Mercury rises to the top

Courtesy of Seth Alberico
MVLA Mercury Black won its division of the San Diego Surf Cup last month. Front row, from left: Gabby Sanfilippo, Erica Higa, Natalie Perreault, Amber Mallett, Taryn Harpell, Marissa Hing and Tierney McClenahan. Back: Manager Dan Hing, head coach Seth Alberico, Rebecca Andrews, Gabby Lopez, Regan Heslop, Gianna Timoteo, Aerial Chavarin, Jayme Hughes, Tegan McGrady, Shaelan Murison and assistant coach Peter Higa.

MVLA Mercury Black scored its second San Diego Surf Cup championship in four years by going undefeated in five games at the national soccer tournament.

The under-17 girls team from the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club claimed the crown in its division July 28.


Craig returns to Foothill as hoops coach

She’s back. After a one-year absence, Jody Craig has returned as head coach of the Foothill College women’s basketball team.

Craig left Foothill a year ago due to her contentious relationship with athletic director Susan Gutkind, who also served as dean of the Kinesiology and Athletics Division.


LA native Walz helps high school athletes get recruited

Courtesy of ZacK Walz
Zack Walz, who played linebacker in the NFL, is co-founder of a company that helps high school athletes get recruited by colleges.

Recent statistics show that fewer than 8 percent of high school athletes play a sport in college. Los Altos native Zack Walz beat those odds and even played professional football.

Now he is helping other high school athletes beat those odds.


PA Oaks cap season that could be their last

Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High graduate Steve Espinoza is stepping down as manager of the Palo Alto Oaks, a semipro baseball team founded in 1950.

It may be all over for the Oaks. Not just the season – the semipro baseball team was eliminated from the playoffs late last month – but for the organization as well.

Steve Espinoza, general manager of the Palo Alto Oaks, said he is stepping down after 11 years due to the challenges of securing field time and funds necessary to keep the Western Baseball Association team running.


Sports on the Side

Senior tennis tourney begins Monday in PA

Tennis players from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View are scheduled to participate in the USTA NorCal Mid-Pen Senior Championships Monday through Aug. 17 at Foothills Tennis and Swim Club, 3351 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto. Local singles and doubles players have registered to compete in age divisions such as over 65, over 70 and over 85, according to Foothills manager Parvin Farhooma. The annual tournament offers daytime events for men and women ages 45-90. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, email Foothills tennis director Henry Kamakana at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Fall sports info night set for Tuesday at MV

Mountain View High’s Fall Sports Parent Information Night – led by athletic director Shelley Smith – is scheduled 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s Spartan Theater. The presentation includes a general overview of the fall sports, an introduction of coaches, an opportunity to turn in athletic enrollment forms, information on participation cost, a question-and-answer period and a breakout session with each team. For more information, email Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Locals help North squash South in county all-star football game

Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Alex Andrighetto dives into the end zone for the North’s third touchdown in last week’s Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football game.

Sure it was an exhibition game, but don’t tell players on the North that last week’s 40th annual Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game didn’t matter. The team with nine local players approached it like there was a championship at stake.

The opposition? Not so much. The South all-stars were outplayed and physically overmatched from the opening possession by a spirited squad guided by Los Altos High coach Trevor Pruitt.


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