Pair of MVLA soccer teams kick their way to nationals

Courtesy of Kim Cesana
The MVLA Vipers Blue made nationals by winning the west regional in Davis. Front, from left: Kai Moos, Ben Ambach, Jake Echanove, Tyler Poulsen, Paul Faurot, Ciry Mendoza and Ivan Cordera. Back: Jakob Motogawa, Nicholas Vollmer, Nikhil Weigel, Ethan Briens, Matthew Lopez, Harry Allen, William Lepesh, coach Rafael Soares, Tyler Roey and Brandt Hedgpeth. Not pictured: Ollie DeVisser and Justin Ratner.

Two teams from the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club traveled east this month to prove that the west is best when it comes to youth soccer.

The MVLA Typhoons Black (under-15 girls) competed in the Elite Clubs National League Finals in Richmond, Va., while the MVLA Vipers Blue (under-13 boys) participated in the National Cup XIII Finals in Greensboro, N.C.


Junior All-Stars eliminated from Section 5 tourney

Courtesy of Bobby Glasspole
The Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League Junior All-Stars posted a 1-2 record in the Section 5 Tournament in San Jose after winning the District 44 championship. Front, from left: Case Herbert, Bo Fick, Chris Gile, Rory Mellis, Ryan Baum and Matt May. Back: Coach Sam Stewart, manager Bobby Glasspole, Brandon Fan, George Fisher, Nick Juran, Austin Townsend, Cobi Dougherty, Keenan Hanley and coach Robby Garrison.

The Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League Junior All-Stars saw their playoff run come to a close at the Section 5 Tournament in San Jose.

Branham Hills (San Jose) eliminated the local team of 13- and 14-year-olds July 15.


Sports on the Side

Local league hosts Pony regionals

Los Altos-Mountain View PONY Baseball is scheduled to host the eight-day Pony division (14-and-under) NorCal regionals through Saturday at Skip Mueller Field at Rosita Park. The host team was slated to open the double-elimination tournament Saturday against Tara Hills. The winner’s bracket semifinals are set for 5:30 p.m. today and the championship game is scheduled 10 a.m. Saturday.

Flag football camp kicks off Monday

Returning for its ninth year, After School Athletics’ Flag Football Summer Camp is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Aug. 1 at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-12. Instructors include football coaches from Mountain View and St. Francis highs and Foothill College. Cost is $250 and an additional $50 for lunch. To register, visit For more information, contact Vince Giacomini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (408) 892-9193, or Jerry Sorensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 906-0491.


Stewart accepts job as baseball coach at Los Altos High

Los Altos High administrators offered Gabe Stewart the job of head baseball coach at Los Altos High even before he could apply for it.

“They approached me – they wanted an on-campus coach,” said Stewart, an AP History teacher at the school with 18 years of coaching experience. “It was a vote of confidence that they didn’t open (the job) up immediately.”


Dual-citizen fencer duels for Great Britain

Courtesy of Medora McCarthy
Medora McCarthy, right – representing Great Britain – duels a Canadian fencer at a recent competition.

Medora McCarthy is not your typical teenager. The Los Altos Hills resident competes internationally in an obscure sport and does not attend a conventional high school.

McCarthy, 17, is a high-level fencer who recently transitioned to an independent learning school because she travels frequently to compete.


Team with locals takes 13th at Jr. National

Courtesy of Missy Robinson
Vision Blue 18-2 placed 13th in the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships earlier this month. Front, from left: Sydnie Ybarratta, Bailee Roces and Kaitlin Tavarez. Middle: Emily Del Signore, Kristi Brown, Megan Robinson, Tori Taormina and Sarah Rose. Back: Assistant coach Fletcher Anderson, Christine Dion, Shea O’Gorman, Michelle Albright, Samantha Nydam, Emily Gigantino and head coach Jeff Kim.

Vision Blue 18-2 didn’t earn a medal at the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships, but the club team did finish higher than any other Northern California squad competing in its division.

Vision Volleyball Club’s 18-and-under team, featuring local players Megan Robinson (Mountain View High) and Michelle Albright (Los Altos High), tied for 13th place in the American Division. The next-best finisher from the region – NCVC RoShamBo 18-2 of Meadow Vista (Placer County) – took 30th out of the 48 teams competing.


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