CIF votes to implement protocol for sudden cardiac arrest; bylaw goes into effect next school year

Courtesy of Maureen Legg
A student-athlete receives a free heart screening by volunteers from the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation. The California Interscholastic Federation has partnered with the foundation.

Playing a sport in high school is a rite of passage for many, but it’s not right for everyone. For some, there are medical risks to consider.

Student-athletes who suffer from certain heart abnormalities are in danger of going into sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). A discrepancy in the electrical function of the heart, the condition causes it to suddenly and unexpectedly stop beating.


Pinewood, Messy part ways; school seeks coach for boys basketball

Pinewood School seeks a varsity boys basketball coach after parting ways with Mani Messy after three seasons.

Messy and Pinewood “mutually decided to part ways,” athletic director Matt Stimson said Monday.


Sports on the Side

LAHS Color Run slated for Saturday

The inaugural Los Altos High School Color Run – a fundraiser for the athletics program – is set for Saturday on the campus at 201 Almond Ave. A color run features checkpoints along the route at which the participants are sprinkled with colored powder. The goal is to raise $5,000 for Los Altos athletics. There are two color runs scheduled – the Community Run at 5 p.m. and the Main Color Run (primarily for Los Altos High students) at 7 p.m. The course starts and finishes on the school track, with a run around the entire campus in between. Both events are open to walkers as well, but no dogs are allowed. Registration, which includes a T-shirt, is $30 for adults, $20 for Los Altos High students, $10 for children ages 6-13 and free for those 5 and under. Adults and Los Altos High students may participate in either run; children are limited to the Community Run and must be accompanied by an adult or Los Altos High student. Participants are encouraged to register online by Friday. To register, visit

Spring Forward run also set for Saturday

The second Spring Forward 5K/10K is scheduled Saturday morning. The 10K run is set for 8 a.m. and the 5K run/walk at 8:15 a.m. at the Microsoft campus, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View. Both courses are flat and run along the Bay. The events begin on the road, move onto the dirt trail at Shoreline Park and circle back to end on pavement at Microsoft. Baby joggers are allowed, but dogs are not. A 1-mile children’s race is set for 9:15 a.m. Adult registration includes a race T-shirt, bib and timing chip. Children’s registration includes a T-shirt, bib and finisher’s ribbon. Free photos and refreshments will be offered to all after the race. The 5K and 10K pre-registration fees are $40, and the Children’s Race is $15. Proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, whose goal is to end poverty for people of all faiths and cultures in the community. For advance registration and more information, visit


Pitcher perfect

Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High junior Lizzy Beutter throws a pitch on her way to a perfect game last week against visiting Gunn.

Pitcher Lizzy Beutter’s performance against Gunn last week wasn’t the first perfect game of her softball career – or even this season. The Los Altos High junior twirled another one just 17 days earlier against Notre Dame-San Jose.

But that March 14 tournament game was shortened to only three innings on the 15-run mercy rule, while last week’s league contest concluded after five frames on the 10-run rule.


Los Altos boys edge Los Gatos by a point

Town Crier file photo
Joe Kull ran the second leg of Los Altos High’s 4x100-meter relay, which clocked a season-best time of 44.81 seconds to beat Los Gatos.

The one-tenth of a second that separated the Los Altos High boys from Los Gatos in the 4x100-meter relay loomed large in last week’s track and field meet.

Without that narrow victory in the second event of the day, the Eagles would not have won the March 31 home meet. Los Altos, which received five points for finishing first in the race, clipped the previously undefeated Wildcats 64-63.


Baseball teams from LA and MV look to rebound from tough weeks

Spring break probably couldn’t have come at a better time for the Mountain View High baseball team. Perhaps the slumping Spartans can regroup during this week without games.

Kris Mims – who replaced Dan Demuth as head coach March 24 – has scheduled two practices for his squad, which went 0-3 last week and has dropped 14 consecutive games.


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