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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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St. Francis routs Lynbrook 44-19


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

St. Francis High’s Shelbi Aimonetti, shooting against Florin in the NorCal semifinals, totalled 15 points in Saturday’s final.

The contingent of Lynbrook High students brought the noise when their team scored the first basket in Saturday’s Northern California Division II girls basketball final against top seed St. Francis. But they wouldn’t have another basket to cheer until midway through the second quarter.

By then, the Lancers (24-8) were well on their way to a 44-19 victory and the first NorCal title in the program’s history.

“I’m extremely happy and extremely proud of these ladies,” coach Brian Harrigan said.

After surrendering that first hoop – a putback by Jackie Hudepohl – St. Francis reeled off 14 straight points to pull away from the third-seeded Vikings (25-6) at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena. In between 3-pointers by guards Shelbi Aimonetti and Daisha Abdelkader – both of which banked in – the Lancers scored four buckets from inside the paint, two by center Kate Hoey.

“When you come to these arenas, the closer shots you get, the better your percentage is probably going to be,” Harrigan said. “We wanted to be aggressive and take the ball to the basket.”

The Lancers were assertive on defense as well, adding to Lynbrook’s struggles in the cavernous arena that is home to the NBA’s Sacramento Kings (for now).

“I think playing in this arena was a little bit different for us,” Vikings coach Cynthia Ting said. “We did not have the same perception of the rim and were not hitting shots we usually hit.”

Lynbrook’s 19 points is the fewest scored by a team in NorCal finals history.

St. Francis, up 17-10 at halftime, held the Vikings to 20 percent shooting from the field Saturday and forced 20 turnovers.

“We hang our hats on defense,” said Harrigan, whose team beat Florin 44-31 in the semifinals with a similarly gritty effort. “But I told them yesterday in practice, ‘If you guys want to go out and score a lot of points, I’ll be fine with that today, too – and in the second half we did that.”

The Lancers scored the first two baskets of the half – on a follow-up shot by forward Jennifer Lucian and a quick drive by Abdelkader – to lead 21-10 with 6:02 left in the third quarter.

A corner 3 by Paige Song – Lynbrook’s only trey of the game – and a free throw from Sarah Dyslin trimmed the deficit to seven points with 1:57 remaining in the third. St. Francis wouldn’t let the Vikings get any closer.

The Lancers capped the quarter on a 6-0 run, scoring on putbacks by Lucian and center Carolyn McGuire and a short-range shot from Abdelkader.

Aimonetti and Lucian took over from there, combining to score St. Francis’ next 15 points. Aimonetti opened the fourth with a 3 from the left baseline and hit a pair of jumpers from just inside the arc during the Lancers’ 15-3 spurt. Lucian drained a turnaround jumper in the middle of the key, converted a fastbreak layup, rattled in a jumper from above the foul line and got free under the basket for an easy layin.

That put St. Francis up 42-17 with 3:23 to play. The only thing left was the celebration.

Although St. Francis had never before reached the NorCal final, Aimonetti expected to get this far.

“I believed we could get here at all times,” said the senior, who scored a game-high 15 points. “From the first practice, our intensity was there. Just starting off in the summer, I think we were prepared and were going to get here.”

The Lancers are slated to return to Sleep Train Arena 2 p.m. Saturday to take on Southern California champ Lynwood (28-5). It will mark Harrigan’s seventh appearance in the title game; the first six came as coach of the Sacred Heart Cathedral girls.

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