Sports on the Side

Local golfers shine at Shoreline Jr. Classic

A slew of local golfers placed among the top five in their divisions at the Shoreline Junior Classic June 27 at Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View. Los Altos resident Kripa Dharan tied for first in the Boys 10-11 division, shooting a nine-hole score of 32. Carisa Kim of Los Altos placed second in the Girls 10-11 division with a 38. In the girls 12-14 group, Mountain View resident Maddie Jun tied for third with an 18-hole score of 78 and Simar Singh of Los Altos tied for fifth with a 79. Connor Song tied for fifth in the Boys 7-9 division with a 43, while fellow Los Altos resident Sophie Thai tied for fifth in the Girls 7-9 group by shooting 48.

MVLA Girls Softball holds fall ball tryouts

Tryouts for Mountain View-Los Altos Girls Softball’s Nova Fall Ball teams are scheduled Aug. 16. Nova teams range from under-8 to under-16 age groups. For more information, visit


Locals return from soccer tournament with fond memories of games, fans and country

Courtesy of Kingstone Shih
Dr. Kingstone Shih and wife Laura Meneses show their support for her home country of Costa Rica at the FIFA World Cup.

When Dr. Kingstone Shih goes on vacation, soccer is almost always on the itinerary. The dentist from Los Altos said he is an “avid soccer fan” who tries to attend a game wherever he travels.

So Shih couldn’t pass up the chance to be at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil – especially after learning that his wife Laura Meneses’ native country had earned a berth in the tournament.


World travelers have a ball in Brazil

Courtesy of Allie Miller
Los Altos High graduate Allie Miller and boyfriend Nick Eppers show their support for Team USA while attending a World Cup match between Iran and Nigeria last month in Brazil.

Los Altos High School graduate Allie Miller said she’s suffered from the “Brazilian blues” since returning home from the World Cup last week.

While many fans viewed the 2014 FIFA World Cup from their homes, Miller and her boyfriend Nick Eppers spent two weeks in Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba watching the international soccer competition.


Logan caps college career at Caltech with academic and athletic success

Courtesy of Mark Logan
Los Altos native Paige Logan – throwing the hammer her senior year at Caltech – leaves the school with two track records, two volleyball records and two degrees.

Paige Logan graduated from Caltech holding school records in track and field and volleyball. But the Los Altos High product said she is most proud of her academic accomplishments at a university ranked among the best in the nation.

Logan graduated with honors June 13 with a double degree in geophysics and environmental science and engineering. Not an easy task for a student who played as many as three sports during her four years at Caltech, an NCAA Division III school in Pasadena.


Kawaguchi takes second in flight at girls state

Courtesy of Nancy Sartor
Kelsey Kawaguchi took second in her flight of the California Junior Girls State Championship last week in Monterey.

Facing a familiar foe in the match play final, local golfer Kelsey Kawaguchi knew she needed to play extremely well to win her flight of the California Junior Girls State Championship in Monterey.

Even when she did, Ty Akabane often found a way to be just a little better Thursday.


Sports on the Side

Circuit race returns

The fourth annual Foothill College Circuit Race, “The Learning Curve,” is scheduled 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 13 on the Los Altos Hills campus. Cyclists from the Juniors, Elite, Masters and Elite Pro divisions will race on the 1.09-mile loop around Foothill, climbing 60 feet in the process. Prizes for the winners range from medals to $500, depending on division. All racers must have a USA Cycling license; one-day and annual licenses will be sold at registration. Registration is $15-$35 through July 10 and an additional $10 after that. Proceeds go toward building a pedestrian/bike path from El Monte Road to campus. For more information, call 279-8472 or visit

Eagles make grade(s)

The Los Altos High girls track and field team last month was recognized as a CIF State Academic Team Champion for posting the highest GPA in its sport (3.90). The Eagles were one of only three teams from the Central Coast Section to garner such an award from the California Interscholastic Federation, which governs the state’s high school sports. Los Altos will receive a banner suitable for display in its gym.


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