Locals skip their way to Hong Kong

Courtesy of Kelsey Moran
The Sol Jumpers – Ashley Wang, from left, Kayla Hipp, Tim Kelly, Kelsey Moran and Leila Tuma – competed in the World Rope Skipping Championships last month in Hong Kong. Moran and Kelly are local residents who attend Los Altos High.

Los Altos residents Kelsey Moran and Tim Kelly joined their team, the Sol Jumpers, as participants in the World Rope Skipping Championships last month in Hong Kong.

Moran and Kelly – juniors at Los Altos High – teamed with Ashley Wang and Kayla Hipp to compete against squads from 20 other countries Aug. 1-3. The Sol Jumpers did not place at the event, though another American team earned a bronze medal in the 1-minute speed division.


Sports on the Side

Fritsch reaches final

Los Altos High senior tennis player Ovi Fritsch reached the 18-and-under boys singles final at last month’s NorCal Junior Grand Prix Invitational at Stanford. Fritsch fell to Seung Jun Kim (Albany) in three sets Aug. 16. Fritsch beat two other local residents on the way to the final: Jehan Godrej (Los Altos Hills) and Isaac Pashenkov (Los Altos).

Swing for a cause

Los Altos Christian Schools’ third annual golf tournament is scheduled to tee off 11 a.m. Sept. 29 at Stanford University Golf Course. Registration is set to begin at 9 a.m. and golf pro Bill Mykytka will provide pre-tournament pointers at 10 a.m. The $300 entry fee – discounted to $275 for those who sign up by Sunday – includes a round of golf, cart, lunch, tee prizes and awards reception. Proceeds benefit the school’s financial-aid program. To register and for more information, visit lacs.golfreg.com.


No suit, no sweat

Courtesy of the Gallagher Family
Joe Gallagher – a 12-year-old from Los Altos Hills – swims from near Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore. His uncle, Joe Locke, an accomplished open-water swimmer, accompanied him.

For his recent swim from just off Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore, Joe Gallagher had little choice but to brave the chilly bay wearing only a Speedo, goggles and a swim cap.

“I don’t have a wetsuit,” the 12-year-old said.


Los Altos equestrians win slew of awards at Woodside Summer Circuit Series event

Courtesy of Polly Neumann
Los Altos resident Lauren Neumann – standing next to pony Trinity – won six championships earlier this month at the Woodside Summer Circuit Series.

Four girls from Los Altos earned championship ribbons at the Woodside Summer Circuit Series, a three-week event that concluded July 6 at Woodside Horse Park.

Lauren Neumann, a rising eighth-grader at Blach Intermediate School, won all six of the 0.7-meter championships. In all, she earned 21 first-place ribbons with two ponies – Dressed to Impress and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – along with two reserve championships.


Dual-citizen fencer duels for Great Britain

Courtesy of Medora McCarthy
Medora McCarthy, right – representing Great Britain – duels a Canadian fencer at a recent competition.

Medora McCarthy is not your typical teenager. The Los Altos Hills resident competes internationally in an obscure sport and does not attend a conventional high school.

McCarthy, 17, is a high-level fencer who recently transitioned to an independent learning school because she travels frequently to compete.


Foothill race rolls on

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
David Benkoski, above, celebrates winning his division of Sunday’s Foothill College Circuit Race.

The fourth annual Foothill College Circuit Race drew 338 competitors to the Los Altos Hills campus, which hosted 12 bicycle races Sunday.

The college works with the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club to stage the event – dubbed “The Learning Curve” – a fundraiser for the construction of a pedestrian/bike path from El Monte Road to Foothill’s pedestrian bridge.


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