This week's live Stanford TV, radio and webcast schedule listed below
Oct. 20, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - This weekend is Alumni Weekend at Stanford and many of the Cardinal sports programs are holding special events for alums and fans. Find out below what is going on with your favorite sport and whether events are planned.
Stanford will symbolically tip off the season by pairing the annual Cardinal-White scrimmage with its first Midday Madness team day. Cardinal fans can get their first glimpse of this year's squad on Sunday at Maples Pavilion. Fans are encouraged to come out early and interact with players and coaches. This event is free to all fans.
Fans can enter for a chance to compete alongside their favorite player in the Cardinal Karaoke Challenge, leading up to the scrimmage. Six contestants will be selected from the entries to perform on the hardwood in a sing-off with a player of their chance to be a VIP Fan of the Game at future games of their choice. Honorary judges will help determine the winner. Ranking: Unranked (ESPN/USA Today).
Here’s a lineup of Sunday’s events:
1-2 p.m.: Maples Pavilion opens, Fanfest in concourse
2-3 p.m.: Midday Madness (season preview from head coach Johnny Dawkins, dunk competition, skills contests, Cardinal Jams fan contest)
3-4:15 p.m.: Cardinal-White scrimmage
Click here to check out the star-studded video promo for the event.
The Cardinal is in the midst of its third week of practice, integrating its six-member freshman class of guards Jasmine Camp, Alex Green and Amber Orrange, and forwards Taylor Greenfield, Erica Payne and Bonnie Samuelson. Stanford opens its season at Texas on Nov. 11.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
The Cardinal kept its No. 4 national ranking after finishing third at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. BYU jumped ahead of Stanford to No. 3 after finishing five points ahead of Stanford in Wisconsin, but Oklahoma dropped from No. 3 to No. 5. A day after the Wisconsin meet, seven different Stanford runners won the Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, showing off just how deep the Cardinal is this season. Associate head coach Jason Dunn will have no easy task picking the varsity runners with the championship season approaching. Stanford can choose up to 10 runners for the Pac-12 Championships on Oct. 29 at Litchfield Park, Ariz. Ranking: No. 4 (USTFCCCA).
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Stanford dropped two spots in the national rankings to No. 8 after its fifth-place finish in Wisconsin. The top teams are extremely close, which should make for an exciting postseason. Last year, just six points separated the top four teams at the Pac-10’s, but this year should be even more exciting with the addition of Colorado to the conference and the emergence of California to the top tier of teams. No. 2 Washington, No. 4 Arizona, No. 8 Stanford, No. 10 California, No. 11 Oregon and No. 16 Colorado all are national contenders that will duke it out at the conference meet as well. Ranking: No. 8 (USTFCCCA).
No. 9 Stanford (12-2, 5-0 NorPac) will honor seniors Stephanie Byrne and Alejandra Moss in a pregame ceremony during Friday's regular season finale against UC Davis (3-9, 1-2 NorPac) at 7 p.m. Byrne and Moss have contributed greatly to the program’s success, combining to chalk up 66 victories, four straight NorPac Tournament championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. But the duo might be saving its best for last. The Cardinal has matched its highest ranking (No. 6) in school history and equaled the program’s longest winning streak (9). The Cardinal are five victories shy of the school record (17). Ranking: No. 9 (NFHCA).
Whenever comparisons are drawn from teams in one era to another, the debate is sure to be spirited. Considering more than a calendar year has gone by without Stanford losing a game, it’s safe to say the Cardinal is in the midst of one of the most dominating eras in its long football history.
The data backs up the claim. Stanford posted its 14th consecutive victory Saturday at Washington State, setting a school record and extending the nation’s longest winning streak. At 6-0, the Cardinal is off to its best start since 1951, when Chuck Taylor’s Indians stormed out of the gates winning their first nine on the way to the Rose Bowl.
Stanford is ranked No. 7 in this week’s AP Top 25 poll and has been ranked for 22 consecutive weeks, marking the program’s longest continuous stay in the Top 25 since 1991-93 (26 weeks). The Cardinal also has been in the Top 10 for 15 consecutive weeks dating back to last season, the longest run in school history.
Rankings and streaks aside, consider for a moment the manner in which Stanford is winning its games. With its 44-14 victory over Washington State, the Cardinal has won its past nine by 25 points or more, an ongoing school record and believed to be the longest streak of its kind in the history of the conference. Stanford’s average margin of victory in its past nine has come by an average of 34.2 points.
Stanford has won 14 out of its past 19 games in wire-to-wire fashion and has trailed for just 53:28 in the other five. The Cardinal has not trailed at any point this season.
Here’s another eye-opener. Stanford has held its past 12 opponents under 20 points, marking the longest such streak since 1939-41, when the Indians held 14 straight opponents under the 20-point mark.
Is this the most dominating stretch of football ever seen at Stanford? Let the debate begin. Rankings: No. 7 (AP), No. 5 (USA Today), No. 8 (BCS).
Stanford’s game against Washington on Saturday is a sellout, marking the third time in four home games the Cardinal will have played to a capacity crowd at Stanford Stadium. With sellouts all but assured for the last three home games against Oregon, Cal and Notre Dame, Stanford will fall 2,184 short of a soldout season.
A crew spent all day on Tuesday shadowing Stanford’s football team for an upcoming episode of All-Access, which will air next week on ESPNU. Featured segments include behind the scenes footage of team breakfast, team meetings, strength and conditioning workouts and practice coverage.
Stanford, ranked No. 2 by Golfweek, plays in the Islesworth Collegiate Invitational beginning Sunday in Windermere, Fla. The field includes nine Top 25 teams, led by No. Texas, No. 5 Alabama, and No. 7 Cal in the 15-team field. Stanford freshman Patrick Rodgers has finished first and 10th in his first two collegiate events. Ranking: No. 2 (Golfweek).
Sally Watson, who won the season-opening Cougar Cup at Washington State last month, leads the Cardinal into the SEC/Pac-12 Challenge in Knoxville, Tenn., beginning Friday. Ranking: No. 43 (Golfweek).
The team is hosting an alumni event on Sunday from 10 a.m.-noon at its Ford Center training facility. This is an opportunity to reconnect with teammates and meet the newest members of the team. There will be coffee and bagels from 10-11 a.m. as practice concludes and, from 11 a.m.-noon, there will be an interactive game of SWG bingo, followed by a Q&A session (Got questions for the gymnasts? Ready to answer their inquiries about life after gymnastics?)
The Cardinal travels to the Pacific Northwest for rematches with Washington and Oregon State. Stanford defeated Oregon State on Sunday with a big game from Garrett Gunther, who tallied two goals and an assist. The Cardinal has struggled on the road so far – an 0-5 record with no goals scored – but has a chance to get back in the thick of the Pac-12 race this weekend with a pair of results. Ranking: Unranked (NSCAA).
Barely halfway through the conference season, Stanford has opened up a five-point lead in the Pac-12 standings. With Utah earning a 1-0 overtime victory over then-second-place Oregon State, and UCLA drawing 0-0 with upstart Washington State, Stanford holds an 18-13 lead in points over second-place Washington State. The Cardinal (14-0-1 overall, 6-0 Pac-12) will attempt to extend its conference winning streak to 27 on Friday against visiting Utah, in a 7 p.m. match. There are five more conference matches remaining. Ranking: No. 1 (NSCAA, Soccer America).
The Cardinal will be hosting a pregame tailgate and barbeque for its alumni on Saturday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium.
The Cardinal had a busy but eventful weekend on the high seas of the Northeast, finishing third in the coed Navy Regatta and sixth at Darmouth's Captain Hurst Intersectional. Kevin Laube and siblings Kelly and Jack Ortel were the second-best division at Navy, as was Mateo Vargas, who was second in one of two singlehanded races. The Cardinal junior varsity also competed, finishing seventh among 24 teams at the Stoney Burke Intersectional hosted by Cal. Coed ranking: No. 15 (Sailing World). Women's ranking: No. 3 (Sailing World).
Stanford’s freshmen stood out Saturday when Jonathan Edwards was named the top swimmer of the Pacific Invitational after posting three victories. The freshmen combined for 34 points, even outscoring the Cardinal seniors, who combined for 25. On Friday, Kristian Ipsen, a strong contender for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, won both the 1- and 3-meter diving events over Hawaii in his debut. Freshman swimmer David Nolan won two events over the Warriors.
Stanford won 27 of 31 events at the two-day Haines Invitational with Felicia Lee winning five times on Friday. Five meet records were broken with marks set by Lee in the 50-yard butterfly and 50 backstroke, Sam Woodward in the 100 individual medley and Stanford in the 100 freestyle relay. Stephanie Phipps remained undefeated in diving, winning both the 1- and 3-meter events against San Jose State, Hawaii and Nevada.
The Cardinal will host an alumni get-together on Sunday from 10 a.m.-noon at the sand volleyball courts.
The first RPI of the season was released this week and Stanford entered at No. 9. The Cardinal is the highest-ranked Pac-12 squad, just ahead of conference leader USC (No. 10). Stanford will open the second half of conference play at the Arizona schools this weekend. Ranking: No. 5 (AVCA).
MEN'S WATER POLO
Third-ranked Stanford men's water polo opens up a busy five-game weekend set beginning with a 3 p.m. Friday afternoon MPSF battle with No. 7 Pacific. The Cardinal will then make the short trip to Santa Clara for the Bronco Stampede Saturday and Sunday, taking on No. 17 Bucknell, Harvard, Brown and No. 18 Air Force.
Stanford (9-3, 2-1 MPSF) relinquished its hold on the No. 1 ranking in this week's CWPA Varsity Top 20 Poll following Saturday's 7-6 loss to UCLA, which took over the top spot. Ranking: No. 3 (CWPA).
The team is hosting a homecoming tailgate prior to the football game on Saturday. The team, coaches, alumni and fans will be holding the event on Nelson Road just south of Pac-12 Plaza between the Avery Aquatic Center and Sunken Diamond. Fans are invited to watch practice beforehand in the Weintz Family Wrestling Room at 12:30 p.m.
This week's media listings for live Cardinal sports:
|Ice Hockey (club)
||Stanford vs. California
||Stanford at Arizona
||Washington at Stanford
||KNBR-AM 1050, KZSU-FM 90.1
||Stanford at Arizona State