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.”


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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.


Kim plays in what could be her final USGA Women's Amateur

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Lauren Kim of Los Altos qualified for match play at last week’s USGA Women’s Amateur.

Last week’s USGA Women’s Amateur not only marked Lauren Kim’s last golf tournament of the summer – it may prove to be her final amateur event as well. The Los Altos resident has designs on turning pro after she graduates from Stanford University next spring.

So Kim was hoping for a better performance at the USGA’s biggest amateur event of the year, played Aug. 10-16 in Oregon. Kim had no trouble making it past stroke play – posting two solid rounds at the Portland Golf Club – but she was eliminated in the opening round of match play. Kim lost in 19 holes to Mika Liu of Beverly Hills.


Jacobson computes his way into USTA NorCal Hall of Fame

Courtesy of Kyra Geithman/USTA Northern California
Bill Jacobson of Los Altos Hills, the man behind the CompuTennis CT120 tennis computer, was inducted into the USTA Northern California Hall of Fame Aug. 6.

Unlike most inductees, Bill Jacobson didn’t earn a spot in the United States Tennis Association Northern California Hall of Fame for his playing ability.

The Los Altos Hills resident impacted the sport through technological innovation. Jacobson was the lead developer of the world’s first tennis analysis computer – the CompuTennis CT120.


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