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Cybele Zhang

The Stanford Daily 2019-20 Athlete of the Year voting guide: Part 1

The Stanford Daily's Sports Twitter published a bracket and corresponding polls in search of the top Stanford athlete of the 2019-20 season. The interactive voting system features 64 Cardinal athletes, half from women's teams and half from men's teams. The finalists were selected by writers and editors from the sports section.

Shane Griffith sets Stanford wrestling history

Despite the 2020 NCAA wrestling season being cut short due to COVID-19, it was a year for the record books. On Thursday, redshirt freshman No. 3 Shane Griffith (165) was named both Pac-12 Wrestler of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, which are the conference’s highest honors. Griffith is the first Stanford athlete to win both awards in a single season.

Stanford cancels all sports seasons, suspends athletic activities indefinitely

Stanford Athletics activities including “all competitions, practices, camps, clinics, and in-person recruiting activities are suspended until further notice” due to the rapid spread of coronavirus, Stanford announced on Thursday. The winter and spring seasons have been canceled for all Cardinal teams. On Wednesday night, Stanford men’s basketball fell to California in the Pac-12 Tournament —…

Albane Valenzuela turns professional, reflects on remaining months at Stanford

The Evian Resort Golf Club sits among the foothills of the French Alps overlooking picturesque Lake Geneva. The city is best known, however, as host of the annual Evian Championship — one of five majors on the Ladies Professional Golf Association’s (LPGA) tournament circuit. The culture of high caliber golf certainly rubbed off on Stanford senior Albane Valenzuela, who grew up just 45 minutes from the lakeside resort.

Casey Toohill named 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy Finalist

On Wednesday the National Football Foundation (NFF) named fifth-year outside linebacker and co-captain Casey Toohill one of 12 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy. The trophy recognizes the best scholar-athlete in all of collegiate football and honors academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.

From the Farm to France: Three former Stanford players prepare for Women’s World Cup

The eighth FIFA Women's World Cup is set to kick off this summer in France and run from June 7 to July 7. Games will be played in nine venues across the soccer-fevered country, which is the reigning FIFA Men’s World Cup championship. The stage is set now, however, for the world’s female stars to take the spotlight, and the United States — the reigning champion and 2-1 favorites to repeat — certainly has a target on its back.

Zhang: Athletics and motherhood are not mutually exclusive

As we take time this weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day, I was shocked to see the lack of attention that major sports media gave to mothers (and women in general). Browsing sports news websites Sunday morning, I noticed the only times women were even mentioned on the home pages were the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and Jessica Andrade’s strawweight victory, while in contrast, men had hundreds of headlines. I’m not trying to discredit the male athletes’ achievements and their newsworthiness, but the lack of mothers on this day in particular perpetuates a dangerous narrative: motherhood and athletics are mutually exclusive.

Men’s rowing head coach Craig Amerkhanian announces retirement mid-season

Thursday afternoon, Stanford Athletics announced the retirement of Farwell Family Director of Men’s Rowing Craig Amerkhanian. The announcement comes as the third departure of a member of Stanford Athletics this week alone; Kissick Family Director of Sports Performance Shannon Turley was fired on Monday, and Goldman Family Director of Men’s Swimming Ted Knapp also announced…

MPSF honors five ahead of conference championship

In preparation for the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men’s Volleyball Tournament (MPSF), which will begin on Saturday, the conference released its All-MPSF Volleyball Selections yesterday, April 11. No. 8 Stanford (15-10, 6-6 MPSF) and No. 12 Brigham Young (12-11, 6-6 MPSF) both have five selections and are tied for the most.

Men’s volleyball prepares for must-win MPSF Quarterfinal against Brigham Young

After the best regular season start since 2016, No. 8 Stanford (15-10, 6-6 MPSF) men’s volleyball will tackle their next challenge this Saturday: the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Quarterfinal. The MPSF is debatably the most competitive collegiate men’s volleyball conference in the nation, so the Cardinal must deliver against No. 12 Brigham Young (12-11, 6-6 MPSF) this weekend if they hope to prolong their season and potentially bring home a title.
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