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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Prep report: Tennis powers and overtime in girls lacrosse

Menlo School rules boys tennis in the West Bay Athletic League and Menlo-Atherton reigns as kings of the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division so it's no surprise both teams won league matches on Tuesday.

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Prep softball: Seniors carry Palo Alto past Saratoga in SCVAL

Sydney Liu had three hits and drove in three runs, helping Palo Alto beat visiting Saratoga, 12-3, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division contest on Tuesday. Lindsey Kim also had three hits, drove in a run and pitched a complete game.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Gunn's Everett pitches a no-hitter in SCVAL baseball action

Aidan Everett pounded the strike zone in facing one over the minimum Tuesday, a pitching effort that resulted in a no-hitter and gave Gunn a 5-0 victory over host Lynbrook in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division contest.

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If it's March, it must be Little League time, Palo Alto style

A break in the weather allowed Palo Alto Little League to celebrate a dry and festive Opening Day over the weekend and featured guest speaker and former San Francisco Giants pitcher Noah Lowry and new PALL President Kim Nguyen.

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Stanford wrestlers hit the mat at NCAA tournament

The Stanford wrestling team has shown there's a first time for everything after winning its first ever Pac-12 title in the 85 years of the program. The Cardinal could be looking for its first ever Top 10 national finish when Stanford opens the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh on Thursday morning.

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Prep report: SHP's Finn O'Kelly has golf game under control

Sacred Heart Prep's Finn O'Kelly continues to enjoy a solid golf season and he only seems to be getting better. O'Kelly shot a 3-under 32 at Sunnyvale Muni on Monday and the Gators topped The King's Academy, 189-228, in a West Bay Athletic League match.

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Stanford women ready to play in NCAA hoops tournament

No. 6 Stanford earned its 32nd consecutive NCAA Tournament bid when the NCAA women's basketball selection committee announced the field Monday.
The Cardinal (28-4), seeded second, was placed in the Chicago Region. As one of the nation's top 16 overall seeds, Stanford will host first and second-round games in Maples Pavilion on Saturday and Monday.

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Academy volleyball rewarded with a trip to junior nationals

The Academy Volleyball 17 Gold team, comprised almost entirely of local high school juniors, won the American Division title at the Colorado Crossroads Qualifier in Denver over the weekend to earn a bid into the Junior Nationals this summer.

Tuesday, 12:23 AM | 1 comment

Monday, March 18, 2019

A birdie leads Gianna Inguagiato to golf title

Menlo School junior Gianna Inguagiato birdied the 21st hole to edge Pleasanton's Charlotte Ryoo in Sunday's championship match of the Juli Inkster Flight of the San Francisco City Golf Championship at Harding Park.

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Stanford men celebrate Senior Night with big VB victory

Jordan Ewert would not be denied on Senior Night, leading No. 8 Stanford to a 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 15-10 win over No. 4 UCLA, Saturday, at Maples Pavilion. Playing in his final regular season match at home, Ewert finished with 23 kills on .514 hitting.

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Track and field: Stanford, Menlo compete at Hornet Invitational

The javelin has been a Stanford track and field strength for years and that's not going to change this season. Defending NCAA champion Mackenzie Little and NCAA runner-up Jenna Gray duplicated their national placings as the Cardinal opened its outdoor season at the Hornet Invitational on Saturday. Menlo College held its own and put up a number of PRs and school records in their effort in Sacramento.

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Top marks in track and field at Dublin and St. Francis

Menlo School junior Charlotte Tomkinson raced 2:10.61 in the 800 meters at the Dublin Distance Fiesta on Saturday, the top mark in the state. Gunn senior Jared Freeman was a double winner, setting personal bests in winning the shot put (53-1) and discus (158-4), at the St. Francis Invitational.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Menlo College women win second national title of the year

Menlo College sent 12 wrestlers to the first ever NAIA Women's Championships in Jamestown, N.D. over the weekend. All 12 returned to Menlo as All-Americans and five came back with an individual national title.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Prep report: SH Prep boys stay unbeaten in lacrosse

Cody Wiebe recorded five saves, helping Sacred Heart Prep beat host Redwood 10-5 in a nonleague boys lacrosse contest Saturday. Senior Ingrid Corrigan and sophomore Genna Gibbons each scored four goals but host Sacred Heart Prep suffered an 11-10 setback to Novato in a nonleague girls' lacrosse contest on Saturday.

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Cardinal women turn hat tricks into lacrosse victory

Juniors Daniella McMahon and Mikaela Watson each recorded a hat trick in helping No. 18 Stanford women's lacrosse hold off visiting Cal, 13-11, on Saturday.

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Big inning leads to Sacred Heart Prep nonleague baseball win

Sacred Heart Prep finally caught a break and ended its five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over visiting Aragon in a nonleague baseball game Saturday. Three pitchers combined on a six-hitter for the Gators.

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Pitching, defense help lead Paly baseball past Gunn

Matthew Caren had two hits and drove in two runs, Palo Alto received another outstanding pitching effort and the Vikings downed their crosstown rival Gunn 6-3 at Paly in a nonleague baseball game Saturday.

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Stanford women record another tennis shutout, beating UA

The fifth-ranked Stanford women's tennis team needed less than three hours to record its sixth shutout of the season, a 7-0 blanking of visiting Arizona in a Pac-12 Conference match Saturday.

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Vikings boys, girls sweep SCVAL swim meet from Los Gatos

Mary Wilkinson won the 200 free (1:58.00) and 500 free (5:20.16) to help the Palo Alto girls swimming and diving team beat visiting Los Gatos, 107-78, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League meet Friday.

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Prep report: Paly baseball keeps winning; Paly VB a winner

Hyunwoo Roh and Dean Casey combined on a two-hitter and Palo Alto beat visiting Homestead 3-1 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest Friday, extending its winning streak to nine.

Saturday, 12:15 AM | 1 comment

Friday, March 15, 2019

Stanford women rally for Pac-12 Conference tennis victory

The fifth-ranked Stanford women's tennis team overcame an early deficit to post a 5-2 victory over visiting Arizona State on Friday in a Pac-12 Conference match at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

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Future Stanford women's hoops player named nation's best

Incoming Stanford freshman and Mitty senior Haley Jones was named the Naismith Trophy Girls' High School Basketball Player of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Friday.

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Preps: M-A, Menlo continue to dominate boys tennis locally

Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School both appear not to have any intention of giving up their respective league's boys' tennis titles. M-A delivered 7-0 knockout of host Burlingame in a Peninsula Athletic League match and the Knights took out host The King's Academy by the same 7-0 score in the West Bay Athletic League.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Titans victors in SCVAL baseball clash with the Trojans

Gunn batted around in the first inning and scored five runs Thursday at Milpitas. An indication of what was to come. Gunn's bats never cooled off in a 16-11 Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division victory.

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What's next for the Menlo-Atherton football program?

Observers of prep athletics are well aware of the competitive disparities that exist between public and private schools. Private schools have an obvious edge in terms of the pool of available potential athletes. Public schools are limited by attendance boundaries. Private schools have none.

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Menlo College ousted from NAIA women's tournament

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Menlo College's women's basketball team never got warmed up, matching the cold outside the Rimrock Auto Arena on opening night of the NAIA National Championships. The Oaks, who reached the Elite Eight last year, lost to Alabama's Talladega 65-49 on Thursday, ending their season at 20-10 overall.

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Local boys soccer club wins 3 of 4 at Las Vegas Showcase

The Palo Alto 02B U-17 boys soccer team won three of its four matches at the Las Vegas Player Showcase to finish in a tie for second (third on a tie-breaker) in the Mirage Division.

Thursday, 1:06 PM | 1 comment
Prep report: Gunn softball rallies for SCVAL victory

Emma Sloan and winning pitcher Madison Wiseman each had two hits and drove in two runs as the Gunn softball team rallied from a deficit to beat visiting Cupertino, 8-4, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League opener Wednesday.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

M-A grad Paulsen dives into the NCAA Championships

Menlo-Atherton grad Mia Paulsen was among the six Stanford divers who qualified for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships that begin next Wednesday in Austin, Texas.

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Paly beats Homestead in SCVAL baseball to up win streak to 7

Josh Kasevich threw six scoreless innings and added a pair of hits as Palo Alto downed host Homestead, 8-1, in a SCVAL De Anza Division baseball contest Wednesday.

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Menlo's Bowie named honorable mention NAIA All-American

Menlo College's Destinee Bowie was named an honorable mention NAIA All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association on Wednesday. She is currently averaging 18.6 points and 10.1 rebounds.

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Gunn, Palo Alto split a SCVAL swimming and diving meet

Gunn and Palo Alto each claimed a victory as a result of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League swimming and diving competition held at Gunn on Tuesday. The Titan girls won, 113-64, and the Paly boys were 104-79 winners.

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Prep report: M-A girls net lacrosse victory over Gunn

Theresa McGannon and Leiney Paul each scored three goals and Menlo-Atherton downed Gunn 14-3 in a nonleague game Tuesday. Laurel Comiter and Irene Kim scored early to give the Titans a lead.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Prep baseball: Bears shut down Half Moon Bay in PAL opener

Pete Discher and Elliot Zeien combined on a four-hitter and Menlo-Atherton beat host Half Moon Bay 6-0 in the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division opener on Tuesday.

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Cardinal corner: Williams a finalist for national award

Stanford sophomore Kiana Williams is one of five finalists for the 2019 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, which recognizes the top shooting guard in women's college basketball.

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A doubleheader sweep for Menlo College softball

After a rough go of things over the weekend, the Menlo College softball team returned to action Monday for a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader with host William Jessup. Whatever hampered the Oaks bats over the weekend seemed to be cured as the Oaks swept the Warriors 16-2 and 8-6. With the sweep, the Oaks improve to 9-14 and 4-1 in GSAC play.

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Opinion: Sportsmanship is not just for nerds

As administrators from Palo Alto and Los Gatos High schools work together to turn growing tension between cheering sections at a sporting event into a teaching moment, there's something every student fan of either team can do to help the situation.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Palo Alto 5th and 6th graders win NJB national hoops title

The Palo Alto fifth- and sixth-grade girls National Junior Basketball team may not be ready for the WNBA quite yet but as far as their coach Hamadah Sharif is concerned they are All-Americans, every single one of them.

Monday, 11:46 PM | 1 comment
More accolades for Stanford women's hoops recruits

Three Stanford signees received honors from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association on Monday. Mitty senior Haley Jones was named the WBCA High School Player of the Year and headlined the High School Coaches' All-America team, Fran Belibi also earned a spot on the 10-member All-America squad and Ashten Prechtel collected WBCA High School Coaches' All-America honorable mention accolades.

Monday, 10:13 PM | No comments yet
Prep report: Knights make up big deficit in girls lacrosse

Sophomore Alta Knuff scored with 45 seconds remaining to play, lifting the Menlo School girls' lacrosse team to a 13-12 nonleague victory over host Miramonte on Saturday.

Monday, 1:44 AM | No comments yet
Local gymnasts help Twisters Xcel Platinum set team record

The Twisters Gymnastics Xcel Platinum team, which includes girls from Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Los Altos, set a team record to win the Girl Power Meet in Burlingame on Saturday with a team score of 113.525.

Monday, 12:41 AM | 3 comments
Stanford grad student and professional cyclist dies at age 23

USA Cycling confirmed Sunday that Stanford graduate student and professional cyclist Kelly Catlin has died at the age of 23. She was part of three consecutive World team titles with the U.S. national team and was a medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Monday, 12:12 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Stanford women win the final showdown in Pac-12 hoops

No. 7 Stanford beat No. 6 Oregon, 64-57, in the championship game of the Pac-12 Conference tournament to reverse a trend that saw the Ducks win last year's tournament title and then hand Stanford its worst loss in the Tara VanDerveer era, which spans four decades, during the regular season.

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Cardinal corner: Even the rain had no chance against Miller

Sacred Heart Prep grad Andrew Daschbach drove in two runs, Erik Miller threw a one-hitter over six innings and the Stanford baseball team downed visiting Texas, 9-0, Sunday to earn the series victory in a rain-shortened seven-inning contest.

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Big track and field wins for Gunn, Palo Alto at K-Bell

Gunn's Jared Freeman and Maansay Rishi and Palo Alto's Henry Saul each won individual events, highlighting action at the K-Bell Invitational track and field meet on Saturday at Westmont High.

Sunday, 2:23 PM | 1 comment
Prep report: SHP gets great pitching but not much else

Nathan Fleischli threw a complete game, allowing two runs on seven hits, in a 2-1 loss to visiting Serra in a nonleague contest Saturday.

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Cardinal women advance to 16th hoops tourney title game

Alanna Smith had 21 points and 12 rebounds, DiJonai Carrington had 14 points and 10 rebounds and No. 7 Stanford beat Washington, 72-61, in the semifinals to reach its 16th Pac-12 Tournament championship game in the 18 years of its history.

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First Pac-12 Conference title for Stanford wrestling program

Requir van der Merwe and Nathan Traxler captured individual Pac-12 titles, leading Stanford wrestling to the first team championship in program history Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.

Sunday, 1:10 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Pinewood girls fall short of state championship dream

Several things had to go right for Pinewood to achieve its ultimate objective and be crowned the best girls basketball team in the state. None of those things came to pass Saturday as Sierra Canyon got the lead early and steadily pulled away in the second half for a 69-51 victory in the CIF Open Division championship game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

Saturday, 10:10 PM | 1 comment
Stanford baseball rallies past Texas in Top 25 battle

Maverick Handley doubled twice to help the sixth-ranked Stanford baseball team earn a come-from-behind victory, 4-2, over visiting No. 12 Texas on Saturday at Sunken Diamond.

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Stanford men finish second at Pac-12 swimming championsips

James Murphy finished second in the 1,650-yard freestyle, one of three Stanford swimmers in the top sixth and the Cardinal men's swimming and diving team finished the Pac-12 conference championships in second place with another strong showing Saturday night at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, WA.

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Cardinal corner: Tennis seniors are honored for careers

The seventh-ranked Stanford men's tennis team celebrated its seniors in style with a convincing 4-0 victory over No. 21 Arizona Saturday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

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Menlo's young group plays big to win state D-2 hoops title

The Menlo School girls basketball team put on a show on the big stage, leading nearly the entire way in a 70-63 win over Rolling Hills Prep for the state Division II girls basketball championship in Sacramento on Saturday.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Prep report: Another Paly pitcher paints a masterpiece

Matthew Caren drove in four runs on five hits and Hyunwoo Roh nearly joined the no-hit club as Palo Alto downed host Cupertino 16-1 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest Friday.

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Stanford baseball evens series with Texas

Maverick Handley drove in three runs and he sixth-ranked Stanford baseball team evened its four-game series against No. 12 Texas with an 8-1 win on Friday night at Sunken Diamond.

Friday, 10:25 PM | No comments yet
Indoor track and field: Giger, Fisher do all they can

In a title matchup that came down to the final two throws of the women's shot put, Stanford's Lena Giger took the lead with a school-record distance, only for Arizona State's Samantha Noenning to overtake Giger by ¾ of an inch to win Friday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Friday, 10:19 PM | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Pac-12 swimming championships continue

Paly grad Alex Liang placed in the 400 individual medley, Matt Anderson had a big day and the Stanford men's swimming team remains in second place with one day of racing remaining at the Pac-12 Championships at the King County Aquatic Center.

Friday, 10:01 PM | No comments yet
Stanford hoops recruits named Gatorade State Players of Year

Stanford women's basketball incoming freshmen Haley Jones and Fran Belibi were named Naismith High School Girls' All-Americans and Gatorade State Players of the Year on Friday.

Friday, 4:13 PM | 1 comment
Preps: Gunn splits SCVAL track meets; Paly win in tennis

Gunn's Jared Freeman and Justin Chiao continued their successful start to the high school track and field season, each winning twice in the Titans' 75 1/2-47 1/2 loss to Milpitas in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League meet Thursday.

Friday, 4:04 PM | No comments yet
Stanford's Gould to be inducted in Pac-12 Hall of Honor

Dick Gould, one of collegiate tennis' most decorated coaches, will be inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor. Gould guided Stanford to 17 NCAA championships in 38 seasons at the helm.

Friday, 3:06 PM | No comments yet
Preps: Menlo golfers, Paly baseball each with nice swings

The Menlo School boys' golf team earned its second win in as many days, beating Crystal Springs 181-267 in a West Bay Athletic League match Thursday at Poplar Creek Golf Course. Zander Darby doubled, tripled and drove in three runs as Palo Alto baseball won its fifth straight.

Friday, 2:12 AM | No comments yet
Cardinal corner: Regular season ends poorly in hoops

KZ Okpala had 21 points and eight rebounds, Josh Sharma added 11 points and 13 rebounds but it was visiting California that took a big lead early and never looked back in a 64-59 victory over Stanford in the Pac-12 Conference regular season finale for both teams Thursday.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

M-A football coach Ravipati announces he's stepping down

Menlo-Atherton football coach Adhir Ravipati announced Thursday he will be stepping down to focus on the next chapter in his life/career. The search for a new coach begins immediately.

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Menlo college's Oroczo named CCC Wrestler of the Year

Menlo College junior Anthony Orozco earned Cascade Collegiate Conference Wrestler of the Year honors by a vote of the league coaches it was announced Thursday. The All-American amassed a 37-2 overall record.

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Pinewood has chance to finish atop girls basketball world

After beating Salesian 64-49 on Tuesday for the Northern California Open Division championship, Pinewood (27-3) will play SoCal titlist Sierra Canyon on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento for the state Open Division championship.

Thursday, 1:11 PM | 1 comment
Menlo in the state title game for the first time since 1991

Expectations weren't particularly high for the Menlo School girls basketball team heading into this season. Six seniors had graduated off last year's team, leaving the Knights with a very young roster. Yet here they are playing for a state championship.

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Preps: Menlo golfers, SHP boys lacrosse win openers

The Menlo School boys golf team followed its tournament victory over the weekend with a 206-221 victory over Sacred Heart Prep in a West Bay Athletic League dual meet Wednesday at Palo Alto Hills G&CC.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Stanford men open Pac-12 swimming championships

The Pac-12 conference championships began on Wednesday night with the swimming of the 200-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Stanford sits in second place with 160 points behind Arizona State (187).

Wednesday, 11:35 PM | No comments yet

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