Lancers looking like team to beat in golf playoffs

Phil Marrone makes it sound like coaching the undefeated St. Francis High girls golf team is easier than sinking a 1-foot putt.

“I just point them to the first tee and stay the heck out of the way,” he said with a chuckle.


Sports on the Side

MV sports info night

Mountain View High’s Winter Sports Parent Information Night is slated 6:30 p.m. today in the school’s Spartan Theater. The presentation will include a general overview of the winter sports (basketball and soccer), an introduction of coaches, an opportunity to turn in athletic enrollment forms, information on participation cost, a question-and-answer period and a breakout session with each team. For more information, email athletic director Shelley Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Pumpkins for sports

The Los Altos High School Athletic Boosters Pumpkin Patch is scheduled to run through Friday in the far left corner of the student parking lot, 201 Almond Ave. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. Proceeds support all Los Altos High sports.


Locals take to their feet to defeat cancer

Xin Liu /Special to the Town Crier
The inaugural Los Altos Community Pink Ribbon 5K Run/Walk drew 143 participants and raised more than $4,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Los Altos Community Pink Ribbon 5K Run/Walk raised more than $4,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, according to organizers Linda Folkman and Lori MacDonald.

Held the morning of Oct. 5, the inaugural event drew 143 participants.


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


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.


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