Local Burton among best junior bowlers in U.S.

Courtesy of Jennifer Burton
Los Altos native Ryan Burton proudly wears his medal at bowling’s International Training and Research Center in Dallas, home of Junior Team USA.

One of the top junior bowlers in the nation hails from Los Altos, and he’s been playing the game before he could speak.

Ryan Burton has landed a spot on Junior Team USA by placing fifth out of 1,500 bowlers in the under-20 men’s division of the Junior Gold Championships last summer in Dallas.

Pumpkin patch opens Friday at Los Altos High

The Los Altos High School Athletic Boosters Pumpkin Patch is scheduled to open Friday in the far corner of the student parking lot at 201 Almond Ave.

Hours of operation are noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends through Oct. 30.

Boys cross-country teams shooting for state meet

Lars Eng/Special to the Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Colton Colonna, from left, Los Altos High’s Owen MacKenzie and St. Francis’ Eric Eng head toward the finish line at the Earlybird Invitational in Salinas Sept. 15.

If the recent Earlybird Invitational was any indication, the boys cross-country teams from St. Francis and Los Altos highs are both poised to have another sensational season. The Lancers won the overall boys title and the Eagles finished third Sept. 15 at Toro Park in Salinas.

“We were happy to get back down to Toro Park to see where we’re at and feel out where we stand now,” said St. Francis boys coach Phil Pompei, whose squad won the Central Coast Section Division II title on the course last year. “Expectations are high, and I think we’re on a good trajectory.”

MacKenzie's more than a runner

He’s one of the best distance runners in the Central Coast Section and an A student who somehow also finds time to lead a rock band, but not even Owen MacKenzie succeeds at everything.

“I failed my driver’s test,” the Los Altos High senior said. “That was the last time I was disappointed.”

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