World travelers have a ball in Brazil

Courtesy of Allie Miller
Los Altos High graduate Allie Miller and boyfriend Nick Eppers show their support for Team USA while attending a World Cup match between Iran and Nigeria last month in Brazil.

Los Altos High School graduate Allie Miller said she’s suffered from the “Brazilian blues” since returning home from the World Cup last week.

While many fans viewed the 2014 FIFA World Cup from their homes, Miller and her boyfriend Nick Eppers spent two weeks in Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba watching the international soccer competition.


Logan caps college career at Caltech with academic and athletic success

Courtesy of Mark Logan
Los Altos native Paige Logan – throwing the hammer her senior year at Caltech – leaves the school with two track records, two volleyball records and two degrees.

Paige Logan graduated from Caltech holding school records in track and field and volleyball. But the Los Altos High product said she is most proud of her academic accomplishments at a university ranked among the best in the nation.

Logan graduated with honors June 13 with a double degree in geophysics and environmental science and engineering. Not an easy task for a student who played as many as three sports during her four years at Caltech, an NCAA Division III school in Pasadena.


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.


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