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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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Baty shoulders the load late


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Landon Baty celebrates his 10-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 41-34 win over Serra.

With standout halfback Alex Andrighetto unable to finish Friday’s game, the St. Francis High football team turned to Landon Baty – bad shoulder and all.

The senior played through the pain to rush for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in the Lancers’ 41-34 homecoming victory over Serra, previously undefeated in the West Catholic Athletic League.

“Alex and I have both been dealing with shoulders,” said Baty, who totaled 68 yards on 12 carries. “I wasn’t even supposed to be running the ball today, because I dislocated my shoulder in practice on Thursday, but I had to do it.”

When Andrighetto left the game midway through the third quarter – after rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown and making a 35-yard scoring catch – the leading Lancers were hesitant to replace him with Baty, already starting at defensive back. He didn’t carry the ball on that drive – which began at Serra’s 46 after St. Francis recovered a fumble and resulted in Will Fischer-Colbrie’s 3-yard TD toss to Trillion Hebert – or the next one.

But after Serra scored on consecutive possessions to take a 27-24 lead with 7:40 to play, coach Greg Calcagno called on Baty as the Lancers took over at their 20. He looked spry from his first try, spinning his way to a 7-yard gain up the middle, and had the Lancers at midfield three rushes later.

Fischer-Colbrie followed that with a 37-yard pass to receiver Brycen Carbonel, setting up Baty’s first score. On a burst right, he dodged defenders on a 13-yard run into the end zone. Patrick Fordham’s extra point pushed the St. Francis advantage to 31-27 with 5:13 left.

The Padres gave the ball back to the Lancers three plays later when defensive back Riley Quinn intercepted a pass at the Serra 25. Baty didn’t break loose this time, however, getting St. Francis to only the 21 after three straight carries. Fordham came on for the field-goal try, drilling a 39-yarder to extend the lead to 34-27 with 2:42 remaining.

The Lancer defense stymied Serra once again – not surrendering even a yard to the Padres on their next drive, which ended with a pass breakup on fourth down.

Taking over at Serra’s 15, St. Francis scored two plays later. Baty made a quick cut left and raced 10 yards for the touchdown, raising his arms in celebration as he stepped across the goal line.

“I told the offensive line, ‘You block for me and get my back, and I’ve got your back,’ and we just took it to them,” Baty said. “Running behind two 6 (foot)-6 guys (senior tackles Ryan Popolizio and Alessandro Lenarduzzi), it’s pretty easy to get into a nice little rhythm. Coach preaches just to run hard, downhill, and I found those creases.”

Down 41-27 after Fordham’s extra point, the Padres had only 2:04 to rally. They scored in under a minute – on Matthew Fa’aita’s 7-yard strike to Hamilton Anoa’i – but failed to recover the ensuing onside kick. St. Francis ran out the final 1:28.

The win keeps St. Francis, which suffered close league losses to Bellarmine and Mitty last month, in the conversation for a berth in the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs.

“We deserved to win this game,” Baty said. “We should be 7-0 right now.”

Instead, the Lancers are 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the WCAL, tied with Bellarmine and Valley Christian for third place. St. Francis is scheduled to visit Valley Christian 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“We’re going to celebrate tonight and we’ve got homecoming tomorrow night,” Baty said, “but Monday it’s back to business and time to get ready for Valley.”


2013 football: St. Francis High School v. Serra High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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