Los Altos High grads launch volleyball camp for girls

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Former Los Altos High volleyball players Allie Miller, left, and Ashley Watson run Camp A-Team, a volleyball clinic for girls.

When they met in seventh grade at Egan Junior High, Allie Miller and Ashley Watson bonded over volleyball. They became good friends and great players who starred at Los Altos High in the early 2000s.

Although they now live several miles apart – Miller works as a high school counselor in San Francisco and Watson teaches first grade in Campbell – the Los Altos natives have figured out a way to remain close friends and close to the sport they love to play and coach.


Local swimmer recognized by Pacific Masters

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Los Altos Mountain View Aquatic Club swim coach Jose Bonpua, left, congratulates Michael Thomas after a race. Thomas, a Los Altos resident, was recently named the Pacific Masters Championships 2013 Swimmer of the Year.

Michael Thomas of Los Altos recently received the Pacific Masters Championships’ 2013 Swimmer of the Year award in the 18-24 age group.

The award is given to the swimmer who accumulates the most points for top-three finishes during regional and national competitions in short course (25 yards and 25 meters), long course (50 meters) and open water.


Sports on the Side

Golfer Kim places 3rd

Stanford University sophomore Lauren Kim of Los Altos took third at last month’s NCAA Women’s Golf Championships – the best finish by a Cardinal player since 1992. Kim posted rounds of 67, 71, 72 and 67 at the event, held May 20-23 at Oklahoma’s Tulsa Country Club (par 70). The Los Altos High graduate was tied for first after the opening round and got off to a hot start the final day, bagging seven birdies in her first 12 holes.

Track time

The Fox Athletics track and field team has started its summer season. The Los Altos-based club practices 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information, contact coach Dave Barth at 823-5167 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Locals run to state

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Gunn High’s Sarah Robinson chases San Lorenzo Valley’s Anna Maxwell at the end of the 1,600 run. Robinson finished second.

Although track and field is often considered an individual sport – outside of the relays – Gunn High’s Sarah Robinson took one for the team at Friday’s Central Coast Section finals at San Jose City College.

The Los Altos Hills resident considered dropping the 800-meter race to focus on the 1,600 and 3,200 – until she learned that Gunn needed her to run to have a chance at winning the girls team title. That was enough to convince Robinson to take on a third distance race, which few runners dare to do at CCS; only the top three finishers in each event are guaranteed to make it to state.


Spartans top Lancers in NorCal final

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Mountain View High’s Alec Flowers racked up 16 kills in the NorCal title match.

By following league and section titles with a regional championship Saturday night, the Mountain View High boys volleyball team lived up to this year’s motto: “Focus to finish.”

Coach M. Anthony Chen, who goes by MAC, said the Spartans devised the rallying cry after failing to close out their foes in the Central Coast Section final and Northern California semifinals last season.


One tough day in May for local softball, baseball teams

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Los Altos High softball player Angelica Minor belted a triple in the CCS quarterfinals.

A day that began with so much hope ended in disappointment for the local softball and baseball teams that made it to the Central Coast Section playoffs.

The Los Altos and Mountain View softball squads and Los Altos and St. Francis baseball teams were eliminated in the quarterfinals May 24.


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