Golfer Buchanan finishes 40th in Calif. Amateur

Collegiate golfer Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills finished 40th in last week’s California Amateur Championships at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City.

Buchanan, who’s entering his junior year at Southern Methodist University, came up eight places shy of qualifying for match play.


Locals land on all-league lists for spring sports

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St. Francis High’s Steve Dinneen was voted West Catholic Athletic League Player of the Year in boys volleyball.

All-league honors were recently awarded to varsity high school athletes participating in spring sports. Athletes from local schools who earned accolades are listed below.

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Kim makes the grade

Los Altos High graduate Lauren Kim, a key member of the Stanford University women’s golf team, has been named to the Pac-12 Conference All-Academic Team, honorable mention. Kim just completed her junior year at Stanford, which last month won the NCAA Division I championship for the first time.

CCS hires Watson

Jennifer Watson is scheduled today to begin her new job as assistant commissioner of the Central Coast Section, which governs high school sports in the area. She replaces Duane Morgan, promoted to commissioner upon Nancy Lazenby Blazer’s retirement last month. Watson previously served as Director of Instruction at Ceiba College Prep in Watsonville. She has experience as a teacher, coach, athletic administrator and international basketball player.


Hurdling adversity

courtesy of Nicole Goodwin
Ella Goodwin, hurdling, above, has come a long way since her early-childhood battle with leukemia.

While Nicole Goodwin is proud of daughter Ella’s athletic achievements, it’s not her skills on the soccer field or speed on the track that bring the biggest smile to mom’s face.

“It’s a different pride – how healthy and strong she is,” said Nicole, a Los Altos resident. “It’s not about how well she’s competing, but that she does it at all.”


LA's Gwo learns from the best at Arena Pro meet

The Arena Pro Swim Series proved to be a memorable meet for Albert Gwo, even though he didn’t win any medals. The Los Altos High swimmer acquired something just as valuable, if not more so – knowledge.

“It’s a great learning experience,” Gwo said of sharing the pool with Olympians such as Michael Phelps last week at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara. “When you’re not racing, you watch them swim and can focus on their technique and race strategy.”


Mtn. View grad McGuirk earns All-American status

Courtesy of Jim McGuirk
Alex McGuirk jumps a hurdle in the steeplechase at last month’s NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Mountain View High graduate Alex McGuirk capped a decorated collegiate athletic career by finishing second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at last month’s NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The Chico State senior clocked a time of 8 minutes, 48 seconds – breaking his own school record – in the finals May 22 at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. The steeplechase is an obstacle race that includes 28 hurdles and seven water jumps.


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