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NorCal girls team makes Jr. Olympics

The NorCal Aquatics 18-and-under girls water polo team earned a berth in next month’s Junior Olympics by finishing 11th at a qualifying tournament held June 17-19 in Moraga. Los Altos High girls varsity coach Katie Buzzetta directs the team, which trains at the school. Players are from Los Altos, St. Francis and Palo Alto highs. The Junior Olympics are scheduled July 28-31 in and around San Jose and at Stanford.

Service for Stearns set for next month

A memorial service for Steve Stearns, who served as assistant commissioner of the Central Coast Section for 19 years, is scheduled 11:30 a.m. July 29 at Bayside Church in Roseville. Stearns died June 9 at the age of 69. Even after retiring from the CCS in 2007, he remained involved with high school sports as a football referee and softball umpire.

Teams awarded for good grades

The Central Coast Section recently recognized teams from St. Francis and Los Altos highs for their good grades. Squads from both schools received 2016 Spring Season Scholastic Championship Team Awards.

Instituted by the CCS Board of Managers in 1985, the awards go to the top six varsity teams from each CCS sport with the highest collective grade-point average of all teams competing in that sport during that season.

SF baseball coach switches to softball

After 10 years as St. Francis High’s baseball coach, Mike Oakland is making the switch to softball.

Oakland – who guided the Lancers to three Central Coast Section titles and six consecutive West Catholic Athletic League crowns – will try to turn around a softball team coming off a last-place season.

Box lacrosse player from Los Altos Hills travels to Canada to play with U.S. team

Playing on a U.S. team assembled shortly before taking part in one of the most competitive box lacrosse tournaments in Canada, Lawton Corrigan managed expectations.

The Los Altos Hills resident knew Team USBOXLA Bantam – a squad of 13- and 14-year-olds representing the U.S. Box Lacrosse Association – would have a tough time against formidable foes from the host nation, which invented the indoor version of the sport.

Madison continues to 'squash' the competition

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Madison Ho has been ranked No. 1 nationally in her age division since last summer. She started playing squash two years ago.

Young squash champion Madison Ho has learned that the spoils of victory do not include gummy bears.

One opponent happily shared her bag of chewy candy with the Los Altos Hills resident before their first match – which Madison won – but not the next time they squared off.

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St. Francis graduates drafted by MLB teams

Four graduates of St. Francis High were selected in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft earlier this month: shortstop Chris Baker (17th round, San Diego Padres), outfielder Kort Peterson (23rd round, Kansas City Royals), pitcher Trevor Bettencourt (25th round, Philadelphia Phillies) and outfielder Jeremy Ydens (40th round, St. Louis Cardinals). Ydens graduated from St. Francis last month and in November signed a National Letter of Intent with UCLA. Baker, Peterson and Bettencourt this year played for the University of Washington, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara, respectively.

Pathways golf tourney tees up July 11

Pathways, a Sunnyvale-based nonprofit that provides home health and hospice care, has scheduled its fourth annual Links to the Heart Golf Tournament 11:30 a.m. July 11 at Stanford University Golf Course. Registration is $395 per player or $1,580 for a foursome. Proceeds support the Pathways Clinical Team for Inpatient Hospice Services at Stanford Hospital. For more information, visit pathways- health.org.

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