International fencer finally competes close to LA Hills home

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Medora McCarthy, right, competes in the U.S. Fencing Association Summer Nationals at the San Jose Convention Center.

With all the traveling Medora McCarthy has done the past two years to participate in international fencing tournaments, she was relieved to compete close to home last month.

The Los Altos Hills resident – who estimated that she spent a total of 23 days on airplanes flying to and from competitions since 2013 – took part in the U.S. Fencing Association Summer Nationals June 28 and 29 at the San Jose Convention Center.


Vargas shows his skills at Super Combine

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Running back Patrick Vargas, a rising senior year at Los Altos High, is one step away from playing in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.

Only 600 prep football players in the country were invited to the Blue-Grey Super Combine – and Patrick Vargas of Los Altos High was among them.

The incoming senior participated in the July 12 Super Combine at College of San Mateo – one of four held nationally – with hopes of becoming a Blue-Grey All-American. From these workouts, just 200 players will be selected to play in one of two Blue-Grey All-American Bowls scheduled this winter at NFL stadiums.


Johnson helps U.S. bag bronze medal at Pan Am Games

Keane Johnson of Los Altos helped row Team USA to a bronze medal in the men’s 8 race last week at the Pan American Games in Toronto. He also rowed on the 4-man boat that finished fourth.

The United States’ bronze-winning sweep boat finished the 2,000-meter course in 6 minutes, 12.64 seconds. Host Canada grabbed gold (6:07.01) and Argentina secured silver (6:10.08) in the July 15 race.


Boxing club focusing on fitness, not fighting, opens in Mtn. View

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TITLE Boxing Club in Mountain View is filled with heavy bags.

Those who join TITLE Boxing Club, slated to open 4 p.m. Monday in Mountain View, won’t need a cutman. There’s no sparring – or even a boxing ring – in the gym, located at 157 E. El Camino Real.

TITLE is about boxing workouts – not boxing. Members punch bags rather than one another.


Sports on the Side

Bad break for Johnson

Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson, a Mountain View native, suffered a broken jaw in an NBA summer league game against the Los Angeles Clippers July 8 in Orlando. The injury is expected to sideline Johnson for at least six weeks. The former St. Francis High standout played in 32 games as an undrafted rookie last season, averaging 5.9 points per contest.

Golf tourney nears

The 26th annual Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is scheduled Aug. 3 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club., 1560 Country Club Drive. Registration is scheduled 10-11 a.m., the putting contest at 10-11:30 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the shotgun start (scramble format) at noon. A party featuring cocktails, barbecue dinner, awards presentation, silent auction and drawing for prizes is slated to follow at 5 p.m. Cost is $250 per player, $65 for the party only. To register and for more information, visit


Singh is in the swing

Biri Singh/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Simar Singh prepares to drive the ball during a recent event at Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

While golf is a leisurely game for some, it can be taxing for competitive players like Simar Singh.

Following back-to-back tournaments in Arkansas and Palm Desert with the California Junior Girls State Championship – which she won July 3 in Carmel after playing six rounds in four days – Singh was spent.


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