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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Menlo seniors take center stage in Oaks' big victory

Senior Mickey Phelps hit a home run and drove in three runs, John Bowling hit a home run and drove in two runs and the Menlo College baseball team turned Senior Day into a celebration Wednesday, beating visiting Biola, 12-1, in a nonconference game.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SHP rallies to upend rival Menlo in PAL Bay Division baseball

Sacred Heart junior Cole March gunned down the tying run at home plate in the seventh inning to secure the Gators' 9-8 PAL Bay Division baseball win over visiting Menlo School on Wednesday afternoon.

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Blandino helps power the Cardinal to win over Gaels

Palo Alto resident Alex Blandino hit two home runs, driving in four runs, and Stanford won its third straight, topping host Saint Mary's, 6-2, in a nonconference baseball game on Wednesday.

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Palo Alto boys win SCVAL De Anza Division golf title

Wednesday's prep roundup
Palo Alto completed its season sweep of rival Gunn and captured the SCVAL De Anza Division boys' golf title with a 183-193 victory on a windy Tuesday afternoon at Santa Teresa Golf Course in San Jose.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cardinal out slugs Santa Clara for nonconference victory

Stanford roundup
Austin Slater had two hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs as Stanford beat host Santa Clara, 10-9, its most runs in over a month, in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday.

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Bowling hits home run in 10th in Menlo College victory

John Bowling hit a home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead host Menlo College to a 6-5 victory over Biola in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday. The win clinched a winning regular season a fifth consecutive year for the Oaks.

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Stanford tennis teams head to Pac-12 Championships

With the regular season in the books, this weekend's Pac-12 Championships in Ojai serve as the final tuneup before NCAA Tournament first- and second-round action begins in two weeks at campus sites throughout the nation.

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2014 Central Coast Section track and field leaders

100 -- Givens (Palo Alto) 10.77; Morris (Santa Cruz) 10.97; Stoller (Santa Cruz) 10.99; Mays (Willow Glen) 10.99w; Illio (Mt. Pleasant) 11.00; Pacheco (Palma) 11.01; Lataimua (Serra) 11.09; Felicitas (Mt. Pleasant) 11.14; Packer (Gunderson) 11.16; Lydster (Gunn) 11.18; Macauley (Bellarmine) 11.18; Jones (Valley Christian) 11.18.

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Crucial games in local baseball races this week

Monday's prep roundup
There are seven teams in the PAL Bay Division baseball race this season, five of which will be automatically qualifying for the Central Coast Section playoffs. While earning one of those berths appears easier than not, determining who gets what is not.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Stanford's Diekroeger earns Pac-12 baseball honor

Cardinal corner
Stanford's Danny Diekroeger has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week in baseball, the conference office announced Monday. The Menlo School grad had three-game-winning hits last week as the Cardinal went 3-1.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Cardinal drops close MPSF lacrosse match to the Trojans

Stanford roundup
USC scored two goals within 30 seconds of each other in the final 12 minutes of play to rally past 13th-ranked Stanford, 11-10, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest on Sunday in Los Angeles.

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Cardinal men reach semifinals of MPSF volleyball tourney

For the second time in eight days, the No. 3 Stanford men's volleyball team rallied to defeat No. 6 UC Irvine in five sets, this time coming in the quarterfinals of the MPSF Tournament on Saturday at Maples Pavilion.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stanford men win seven of nine races at rowing invitational

The No. 13 Stanford men's crew varsity eights won two more races on Saturday to sweep the Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores Lagoon.

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Stanford women earn top seed for MPSF water polo tourney

The top-ranked Stanford women's water polo team won its 11th straight match and recorded its fifth straight perfect Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference season by beating visiting California, 9-6, in Saturday's Big Splash at Avery Aquatic Center.

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Diekroeger HR; Hochstatter, Vanegas combine on 3-hitter

Cardinal corner
Danny Diekroeger hit a solo home run and John Hochstatter and A.J. Vanegas combined on a three-hitter as the Stanford baseball team beat visiting Arizona State, 1-0, in a Pac-12 contest Saturday.

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Late inning fireworks lead Cardinal past Utah in Pac-12

College softball
Leah White doubled in two runs in the top of the seventh inning as the Stanford softball team rallied from seven runs down to beat host Utah, 12-11, in a Pac-12 Conference contest on Saturday.

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Record run by Gunn's Sarah Robinson at CCS Top 8 Classic

Gunn senior Sarah Robinson missed out on an opportunity to be a part of history last weekend at the Arcadia Invitational track and field meet when four girls run under 10:05 in the 3,200 for the first time. Robinson, however, made some history herself on Friday night by blazing to a victory in the metric two-miler at the CCS Top 8 Classic at San Jose City College.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Stanford women clinch berth in MPSF lacrosse tournament

Cardinal corner
Lucy Dikeou and Kelsey Murray each scored three goals and the 13th-ranked Stanford women's lacrosse clinched a spot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament, beating host San Diego State, 15-10, Friday.

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Crucial tennis showdown at Cal for Stanford men

The nationally No. 37-ranked Stanford men's tennis team heads into Saturday's regular-season finale with some recent momentum, riding a four-match win streak into Berkeley.

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Pinewood's Scheppler named state coach of the year

When Pinewood defeated Scotts Valley, 43-41, in the third-place game of the girls' Central Coast Section Open Division basketball playoffs on March 6, the historical value of the game was overlooked.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A familiar situation turns into another Stanford victory

College baseball
Danny Diekroeger came up in a familiar position Thursday night against Arizona State at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. With two outs and a runner on second base in a tie game, Diekroeger delivered his second walk-off single in as many games to give the Cardinal a 4-3 win over the Sun Devils.

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Renowned Stanford diving coach announces his retirement

Dr. Rick Schavone, one of the nation's premier diving instructors, announced his retirement Thursday after 36 seasons as Stanford's head coach. He is the architect of a Cardinal diving program that he took to unprecedented heights during his time on The Farm.

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Cook, Irvin, Shaw help Stanford men set volleyball precedent

Stanford roundup
Brian Cook, Steven Irvin and James Shaw helped the Stanford men's volleyball team make program history on Thursday. They became the first Cardinal trio to be named first team all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in school annals.

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Stanford-Cal showdowns in women's tennis, water polo

Last year at this time, the Stanford women's tennis team was gearing up for its improbable run to the NCAA title. Not many observers gave the Cardinal much of a chance after its third-place finish in the Pac-12 Conference.

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Stanford golfer Wilson named to U.S. Palmer Cup team

Stanford senior Cameron Wilson was named to the Palmer Cup team for the United States, as announced Thursday on the Golf Channel's Morning Drive. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 26-28 at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.

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Paly baseball closes in on first place in De Anza Division race

Prep roundup
Palo Alto remained in the hunt for a possible title in the SCVAL De Anza Division baseball race with a 3-2 victory over visiting Homestead on Wednesday. The Vikings moved to 7-2 in league (11-8 overall) and inched to within a game of first place.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Klausner getting her career started, Albanese wraps hers up

Of local note
One year after helping the Gunn softball team to a winning record and successful season, Claire Klausner is doing the same for her Princeton teammates, only in a different role.

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Stanford men host rowing invitational this weekend

Cardinal corner
The Stanford men's rowing team will welcome seven teams to Redwood Shores this weekend for the 2014 Stanford Invitational/Pac-12 Challenge on Friday and Saturday.

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Menlo College's Hall earns Cal Pac softball honor

Oaks' notes
Mary Hall of Menlo College was named Cal Pac Softball Player of the Week after having a huge week for the Oaks, pounding out eight hits in 12 trips to the plate while raising her season average to .348.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stineman clinches Cardinal tennis victory over Gaels

Stanford roundup
The Stanford men's tennis team beat visiting St. Mary's, 4-0, in a nonconference match Tuesday, extending its winning streak to four matches.

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Palo Alto grad Raffel wins his first college golf title

Of local note
Palo Alto High grad Grant Raffel not only earned his first collegiate golf title this past weekend, but he helped Williams College win the NYU/Manhattanville Invitational team title, as well.

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Stanford's Jamie Neushul earns MPSF water polo honor

Stanford freshman driver Jamie Neushul was named MPSF/KAP 7 Newcomer of the Week by the conference after a standout weekend during the top-ranked Cardinal's road sweep of No. 2 UCLA and Cal State Bakersfield.

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2014 Central Coast Section track and field leaders

400 relay -- Santa Cruz 42.89; Palo Alto 43.13; Palma 43.46; Bellarmine 43.72; Mt. Pleasant 44.12; Menlo-Atherton 44.17; Gunn 44.24; Willow Glen 44.29; Oak Grove 44.30; St. Ignatius 44.38.

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M-A earns share of first place in PAL Bay Division race

Monday's prep roundup
Eric Amundson tossed six shutout innings and Matt McGarry went 3-for-4 with three RBI -- including a two-run homer -- as Menlo-Atherton defeated host Half Moon Bay 8-0, in PAL Bay Division baseball action Monday afternoon.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Stanford's Ogwumike goes No. 1 in the WNBA Draft

Ruef picked in third round
Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike was selected by the Connecticut Sun with the top overall pick in the WNBA Draft on Monday night. With the selection, Ogwumike becomes Stanford's second No. 1 overall pick, joining older sister, Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who was taken in the same slot by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2012.

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Stanford's Huestis invited to basketball showcase

Stanford senior forward Josh Huestis has been invited to participate in the 62nd annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which runs Wednesday-Saturday at the Churchland High School Sports Complex in Portsmouth, Va.

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Menlo School's Price sets the bar high in girls 400 meters

Weekend prep roundup
Whatever plans Maddy Price has for the remainder of the 2014 track and field season, she's probably already ahead of schedule to achieve those goals following a sensational effort in the 400 meters at the Arcadia Invitational.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hochstatter pitches Stanford to conference win over Huskies

Sunday's Cardinal corner
Stanford gave starting pitcher John Hochstatter a four-run lead before he threw a pitch and he made it stand up in helping the Cardinal avoid a sweep with a 6-3 Pac-12 Conference win at Washington on Sunday.

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Wilson overtakes Rodgers to earn blue letter jacket

Hours before The Masters champion was cloaked with a green blazer, Cameron Wilson donned the blue letter jacket awarded to the Western Intercollegiate champion after winning the event by two strokes over teammate Patrick Rodgers.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Teammates tied atop the leaderboard at golf tournament

Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers will be looking to close in on Tiger Woods' school-record 11 individual titles on Sunday at the Western Intercollegiate. Senior teammate Cameron Wilson will be looking for his own title. They are currently in a three-way tie for first in the Western Intercollegiate at the par-70 Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz.

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Sanders has a solid game in Stanford spring contest

Barry Sanders couldn't hide his enthusiasm after Saturday afternoon's Cardinal and White Spring Game at sun-splashed Stanford Stadium. The rising-junior running back has been itching to receive more carries, and got his name called 17 times, collecting 72 yards, including a 29-yard scamper on a draw, and juked defenders on two screen passes.

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Stanford clinches top seed at MPSF water polo tournament

Cardinal corner
Junior Kiley Neushul scored six goals, four in the first period, as the Stanford women's water polo team downed host Cal State Bakersfield, 19-6, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game Saturday. The victory clinched the No. 1 seed for the Cardinal in the upcoming MPSF tournament.

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SHP ruins no-hit bid while upending Menlo-Atherton

Sacred Heart Prep's Danny Cody beat out an infield single with two outs in the top of the eighth inning to end Menlo-Atherton's Matt McGarry's no-hit bid and give the Gators a 1-0 victory over the Bears on Friday in PAL Bay Division baseball action.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Top-three finish for Stanford men at NCAA gymnastics

The Stanford men's gymnastics team placed third at the NCAA Championships on Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich., recording its eighth top-three finish in the past nine years.

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A spectacular basketball season ends with the Wooden Award

Chiney Ogwumike was named the John R. Wooden Award winner at the Wooden Award Gala in Los Angeles on Friday night. She was there with Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer and her older sister, Stanford grad Nnemkadi Ogwumike.

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Big stops lead to big MPSF victory for the Cardinal

Stanford roundup
Kaley Dodson scored the go-ahead goal early in the fourth period, Jamie Neushul made a key field block that led to the goal and the top-ranked Stanford women's water polo team rallied to beat No. 2 UCLA, 9-8, in a key Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Friday.

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