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Surprising Observations From Down Under

Surprising Observations From Down Under

I visited Australia recently to see my daughter, Gabrielle, 21, near the end of her college semester abroad. With me is my girlfriend, Kim Bowen, who grew up in London but moved to Sydney at 23 and was appointed fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Australia. Heady stuff, especially at that age. For her, this visit was […]

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Tennis Champ

Tennis Champ

Sydney Van Alphen of Laguna Beach this past Sunday, April 17, won the Woodbridge Spring Junior Open for girls under 14, though she is only 11. In the final, she defeated second seed 14-year-old Catherine Kreslin of Poway.   Photo by Lisa Van Alphen    

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Young Player Scores at Christmas Open

Young Player Scores at Christmas Open

On Dec. 30, Laguna Beach’s 11-year-old Sydney Van Alphen beat 14-year-old Kristen Venter of San Diego in the quarter-finals of the Carmel Valley Christmas Junior Open Tournament in San Diego, with a score of 6/1 – 6/1. Sydney want on to play against 13-year-old Danielle Garido, the number one seed in the girls 14s singles, […]

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Youngster Wins Tennis Tourney

Youngster Wins Tennis Tourney

Eleven-year-old Sydney Van Alphen recently won the Laguna Niguel Junior Open tennis tournament in the girls 14′s singles division. The Thurston sixth-grader beat 14-year-old Bettina Olah from San Marcos 7-5 and 6-3 in the final. Sydney also won in the girls 14s doubles with her friend Emily Maxfield, of Murrieta. This week, her father Mark […]

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Youngster Wins Tennis Tourney

Youngster Wins Tennis Tourney

Eleven-year-old Sydney Van Alphen recently won the Laguna Niguel Junior Open tennis tournament in the girls 14′s singles division. The Thurston sixth-grader beat 14-year-old Bettina Olah from San Marcos 7-5 and 6-3 in the final. Sydney also won in the girls 14s doubles with her friend Emily Maxfield, of Murrieta. This week, her father Mark […]