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Sports

Slew of locals land on all-league teams for performances in fall


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

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TC's top 10 of 2015


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Los Altos High boys basketball players, from left, Thomas Kelleher, Nolan Brennan and Simon Heck enjoy their CCS championship.

From basketball teams to soccer squads and runners to tennis players, the local sports scene was chock full of champs in 2015. A few of them made history as well.

It wasn’t easy to limit the list to 10, but here’s the Town Crier’s annual countdown of the biggest sports stories of the year.

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Oh-so-close contenders for the TC's top 10 of '15

• St. Francis High girls golf team wins CCS and NorCal titles.

• Lizzy Beutter pitches perfect game in Los Altos High’s five-inning softball win over Gunn.

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LA's Zaeske & Jacob power cross-country teams to CCS


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Los Altos High’s Ben Zaeske runs ahead of Palo Alto’s Kent Slaney at last week’s SCVAL El Camino Division meet at Crystal Springs in Belmont. Zaeske finished first and Slaney second.

Los Altos High’s Ben Zaeske beat a familiar foe to claim the boys varsity cross-country race at last week’s Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division Championships.

The senior finished 8 seconds ahead of runner-up Kent Slaney, a Palo Alto High junior he’s been racing against since grade school.

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St. Francis High hires head coaches for three sports

St. Francis High administrators recently hired three varsity head coaches for the 2015-16 school year.

Todd Meulman has been appointed wrestling coach – for a second time – Jonah Carson takes over the boys volleyball team and Paul Lapke is the new girls track coach.

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Participation in high school sports rises in California


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Track and field is the second most popular high school sport among boys in California.

High school sports participation continues to increase in California and is at an all-time high for the third consecutive year, according to the 2015 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sports Participation Survey released last month.

Results show that 772,659 student-athletes are competing in California high school athletic programs – an increase of 1.01 percent since the 2014 survey.

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