Fri04182014

Sports

Reeling Panthers look to get rolling again


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pinewood School senior Kevin Tracy pitches in a game against Westmoor, the first of two losses by the Panthers last week.

Pinewood School baseball coach Chad Morin knows exactly what his team must do in the second half of the league season to contend for the title.

“We have to hit – bottom line,” he said, “and we can’t give away runs.”

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Sprinters with local ties win gold at World Masters


Courtesy of Debbie Hoffman
Debbie Hoffman of Los Altos, left, and former Los Altos resident Joy Upshaw were on the winning 4x200 relay team (women’s 50-54 division) at the World Masters Indoor Championships.

Debbie Hoffman wasn’t sure about traveling to Hungary for the World Masters Indoor Championships, a track and field competition she had never participated in before. Nudged by her friend and training partner, the Los Altos resident chose to go – and is so glad she did.

“Joy convinced me to run in the World competition in Budapest,” said Hoffman, referring to former Los Altos Hills resident Joy Upshaw. “What a great experience.”

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MV softball team eyes division title and playoff berth


The Mountain View High softball team has big ambitions this season but little margin for error when it comes to realizing them.

The Spartans’ goals include winning the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division and qualifying for the Central Coast Section playoffs, according to coach Dave Campbell, and they will likely need to accomplish the former to achieve the latter.

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Guralas lights up scoreboard for LA lacrosse team

Junior AJ Guralas is gathering goals like the IRS is collecting checks this month – in abundance.

The Los Altos High lacrosse player has scored 32 goals over the Eagles’ four games in April.

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Sports on the Side

Pathways Run/Walk slated May 10 in Hills

The 13th annual Pathways Run/Walk is scheduled 9 a.m. May 10 at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills. The course wends through Byrne Preserve and onto the Los Altos Hills Pathways system. The 5k/10k is slated to start at 9 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run at 10:30 a.m. Registration for the 5k/10k is $35 in advance ($40 on race day), discounted to $25 for those in groups of 10 or more. The fun run is $20 in advance ($25 on race day). Those who register by May 5 will receive a T-shirt. The awards ceremony is scheduled at 10:15 a.m. To register, volunteer and for more information, visit lahpathwaysrun.org.

Champions event set for May 3 at Stanford

Children’s Champions – a fundraising event featuring an array of fitness activities, arts and crafts and games – is scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3 at Stanford Stadium. NFL players Alex Debniak, Will Tukuafu and Luke Marquardt of the San Francisco 49ers and Miles Burris, Trent Edwards and Latavius Murray of the Oakland Raiders are slated to appear. Proceeds benefit the Wender Weis Foundation for Children and Fit Kids, which aim to improve children’s self-esteem and promote a healthy, active lifestyle among children in underserved communities, respectively. Tickets start at $50. For tickets and more information, visit childrens-champions.eventbrite.com.

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Sports on the Side

Pathways Run/Walk slated May 10 in Hills

The 13th annual Pathways Run/Walk is scheduled 9 a.m. May 10 at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills. The course wends through Byrne Preserve and onto the Los Altos Hills Pathways system. The 5k/10k is slated to start at 9 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run at 10:30 a.m. Registration for the 5k/10k is $35 in advance ($40 on race day), discounted to $25 for those in groups of 10 or more. The fun run is $20 in advance ($25 on race day). Those who register by May 5 will receive a T-shirt. The awards ceremony is scheduled at 10:15 a.m. To register, volunteer and for more information, visit lahpathwaysrun.org.

Champions event set for May 3 at Stanford

Children’s Champions – a fundraising event featuring an array of fitness activities, arts and crafts and games – is scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3 at Stanford Stadium. NFL players Alex Debniak, Will Tukuafu and Luke Marquardt of the San Francisco 49ers and Miles Burris, Trent Edwards and Latavius Murray of the Oakland Raiders are slated to appear. Proceeds benefit the Wender Weis Foundation for Children and Fit Kids, which aim to improve children’s self-esteem and promote a healthy, active lifestyle among children in underserved communities, respectively. Tickets start at $50. For tickets and more information, visit childrens-champions.eventbrite.com.

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