Transfer student ruled ineligible for school year; family frustrated

The decision the Cortinas family dreaded, though somewhat expected, came down last week. Sophomore Alyssa Cortinas won’t be allowed to compete in afterschool sports at Los Altos High until August.

The California Interscholastic Federation Feb. 17 denied the Cortinases’ appeal of a Central Coast Section ruling that Alyssa’s transfer from Pinewood School was athletically motivated, making her ineligible to play basketball and softball this year.


Mtn. View's Positive Coaching Alliance creates site to assist youth & high school athletes

Positive Coaching Alliance, a national nonprofit based in Mountain View, recently unveiled a website to assist those involved in youth and high school sports.

The Development Zone ( aims to answer questions from athletes – along with their parents, coaches and the administrators who serve them – about maximizing the youth and high school sports experience. The information is free.


Foothill hires Teijeiro as AD; Owls rank 8th in women's hoops

Although Mike Teijeiro only recently was named athletic director at Foothill College, the job is not new to him. He served as interim AD at the Los Altos Hills community college for eight months.

After what Foothill administrators described as “a highly competitive hiring process,” Teijeiro was chosen last month to fill the newly created position.


LA grad Campitelli honored for diving

Courtesy of Alex Falk
Los Altos High graduate Austin Campitelli, right, holds the Eastern College Athletic Conference Women’s Diver of the Meet Trophy she won Dec. 7 in East Meadow, N.Y. She is pictured with teammates Nia Sorgente, left, and Ashlie Pankonin.

New York University freshman Austin Campitelli of Los Altos last month was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Metro Women’s Diver of the Week.

The Los Altos High graduate swept the 1-meter (268.85 score) and 3-meter (296.70) six-dive competitions, as well as the 1-meter (459.60) and 3-meter (492.70) 11-dive events at the ECAC Championships, held Dec. 5-7 at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.


TC's top 10 sports stories of 2014

Town Crier file photo
The Los Altos girls volleyball team reached the NorCal Division II final for the second straight year.

It’s been a banner year for local prep sports – literally. Banners recognizing league, section, regional and even state championships won by teams or individuals in 2014 will soon hang in area high school gyms.

The Town Crier honors several of these champions as part of its annual top 10 sports stories of the year.


Parent starts running club at Springer

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tellefsen
Several Springer School students have joined the new Mighty Youth Runners Club.

Not every youngster is enamored with team sports like soccer, basketball and baseball. A solo sport like running fits some kids like a perfect pair of sneakers.

That’s one of the reasons Jenni Tellefsen founded the Mighty Youth Runners Club at Springer School in Mountain View at the start of the school year.


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