Sports Briefs


Polo tournament raises money for children

Guests gathered on July 23 at Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club for Assistance League of Southern California Pre-School Auxiliary’s 22nd annual Golden Mallet Invitational Polo Tournament. The fundraising event was an annual benefit for ALSC’s Learning Center for Young Children (formerly known as Pre-School & Kindergarten). The match between UBS AG and Gehache ended with a 6-5 win for UBS AG.

Ambassador Glen Holden and his wife, Gloria, started the tradition of ALSC’s Pre-School Auxiliary Golden Mallet Invitational Polo Tournament 22 years ago. This year’s Benefit Committee co-chairmen were Gloria McClintock Holden, Geannie Holden Sheller and Wendy Overmire.

Learning Center for Young Children provides infant/toddler day care and a school-readiness curriculum for low-income children up to age 6. It is one of eight community services operated by Assistance League of Southern California, a nonprofit organization founded in 1919 that serves more than 100,000 children and adults each year.

MHS alumna earns college track and cross country awards

Miriam Hodgins, 2002 Malibu High School graduate, has received All-American and Outstanding Athlete Awards to complete her Junior year at UC San Diego.

Hodgins finished second in the 800-meter run at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships in May, qualifying her as an All-American. She was nationally ranked throughout the season in the 1,500 meters and the 800 meters. Hodgins broke the longstanding UCSD record on three occasions and was instrumental in UCSD narrowly toppling Chico State’s dominance in the highly competitive California Collegiate Athletic Association by scoring 22 points with first, second and fifth place finishes in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters respectively.

Hodgins was one of only two athletes honored with the UCSD Outstanding Athlete Award in two sports (cross country and track and field) at the annual sports banquet on June 1. The NCAA also announced her status as Academic All American in each sport, which requires a 3.25 GPA and qualification as a NCAA Championships Finalist.

Malibu water polo club wins tournament

Malibu’s water polo club under-14 A and B teams, coached by Tim Segesman and Hayden Goldberg, won the area tournament, which took place at Ventura City College on Saturday and Sunday.

The B team defeated the Pepperdine Waves, winning 8-7 in the final minute of play, and played another hotly contested game against South Coast, again winning 8-7. The final game for the B team was easily won against the Camarillo Titans with a score of 10-2.

The A team easily won games against the Pepperdine Waves, 17-3, and South Coast, 14-2. The final game against the Camarillo Titans was hard fought by both teams, with Malibu prevailing, 7-6. The Malibu under-12 team also had a successful season, winning third place in the tournament.