Thu09182014

News

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

Read more:

Loading...

Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

Read more:

Loading...

Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

Read more:

Loading...

Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

Read more:

Loading...

Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

Read more:

Loading...

Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

Read more:

Loading...

People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

Read more:

Loading...

Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

Read more:

Loading...

Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

Read more:

Loading...

Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

Read more:

Loading...

Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

Read more:

Loading...

Los Altos locks up boys tennis title; Spartans settle for third

Koehler

What a difference a move can make. A year after languishing in the SCVAL De Anza Division, the Los Altos High boys tennis team is thriving in the league’s El Camino Division and bound for the playoffs.

“I’m proud of this season and how hard (the players) worked,” coach Cuong Duong said.

And the schedule has worked in their favor. The Eagles, who finished at the bottom of the difficult De Anza a year ago, clinched the top spot in the easier El Camino last week. By whipping Wilcox 7-0 April 20, Los Altos improved to 11-1 and locked up a berth in next week’s Central Coast Section team playoffs.

It’s the first time the team has won a league title under Duong, whose Eagles competed in the De Anza his previous 14 seasons as coach.

“Coming into this year, I told them we should be the favorite to win the league – and we did,” he said. “I’m proud of how they responded to the pressure I put on them.”

Los Altos also won a pair of non-league matches (over Valley Christian and Pinewood), leaving Cupertino as the lone team to defeat them. After clipping the Pioneers 4-3 early on, the Eagles fell to them 5-2 April 8 when two of Los Altos’ singles players were on vacation.

“That was too bad, because we were looking to go undefeated,” Duong said.

In the regular season, that is. The coach knows the CCS playoffs will be treacherous.

“I don’t expect to go far in the playoffs,” Duong said. “I’d be happy to win a round or two.”

Winning the El Camino won’t be enough to place the Eagles among the seeded squads, leaving them to face a formidable foe early on. But the players are eager for the opportunity.

“They’re looking forward to playing better opponents and see how they match up,” Duong said.

Los Altos’ strength is its depth, according to the coach. Duong has two solid singles players – No. 1 Justin Koehler and No. 2 Charlie Bergevin – and “from No. 3 singles to No. 4 doubles, we’re pretty consistent,” he said.

Koehler has beaten every No. 1 player in the division but Cupertino’s Manpreet Tiwana. A third-year varsity player, Koehler played at the top spot last season as well.

“He has a better record this year because of the competition, and he’s gotten better in terms of being more consistent,” Duong said. “He hits with more top spin this year and has gotten stronger and his serve is bigger.”

No. 2 player Bergevin, a senior, has played varsity tennis since his freshman year. “He’s done quite well,” Duong said, winning all but one of his matches this season.

Two players new to varsity round out the singles lineup. Freshman Lenoy Avidan plays No. 3 and sophomore Sean Gospe is at No. 4. Both are baseline players with good ground strokes and quick feet, according to the coach. Avidan has won most of his matches, while Gospe has lost only once.

The top doubles team comprises Bryan Cassella and Matt Hoang, seniors who paired up last month.

“I came to realize they would make a good team and put them together after the fourth match of the season,” Duong said. “They lost their first match together and that’s it. They’re good together – they complement each other.”

The No. 2 tandem, seniors Darren Choi and Charlie Falconer, are also in their first season as a team. Choi and Falconer have won about half their matches, estimated Duong, who would like to see them be more consistent.

The No. 3 team, Nick Frangos and Alex Kellogg, played No. 1 doubles on junior varsity last year. The juniors won a challenge for the third spot a month ago and have lost only one match.

“They are playing so well for us,” Duong said.

Spartans finish third

While Los Altos has flourished in the El Camino, Mountain View is having “a fair season,” coach Frank Smyth said. The Spartans are 8-4 in the division, good enough for third place.

“It’s been better than average,” Smyth said of the campaign, “but we haven’t played to our full potential.”

Mountain View suffered a pair of 6-1 defeats to rival Los Altos after beating the Eagles in a non-league match last year. But the Spartans had ample experience in 2009. Behind nine seniors, Mountain View won the division and shocked St. Francis in the opening round of the CCS playoffs.

This year’s squad has not only endured growing pains, but aches and pains as well.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries,” said the team’s 10th-year coach.

Top singles player Eric Lee suffered an abdominal strain in the fourth match of the season, according to Smyth. The sophomore missed the next two weeks of the season and has been in and out of the lineup ever since because of the nagging injury. Smyth said Lee has “pretty sound strokes and a good forehand and backhand.”

No. 2 player Blake Thiessen, a junior, has been on varsity since his freshman year and is enjoying his most successful season.

“He’s playing the best and is the most fun to watch,” Smyth said. “He moves well and has a great one-handed backhand.”

Freshmen occupy the remaining singles slots. Conner Stearns plays No. 3 and Eddy Ahn is at No. 4. Stearns “has a pretty steady game,” Smyth said, while Ahn “has a good forehand.”

Seniors Jake Parker and Garrett Nano anchor the doubles ladder. Nano is in his fourth season on varsity and Parker his second.

“They’ve done pretty well,” Smyth said. “I thought they had a chance to dominate at No. 1 doubles, but there were some surprises along the way.”

Sophomore Daniel Lau is locked in at No. 2 doubles, but his partners change constantly.

“He’s having a good season, and I’m happy for him,” Smyth said of Lau, who teams with Peter Li, Michael Romeo or Danny Strom, all juniors. “He was cut as a freshman and sophomore but didn’t give up on tennis. He spent a lot of time practicing and taking lessons, and it paid off.”

Li, Romeo and Strom have seen action at No. 3 doubles as well, along with seniors John Sarhadi and Jeffery Tarrasch.

Parker-Nano sport the team’s best doubles record (above .500), and Smyth believes they have the best shot at representing Mountain View at the CCS Individual Tournament. Getting there requires winning the SCVAL El Camino Division Individual Tournament, scheduled to conclude 1-5 p.m. today at Mountain View.

Contact Pete Borello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Schools »

Schools
Read More

Sports »

sports
Read More

People »

people
Read More

Special Sections »

Special Sections
Read More

Photos of Los Altos

photoshelter
Browse and buy photos