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St. Francis graduates drafted by MLB teams

Four graduates of St. Francis High were selected in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft earlier this month: shortstop Chris Baker (17th round, San Diego Padres), outfielder Kort Peterson (23rd round, Kansas City Royals), pitcher Trevor Bettencourt (25th round, Philadelphia Phillies) and outfielder Jeremy Ydens (40th round, St. Louis Cardinals). Ydens graduated from St. Francis last month and in November signed a National Letter of Intent with UCLA. Baker, Peterson and Bettencourt this year played for the University of Washington, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara, respectively.

Pathways golf tourney tees up July 11

Pathways, a Sunnyvale-based nonprofit that provides home health and hospice care, has scheduled its fourth annual Links to the Heart Golf Tournament 11:30 a.m. July 11 at Stanford University Golf Course. Registration is $395 per player or $1,580 for a foursome. Proceeds support the Pathways Clinical Team for Inpatient Hospice Services at Stanford Hospital. For more information, visit pathways- health.org.

Hills golfer wins division at Lemoore Junior Open

Sophie Siminoff of Los Altos Hills won the girls 15-18 title and finished second overall at the Kyle Simonson-Lemoore Junior Open last week.

The 16-year-old beat Clovis’ Morgan Polley by three strokes at the two-day tournament, held June 13 and 14 at Lemoore Golf Course.

Loads of locals land on all-league teams for spring sports performances

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Los Altos High softball player Janelle McAfee was named First Team All-SCVAL De Anza Division.

All-league honors were recently awarded to varsity high school athletes participating in spring sports. Athletes from local schools who earned accolades are listed below.

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Local triathletes live to tell about their Escape from Alcatraz

Courtesy of Marathon Foto
Los Altos resident Chris Chang competes in the 36th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon June 12 in San Francisco.

In this lottery, the lives of the winners only get tougher.

Those selected are “lucky” enough to get the chance to jump from a boat in the bay and swim 1.5 miles to shore, climb an unforgiving 400-step sand ladder, pedal 18 miles on many of the steep streets of San Francisco, then run 8 miles on pavement, gravel, dirt and sand.

Los Altos swimmer qualifies for Olympic trials

Courtesy of Kathleen Gaspich
Gabrielle Anderson made the Olympic trials by swimming the 100 butterfly in 1:01.12.

In the world of competitive swimming, Gabrielle Anderson has made it to the deep end of the pool. The Los Altos resident recently qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100-yard butterfly.

Anderson is scheduled to leave next week for the meet in Omaha, Neb., where she will share the pool with swimmers the 16-year-old admired growing up.

Blach relay teams race to titles at league, county track meets

Courtesy of Steve Kane
Blach’s seventh-grade boys 4x100 relay teams – Trace Thompson, Ethan Wolff, Ryan Cambouris and Adrian Cecil – won league and county titles.

Relays ruled at Blach Intermediate School this spring.

The Falcons’ seventh-grade boys 4x100-meter relay team finished first at last month’s Santa Clara County track and field championships, and the girls 4x100 team took third. A week earlier, both foursomes won their races at the league championships.

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