Owens overcomes injury to capture CCS tennis crown

Courtesy of Matt Stimson
Pinewood senior Gabe Owens, pictured with coach Craig Corfield, captured the CCS singles title last week in Aptos.

After missing most of the tennis season with a back injury, Pinewood School’s Gabe Owens didn’t have much time or competition to prepare him for the playoffs.

No matter. The senior showed few signs of rust in his return from a bulging disc that sidelined him for three months. After dominating the West Bay Athletic League tournament at the end of April, Owens last week claimed the Central Coast Section singles championship without losing a set.


Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Jeremy Hsu, Mountain View High’s top singles player, competes against Pinewood Thursday. The Spartans won the match 7-0.

With freshmen playing the top three spots in singles, the future of the Mountain View High boys tennis team looks bright – not that the present-day Spartans are dull.

Mountain View capped the regular season with a 7-0 non-league rout of Pinewood Thursday and secured second place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division with a 6-1 win over Fremont April 19.


Los Altos native Gradiska nets another tennis award

David Sinclair/Special to the Town Crier
Junior Laura Gradiska plays No. 2 singles at Gettysburg College.

After another winning week on the court, Los Altos native and Gettysburg College tennis player Laura Gradiska nabbed her second weekly honor from the Centennial Conference this year.

The junior was named Centennial Conference Player of the Week April 4; she also claimed the honor March 7.


Los Altos doubles team claims CCS championship

Marie Borin-Burdick/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Juliette Martin, left, and Carina Burdick flank coach Hung Nguyen after the two seniors won the Central Coast Section doubles championship last week in Los Gatos.

Los Altos High’s Carina Burdick and Juliette Martin proved to be double trouble for their opponents in the Central Coast Section girls individual tennis tournament.

The top-seeded seniors last week claimed the CCS doubles championship in convincing fashion. Over their four matches, Burdick and Martin didn’t lose a set and won 40 of 48 games at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.


LA tennis duo reaches semis of CCS tourney

Carina Burdick and Juliette Martin are solid singles players, occupying the Nos. 1 and 2 spots on the Los Altos High girls tennis team this season. Put them together, however, and they make a dominant doubles team.

The pair of seniors encountered little resistance in the first two rounds of last week’s Central Coast Section doubles championships, thumping their opponents in straight sets. Burdick and Martin won 24 of the 27 games they played over the two matches Nov. 23 at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.


Tennis player Parikh gets to train in Spain

Courtesy of Alisha Parikh
Members of the Homestead High boys and girls varsity teams prepare for their first day of training on the red clay in Barcelona, Spain.

Town Crier intern and Los Altos resident Alisha Parikh traveled to Spain with her Homestead High tennis team over the summer. Following is her account of the trip and how it came together.


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