Sports on the Side

Kim makes the grade

Los Altos High graduate Lauren Kim, a key member of the Stanford University women’s golf team, has been named to the Pac-12 Conference All-Academic Team, honorable mention. Kim just completed her junior year at Stanford, which last month won the NCAA Division I championship for the first time.

CCS hires Watson

Jennifer Watson is scheduled today to begin her new job as assistant commissioner of the Central Coast Section, which governs high school sports in the area. She replaces Duane Morgan, promoted to commissioner upon Nancy Lazenby Blazer’s retirement last month. Watson previously served as Director of Instruction at Ceiba College Prep in Watsonville. She has experience as a teacher, coach, athletic administrator and international basketball player.


Hurdling adversity

courtesy of Nicole Goodwin
Ella Goodwin, hurdling, above, has come a long way since her early-childhood battle with leukemia.

While Nicole Goodwin is proud of daughter Ella’s athletic achievements, it’s not her skills on the soccer field or speed on the track that bring the biggest smile to mom’s face.

“It’s a different pride – how healthy and strong she is,” said Nicole, a Los Altos resident. “It’s not about how well she’s competing, but that she does it at all.”


LA's Gwo learns from the best at Arena Pro meet

The Arena Pro Swim Series proved to be a memorable meet for Albert Gwo, even though he didn’t win any medals. The Los Altos High swimmer acquired something just as valuable, if not more so – knowledge.

“It’s a great learning experience,” Gwo said of sharing the pool with Olympians such as Michael Phelps last week at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara. “When you’re not racing, you watch them swim and can focus on their technique and race strategy.”


Mtn. View grad McGuirk earns All-American status

Courtesy of Jim McGuirk
Alex McGuirk jumps a hurdle in the steeplechase at last month’s NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Mountain View High graduate Alex McGuirk capped a decorated collegiate athletic career by finishing second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at last month’s NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The Chico State senior clocked a time of 8 minutes, 48 seconds – breaking his own school record – in the finals May 22 at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. The steeplechase is an obstacle race that includes 28 hurdles and seven water jumps.


Gold Star gymnasts shine

Owen Heery/Special to the Town Crier
Laura MacKenzie, a member of Gold Star Gymnastics’ girls artistic team, won the all-around title for Level 7 at the state meet.

The Gold Star Gymnastics girls artistic team recently completed its competitive season, and several local residents placed at state and regional meets.

Laura MacKenzie, a Junior Olympic Level 7 gymnast, posted a 38.000 all-around score to win the state meet in May. She won the balance beam (9.525), placed second on the vault (9.425) and third on both the uneven bars (9.325) and floor exercise (9.725). MacKenzie’s efforts helped Team NorCal finish second in the state team competition.


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Coach Plumer honored

Los Altos resident PattiSue Plumer, head track and field coach at Gunn High, has been named a 2015 Spring Sports Honor Coach by the Central Coast Section. She previously coached track at Los Altos High. The awards go to coaches who have dedicated five or more years to coaching a varsity team and have made valuable contributions not only to the sport and the school, but also to the league, community and CCS. An important factor for deciding the recipients, according to CCS officials, is the ability to be an inspiration and mentor not only to the students, but also to other coaches, teachers, administrators, parents and the public. Plumer is a two-time Olympian who competed and coached at Stanford University.

Run for a cause

The Christmas in July 5K Run/Walk is scheduled 9 a.m. July 19, starting at On Your Mark, 378 Main St., Los Altos. The course includes pathways in Los Altos Hills. Refreshments and a raffle follow. Proceeds benefit Hope’s Corner, a nonprofit organization that provides comfort, assistance and meals to local people in need. Registration is $15, free for ages 5 and under and $50 for families of six or less. Participants are also asked to donate a pair of new or gently used running shoes. To register for the event or make a donation, visit active.com and type “Christmas in July” in the search field.


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