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Nation's No. 2 junior golfer heads the list of Stanford recruits

 

Andrea Lee, one of the top student-athletes in the class of 2016, signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday to continue her academic and athletic career with the defending national champion Stanford women's golf team.

Lee, who lives in Hermosa Beach, is ranked the No. 2 junior player in the country and No. 24 in the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking. She has been a standout on the American Junior Golf Association circuit, earning Rolex Junior All-American first team honors from 2012-15.

"Andrea is an extremely accomplished golfer not only at the junior level but also at the amateur level," Stanford Director of Women's Golf Anne Walker said. "She has a steady, consistent game that puts her in position to win every golf tournament she plays. Her commitment to excellence in the classroom and on the golf course sets her apart from her peers. I believe that Andrea will jump into the college golf world like a veteran player and we are more than thrilled that she chose Stanford."

Last year, Lee won the Rolex Tournament of Champions and Yani Tseng Invitational back-to-back. The latter earned an invite to the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, where she made the cut. Lee also qualified and made the cut at the 2014 U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst Country Club.

At three-time Scholar Athlete Award winner at Mira Costa High (Calif.), she helped her team win the 2013 and 2015 CIF-SS Central Division Central Division Championship and was the CIF Northern Region and state individual champion in 2013. Lee also captured the 2015 Women's Southern California Amateur Championship also medalist and was the individual champion in the 2015 Knabe Cup.

Experienced in international competition, Lee played in the 2012 Junior Open Championship, was a member of the 2013 and 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup Team, the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup Team, the 2012-14 Wyndham Cup Team, and for the United States in 2015 Pan American Games, where she won a silver medal.

Stanford also signed Madeline Chou, a three-time winner on the AJGA circuit and a Scholastic All-America.

Chou, who lives in Santa Ana, is a three-time league champion and four-time selection to the Orange County First-Team All-County Team. On Thursday, she fired a 64 in CIF SoCal Championships.

Men's basketball

Trevor Stanback, regarded as one of the highest-rated prospects on the West Coast, has signed a National Letter of Intent with Stanford, Cardinal head coach Johnny Dawkins announced on Thursday.

Stanback, a 6-10, 220-pound power forward from Maranatha High School in Pasadena, is a consensus four-star prospect by the major recruiting services. He ranks as the 13th-best power forward in the nation by Scout.com and 68th-best prospect overall. A member of the Rivals100 for the Class of 2016, the group ranks him as the 88th-best prospect nationally. Scout.com ranks the power forward as the third-best prospect in the state of California, while ESPN's recruiting service has him as the ninth-best prospect in the Golden State. He is rated the 18th-best power forward in the nation by 247Sports.

Women's tennis

Five-star recruit Emma Higuchi signed to play at Stanford on Wednesday.

"The college search was a long process, but from the beginning I knew I didn't want to commit early," Higuchi told Ali Jones of TennisRecruiting.net. "I took my time since I didn't really know where I wanted to go. The only thing that was sure of was that I wanted a balance of both academics and tennis."

Men's tennis

William Genesen of Tulsa, signed a letter of intent to play at Stanford, TennisRecruiting.net reported.

Genesen won the USTA Winter Boys National Championships singles titles in Scottsdale earlier this year. He is rated among the Top 20 recruits by TennisRecruiting.net.

Women's gymnastics

Stanford grew stronger this week when Kaylee Cole signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cardinal in the fall of 2016.

"Kaylee is a talented scholar-athlete, with a strong work ethic and untapped potential," said Stanford coach Kristen Smyth. "She brings the perfect combination of athleticism and artistry and will contribute on all four events."

Cole will join the Cardinal from Texas where she trained under Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette at Texas Dreams.

Cole boasts quality international experience and has competed with Bolivia. She has had a busy 2015 competitively, participating at the Pan American Games and Junior Olympics National Qualifier.

She placed fourth in the all-around, third on uneven bars and fourth on vault at the Level 10 Regionals.

At the Level 10 State Championships, Cole took home first-place honors in the all-around and bars.

Cole earned Level 10 Regional championships in the all-around and beam, and Level 10 State titles in vault and floor during 2013. She followed those performances with a fourth-place result on floor and sixth on vault at Junior Olympics Nationals.

Cole will join a Stanford team that made the NCAA Championships for the 12th time in the past 15 years last season, with six gymnasts combining for nine All-America honors.

— Stanford Athletics

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