Aptos alum Aidan Niklaus to play in World Lacrosse Men’s Championship

Aptos alum Aidan Niklaus to play in World Lacrosse Men's Championship

Aidan Niklaus, shown competing for Aptos High in 2022, will compete for Switzerland in the 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s Championship in San Diego. (Shmuel Thaler – Santa Cruz Sentinel file)

Aptos High alum Aidan Niklaus, a 6-foot-3 forward, will play for the Swiss national team at the 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s Championship in San Diego on June 21-July 1.

Switzerland competes in Pool D against Jamaica, Germany, New Zealand and Poland.

It plays New Zealand on June 22 at 19.00, Jamaica on June 23 at 16.00, Germany on June 25 at 10.00 and Poland on 26 June at 19.00.

Niklaus is taking a gap year before playing lacrosse for NCAA Division III Colorado College.


GWM Sydney Surf Pro: Santa Cruz’s Nat Young tied for 33rd and earned 700 points at the World Surf League’s GWM Sydney Surf Pro in Australia, event No. 2 of six in the Challenger Series.

Young, who came in at No. 17 in CS, was eliminated after taking third in Heat 9 of the Round of 64. He posted a two-wave score of 11.44 to finish behind Justin Becret (13.83) of France and Joel Vaughan (12.50) from Australia, and ahead of Kian Martin (8.50) from Sweden.

Martin came in overall 49th place and got 600 points.

Event No. 3 is the Ballito Pro in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, on the 2nd-9th. July.

After six events, the top 10 ranked men will automatically qualify for the 2024 Championship Tour.

College Freeway

Redlands Last Chance Qualifier: UC Santa Cruz’s Aaron Hillberg won the men’s 800 meters in a personal best time of 1 minute, 52.78 seconds at the Redlands Last Chance Qualifier on Thursday.

His time was 0.22 seconds faster than his runner-up finish at the Coast-To-Coast Conference Championships two weeks ago.

UCSC’s Chloe Solomua took third in the 100 hurdles in 14.77. It was her third straight sub-15 second performance as she earned the All Region nod. Teammate Amaya Cummins finished the 200 with a school-record 25.64 for third.

Boys tennis

CCS Championships: Unseeded Anthony Lim of Crystal Springs, who upset No. 2 seed Koosha Safari in the first round of the CCS Singles tournament on Tuesday, finished 4-0 at Imperial Courts in Aptos to claim the title.

Lim upset No. 1 Charlie Underwood of Half Moon Bay 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (12) in the final, after eliminating No. 3 3 Lleyton Alonzo of Monterey 7-6, 6-3 in the semifinal d Thursday. Lim beat unseeded Shiven Mehta of Saint Francis of Mountain View 7-5, 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday after posting a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Koosha.

No. 2 Tommy Kim and Ethan Chung of Cupertino beat No. 4 Kollin Nguyen-Ngo and Magnus Weng of Leigh 6-1, 6-1 for the doubles title at Imperial Courts. Kim and Chung beat Raghav Jangbahadruv and Evan Huynh of Gunn 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals Thursday.

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