Dean of the badminton court

Courtesy of the Tan family
Los Altos resident Dean Tan and mixed- doubles partner Jenny Gai stand on the podium shortly after winning the gold at the 2015 Pan Am Junior Badminton Championships earlier this month in Tijuana, Mexico.

Dean Tan began playing badminton for fun in the front yard of his Los Altos home at age 9. Four years later, he was competing in the sport for medals in Mexico.

Dean represented the United States at the 2015 Pan Am Junior Badminton Championships earlier this month in Tijuana. The Blach Intermediate School eighth-grader returned with a gold medal for mixed doubles and a silver for boys doubles in the under-15 age division.


Golfer reaches regional round of PGA contest

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Joelle Kim, who took up golf a year ago, is a win away from making it to the final of the PGA Drive, Chip & Putt Championship.

At just 9 years old, Joelle Kim has an opportunity many golfers dream of – she gets to compete at Chambers Bay Golf Course in Tacoma, Wash.

After making it through local and subregional eliminations in the PGA Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, the Oak Avenue School fourth-grader has advanced to the upcoming regional final scheduled Sept. 12 at Chambers Bay – site of this year’s U.S. Open Championship.


Local teen lands grant to teach swim classes to kids in need

Courtesy of Alyssa Hiraoka
Los Altos resident Alyssa Hiraoka, wearing red T-shirt, recently ran a swim camp for children in the InnVision Shelter Network’s summer program. Hiraoka is a senior at Homestead High.

While many students spent their summer break attending camps, Alyssa Hiraoka ran one. The Los Altos resident last month held a swim camp for children in the InnVision Shelter Network’s summer program.

Running a two-week camp for kids might seem like a big undertaking for a teen – Hiraoka is a senior at Homestead High – but to her, the idea simply made sense.


Decathlete Hoffer wins silver at World Masters

Courtesy of Miche Hoffer
Miche Hoffer raises his arms in celebration at the World Masters. He placed second in the men’s 40-44 division of the decathlon.

While grabbing gold is the goal of most track and field athletes, Miche Hoffer was satisfied with securing silver at the 2015 World Masters Athletics Outdoor Championships.

“I’m very happy with that,” the Mountain View resident said of finishing second in the decathlon for the men’s 40-44 age division. “I did all I could and all I could hope for. There’s nothing I could have done differently to win the competition.”


Sports on the Side

Golfers raise funds

The Los Altos Golf & Country Club’s women’s golf tournament this year raised $3,155 for Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. The annual event, run by Penny Ewing and Pam Robertson, has benefited the nonprofit organization for more than 10 years. Forty-one women participated in last month’s tourney.

Tennis lessons in MV

Mountain View Tennis is registering players for group lessons scheduled to begin Sept. 5 at Cuesta Park. Classes are offered in the daytime and evenings; all ages and skill levels are welcome. Fees vary by class. To register and for more information, call 967-5955 or visit


LA resident claims another doubles crown

Courtesy of Karl Lee
Karl Lee, right, and doubles partner Benjamin Kittay proudly display their awards for winning the Boys 12 Doubles division of the National Hardcourt Championships Aug. 8 in Arkansas.

Tennis player Karl Lee has reinforced his ranking – No. 1 in the nation in the Boys 12 Doubles division – by winning another championship.

The Los Altos resident teamed with Benjamin Kittay of Potomac, Md., to claim the doubles title in their age group at the National Hardcourt Championships Aug. 8 in Little Rock, Ark.


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