinal corner
Stanford freshman Jordan Raney was named MPSF/Kap7 Newcomer of the Week in women's water polo when the conference announced its weekly honors on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, 5:14 PM | No comments yet
2014 All-SCVAL De Anza Division water polo teams

Most Valuable Player: Ari Wayne (Gunn)
Most Valuable Field: Matt Dunn (Mountain View)
Most Valuable Goalie: Anthony Zunino (Gunn)
Most Valuable Player: Sam Acker (Gunn)
Most Valuable Field: Mary Stone (Los Gatos)
Most Valuable Goalie: Romy Abourdham (Los Altos)

Tuesday, 1:41 PM | No comments yet
Menlo College hoop standout receives a final honor

Menlo College senior Jolise Limcaco was named the Cal Pac's Player of the Week in women's basketball on Monday. Her honor, however, was not based on what she did last week but what she meant to the Oaks during her career.

Tuesday, 9:29 AM | No comments yet

Monday, February 23, 2015

Stanford freshman McPhee earns Pac-12 hoop honor

Cardinal roundup
Following breakout performances in the Battle of the Bay against California on Wednesday and Sunday, Stanford guard Brittany McPhee earned her first Pac-12 Freshman of the Week accolade when the conference announced its weekly honors on Monday afternoon.

Monday, 2:47 PM | No comments yet
SHP boys hope to duplicate football finish in Open Division

The Sacred Heart Prep boys basketball team hopes to follow in the footsteps of its vaunted football squad and bring home a second Central Coast Section Open Division title in two weeks.

Monday, 10:09 AM | 2 comments
Palo Alto girls take a new path in section playoffs

The Palo Alto girls are closing in on setting a school mark for single-season basketball victories. The question is, can the Vikings accomplish that in the Central Coast Section and NorCal playoffs?

Monday, 10:03 AM | No comments yet
Cardinal women denied a second water polo tourney title

Second-ranked UCLA knocked the top-ranked and defending national champion Stanford women's water polo team from the ranks of the unbeaten Sunday with a 7-6 victory, in double overtime, in the championship final of the UC Irvine Invitational.

Monday, 12:12 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Menlo walks off with a victory in game two of a doubleheader

Eduardo Sanchez singled home the winning run in the seventh as the Menlo College baseball team walked off with a 9-8 victory over visiting Oregon Tech in the nightcap of a nonconference doubleheader Sunday.

Sunday, 5:50 PM | No comments yet
Korolev races to Pan American cross country title

Cardinal corner
Running for the first time in a United States national team singlet, Stanford's Maksim Korolev won the inaugural Pan American Cross Country Cup on Sunday in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Sunday, 4:07 PM | No comments yet
Cal ends Stanford's run of consecutive Pac-12 hoops titles

Freshman Brittany McPhee scored a career-high 24 points, but it went for naught as the No. 18 Stanford women's basketball team dropped a 63-53 decision to visiting California and was officially eliminated from title contention in the Pac-12 Conference.

Sunday, 3:54 PM | 1 comment
2015 Central Coast Section soccer playoffs

Division I
Wednesday's first round
No. 11 Carlmont (8-10-2) at No. 6 Homestead (14-5), 3 p.m.
No. 10 Evergreen Valley (9-7-2) at No. 7 Monta Vista (7-7-6), 3 p.m.
No. 12 Santa Clara (9-7-4) at No. 5 Bellarmine (12-4-4), 3 p.m.
No. 13 Santa Teresa (10-4-6) at No. 4 Palo Alto (13-3-3), 3 p.m.
No. 9 Sequoia (7-6-5) at No. 8 Alvarez (14-2-4), 6 p.m.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Humphrey makes a big impression in Cardinal hoops win

Six-foot-nine freshman Michael Humphrey recorded season highs in points (14) and rebounds (11) and the Cardinal beat visiting California, 72-61, in a Pac-12 Conference men's basketball game Saturday.

Saturday, 8:29 PM | No comments yet
Romanowicz recovers from deficit to lead Stanford past the Bears

Cardinal corner
Maciek Romanowicz came all the way back from a 5-2 deficit in the third set to beat T.J. Nishimura, 5-7, 7-5, 7-5, and give the Cardinal a stunning 4-3 upset over the 14th-ranked Bears in a nonconference men's tennis match on Saturday.

Saturday, 7:37 PM | No comments yet
SHP boys suffer soccer tie, settle for a co-championship

Friday's prep roundup
The Sacred Heart Prep boys have their seventh straight West Bay Athletic League soccer title. This one, however, is different than the previous six. This one is shared.

Saturday, 8:46 AM | No comments yet
Gunn boys look to CCS after winning El Camino hoop title

Prep boys' basketball
Gunn's Chris Russell and David Lee-Heidenreich combined for 30 points to lead the Titans to a 59-29 victory over visiting Santa Clara on Friday night as the Titans clinched the SCVAL El Camino Division basketball title.

Saturday, 7:39 AM | 1 comment