ACADEMIC HONORS . . . Stanford recruit Brittany Howard from Mountain View High was named a first-team academic All-American by prepvolleyball.com. Howard, who plays outside hitter, compiled a 4.14 grade point average. Sacred Heart Prep senior Sarah Daschbach, who is headed to Princeton, was named third-team All-American with her 4.06 GPA. Sacred Heart Prep's Jesse Ebner, who will play at Yale, made the fourth team with a 4.20 GPA . . . Palo Alto High grad Philip MacQuitty was one of five men from the UCLA track and field team to earn MPSF All-Academic honors for the indoor season, during which he ran a 4:06 mile in Seattle. He got his outdoor season off to a good start by running a 3:49.2 for the 1500 meters recently in a dual meet at Oregon. Earning academic honors for the UCLA women was Castilleja grad Tori Anthony.
OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Palo Alto's Aidan Hsu recently won a gold medal at the 2012 California State Games Hockey Speed Skating Competition in San Diego. The nine-year-old won the 10-and-under competition and nearly captured the 12-and-under division . . . Helena McDowell, a seventh-grader at Jordan Middle School, earned a bronze medal with her teammates on the San Jose Junior Sharks 12-U team at the USA Hockey Girls Tier II National Tournament . . . Palo Alto High senior Peter Rockhold has committed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Rockhold was a standout water polo player for the Vikings and currently is a member of the swim team.