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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Erceg powers, pitches Menlo College to baseball victory

Oaks report
Lucas Erceg homered among three hits, drove in a pair of runs and pitched the ninth for his second save as the Menlo College baseball team beat host Cal State Sonoma, 3-1, in a nonconference game Tuesday.

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Stanford well-represented at U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

Stanford runners have a history in the Olympic marathon and nine former Cardinal runners will be at the starting line on Saturday for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles, all with an eye on adding to their school's history in the Summer Games.

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Paly girls bounce back from first soccer loss with big win

Monday's prep roundup
After seeing their SCVAL De Anza Division soccer title hopes all but disappear last week in addition to having its best player sidelined by a knee injury, the Palo Alto girls had every reason to be flat for their nonleague match against Sacred Heart Prep on Monday night.

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Stanford football loses top defensive coach Hart

Randy Hart, one of the nation's premier defensive line coaches and a protege of Woody Hayes, has announced his retirement. The 2015 season was Hart's sixth at Stanford and 46th as a full-time college football coach, with stops at six other schools.

Tuesday, 8:39 AM | 1 comment

Monday, February 8, 2016

Cardinal women team up to beat ASU in Pac-12 gymnastics

Stanford roundup
Senior Taylor Rice won an individual event and the all-around title, sophomore Elizabeth Price won twice and the 12th-ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team earned its 26th consecutive victory over Arizona State, beating the visiting Sun Devils, 195.750-194.325, in a Pac-12 Conference on Monday night.

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Elway finally gains some revenge for the 1982 Big Game

John Elway had to wait more than 30 years, but it was well worth it to gain a measure of revenge for losing to Ron Rivera and his Cal teammates in the 1982 Big Game.

Monday, 1:34 PM | 1 comment
Prep basketball titles will be on the line this week

Weekend prep roundup
Titles will be on the line in two of three local basketball races this week as the Sacred Heart Prep and Pinewood boys tangle after Menlo-Atherton and Aragon.

Monday, 9:15 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, February 7, 2016

There's no place like home for Cardinal water polo goalie Hermann

Stanford Invitational
Julia Hermann recorded 40 saves in the equivalent of 3 1/2 games as the top-ranked Cardinal finished the Stanford Invitational with a 3-1 mark, losing to No. 5 California, 5-2, in Sunday's championship match at Avery Aquatic Center.

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Stanford men vault to top score in home gymnastics meet

Cardinal corner
The second-ranked Stanford men's gymnastics team produced its highest team score (447.700) since the scoring system was adjusted in 2012, and the second-highest score in the nation this season to win a tri-meet that Saturday that also included California (431.550) and Michigan (430.900).

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

The ball stops at Hermann in Cardinal water polo wins

Stanford roundup
Julia Hermann made 28 saves, Kat Klass had hat tricks in both games and the top-ranked Stanford women's water polo team turned suffocating fourth-quarter defense into a pair of wins Saturday, the first day of the Stanford Invitational.

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Defense a no-show in Stanford's Pac-12 loss to Cal

Men's basketball
Rosco Allen scored 16 points and had eight rebounds but it wasn't enough as the Stanford men's basketball team dropped a 76-61 decision to host California in a Pac-12 Conference game Saturday.

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McKenna helps Stanford pin down wrestling win over Falcons

A late fall by freshman Joey McKenna propelled the Stanford wrestling team to a 23-16 nonconference win over Air Force on Saturday at Discover Canyon High School in Colorado Springs.

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SHP boys fall out of sole possession of first in WBAL race

Friday's prep basketball
The West Bay Athletic League basketball race is all tied up and the Sacred Heart Prep boys are the reason behind it following a shocking 52-46 loss to host King's Academy on Friday night.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Paly boys, girls miss out on key soccer opportunities

Friday's prep soccer
It was a day that started out with promise for the Palo Alto boys and girls soccer teams. The boys needed a victory to claim the SCVAL De Anza Division title while the girls needed a triumph to set the stage for a clinching win next week.

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Cardinal women beat Cal, make a bold move in Pac-12 hoops

Erica McCall and Lili Thompson stepped up in the second half and rallied the 15th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team past host California, 60-55, in another hotly contested game between the Bay Area rivals on Friday night.

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Stanford women ace nonconference tennis victory over Gaels

Cardinal corner
The eighth-ranked Stanford women's tennis team snapped a rare losing skid with a 6-1 victory over visiting No. 47 Saint Mary's on Friday at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

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Kuhaulua pitches a shutout in Menlo College's DH sweep

Oaks report
Ashkhon Kuhaulua pitched a five-hitter, Drake Richie and Chris Berry each drove in two runs and the Menlo College baseball team beat visiting Oregon Tech, 5-0, in the first game of a nonconference doubleheader Friday.

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Plenty of local water polo players at the Stanford Invitational

Of local note
Gunn grad Caroline Anderson and Atherton resident Katherine Moore will be in familiar waters this weekend as members of the seventh-ranked Michigan women's water polo team.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Stanford's Schram records upset in Pac-12 wrestling loss to OSU

Despite Connor Schram's early upset of Ronnie Bresser in a back-and-forth dual, No. 18 Stanford (19-3, 2-2 Pac-12) fell to Oregon State (7-5, 1-2 Pac-12), 21-13, Thursday evening at Burnham Pavilion.

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A second tie leaves Menlo, SHP girls still fighting for first

Prep soccer
Although the Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep girls soccer teams have combined for10 goals in over 180 minutes of heated action against each other in 2016, there remains no separation between the neighboring rivals on the scoreboard.

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Stanford's Verhoeven is finally getting his chance to shine

Grant Verhoeven knows tractors. Stanford's 6-foot-9 senior center was raised on a 40-acre farm in Hanford, on the same place his father, former NBA player Pete Verhoeven, was also raised.

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Stanford signs nation's top polo recruit in Ben Hallock

Cardinal corner
Stanford head men's water polo coach John Vargas has announced the signing of Ben Hallock, regarded as the nation's top collegiate men's water polo prospect in the 2016 class.

Thursday, 3:03 PM | No comments yet
M-A teams remain on course for PAL South Division hoop titles

Wednesday's prep hoops
Time is running out on those teams hoping to catch the Menlo-Atherton boys or girls in the PAL South Division basketball races this season.

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Menlo boys keep playoff hopes alive with historic victory

This has been a soccer season unlike any other for the Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School boys in the West Bay Athletic League.
For the first time since both squads joined the league in 2009, neither team is sitting in first place and most likely neither will capture the division title.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Stanford restocks on offensive and defensive lines, adds quarterback

Matthew Gutwald may turn out to be the most interesting man among Stanford's latest group of recruits. The Dublin, Calif. resident did not sign one of the 25 national letters of intent the Cardinal football office received Wednesday.

Wednesday, 6:48 PM | No comments yet
Stanford's Hong earns Pac-12 honor as week's top specialist

Cardinal corner
Stanford women's gymnast Ivana Hong was named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week for her standout performance this past weekend at the Metroplex Challenge, as announced by the conference Tuesday.

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Big win over Carlmont puts M-A girls into second-place tie

Prep soccer
The Menlo-Atherton girls took a very big step toward solidifying a berth into the Central Coast Section soccer playoffs by handing long-time nemesis Carlmont a 3-2 loss on Tuesday in Atherton.

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WBAL boys' basketball race remains tight as favorites win

Prep basketball
The West Bay Athletic League boys' basketball race held true to form as all the favorites claimed victories on Tuesday night. However, not all were blowouts.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cardinal women take a defensive stand for hoops win over Cal

Karlie Samuelson scored 15 points, Erica McCall recorded her 13th double-double of the season and the No. 15 Stanford women's basketball team beat visiting California, 53-46, on a night when both teams combined to shoot 31.4 percent.

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Stanford men net nonconference tennis victory over Broncos

Cardinal corner
Freshman Michael Genender clinched the 17th-ranked Stanford men's tennis team's 4-0 victory over visiting Santa Clara on Tuesday in a nonconference match at Taube Family Tennis Center.

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Stanford grad Janiga is named to Pac-12 All-Century team

Women's gymnastics
Stanford women's gymnastics alumna Carly Janiga ('10) was named to the Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics All-Century Team, as announced by the conference Monday night on the Pac-12 Networks Sports Report.

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Plenty of important prep matchups with title implications

While most league championships can't be won this week, there are a number of matchups that will go a long way in determining who will be crowned champs by season's end.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Lin continues to find success against his old NBA teams

Of local note
Jeremy Lin has made a number of returns to his old teams in the National Basketball Association this season, most often resulting in success for the former Palo Alto High standout.

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Preseason All-American baseball honors for Stanford

Stanford juniors Tommy Edman and Cal Quantrill were named third-team preseason All-Americans by Baseball America on Monday. Quantrill earned the same honor last season.

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Stanford's Thompson earns national, Pac-12 hoop honors

Stanford captain Lili Thompson snagged a pair of weekly honors on Monday, including a national award, following No. 16 Stanford's double-digit basketball victories over No. 25 Washington and Washington State.

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M-A boys show they are legit contenders with win over SHP

Weekend prep roundup
There are games during the season that often can define a team's character and set the tone for the rest of the schedule. Take, for example, Saturday's nonleague basketball showdown between the Sacred Heart Prep and host Menlo-Atherton boys.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

No shortage of power for Stanford men in volleyball win

The Stanford men's volleyball team beat host USC, 25-20, 19-25, 25-19, 25-8, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match delayed 12 minutes when the Galen Center lights went dark during warmups because of complications due to stormy weather in the area.

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Thompson scores 30 in Stanford's victory over the Cougars

Lili Thompson scored a career-high 30 points to help the 16th-ranked Stanford women's basketball team beat stubborn Washington State, 69-52, in a Pac-12 Conference game that was much closer than the final score indicates.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Oaks finish strong in upset over Firestorm in GSAC hoops

Oaks report
Rosendo AmayaWood sank a pair of free throws to break a tie with 1:04 remaining and Kalen Camero hit a layup 12 seconds later to help give the host Menlo College men's basketball a 66-61 upset win over 10th ranked Arizona Christian in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest Saturday.

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Personal best likely lands Williams in field at NCAA track

Stanford sophomore Harrison Williams likely earned a trip to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships by scoring a personal-best 5,690 points to win the heptathlon at the Penn State National meet on Saturday.

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Stanford women rally past USC in Pac-12 swimming meet

Cardinal corner
The second-ranked Stanford women's swimming and diving team clinched at least a tie for the regular-season Pac-12 title, rallying for a 152-148 victory over host No. 7 USC on Saturday.

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Stanford men suffer Pac-12 basketball loss, 96-74, at Utah

Senior Rosco Allen and sophomore Dorian Pickens each scored 16 points but the Stanford men's basketball team fell, 96-74, to host Utah on Saturday in Pac-12 Conference play.

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Palo Alto girls sweep the week to remain tied for first place

Friday's prep soccer
With standout Jacey Pederson participating in a U.S. Soccer U-19 camp in Florida, the Palo Alto girls faced a tough test of three soccer matches during the week without their senior leader. The Vikings, however, passed that test with three shutout triumphs.

Saturday, 11:59 AM | No comments yet
Gunn boys avenge only loss of season, topple rival Paly

For the Gunn boys basketball team, Friday night's SCVAL De Anza Division showdown against Palo Alto was more than just a rivalry game -- it was a revenge game. The Titans exacted payback on the only team to defeat them this season with a 72-59 victory.

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Palo Alto girls use defense to defeat rival Gunn once again

For the second time this season, the Palo Alto and Gunn girls basketball teams engaged in a defensive struggle, and for the second time this season the Vikings' defense won out.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Thompson scores early and often in Stanford's Pac-12 hoops win

Lili Thompson scored 17 of her season-high 27 points in the first quarter and the No. 16 Stanford women's basketball team beat visiting No. 25 Washington, 69-53, Friday night in a Pac-12 Conference contest.

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Four by two theme of the day for Cardinal women swimmers

Stanford roundup
Junior Lia Neal sprinted to wins in the 50 free and 100 free, one of four Stanford swimmers to capture multiple events, and the second-ranked Cardinal swam past host No. 19 UCLA, 189-118, in a Pac-12 women's meet Friday.

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Brandon Johnson back on water polo scene with the M-A boys

Should the Gunn, Menlo-Atherton and Palo Alto boys all qualify for the 2016 Central Coast Section water polo playoffs, history will be made. Having those three teams in the tournament would mark the first time that three brothers were coaching in the playoffs at the same time.

Friday, 3:47 PM | No comments yet
Stanford women need to make a move in Pac-12 hoop race

The nationally No. 16-ranked Stanford women's basketball team resides in unfamiliar territory in the Pac-12 as its 5-3 conference record is only good enough for fifth place, a game behind co-third place No. 20 UCLA and No. 25 Washington.

Friday, 9:27 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Menlo women rally past Royals to win in GSAC basketball

Oaks report
Breanna Turner and Aaliyah Sowards each scored 14 points and the Menlo College women's basketball team rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat visiting Hope International, 81-73, in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest Thursday night.

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Stanford football adds one of top cornerbacks from Texas

McCaffrey wins award
The Stanford football program continued to reap the rewards of a Rose Bowl championship season by receiving a commitment from Obi Eboh, a four-star recruit considered the No. 3 cornerback in the state of Texas.

Thursday, 3:20 PM | 2 comments
M-A girls tune up for showdown with their 14th straight victory

Prep basketball
The Menlo-Atherton girls continued their hold on a share of first place in the PAL South Division basketball race following a 60-23 romp over visiting Aragon on Wednesday. The Bears improved to 7-0 in league (17-2 overall) with their 14th straight triumph.

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Paly boys keep a special season alive despite a deadlock

The first half of league play is over the Palo Alto boys in SCVAL De Anza Division soccer action and the Vikings remain on pace for perhaps an historic season.

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