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.


Douglas does it

Chris Bradford/Special to the Town Crier
St. Francis High pitcher Casey Douglas, a Los Altos resident, recently committed to the University of Kansas.

Casey Douglas didn’t get a lot of opportunities to pitch this year, but he took advantage of just about every start for the St. Francis High baseball team.

In six starts, the senior posted a 5-0 record with a 0.47 ERA.


Oaks' future in doubt, but team makes most of present

While this summer marks Steve Espinoza’s final season running the Palo Alto Oaks, he hopes it’s not the semipro baseball team’s last year as well.

The Los Altos High graduate desperately wants the Oaks, founded in 1950, to continue without him – if that’s possible.


Rangers salute fallen soldier before games

Courtesy of Laura Orella
The Rangers, a Majors team from Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League, pose with the parents of fallen solider Will Sigua at his memorial rock in Purissima Park. Before each game, the players touch the rock for inspiration and to honor Will, killed while fighting in Iraq in 2007. Front, from left: Ethan Lowe (kneeling), Jack Starkey, Brock Susko, Aidan Witte, Spencer Wood, Philip Martin, Matthew Waldbusser and Matthew Leong (crouching). Standing: Ben Sigua, Jackie Sigua, Will Schoppet, Jeffrey Taylor, Bill Witte, Brian Wood, Kyle Pena, Miles Bader, Lou Pena and Ken Leong.

When it comes to sports, it’s sometimes hard for kids to remember that winning isn’t everything.

But the Rangers – a Majors division (ages 11-12) team from Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League – are reminded of that before each game, thanks to a fallen soldier from Los Altos Hills whose legacy and love of baseball lives on at Purissima field.


Local triathletes escape Alcatraz

Courtesy of Marathon Photo
Robert McGrath of Los Altos placed 13th in the men’s 55-59 division at the June 1 triathlon.

Nine local residents completed the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon June 1 in San Francisco.

The annual event features a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to shore, an 18-mile bike ride and an 8-mile run through San Francisco.


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