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MV's new baseball coach hopes to bring stability to program


Demuth

In recent years, baseball coaches at Mountain View High have been like retail employees hired for the holidays – they’re gone when the season is over.

But newly hired Dan Demuth – the Spartans’ third head coach in as many years – intends to stick around longer than that.

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Fritsch reaches final

Los Altos High senior tennis player Ovi Fritsch reached the 18-and-under boys singles final at last month’s NorCal Junior Grand Prix Invitational at Stanford. Fritsch fell to Seung Jun Kim (Albany) in three sets Aug. 16. Fritsch beat two other local residents on the way to the final: Jehan Godrej (Los Altos Hills) and Isaac Pashenkov (Los Altos).

Swing for a cause

Los Altos Christian Schools’ third annual golf tournament is scheduled to tee off 11 a.m. Sept. 29 at Stanford University Golf Course. Registration is set to begin at 9 a.m. and golf pro Bill Mykytka will provide pre-tournament pointers at 10 a.m. The $300 entry fee – discounted to $275 for those who sign up by Sunday – includes a round of golf, cart, lunch, tee prizes and awards reception. Proceeds benefit the school’s financial-aid program. To register and for more information, visit lacs.golfreg.com.

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No suit, no sweat


Courtesy of the Gallagher Family
Joe Gallagher – a 12-year-old from Los Altos Hills – swims from near Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore. His uncle, Joe Locke, an accomplished open-water swimmer, accompanied him.

For his recent swim from just off Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore, Joe Gallagher had little choice but to brave the chilly bay wearing only a Speedo, goggles and a swim cap.

“I don’t have a wetsuit,” the 12-year-old said.

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Locals net tennis titles

Local residents John Saviano and Scott Spielman won their respective divisions at the USTA NorCal Mid-Pen Senior Championships, a men’s tennis tournament held earlier this month at Foothills Tennis & Swimming Club in Palo Alto. Saviano (Los Altos Hills) won the 45 men’s singles title and Spielman (Los Altos) claimed the 65-and-over men’s singles crown.

Swing for a cause

Los Altos Christian School’s third annual golf tournament is scheduled to tee off 11 a.m. Sept. 29 at Stanford University Golf Course. Registration is set to begin at 9 a.m. and golf pro Bill Mykytka will provide pre-tournament pointers at 10 a.m. The $300 entry fee – discounted to $275 for those who sign up by Sept. 7 – includes a round of golf, cart, lunch, tee prizes and award reception. Proceeds benefit the school’s financial-aid program. To register and for more information, visit lacs.golfreg.com.

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Making a splash


Courtesy of Clarke Weatherspoon
Stanford Water Polo Club’s under-14 boys team earned the bronze medal at the Junior Olympics. Front row, from left: Corey Tanis, Larsen Weigle, Nathan Puentes, Walker Seymour, Alan Viollier and Jayden Kunwar. Back: Nik Caryotakis, Andrew Penner, Alexander Nemeth, Luke Rohlen, Chris Rowland, Andrew Churukian, Nico Bhatia, Alex Tsotadze, Miller Geschke and coach Clarke Weatherspoon. Bhatia, Geschke, Nemeth and Puentes are Los Altos residents.

Five club water polo teams with local players made a sizable splash at the National Junior Olympics, finishing among the top five in their respective divisions. The Bay Area hosted last month’s tournament.

Stanford Water Polo Club’s 14-and-under boys team – featuring four Los Altos residents – bagged a bronze medal. Los Altos-based NorCal Aquatics’ under-16 girls squad finished third in its division, while the club’s 18 boys and girls placed fourth and fifth, respectively, and Stanford’s 16 boys took fifth.

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Buzzetta hired as LA girls varsity water polo coach

The Los Altos High girls water polo team expects smooth water ahead with its new coach.

Katie Buzzetta has been promoted to varsity head coach after one year guiding the girls junior-varsity team. She replaces Seth Tasman, who takes over the boys team after two seasons as girls coach.

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