Palo Alto High golfer shares medalist honors in qualifying


Palo Alto's Henry Hughes had a nice tuneup for Tuesday's Central Coast Section golf regional as he shared medalist honors on Monday at the California State Amateur Championship Qualifying at Sam Jose Country Club. Hughes shot an even-par 70 to match two other golfers.

Among those missing the cut were brothers Colt and Dakota McNealy of Harker, which will face Palo Alto in the CCS Championships next week.

Hughes next will compete in local qualifying for the U.S. Open Championships on Sunday at the Timbercove Golf Course in Caldwell, Idaho.

Girls basketball

The West Bay Athletic League was well-represented on the annual Cal Hi Sports basketball All-State teams that were announced last weekend. Pinewood junior Mikaela Topper was named to the Small Schools division all-state first team, her senior teammate Chloe Eackles and sophomore Kayla Tahaafe of Eastside Prep were Small Schools second team, and Eastside Prep freshman Zion Gabriel, Castilleja senior Ellie Chen, and Priory sophomore Tatiana Reese were third-team honorees. Hannah Jump >of Pinewood was named to the All-Freshman team.

Women's tennis<

Gettysburg College junior Laura Gradiska from Menlo School landed her first postseason award as an honorable-mention selection on the All-Centennial Conference Women's Tennis Team it was announced this week.

Gradiska became the first Bullet to earn all-conference accolades in four seasons after a strong showing on the court this spring. She led the team with 19 total wins, going 11-5 in singles play and 8-8 in doubles.

Gradiska was the team's top performer in singles action and competed at each of the top two flights. She went 2-2 at No. 1 and 9-3 at No. 2. In conference competition, the junior logged a record of 6-4.

Gradiska is the first Gettysburg player to record at least 11 victories in three consecutive seasons in 19 years. A team captain this season, Gradiska played all of her doubles matches at the top flight. In three seasons at Gettysburg, Gradiska has racked up 57 victories. She has logged a 33-19 singles record and sits just two wins shy of cracking the program's top 10.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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