Los Altos teams earn high praise for high grades

The Central Coast Section honored seven teams from Los Altos High for their work in the classroom during the 2013-14 school year.

Their collective grade-point averages ranked from first to fourth among teams competing in their respective sport. Five squads in each sport received a CCS Scholastic Championship Team Award.


Braves edge A's for title in Mustang 2 division

Courtesy of Tom Wagenbrenner
The Braves won the Mustang 2 playoffs, edging the A’s in the final. The Braves, front, from left: Nik Khuntia, Nicky Morris, Matthew Wagenbrenner and Ian Shiu. Middle: Andrew Reilly, Gannon Munro, Romin Vasishta, Joel Arcune, Armaan Hedayati, Troy Kelsch, Nate Heppberger and Quinton Mastropietro. Back: Coaches James Reilly, David Morris, Randy Arcune and Tom Kelsch. The A’s, front: Bobby Wang, Austin Wang, Emmanuel Leblond, Tyler Heyl and Ryan Dissanayake. Middle: Nico Andrighetto, Tye Wilfong, John Bowers, Richard Colgrove, Adam Dailey and Tom Harpaz. Back: Coaches Mark Heyl, Pete Dailey and Domenic Andrighetto. Not pictured: Blake Johnson.

The Braves, a Mustang 2 division (ages 9-10) team from Los Altos-Mountain View PONY Baseball, recently completed a perfect five-game playoff run by defeating the Athletics 8-7 in the final.

Both teams entered the game with 4-0 records after rolling through their respective playoff brackets. The six-inning final featured five lead changes.


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.


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