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Fafek flourishes at MV Open, finishes second in men's singles


Togasaki Denny Fafek, a graduate of Los Altos High, placed second in Men’s Open Singles last month at the Mountain View Open tennis tournament at Cuesta Park. Fafek fell to Gunn High senior Andy Zhou in the final.

The 47th annual Mountain View Open tennis tournament didn’t produce any hometown champions, but one local made it to the finals.

Denny Fafek, a Mountain View resident and Los Altos High graduate, finished as the runner-up in the Men’s Open Singles division at the tourney, held over Memorial Day weekend at the Cuesta Park Tennis Center. Fafek fell to Andy Zhou, a senior at Gunn High, by the score of 6-4, 7-5.

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Owls' pursuit of perfection ends at state tennis tourney


Courtesy of Dixie Macias
The Foothill College men’s tennis team lost just once this season. Front, from left: Brenden Lum, Braden Holt, Arya Tarani, Daniel Kim and Nico Holzach. Back: coach Dixie Macias, Felipe Resende, Nikolay Petrov, David de Backre, Ryan Lam, James Han and assistant Michael Woods. Not pictured: Richard Feldmanis.

The Foothill College men’s tennis team dominated Northern California the past seven years – and this season was no different.

Guided by coach Dixie Macias, who has been with the program for 25 years, the Owls went undefeated in the regular season (19-0) and cruised to the Coast Conference championship last month.

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Owens owns qualifier: Pinewood player trounces competition, advances to CCS individual tournament


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Pinewood School singles player Gabe Owens, a junior, last week qualified for the Central Coast Section individual tournament.

Pinewood School tennis player Gabe Owens faced little resistance last week at the West Bay Athletic League’s Central Coast Section qualifier. He dispatched all four foes in straight sets – losing just four games along the way – to win the singles side of the two-day tourney.

The upcoming CCS individual tournament should prove more challenging for the junior.

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Coach keeps hope alive


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High freshman Nadia Ghaffari is undefeated this season.

With an under .500 overall record and a middle-of-the-pack standing in league, the Los Altos High girls tennis team is in a precarious position as far as making the Central Coast Section playoffs.

Eagles coach Hung Nguyen isn’t ready to concede, however.

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Locals help tennis team net section crown


Courtesy of Bill Moniz
A senior men’s tennis team with two local residents recently captured its division at the USTA Northern California Sectional. Players, from left, include Tom Trankle, Larry Hayes (co-captain), Larry Namekata, Larry White, Bill Moniz (Los Altos), Jim Connor (Los Altos) and Po Chen. Not pictured: Merrill Clum, Shyamal Kanoo and Bob Ziegler.

A senior men’s tennis team with two Los Altos residents recently claimed its division of the United States Tennis Association’s Northern California Sectional.

The Sunnyvale-based team won the Men’s Adult 65-plus, 3.5 (skill level) section playoffs early this summer at Silverado Country Club in Napa.

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