PREP GOLF . . . Gunn freshman Anna Zhou capped a sensational first season by tying for sixth at the CIF NCGA Girls State High School Championships on Tuesday at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach. Zhou shot a 3-over par 75 on the par-72 layout that played 6,066 yards. She was only four shots behind Sarah Cho of Torrey Pines and Cha Cha Willhoite of Palm Desert. Both shot 1-under 71, with Cho winning the state title on the second playoff hole. Two players shot even-par 72 and one, Kathleen Scavo of Justin-Siena in Napa, came in at 74. Zhou tied with Samantha Martin or Torrance. Zhou was the No. 2 NorCal finisher behind Scavo and the top finisher from the Central Coast Section. CCS champ Hannah Suh of Evergreen Valley shot 78 and tied for 22nd. In other prep golf news, Menlo School junior Andrew Buchanan has given his verbal commitment to play golf at Southern Methodist University. Buchanan helped the boys' golf team (10-0) to a West Bay Athletic League championship last spring and a CCS scholastic title. He played in five AJGA events over the summer, placing in the top 20 in all, including a victory in a junior open in Stockton.
LOCAL COLLEGIANS . . . Palo Alto High grad Scott Mielke (Class of 2008) helped the UC Santa Cruz men's water polo team finish eighth at the 2011 National Collegiate Club Championships held last weekend at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The Banana Slugs qualified for the event for the first time ever by winning the Sierra Pacific Division . . . Palo Alto High grad Allison Whitson had 20 kills for UC Davis, but it wasn't enough as the Aggies dropped a 25-22, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21 decision to Big West Conference champ Long Beach State on Saturday night at UC Davis. The Aggies dropped their fourth straight match, moving to 20-10 for the season and 6-9 in conference. One night earlier, Whitson produced 16 kills and 15 digs in a 18-25, 17-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-12 loss to visiting Cal State Fullerton . . . In the Ivy League, Palo Alto grad Hillary Ford and Gunn grad Michaela Venuti capped their college careers with a victory as Princeton defeated Columbia, 25-22, 20-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-6 to clinch sole possession of second place. Ford and Venuti were among three seniors honored before the match. Ford started and finished with 18 digs in her final match as the Tigers finished 18-8 overall and 11-3 in the Ivy League. One night earlier, Princeton swept visiting Cornell, 25-16, 25-21, 25-19 as Ford led the Tigers with 23 digs and Venuti had a team-leading 41 assists from her setter's position. Also in the Ivy League, Castilleja grad Taylor Docter had 15 kills and 16 digs to pace Harvard to a 19-25, 27-25, 25-16, 25-19 victory over visiting Brown on Saturday. The Crimson closed out its 2011 campaign with a 12-12 overall record and 5-9 Ivy League mark. Gunn grad Teresa Skelly added 10 kills for Harvard.
OAKS' NOTES . . . The Menlo College men's soccer team, which capped a 10-0 season in the California Pacific Conference last week with a 2-0 victory over Holy Names in Oakland, is packing its bags for a trip to Georgia and the first round of the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championships. The Oaks (13-3-1) will open against host Southern Polytechnic State University on Saturday in Marietta, Ga. Among those making the trip with Menlo are Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Vukic, Gunn grad Sam Zipperstein, Menlo-Atherton grad Enrique Ortiz and Palo Alto native Blair Ord. Two of their teammates, meanwhile, earned Cal Pac honors following last week's title-clinching victory. Menlo senior Matheus Barbosa, who had the game-winning goal over Holy Names, was selected as the Cal Pac Offensive Player of the Week. The native of Goiania, Brazil had four shots, two of which were on goal, and the one goal. Menlo junior goalie Alex Palomarez, meanwhile, recorded his eighth shutout of the 2011 season in the Oaks' championship-clinching match and was selected as the conference Defensive Player of the Week. A native of Fremont, Palomarez had four saves in the Oaks' match against Holy Names.