Sports Briefs

Stanford made it into the 16 best of 306 Division I teams, with a young team ­ four sophomores and one senior in the starting five. But the bench was strong and deep ­ 10 players averaged 11 or more minutes per game. They ended the regular season with a perfect 12-0 home record, the only Pac-10 team to do so. The season ended with a 20-7 overall and a 12-6 Pac-10 record. Senior Brevin Knight was the key to it all. USC Coach Henry Bibby called him “the best point guard in the country.” Knight, who holds the Stanford record for career assists and steals, graduates in June with a degree in sociology. But all of Knight’s skills were not enough against Utah in Stanford’s final game of the year in the NCAA’s Sweet 16 round. The Cardinal lost 82-77 in overtime. During the year, Stanford won seven of their last eight games, beating UCLA, Cal and Arizona, among others. All four made the Sweet 16, the only time in history four Pac-10 teams had gotten that far. Coach Montgomery has signed a six-year extension of his contract at Stanford.

Willingham RECRUITING STARS  The No. 1 Super Prep National Player is among the 22 high school football stars Stanford recruited. Randy Fasani, from Granite Bay, California, is considered the nation’s top quarterback prospect. Also coming is Austin Lee, number 32 in the national top-50 list, tight end from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Twenty-one of the new recruits were part of their All-Region teams and 12 were prep All-American. “They include outstanding balance and depth and every position is covered in this class,” said Coach Tyrone Willingham (pictured). The women’s volleyball team, NCAA champions in 1996, 1994 and 1992, for its part has signed three outstanding high school seniors for next fall as it loses three seniors to graduation. The recruits are middle blocker Jennifer Detmer of Thousand Oaks, California, a member of the 1996 U.S. Junior National Team; setter Robyn Lewis of Long Beach, California, a three-time Junior Olympic All-American; and setter Lindsay Kagawa of Albany, California, 1996 North Coast Section Player of the Year. ST

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