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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

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 Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

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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Inexperienced Eagles hope to squeeze into soccer playoffs


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Farzan Fallah, center, battles two Palo Alto players for the ball.

A year after guiding the most-experienced team in his 16 seasons at Los Altos High, boys soccer coach Vava Marques finds himself with perhaps the least-experienced squad of his tenure.

The Eagles lost 14 players to graduation last spring, leaving Marques with only four returnees this winter.

“We’re a very young team,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of seniors or kids who played (varsity) last year.”

The Los Altos roster comprises four seniors, 13 juniors and six sophomores. Of the seniors, only midfielder Eylam Fried played significant minutes last season.

Yet having all that experience a year ago did not translate into wins. Los Altos went 4-10-5 overall and finished fifth in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

Marques expects to do better this season, though he’s not promising a Central Coast Section championship.

“We’re an OK team – we’ll be in the middle of the pack (in league),” he said. “We’re hoping to go over .500 and get to CCS. Maybe we can squeeze into third place and get an automatic (playoff) berth.”

The Eagles opened league play last week with a 3-1 loss to Palo Alto, a team Marques considers a title contender, along with defending champ Mountain View. Los Altos trailed 2-0 at halftime of the Jan. 8 home game. The Eagles scored early in the second half on a shot by Kunal Patel, assisted by Max de Visser.

Marques ranks Patel and fellow junior forward Farzan Fallah as the team’s top players on offense.

“They’re very fast and can beat players one-on-one,” the coach said. “We hope they can open up (chances) for someone else or they score themselves.”

Goals have been difficult to come by for Los Altos, which has mustered just 10 over seven games. In their six non-league matches – which they split – the Eagles only twice scored more than one goal.

Los Altos lacks a dominant scorer, getting goals from several players.

“We’re balanced,” Marques said.

The team’s strength is on defense, according to the coach. The Eagles have surrendered 12 goals, posting shutouts against Pajaro Valley and Menlo-Atherton.

Fullbacks de Visser (a junior) and Nicky McConnell (sophomore) spearhead the defense.

“They’re tall, aggressive and good on the ball,” Marques said. “They’re good leaders, too.”

Juniors Ricardo Juarez and Chris Lytle split time in goal.

“Ricky is shorter and Chris is taller; they’re pretty even,” the coach said. “I’ve been happy with them.”

Midfielders Fried and Matt Schonher, a junior, are co-captains of the team.

“They’re doing a good job,” Marques said.

Schonher, who also plays football, “is stronger this year and will help us,” the coach added.

Although Los Altos hasn’t looked that strong lately – dropping four consecutive games after a 3-0 start – Marques sees plenty of potential in his youthful squad. He pointed to the Dec. 11 match against Menlo-Atherton – a 3-0 home victory – as proof of what the Eagles are capable of doing.

“It was a very intense game against a very good team,” Marques said. “We matched their intensity and were extremely composed. It was the best game we’ve played so far.”

Los Altos’ next game is slated 3:30 p.m. today at Santa Clara.


2013 boys soccer: Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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