Paly grad Raffel named NESCAC Player of the Year in golf


Williams College sophomore Grant Raffel of Palo Alto has been named the NESCAC Player of the Year after helping his team tie for third place at the NESCAC Golf Championship Qualifier over the weekend, hosted by Hamilton at the Skenandoa Golf Club in Clinton, N.Y.

Placement on NESCAC All-Conference Teams is based on individual performance at the qualifier. A total of six players were honored on the First Team, while eight were recognized on the Second Team.

Palo Alto High grad Grant Raffel was named the NESCAC Player of the Year in men's golf after winning medalist honors at the league tournament this past weekend. Photo courtesy of Williams College.
Raffel earned medalist honors with a two-day score of 145. He fired a tournament best of 2-under 70 on Sunday, erasing a three-stroke deficit following a round of 3-over 75 on Saturday. In the process, he became the third Eph to earn NESCAC Player of the Year honors in a decade.

Raffel was joined on the First Team by Hamilton freshman Riley Burgess, a graduate of Menlo School. Burgess fired a two-day total of 148 and tied for fifth. He helped Hamilton finish second behind Middlebury by just one stroke.


Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep have teamed to host the second annual Valpo 5K Fun Run on Sunday in Atherton. All proceeds go toward the Peninsula Bridge Program, which is a summer academic enrichment program for underserved children in the community.

The event will alternate starting locations. Last year, the run started at Menlo, and this year, the event will begin at Sacred Heart's soccer field at 9:30 a.m. at 150 Valparaiso Ave. and follow a flat course.

Organizers are hoping to raise $20,000 and expect to attract more than the 370 registered runners who participated last year.

There are family packs available, as well as individual registration for youth and adults. Online registration will close on Thursday, but runners can register the day of the event. 

(You can register here for community race.)


The Palo Alto AYSO U12 Boys Elite Soccer team won the Sunnyvale Medina Fall Classic soccer tournament on Sunday. The squad won all three games in its bracket, convincingly beating club teams from Sunnyvale (6-0), Livermore (2-0) and Orchard Valley (5-1) to reach the final.

Palo Alto then captured first place with a 3-0 win oer Orchard Valley YSL Red Devils White.

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