| Publication Date: Friday, January 28, 2005|
Cardinal men set for Oregon
Cardinal men set for Oregon
(January 28, 2005) They try to put injuries behind them, continue their climb in Pac-10
by Rick Eymer
Trent Johnson may as well face it. He's going to be dealing with adversity all year with the Stanford men's basketball team.
The Cardinal (4-3 in Pac-10 play, 10-7 overall entering play on Thursday) can't seem to go a week without something going wrong.
Stanford's early season woes have been well-documented - from injuries and illness to academic ineligibility - and discussed. Junior point guard Chris Hernandez seems recovered from the flu and has been practicing this week, but freshman center Peter Prowitt sustained an ankle injury and he was questionable for Thursday night's game against Oregon State.
Tim Morris, who is ineligible, also suffered a slight concussion during practice.
Through it all, Johnson has maintained a positive outlook.
"The kids have kept their poise, kept believing," Johnson said. "There's a level of efficiency and they are feeling comfortable. We're banged up and limited but we've managed to win. As long as we don't go below five or six (players) it's all right."
The next chance for victory is Saturday's 5:30 p.m. contest against visiting Oregon. The Ducks haven't been able to enjoy a visit to Maples Pavilion since the 1986 season. Stanford owns a 19-game home winning streak against Oregon.
Johnson has been forced to alter his practice routine. The five starters were given an extra day off this week to keep their legs fresh. That meant assistant coaches Eric Reveno and L.J. Hepp have been a big part of practice, as in getting on the floor and providing opposition for the Cardinal.
"The biggest thing is to have fresh legs on game day," Johnson said. "I have to gauge how Dan (Grunfeld), Nick (Robinson) and Rob (Little) feel physically. I have to be careful not to take their legs away."
A good showing this weekend would go a long way in giving Stanford a chance to join the NCAA tournament picture for an 11th year in a row. That was almost unthinkable after the Cardinal opened conference play with a 0-3 mark.
There are at least 11 more games on Stanford's schedule this season, plenty of time to gather steam for a run into postseason. Johnson just has to hope his team can stay healthy and well.
The Cardinal are also teaming up with the Stanford University Tsunami Relief Effort to help create awareness for the University's student run campaign.
Members of the Stanford SAE fraternity and the Pi Phi sorority will be volunteering at Saturday's game to collect donations and to distribute information about the University campaign.
Donations can also be made online at http://ssfr.stanford.edu.
Stanford will honor its seniors this weekend as the home season comes to a close with today's meet against No. 11 UCLA at 1 p.m. and No. 18 USC on Saturday at noon.
The Cardinal jumped to fifth nationally after its victory over Arizona last weekend.
Stanford will salute its 10 seniors, which include four-time All-American diver Ashlee Rosenthal, a Gunn High grad, before Saturday's meet against the Trojans.
Seniors Lacey Boutwell, Evins Cameron, Kristen Gilbert, Erin Glenn, Sarah Jones, Erin Lashnits, Tami Ransom, Amy Wagner and Marisa Wong are also competing at Stanford for the final time.
Stanford hosts Oregon State in its home opener today at 7:30 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.
Oregon State is coming off an impressive showing in a close loss to top-ranked Utah in which it posted scores of 9.8 or better on each apparatus.
Stanford dropped a 192.825-192.425 decision to host Washington in its season opener last week.
Stanford freshman Liz Tricase won the all-around title with a 39.050 in her collegiate debut. Freshman Lauren was third.
Tricase won the vault in 9.850, and the bars in 9.825.
Seventh-ranked Stanford opens its season at California on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. with John Whitlinger assuming head coaching duties for the first time.
Junior KC Corkery did not compete in last week's Sherwood Cup, but will join senior Sam Warburg as the seventh-ranked Cardinal's top two singles players. The duo are also the reigning NCAA doubles champion.
Track and field
Stanford sent athletes to the Body Building.com Invitational in Boise, which began today, and to Saturday's Washington Invitational in Seattle.
Stanford , which reached the Women's College World Series for the second time in school history last year, will open the season as the nation's sixth-ranked team.
The Cardinal host Santa Clara in the season opener next Friday at 3 p.m.
The Pac-10, as usual, is well-represented among the country's best. Cal, UCLA and Arizona are the top three ranked teams. Men's gymnastics
Fifth-ranked Stanford finished second to No. 7 California in the Cardinal Open.
An all-star team of Level 10 club competitors finished third, followed by Air Force and Washington.
Stanford freshman David Sender won the all-around title with a 53.75, while incoming freshman Gregory Ter-Zakhariants, who competed with the all-star team, finished second with a 53.425.
Stanford heads to the Winter Cup in Las Vegas the first weekend of February.
Ninth-ranked Stanford continues its home stand on Saturday against UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.
Stanford snapped a two-match losing streak with a 30-26, 30-21, 30-24 victory over host UC San Diego last Friday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest.
Matt Ceran had 11 kills to lead the Cardinal (2-2, 3-4), which recorded a .420 hitting percentage for the match. Kevin Hansen had 41 assists.
"We had a great team effort overall," Stanford coach Don Shaw said. "The offense was distributed evenly among the team."
Stanford won one of three meets last weekend, beating Lock Haven, 22-15 and losing to No. 3 Iowa State, 23-18 on Friday in Ames, Iowa.
The Cardinal dropped their Pac-10 Conference opener to host Cal State Bakersfield, 29-12, on Sunday.
Matt Gentry, the defending NCAA champion at 157 pounds, missed the trip to Iowa because of illness.
Heavyweight Shawn Ritzenthaler clinched the victory over the Bald Eagles with a major decision.
Imad Kharbush recorded a pin against both Lock Haven and the Cyclones.
Gentry recorded a major decision, and Kharbush had a technical fall in the loss to Cal State Bakersfield.
Stanford (0-1, 4-4) travels to Eugene on Friday for dual meets against Oregon State and Oregon. The Cardinal go to Portland State on Saturday.
Stanford football coach Walt Harris added two more assistant coaches last week and one this week. He lost one last week.
Dave Tipton is a familiar name to Stanford fans, joining the coaching staff in 1989 under Dennis Green. He played at Stanford between 1967-70. He'll coach the defensive interior line.
Harris also added Darrell Patterson as inside linebackers coach. Patterson spent the past two years at Southern Methodist.
Harris added Tucker Waugh as wide receivers coach on Wednesday.
A.J. Christoff, named the Cardinal defensive coordinator nearly two weeks ago, joined the San Francisco 49ers staff on Saturday as defensive backs coach.
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