Tue04282015

Sports

LA lacrosse team loses Guralas; locals shine at Top 8 track meet


Malcolm Slaney/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos’ Kevin Anawalt runs the 800 at the CCS Top 8 meet.

The Los Altos High lacrosse team’s path to the playoffs took a troubling turn last week. The Eagles lost their top player, AJ Guralas, to an injury.

“AJ fractured a finger on his left hand and dislocated one on his right hand last Monday,” said his father and Los Altos coach Andreas Guralas, “so he’s out for two to four weeks and was not able to play in the game (Friday) versus Los Gatos.”

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Dinner with Dusty

Positive Coaching Alliance’s 14th Annual National Youth Sports Awards Dinner and Auction is scheduled 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. The nonprofit organization is based in Mountain View. Dusty Baker will receive the Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement for his positive coaching style as manager of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds, and for his role in helping PCA develop the “Better Athletes, Better People” initiative through youth and high school sports. In addition, Julie Foudy – two-time Women’s World Cup Soccer champion and Olympic gold medalist – will lead a panel discussion with four youth and high school sports coaches from throughout the country. Tickets start at $250. For more information, email Emily Monley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Flax lends a hand

Los Altos resident Ken Flax was among a group of former world-class track and field athletes who instructed several youngsters in the sport last month at the Yokota Air Base in Japan. A two-time Olympian and NCAA hammer champion, Flax was inducted into the University of Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

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LA baseball team pounds Pioneers; Pinewood earns first softball win


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pinewood School’s Gabe Owens won his match against Harker in three sets Thursday.

The Los Altos High baseball team returned from its week off with a vengeance.

The visiting Eagles clobbered Cupertino 10-5 Saturday, never trailing in their first game back from spring break.

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LAHS Color Run slated for Saturday

The inaugural Los Altos High School Color Run – a fundraiser for the athletics program – is set for Saturday on the campus at 201 Almond Ave. A color run features checkpoints along the route at which the participants are sprinkled with colored powder. The goal is to raise $5,000 for Los Altos athletics. There are two color runs scheduled – the Community Run at 5 p.m. and the Main Color Run (primarily for Los Altos High students) at 7 p.m. The course starts and finishes on the school track, with a run around the entire campus in between. Both events are open to walkers as well, but no dogs are allowed. Registration, which includes a T-shirt, is $30 for adults, $20 for Los Altos High students, $10 for children ages 6-13 and free for those 5 and under. Adults and Los Altos High students may participate in either run; children are limited to the Community Run and must be accompanied by an adult or Los Altos High student. Participants are encouraged to register online by Friday. To register, visit raceroster.com/events/2015/5087/los-altos-high-school-color-run.

Spring Forward run also set for Saturday

The second Spring Forward 5K/10K is scheduled Saturday morning. The 10K run is set for 8 a.m. and the 5K run/walk at 8:15 a.m. at the Microsoft campus, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View. Both courses are flat and run along the Bay. The events begin on the road, move onto the dirt trail at Shoreline Park and circle back to end on pavement at Microsoft. Baby joggers are allowed, but dogs are not. A 1-mile children’s race is set for 9:15 a.m. Adult registration includes a race T-shirt, bib and timing chip. Children’s registration includes a T-shirt, bib and finisher’s ribbon. Free photos and refreshments will be offered to all after the race. The 5K and 10K pre-registration fees are $40, and the Children’s Race is $15. Proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, whose goal is to end poverty for people of all faiths and cultures in the community. For advance registration and more information, visit springforward5k10k.com.

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Baseball teams from LA and MV look to rebound from tough weeks

Spring break probably couldn’t have come at a better time for the Mountain View High baseball team. Perhaps the slumping Spartans can regroup during this week without games.

Kris Mims – who replaced Dan Demuth as head coach March 24 – has scheduled two practices for his squad, which went 0-3 last week and has dropped 14 consecutive games.

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MVHS coach resigns

Jim Forthoffer recently resigned as coach of the Mountain View High boys basketball team. A longtime teacher at the school, Forthoffer had two tours of duty as the Spartans coach, the latest spanning five seasons.

LAHS Color Run nears

The inaugural Los Altos High School Color Run, a fund-raiser for the athletics program, is set for April 18 on the campus at 201 Almond Ave. A color run features checkpoints along the route at which the participants are sprinkled with colored powder. The goal is to raise $5,000 for Los Altos athletics. There are two color runs scheduled – the Community Run at 5 p.m. and the Main Color Run (primarily for Los Altos High students) at 7 p.m. The course starts and finishes on the school track, with a run around the entire campus in between. Both events are open to walkers as well, but no dogs are allowed. Registration, which includes a T-shirt, is $30 for adults, $20 for Los Altos High students, $10 for children ages 6-13 and free for those 5 and under. Adults and Los Altos High students may participate in either run; children are limited to the Community Run and must be accompanied by an adult or Los Altos High student. Participants are encouraged to register online by April 17. To register, visit raceroster.com/events/2015/5087/los-altos-high-school-color-run.

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