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Enjoying the moment


Courtesy of Dick D’OlivA
Former Golden State Warriors trainer Dick D’Oliva, from left, wife Vi, former Warriors assistant coach Joe Roberts and wife Celia ride on a cable car in the victory parade.

Dick D’Oliva almost couldn’t believe it. But there he was – amid a sea of blue and gold – riding on a cable car through downtown Oakland in the Golden State Warriors victory parade.

“The people were absolutely crazy – they were leaning out of windows, screaming, and they were lined up 15 deep on the sidewalk,” the former Los Altos resident said. “It was really a lot of fun.”

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Studious Spartan gymnasts earn honors


Courtesy of Youlee Lee
The Mountain View High gymnastics team last month received section and state honors for posting the highest GPA in its sport. From left: Alyson Evans, Elaine Silverman, Lexy Mitchner, Sheila Steiner, Brette Miller, Madison Ruweler and Natalie Rockhold.

Mountain View High’s gymnasts and coaches knew the team won a Central Coast Section award for posting the highest collective grade-point average in their sport this year. But apparently nobody told them that they won the same honor at the state level, too.

Co-head coach Youlee Lee said Friday she had “no idea” the California Interscholastic Federation recognized the Spartans as a CIF State Academic Team Champion in a press release issued June 16.

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Golfer Buchanan finishes 40th in Calif. Amateur


Collegiate golfer Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills finished 40th in last week’s California Amateur Championships at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City.

Buchanan, who’s entering his junior year at Southern Methodist University, came up eight places shy of qualifying for match play.

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Locals land on all-league lists for spring sports


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St. Francis High’s Steve Dinneen was voted West Catholic Athletic League Player of the Year in boys volleyball.

All-league honors were recently awarded to varsity high school athletes participating in spring sports. Athletes from local schools who earned accolades are listed below.

Los Altos High

Baseball

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Sports on the Side

Kim makes the grade

Los Altos High graduate Lauren Kim, a key member of the Stanford University women’s golf team, has been named to the Pac-12 Conference All-Academic Team, honorable mention. Kim just completed her junior year at Stanford, which last month won the NCAA Division I championship for the first time.

CCS hires Watson

Jennifer Watson is scheduled today to begin her new job as assistant commissioner of the Central Coast Section, which governs high school sports in the area. She replaces Duane Morgan, promoted to commissioner upon Nancy Lazenby Blazer’s retirement last month. Watson previously served as Director of Instruction at Ceiba College Prep in Watsonville. She has experience as a teacher, coach, athletic administrator and international basketball player.

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Hurdling adversity


courtesy of Nicole Goodwin
Ella Goodwin, hurdling, above, has come a long way since her early-childhood battle with leukemia.

While Nicole Goodwin is proud of daughter Ella’s athletic achievements, it’s not her skills on the soccer field or speed on the track that bring the biggest smile to mom’s face.

“It’s a different pride – how healthy and strong she is,” said Nicole, a Los Altos resident. “It’s not about how well she’s competing, but that she does it at all.”

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