No suit, no sweat

Courtesy of the Gallagher Family
Joe Gallagher – a 12-year-old from Los Altos Hills – swims from near Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore. His uncle, Joe Locke, an accomplished open-water swimmer, accompanied him.

For his recent swim from just off Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore, Joe Gallagher had little choice but to brave the chilly bay wearing only a Speedo, goggles and a swim cap.

“I don’t have a wetsuit,” the 12-year-old said.


Sports on the Side

Locals net tennis titles

Local residents John Saviano and Scott Spielman won their respective divisions at the USTA NorCal Mid-Pen Senior Championships, a men’s tennis tournament held earlier this month at Foothills Tennis & Swimming Club in Palo Alto. Saviano (Los Altos Hills) won the 45 men’s singles title and Spielman (Los Altos) claimed the 65-and-over men’s singles crown.

Swing for a cause

Los Altos Christian School’s third annual golf tournament is scheduled to tee off 11 a.m. Sept. 29 at Stanford University Golf Course. Registration is set to begin at 9 a.m. and golf pro Bill Mykytka will provide pre-tournament pointers at 10 a.m. The $300 entry fee – discounted to $275 for those who sign up by Sept. 7 – includes a round of golf, cart, lunch, tee prizes and award reception. Proceeds benefit the school’s financial-aid program. To register and for more information, visit


Making a splash

Courtesy of Clarke Weatherspoon
Stanford Water Polo Club’s under-14 boys team earned the bronze medal at the Junior Olympics. Front row, from left: Corey Tanis, Larsen Weigle, Nathan Puentes, Walker Seymour, Alan Viollier and Jayden Kunwar. Back: Nik Caryotakis, Andrew Penner, Alexander Nemeth, Luke Rohlen, Chris Rowland, Andrew Churukian, Nico Bhatia, Alex Tsotadze, Miller Geschke and coach Clarke Weatherspoon. Bhatia, Geschke, Nemeth and Puentes are Los Altos residents.

Five club water polo teams with local players made a sizable splash at the National Junior Olympics, finishing among the top five in their respective divisions. The Bay Area hosted last month’s tournament.

Stanford Water Polo Club’s 14-and-under boys team – featuring four Los Altos residents – bagged a bronze medal. Los Altos-based NorCal Aquatics’ under-16 girls squad finished third in its division, while the club’s 18 boys and girls placed fourth and fifth, respectively, and Stanford’s 16 boys took fifth.


Buzzetta hired as LA girls varsity water polo coach

The Los Altos High girls water polo team expects smooth water ahead with its new coach.

Katie Buzzetta has been promoted to varsity head coach after one year guiding the girls junior-varsity team. She replaces Seth Tasman, who takes over the boys team after two seasons as girls coach.


Locals help tennis team net section crown

Courtesy of Bill Moniz
A senior men’s tennis team with two local residents recently captured its division at the USTA Northern California Sectional. Players, from left, include Tom Trankle, Larry Hayes (co-captain), Larry Namekata, Larry White, Bill Moniz (Los Altos), Jim Connor (Los Altos) and Po Chen. Not pictured: Merrill Clum, Shyamal Kanoo and Bob Ziegler.

A senior men’s tennis team with two Los Altos residents recently claimed its division of the United States Tennis Association’s Northern California Sectional.

The Sunnyvale-based team won the Men’s Adult 65-plus, 3.5 (skill level) section playoffs early this summer at Silverado Country Club in Napa.


Sports on the Side

Making the grade

St. Francis High’s Juliann Carroll, Adrianna Piazza, Hannah Press, Samantha Quinn and Olivia Vukcevich have been named to the US Lacrosse All-Academic Team-Northern California Chapter. All but Carroll, who is entering her senior year, graduated in the spring.

Montclaire hosts run

Montclaire Elementary School’s Fifth Annual 5k Run/Walk is slated 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28, starting on the campus at 1160 St. Joseph Ave., Los Altos. The 3.1-mile course includes the surrounding Highlands neighborhood and a portion of Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. This year’s theme is “Peace and Love,” and participants are encouraged to wear groovy clothes such as capes, tutus and knee-high socks. There will also be a free 1-mile fun run for children. Register by Friday to receive a race T-shirt. Cost is $35; proceeds benefit Montclaire. To register and for more information, visit


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