Participation in prep sports sets record in California

High school sports participation continues to increase in California and is at an all-time high for the seventh consecutive year, according to the 2018-19 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sports Participation Survey released last month.

Up by 0.67% since the 2017-18 survey by the CIF (which governs the state’s high school sports), 814,004 student-athletes competed in education-based athletic programs in California last school year.

Parents urged to cheer play, not jeer refs, at prep games

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in California, this message is primarily for you.

When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes to verbally criticizing game officials or coaches, cool it.

LA teen wins division on his first 'tri'

Courtesy of Amit Patel
Vian Patel and his mom, Jeanne Schmitt, stand together after completing the Tri for Fun triathlon.

Vian Patel, a 13-year-old entering eighth grade at Egan Junior High, placed first in the under-14 boys division of the Tri for Fun triathlon Aug. 10 in Herald (Sacramento County).

Vian was the youngest of the more than 100 participants to complete the race, which comprised a half-mile swim in the lake at Rancho Seco Park, a 16-mile bicycle ride and a 3-mile run. The Los Altos resident posted a time of 2 hours, 42 minutes.

In its 13th summer, KLD Soccer Camp draws 300 youngsters to Cooper Park

Angela Tamada/Special to the Town Crier
This summer’s Kick, Lead and Dream Soccer Camp hosted 300 kids at Cooper Park in Mountain View.

Dozens of countries’ flags rippled through the air at Cooper Park in Mountain View earlier this summer, with each flag representing a team of local kids wanting to spend two weeks of their break playing soccer.

The annual Kick, Lead and Dream (KLD) Soccer Camp has been completely volunteer and donation based since Akash Nigam, then a freshman at Mountain View High, launched it in 2007. Run under the aegis of the Sunnyvale Police Activities League, the camp provides low-income students a place to learn lessons on and off the soccer field.

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