Umpire Vasser earns red jersey for his service to Little League

Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Adam Vasser holds up the red jersey he was awarded last month for his dedication and extensive experience as an umpire in Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League Baseball. His dad, Mark, right, earned a red jersey as well.

With nearly 20 years’ experience as an umpire for Little League Baseball, one might think Adam Vasser has seen it all. Just this year, however, the Los Altos native witnessed the strangest play of his career.

“It was a Juniors game in Los Altos, and a kid hit the ball and it hit him square in the face and almost knocked him out,” Vasser said. “He was woozy and had to go to urgent care. It left his team with only eight players, and you can’t go below nine, so we had to end the game. It was the last inning, and they had the tying run on third. It was a crazy scenario. In all my years, I’ve never seen anything like that.”


Sports on the Side

LAHS diver honored

Los Altos High’s Riley Fujioka has been named an All-American in girls diving. Only 100 high school girls receive this status each year. Fujioka placed sixth at the Central Coast Section championships last spring. She is entering her junior year.

Good ‘Vision’

Three teams from the Vision Volleyball Club with local players placed among the top 15 of their divisions at the USAV Girls Junior National Championships, which concluded July 2 in New Orleans. Vision 17 Gold, featuring St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, finished fifth (7-2 record) in the 17 Open Division; Vision Gold 15, including St. Francis’ Julia DeVine and Mollie Ebertin, placed 10th (7-4) in the 15 Open Division; and Vision Gold 18, featuring Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, came in 14th (6-4) in the 18 Open Division.


All-Star ace

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Erik Johnson of Los Altos pitches for the International League in last week’s Triple A All-Star Game in Omaha, Neb.

The score might fade from Erik Johnson’s memory – all-star games are just exhibitions, after all – but it’s doubtful the Los Altos native will ever forget the experience.

With the stands filled with fans for last week’s Triple A All-Star Game in Omaha, Neb., Johnson took the mound as the International League’s starting pitcher. Only three other players in the history of the Charlotte Knights (affiliated with the Chicago White Sox) have done the same.


International fencer finally competes close to LA Hills home

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Medora McCarthy, right, competes in the U.S. Fencing Association Summer Nationals at the San Jose Convention Center.

With all the traveling Medora McCarthy has done the past two years to participate in international fencing tournaments, she was relieved to compete close to home last month.

The Los Altos Hills resident – who estimated that she spent a total of 23 days on airplanes flying to and from competitions since 2013 – took part in the U.S. Fencing Association Summer Nationals June 28 and 29 at the San Jose Convention Center.


Vargas shows his skills at Super Combine

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Running back Patrick Vargas, a rising senior year at Los Altos High, is one step away from playing in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.

Only 600 prep football players in the country were invited to the Blue-Grey Super Combine – and Patrick Vargas of Los Altos High was among them.

The incoming senior participated in the July 12 Super Combine at College of San Mateo – one of four held nationally – with hopes of becoming a Blue-Grey All-American. From these workouts, just 200 players will be selected to play in one of two Blue-Grey All-American Bowls scheduled this winter at NFL stadiums.


Johnson helps U.S. bag bronze medal at Pan Am Games

Keane Johnson of Los Altos helped row Team USA to a bronze medal in the men’s 8 race last week at the Pan American Games in Toronto. He also rowed on the 4-man boat that finished fourth.

The United States’ bronze-winning sweep boat finished the 2,000-meter course in 6 minutes, 12.64 seconds. Host Canada grabbed gold (6:07.01) and Argentina secured silver (6:10.08) in the July 15 race.


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