Kim, Cardinal claim crown

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Los Altos native Lauren Kim, a junior, posted the best scoring average on the Stanford women’s golf team this season.

For Los Altos native Lauren Kim and the rest of the Stanford University women’s golf team, a season of highs and lows couldn’t have finished on a higher note.

The Cardinal – which opened the year ranked No. 1 in the nation, only to fall to 17th – closed the season by winning its first NCAA championship. Stanford beat Baylor 3-2 in the match-play final May 27 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.


MV sophomore Estell jumps to 8th place at state

She may be a sprinter first, but Rachael Estell has emerged as a legitimate long jumper as well.

Estell’s evolution in the event took another leap forward last weekend at the state track and field championships. The Mountain View High sophomore finished eighth in the girls long jump finals Saturday at Buchanan High in Clovis. She jumped a personal-best 18 feet, 5 1/2 inches.


Fafek flourishes at MV Open, finishes second in men's singles

Togasaki Denny Fafek, a graduate of Los Altos High, placed second in Men’s Open Singles last month at the Mountain View Open tennis tournament at Cuesta Park. Fafek fell to Gunn High senior Andy Zhou in the final.

The 47th annual Mountain View Open tennis tournament didn’t produce any hometown champions, but one local made it to the finals.

Denny Fafek, a Mountain View resident and Los Altos High graduate, finished as the runner-up in the Men’s Open Singles division at the tourney, held over Memorial Day weekend at the Cuesta Park Tennis Center. Fafek fell to Andy Zhou, a senior at Gunn High, by the score of 6-4, 7-5.


Sports on the Side

Swing for St. Francis

The seventh annual St. Francis High School Golf Classic is scheduled Friday at Santa Clara Golf and Tennis Club, 5155 Stars and Stripes Drive. The $155 entry fee includes a round of golf, cart, tee prizes, barbecue dinner and cocktail reception. The shotgun start is set for 1 p.m. and the dinner 7 p.m. at St. Francis. The event benefits St. Francis’ Alumni Class Endowed Scholarship Program. For more information, call Greg Calcagno at 210-2437.

Swim lessons

The city of Mountain View offers an American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program over the summer. Led by certified instructors, the 30-minute classes for tots to teens are held biweekly for four weeks at Rengstorff Park Pool and Eagle Park Pool. Cost is $56-$70. Register online at


Right on track

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Mountain View High sophomore Rachael Estell leaps for the win in the girls long jump Friday at the CCS championships.

As far as locals go, the underclassmen overshadowed the seniors at the Central Coast Section track and field championships Friday at San Jose City College.

Four of the five athletes from area high schools who finished at least third in an individual event, thus qualifying for this weekend’s state meet, are sophomores or juniors. And there are only five seniors among the quartet of relay teams advancing.


Los Altos junior Gwo wins two races at inaugural state swim meet in Clovis

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Los Altos High’s Albert Gwo – standing with coach Seth Tasman – won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races at the state meet.

With the flu behind him, Los Altos High’s Albert Gwo flew past the competition at the state swimming and diving championships. The junior won both his races – the boys 50- and 100-yard freestyles – in the May 23 finals.

A week earlier, Gwo fought the flu as he swam these events at the Central Coast Section championships. Yet he still won the 50 free and finished second in the 100 free to qualify for the inaugural state meet at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex.


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