Women’s basketball: Three prep stars sign to come play with Cardinal, including Pinewood’s Jump

Stanford women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer announced the signings of three of the country’s top players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Fran Belibi (Aurora, Colo./Regis Jesuit), Hannah Jump (Los Altos Hills, Calif./Pinewood School) and Ashten Prechtel (Colorado Springs, Colo./Discovery Canyon) will join the Cardinal ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

Stanford’s class is again one of the nation’s strongest, collectively rated No. 3 by espnW HoopGurlz.

“These three young women are some of the best players and among the brightest minds in the country and we are thrilled to be able to welcome them to Stanford,” VanDerveer said. “They’ve worked incredibly hard to be in this position, possess the on-court skills we look for in our players and are just as impressive off the floor. They will fit in seamlessly with the culture we have here and I’m confident they will thrive on The Farm. We cannot wait to have them on campus watch them grow over their four years.”

The three are strong additions to a program which has won a pair of national championships, been to 31 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, advanced to the Final Four in seven of the past 11 seasons and the Elite Eight in 11 of the past 15, won at least 20 games for 17 straight years and claimed a combined 35 Pac-12 regular season and conference championships.

Fran Belibi, a 6-foot-1 forward, is a five-star talent and the No. 23 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100. During her three-year prep career at Regis Jesuit in Aurora, Colo., she has started 54 of 78 games played and amassed 938 points, 674 rebounds, 120 assists, 153 steals and 162 blocked shots.

As a junior in 2017-18, Belibi averaged 13.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.6 blocks in helping lead her team to a 24-4 record and state runner-up finish. A year prior she averaged 15.7 points, 11.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists., 2.6 steals and 3.2 blocks to help the Raiders to a 20-7 mark and the state tournament semifinals.

When Belibi was a sophomore, she became the first girl to dunk in a Colorado high school game on Jan. 6, 2017. She began playing basketball in September 2015 and averaged 6.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks that freshman season. Yesterday she was named to the 50-person watch list for the 2019 Naismith Trophy Girls’ High School Player of the Year.

“I chose Stanford because it is such a beautiful blend of high-level academics and athletics,” Belibi said of her choice. “My mom always tells me to be excellent in all that I do and Stanford affords me the greatest opportunity to excel in both sports and in school.”

A USA Basketball veteran, Belibi won gold medals with the United States at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup and 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. This past summer at the World Cup in Minsk, Belarus she averaged 8.0 points and 5.7 rebounds. She averaged 4.8 points and 5.8 rebounds at the Americas U16 Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“Fran’s dunks are amazing and she’s a leaper that will be a huge help for us on the glass,” VanDerveer said. “Especially since we’ll lose Alanna [Smith] and Shannon [Coffee] to graduation, having someone coming in with her exceptional rebounding ability is vital.”

A 5-foot-11 guard, Hannah Jump is another five-star prospect rated as the No. 50 player nationally and widely considered the best shooter in the class. From nearby Pinewood School in Los Altos Hills, last season Jump helped the Panthers pull off epic upsets of Archbishop Mitty and St. Mary’s in the CIF Open Division playoffs in their run to the state final. She scored 19 points and was 4-of-5 on 3-pointers in the 59-56 regional semifinal win over St. Mary’s and dropped in 24 on 6-of-11 shooting from deep in the regional final victory, a 78-67 victory over Mitty.

Jump has played in 89 career games and averaged 14.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 steals. She’s a career 43.4 percent shooter from deep (266-of-613) and hits from the floor at 47 percent overall (470-of-1,008).

“Stanford has always been my dream school and I chose it for the outstanding opportunities it provides both academically and athletically,” Jump said. “Being so close to home will also allow my family to continue to watch me play.”

As a junior, Jump played in all 30 games and averaged 16.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals as Pinewood went 27-3 and finished ranked eighth nationally in the MaxPreps Top 25. She scored 15.5 points, grabbed 4.5 rebounds, handed out 1.7 assists and had 1.3 steals in 29 games as a sophomore and had averages of 12.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.3 steals as a freshman.

“Hannah is a lights-out shooter on a championship team,” VanDerveer commented. “Her proficiency from the outside will allow us to stretch the defense, spread the floor and be a big weapon added to our offense.”

Another five-star talent is the 6-foot-5 Ashten Prechtel, who is the No. 16 overall player in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100. A mobile and versatile center at both ends of the floor, Prechtel averaged 18.4 points, 14.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks for Discovery Canyon in Colorado Springs, Colo. as a junior last season. She led the Thunder to a 15-9 record and the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs, the school’s first postseason win.

Prechtel has played in 71 career games and averaged 15.1 points, 12.6 rebounds and 3.9 blocks. She posted numbers of 13.8 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.8 blocks in 2016-17 and 13.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 5.0 blocks as a freshman.

“Choosing Stanford felt like the right fit, both for sports and academics,” Prechtel said of her decision. “In terms of basketball, Stanford has incredible coaches and amazing program that I can’t wait to be a part of!”

Prechtel is on the Naismith High School Girls’ Watch List along with Belibi.

“Ashten, while 6-foot-5, is so much more than just her size,” VanDerveer said. “Maybe one of her greatest skills is her passing and the court awareness that comes with a player at her position will be a big plus for us.”

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Men’s soccer: Cardinal’s Beason cleans up in Pac-12 awards

 Stanford’s Tanner Beason was named  Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday, becoming the first in conference history to receive both honors.

He also is among seven Cardinal to receive All-Pac-12 recognition, joining forward Amir Bashti and goalkeeper Andrew Thomas on the first team.

Beason, a redshirt junior and management science and engineering major from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a team captain and a first-year starter in central defense. Beason started at left back the previous two seasons before replacing the graduated Tomas Hilliard-Arce in the middle alongside Adam Mosharrafa.

Beason was vital to Stanford’s run to a fifth consecutive Pac-12 outright title. The Cardinal (11-3-4) begins NCAA tournament play Sunday at 5:30 p.m. against UC Irvine or Grand Canyon in a quest for its fourth consecutive national crown.

This is the fourth consecutive year a Stanford player has received Player of the Year honors, following Jordan Morris (2015) and Foster Langsdorf (2016, 2017). And Stanford never has failed to win the Defender of the Year award since it was created in 2014. Beason follows Brandon Vincent (2014, 2015) and Hilliard-Arce (2016, 2017).

Beason was key to Stanford leading the conference in goals allowed (11), goals-against average (0.57), and shutouts (10). The Cardinal is No. 7 nationally in shutout percentage (.556, 10 in 18 matches) and No. 8 in GAA.

This is Beason’s second appearance on the All-Pac-12 first team. However, this is the first for Bashti and Thomas.

Bashti, a senior science, technology, and society major, leads the Cardinal in goals (7), assists (6), and points (20). Thomas, a redshirt freshman and first-year starter, had a conference-leading 0.55 GAA and 9 shutouts. This is the first all-conference selection for each.

Here is a complete list of Stanford’s All-Pac-12 honorees:

Player of the Year

Defensive Player of the Year

Tanner Beason

First team

Amir Bashti, sr., Forward/Midfield

Tanner Beason, RS jr., Defense

Andrew Thomas, RS fr., Goalkeeper

Second Team 

Jared Gilbey, jr., Midfield

Zach Ryan, RS fr., Forward

Honorable Mention

Logan Panchot, so., Midfield/Defense

Charlie Wehan, so., Forward

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Men’s basketball: Terry inked to NLI

Stanford’s Anne & Tony Joseph Director of Men’s Basketball Jerod Haase announced the signing of nationally-ranked point guard Tyrell Terry to a National Letter of Intent.

The 6-1, 160-pound guard out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a consensus four-star prospect and one of the top point guard’s in the Class of 2019.

“Tyrell is the consummate point guard,” Haase said. “He is an elite shooter and, more importantly, a leader and a playmaker on the floor. Tyrell continues to build his strength and quickness, which will enable him to compete at this level when he steps on campus. He is a true Stanford student-athlete, a high character person who is extremely intelligent. I believe he will thrive in this environment.”

A star for De La Salle High School in Minneapolis, Terry is ranked No. 61 in the 2019 class by 247Sports, No. 81 by Rivals and No. 90 by ESPN. The point guard is No. 76 in the 247Sports composite rankings. He is the third-ranked prospect in the state of Minnesota by all three outlets. Terry is rated as the fifth-best point guard in the class by 247Sports, while Rivals ranks him No. 11 at his position and ESPN has him at No. 12 in their positional rankings.

Terry averaged 17 points and seven assists per game for DeLaSalle during his junior season. He led the Islanders to a 21-4 record in 2017-18. DeLaSalle placed third in the Minnesota Class 3A state tournament, where Terry was named to the 10-man all-tournament team. Terry helped guide the Islanders to state titles as a freshman and sophomore.

Terry also competed with the USA Select Team at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany and was a standout for D1 Minnesota on the AAU circuit this past summer.

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Football notebook: Parkinson’s big night weighs heavily in Cardinal’s rout of OSU

By John Reid

Card Reider

STANFORD – Colby Parkinson stood tall – literally and figuratively – in Stanford’s 48-17 rout of Oregon State at Stanford Stadium on Saturday. The 6-foot-7 Parkinson caught four touchdown passes, tying a Stanford record for most TD grabs in a game. Ken Margerum had four TD receptions vs. Oregon State in 1980, while Ty Montgomery had a quartet of TD catches in the 2013 Big Game

Speaking of which, Stanford (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) plays Cal (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) in the 121st Big Game in Berkeley on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The defensive-minded Bears knocked off USC on Saturday evening, turning the clock back 18 years. That was the last time Stanford and Cal defeated the Trojans in the same season. Stanford won 32-30 on Oct. 21, 2000, the Bears coming out on top a week later, 28-16.

After catching the game-winner in overtime to beat Oregon, Parkinson was in purgatory the following four weeks, receiving just four passes in four games – one in each game. In Stanford’s 4-point loss in Seattle, Parkinson looked good with five catches for 79 yards, the hounds officially released. Against the  Beavers (2-8, 1-6), Parkinson took it to the next level after the two teams exchanged scores.

Bryce Love, looking like his old Heisman self, peeled off 28-yard TD jaunt 1 minute, 48 seconds into the contest. The Beavers countered with a 63-yard touchdown pass from Jake Luton to Trevon Bradford, who was wide open deep after the Cardinal blew a coverage.

Cue Parkinson, who would be on the receiving end of the next four touchdowns, courtesy of the fine arm of K.J Costello. Parkinson showed good hands on each TD catch, snaring the ball with a defender on him each time. Parkinson had 166 receiving yards on six receptions, an average of 27.7 yards per catch.

On Parkinson’s 75-yarder, he ran a fly pattern down the left sideline. As soon as the Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) product made the catch, a Beavers defender fell down, allowing Parkinson to stroll the rest of the way unscathed.

Stanford coach David Shaw often refers to tight end Kaden Smith as “the best tight end in America.”

In the post-game press conference, Shaw said Parkinson “will one day be the best tight end in America.”

Stanford led 34-17 at the half, extending it to 41-17 on a 41-yard run by Cameron Scarlett, his longest run of his career. Dorian Maddox got over from 1 yard out early in the fourth quarter to wrap up the scoring.

Costello wasn’t far away from his career-high in passing yards, notching 342 yards on 23 of 33 passing. Costello’s career best is 381 yards, established in the loss to Utah. Trent Irwin caught six passes for 70 yards, while Smith had three receptions for 34 yards. Simi Fehoko caught a 6-yard pass for his first career reception.

Love rushed for 90 yards on 11 carries. Costello added a 45-yard gain on a bootleg around left end as the Cardinal frolicked in the park on senior day.

For the sixth time this season, Stanford allowed an opposing running back to break the 100-yard barrier. OSU’s Jermar Jefferson, a freshman, rushed for 109 yards on 19 carries. Bradford had a fine game with 120 yards on five catches.

“We had the ball to start the third quarter,” Bradford said. “We felt good, but didn’t play the way we wanted to play. We didn’t play well in the second half at all.”

“Credit to Stanford,” said OSU coach Jonathan Smith, a former Beavers quarterback, class of 2001. “They have a lot of good players.”

CARDINAL CRUNCHIES: Stanford had 596 yards of total offense, 97 yards shy of the school record, set vs. Arizona State in 1981 … Stanford sacked Luton twice – one by Jordan Fox, the other by Thomas Booker … Stanford safety Frank Buncom got an interception, while OSU’s Shemar Smith picked off a Costello pass after it was tipped by Scarlett … Corner Obi Eboh led Stanford with six tackles. OLB Gabe Reid had five tackles, four of them solo … For the second straight game, Stanford’s Collin Riccitelli – filling in for the injured Jet Toner – missed an extra point try.

Men’s basketball: Cardinal done in by No. 7 North Carolina on road


Stanford fell behind to No. 7 North Carolina early the first half and fell 90-72 on Monday night.

Cameron Johnson had 17 points to lead four players in double figures for the Tar Heels (3-0), who shot 60 percent in the first half to take a 52-26 lead on Luke Maye’s 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

Despite its halftime deficit, Stanford (2-1) outscored North Carolina in the second half, 46-38.

KZ Okpala scored 16 points to lead the Cardinal. The sophomore is averaging 22 points per game through Stanford’s first three games of the 2018 season.

The Cardinal won at UNC Wilmington on Friday night, part of an opening-month schedule that has them crisscrossing time zones with stops in the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis and at No. 2 Kansas on Dec. 1. Coach Jerod Haase, a former Kansas player and UNC assistant under Tar Heels coach Roy Williams, acknowledged Friday the slate is “pretty insane” but will prepare his players for handling road games.

The Cardinal return home to host Wofford on Friday in Maples Pavilion.

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Men’s tennis: Kumar loses consolation final in ITA National Fall Championship

Stanford senior Sameer Kumar reached the final round of the consolation draw in the ITA National Fall Championships at the Surprise Tennis & Racquetball Complex.

Kumar bounced back from a three-set defeat in the main draw on Wednesday with four victories to reach Saturday’s consolation final round. He faced No. 19 ranked Alex Lebedev of Notre Dame in the final round, falling 6-4, 6-1.

The Cardinal senior earned a three-set win on Thursday over Dartmouth’s Charlie Broom (5-7 6-2 6-2) then moved on to the consolation quarterfinals as his opponent, Wake Forest’s Bar Botzer, was unable to play Friday morning. In Friday evening’s quarterfinal match, Kumar took down the No. 11 player in the ITA rankings, Florida’s Johannes Ingildsen, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. He earned a spot in the consolation finals with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 win over North Carolina’s Josh Peck.

On Wednesday, Kumar faced Virginia’s Ryan Goetz in the main draw, dropping a three-set decision, 6-4 ,1-6, 7-5.

Junior William Genesen dropped his opening round match in the main draw on Wednesday to Tulane’s Ewan Moore and fell in the consolation draw Thursday to Illinois’ Alex Brown.

The ITA National Fall Championships featured 64 of the nation’s top collegiate men’s singles players and 32 men’s teams. It was the final event of the fall schedule for the Cardinal.

Wednesday, November 7

Singles Round of 64

No. 60 Ewan Moore (TUL) d. William Genesen (STAN) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Ryan Goetz (UVA) d. No. 63 Sameer Kumar (STAN) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5

Thursday, November 8

Singles Consolation First Round

No. 63 Sameer Kumar (STAN) d. Charlie Broom (DART) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2

Alex Brown (ILL) d. William Genesen (STAN) 6-3, 7-5

Friday, November 9

Singles Consolation Round of 16

No. 63 Sameer Kumar (STAN) d. Bar Botzer (WAKE) default

Singles Consolation Quarterfinal Round

No. 63 Sameer Kumar (STAN) d. Johannes Ingildsen (UF) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4

Saturday, November 10

Singles Consolation Semifinal Round

No. 63 Sameer Kumar (STAN) d. Josh Peck (UNC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1

Singles Consolation Final Round

No. 19 Alex Lebedev (UND) d. No. 63 Sameer Kumar (STAN) 6-4, 6-1

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Men’s soccer: Three-time defending champ Stanford gears up for NCAA’s, gets No. 9 seed

Three-time defending national champion Stanford received the No. 9 seed in the NCAA tournament when the bracket was announced on Monday morning. It’s the Cardinal’s sixth straight appearance in the postseason and 17th overall.

The 48-team field has 16 seeded squads, of which the Cardinal is one, that receive byes into the second round. Stanford (11-3-4) will host the winner of UC Irvine (11-5-3) and Grand Canyon (12-8-0) at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
“We’re ready to go,” said Jeremy Gunn, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Soccer. “We’re happy and excited to still be playing, to still be training and to be competing next Sunday. And those are the only things that really matter at this point in time.”

Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Tuesday by visiting gostanford.com/tickets or calling 800-STANFORD. Reserved seats are $15. General admission prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students, youths and seniors.

The Cardinal, the Pac-12 outright champion, is 27-12-6 all-time in the NCAA tournament and 14-2-4 at home, advancing on penalty kicks in three out of those four draws. Stanford is ranked No. 6 in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll and is No. 4 in the RPI, both released early last week. Its stretch of six consecutive postseason berths is tied for the longest in Stanford history along with a run from 1997 to 2002.

“We said at the beginning of the year, that through the regular season, we’re the team that everybody in the country wants to play,” Gunn said. “Then, once it becomes posteason time, my assumption would be that we’re the team in the country that nobody wants to play.”

Stanford is one of two programs to win back-to-back-to-back national championships and this go-around will attempt to match Virginia’s record of four consecutive NCAA titles (1991-94).

The Cardinal, 63-10-12 (.812) since 2015, did not allow a goal throughout the entire 2017 tournament for the second straight year and upped its NCAA-record postseason shutout streak to 12 – a stretch of 1,214 minutes and 20 seconds. Stanford has also gone 37-5-8 (.820) in the Pac-12 in winning five consecutive conference championships.

Stanford finished its regular season 11-3-4 overall and 7-2-1 in conference. The Cardinal is 43-5-10 in its last 58 matches at home.

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