Workout warriors

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Los Altos High gymnast Jessica Nelson soars by coach Youlee Lee during practice last week. Lee is a 2005 Los Altos High grad.

Some coaches would like to see their athletes work harder. Youlee Lee has the opposite problem when it comes to her gymnasts.

“They’re constantly working, and we have to tell them to stop,” said Lee, who coaches the Los Altos High and Mountain View High teams with Veronica Porte. “But they just want to get it.”


Dinneen and Jimenez come up big for St. Francis boys volleyball team

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St. Francis High senior Xander Jimenez bumps the ball in Thursday’s home match against Sacred Heart Cathedral.

The way Mike Rubin speaks of Xander Jimenez and Steve Dinneen, one might think he was coaching them in football – not volleyball.

“They are the two most physical players in CCS,” he said of the St. Francis High seniors. “It’s a bit like watching an ox and the Incredible Hulk on a daily basis.”


LA lacrosse team loses Guralas; locals shine at Top 8 track meet

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Los Altos’ Kevin Anawalt runs the 800 at the CCS Top 8 meet.

The Los Altos High lacrosse team’s path to the playoffs took a troubling turn last week. The Eagles lost their top player, AJ Guralas, to an injury.

“AJ fractured a finger on his left hand and dislocated one on his right hand last Monday,” said his father and Los Altos coach Andreas Guralas, “so he’s out for two to four weeks and was not able to play in the game (Friday) versus Los Gatos.”


Sports on the Side

Dinner with Dusty

Positive Coaching Alliance’s 14th Annual National Youth Sports Awards Dinner and Auction is scheduled 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. The nonprofit organization is based in Mountain View. Dusty Baker will receive the Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement for his positive coaching style as manager of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds, and for his role in helping PCA develop the “Better Athletes, Better People” initiative through youth and high school sports. In addition, Julie Foudy – two-time Women’s World Cup Soccer champion and Olympic gold medalist – will lead a panel discussion with four youth and high school sports coaches from throughout the country. Tickets start at $250. For more information, email Emily Monley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Flax lends a hand

Los Altos resident Ken Flax was among a group of former world-class track and field athletes who instructed several youngsters in the sport last month at the Yokota Air Base in Japan. A two-time Olympian and NCAA hammer champion, Flax was inducted into the University of Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.


Eagles take aim at playoff berth

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Los Altos High lacrosse coach Andreas Guralas talks strategy with son AJ during a recent game.

AJ Guralas is well on his way to leading the Los Altos High lacrosse team in scoring again this season, though the senior is not on pace to challenge the school-record 92 goals he recorded last year.

And that’s just fine with him.


LA baseball team pounds Pioneers; Pinewood earns first softball win

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Pinewood School’s Gabe Owens won his match against Harker in three sets Thursday.

The Los Altos High baseball team returned from its week off with a vengeance.

The visiting Eagles clobbered Cupertino 10-5 Saturday, never trailing in their first game back from spring break.


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