Vikings boys runners up in CIF swimming, volleyball

La Jolla High

La Jolla High’s boys swimmers were runners up in CIF Division II finals, losing to Mt. Carmel. The girls team placed sixth, with Cathedral Catholic winning.

The Vikings boys also missed out on their second volleyball title in a row, when they fell short in the CIF Division III finals last weekend against Cathedral Catholic, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-22. Last season, La Jolla defeated the Dons for the championship.

Swimming and diving

Two La Jolla school records were broken at the CIF meet. The 200 medley relay team of Eric Hedlin, Alex Polyak, Connor Robbins and Cameron Ravanbach swam it in 1:38.90 and Alex Polyak broke the school record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.98.

Divers Quinton Mendoza and Kirk Lee came in third and fourth, in Division II final diving at Mesa College on Friday.

Two school records were also set in the girls division. Allie Knight swam the 200 Individual Medley in 2:04.58 and beat her old record from 2007. Allie had two second places in the meet in the 200 IM and the 100 fly. Herendira Alanis broke the 100 breaststroke with 1:05.26, a record from 2000. Heren also finished second twice —in the 500 free and the 100 breaststroke.

Sierra Beeson, a freshman, placed sixth in girls diving.


The dual meet season is over for the La Jolla High track teams. The girls team ended up with four wins and two losses, while the boys finished 3-3.

In the CIF prelims, for Div. II, Sophomore Vanora Guerard was the leader in the 100 hurdles and Triple Jump and second qualifier in the long jump.

Freshman Karly Zlatic was the second qualifier in both the 100 meters and the 200 meters and triple jump and the fourth qualifier in the long jump. Freshman Kelli Hancock was the fourth qualifier in the 100 Hurdles.

The boys team qualified six athletes from the league finals to CIF, including junior Andrew Farkas, Alex Eve and senior Michael Conroy — all in the 1,600 and 3,200 and all with personal records in both races. Senior Jose Aviles qualified in both the shot put and discus and senior Jeremy McGrath qualified in the pole vault. Senior Alan Ampudia qualified in the triple jump and 4x400 relay. Also in the 4x400 relay are Cory Wagner and Mandella Watson.

The boys qualifying from CIF Prelims to the finals last Saturday were Andrew Farkas, first in D-II; Michael Conroy and Alex Eve in the 1,600;

Alex Eve and Michael Conroy in the 3,200; Jeremy McGrath, first in D-II, in the pole vault, and Jose Aviles, first in D-II in the shot put.

La Jolla Country Day


The La Jolla Country Day boys golf team finished the regular season with 13 wins and threes losses in dual matches, and with a 6-2 record in Coastal-South League play.

The Torreys were seeded in the CIF Division II playoffs as the No. 3 seed where last week they teed-off at the Warner Springs Resort on a windy day. At the conclusion of the round, the Torreys were in fifth place with a team score of 409, trailing fourth place Steele Canyon by a mere three strokes. Juniors Anthony Paolucci and Jake Hershfield led the Torreys in scoring and both advanced to the second round with Anthony shooting 68 and Jake 80.

Paolucci’s 68 was the low score of the day among 225 golfers.

The weather was much improved during the second day with warm temperatures and minimal wind. Paolucci turned the front-nine score of 34, increasing his lead to two strokes, but he experienced a cold putter on the back nine with three putt greens on holes 10, 11, and 15.

His birdie on No. 18 turned his day around and his 72 was good enough to secure the CIF individual championship at 4-under par 140 for his 36 hole total.

Jake Hershfield spun his second 80 despite having 13 three puts over the 36 holes but he said he was pleased with his ball striking over the two days. With no seniors on the team and another summer to compete and work on their game, the Torreys should be stronger next year and plan on making a solid run at the Division II crown.

The Bishop’s School

Bishop’s girls lacrosse squad lost to Torrey Pines, 19-6, in the San Diego Section quarterfinals on May 22.

Ann Woods contributed to this report.