Tue07282015

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With family's support, Miller runs Boston Marathon for the first time


Courtesy of Lisa Miller
Los Altos native Lisa Miller last month ran the Boston Marathon for the first time. She completed the race in 4:09.6.

Lisa Miller was the only member of her family to run in last month’s Boston Marathon, but she wouldn’t have been there without them.

“My family has been such a huge support of my running,” said Miller, who grew up in Los Altos and now lives just across the border in Sunnyvale.

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State meet on track for June 5-6 in Clovis

The California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships are scheduled June 5 and 6 at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the campus of Buchanan High School in Clovis. Preliminaries are slated Friday, with field events set to begin at 2 p.m. and track events at 5 p.m. Saturday’s finals are slated to start at 4:30 p.m. for field events and 6 p.m. for track events. Tickets are $7-$10 Friday and $8-$12 Saturday; parking is $5 per day. For more information, visit cifstate.org.

Deadline approaches for PCA scholarships

The Mountain View-based Positive Coaching Alliance is offering at least 62 scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000, to high school juniors nationwide. The deadline to apply for PCA’s Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program is Sunday. The program, open to high school and club athletes, requires writing an essay and submitting testimonials from a school administrator and coach. To apply and for more information, visit positivecoach.org.

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Semi sweep


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St. Francis High’s Steve Dinneen, rising up for the kill, posted 15 kills in Saturday’s CCS semifinal sweep of rival Bellarmine.

There was no letup in the Lancers. Although the St. Francis High boys volleyball team had swept Bellarmine three times this season, the top-seeded Lancers didn’t look beyond the Bells when they met in Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division I semifinals.

St. Francis beat Bellarmine 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 at Independence High, advancing to the final for the second consecutive year.

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St. Francis High junior Heitel shines at CCS, earns return trip to NorCal championships


Courtesy of Steve Heitel
St. Francis’ Matt Heitel shot a 3-under-par 68 at last week’s Central Coast Section boys golf championships in Carmel.

No player posted a better score at last week’s Central Coast Section boys golf championships in Carmel than St. Francis High junior Matt Heitel, yet his 3-under-par 68 still wasn’t good enough to dethrone the defending champ.

Evergreen Valley’s Justin Suh also shot 68 on Rancho Cañada Golf Club’s West Course, forcing a playoff the senior won on the first hole. Suh shot par and Heitel bogeyed the hole.

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On to CCS


Marty Olivero/Special to the Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Xander Olivero edges Bellarmine’s Alex Sasser in the finals of the 3,200-meter run Friday at the West Catholic Athletic League finals. Olivero, a junior, clocked a 9:31.73.

A lot of locals have qualified for Saturday’s Central Coast Section track and field semifinals, though none of them should be busier than Brian Yeager and Rachael Estell.

Los Altos High senior Yeager and Mountain View High sophomore Estell each made the meet in four events – the maximum athletes are allowed to enter – after strong showings at Friday’s Santa Clara Valley Athletic League championships.

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Softball playoffs include Los Altos, Mountain View and Pinewood

As expected, Los Altos and Mountain View highs have qualified for the Central Coast Section softball playoffs after each won 19 games. But the inclusion of another local squad is somewhat of a surprise.

Pinewood – a 10-win team that last made the playoffs in 1998 – is the 12th seed in CCS Division III.

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