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La Jollan Bridgette Souza earns spot on Spain’s water polo team

La Jolla native Bridgette Souza has been named to the National Water Polo team of Spain. Having honed her skills while playing for La Jolla High School (Class of 2010) and on the San Diego Shores club team, she said she is excited and honored to have been selected.

Souza will travel to Spain in September for nine months of training and competing against other pro teams. “I can’t wait to get out there and prove myself,” she said.

While in college, Souza played against some of the country’s best, even against players who went on to compete in the Olympics. With graduation approaching and an amazing year behind her, Souza said, “I realized I wasn’t ready to be done and wanted to get my name out there abroad.”

She contacted coaches for international teams and fought for a spot on the Spain team. She said she will continue to play as long as she can. “It was a lot of hard work and I put in the time and effort but it’s worth it,” she said. “I love water polo and couldn’t imagine my life without it.”

Viking baseball star named to All American team

La Jolla High School Viking senior Tim Holdgrafer was named in July to the MaxPreps 2015 Medium Schools All American baseball team — the reported first for the school — for his sensational 2015 season. Holdgrafer, who graduated in June, was instrumental in getting the Vikings to the CIF Division II Championship, which they ultimately lost.

MaxPreps commended Holdgrafer for his statistics in pitching, including a 10-1 pitching record, 0.87 Earned Run Average, 86 strikeouts, seven walks, 88.1 innings pitched; and hitting for his .364 batting average, 21 runs, 24 Runs Batted In, five doubles and two triples.