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CIF survey: Participation in high school sports at all-time high for 5th straight year

High school sports participation continues to increase in California and is at an all-time high for the fifth consecutive year, according to the 2017 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sports Participation Survey released last month.

Up by 0.78 percent since last year’s survey, according to the CIF, 785,357 student-athletes are competing in education-based athletic programs in California.

Hills resident returns to bike ride to honor friend

Courtesy of Diane Ciesinski
Stephen Ciesinski prepares to ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge with Ann Bauer, the widow of his college friend Steve Bauer.

Stephen Ciesinski expected the 2013 Pan-Mass Challenge – an annual bike ride across Massachusetts to raise money for cancer research – to be his last. But the Los Altos Hills resident returned this year to honor good friend and longtime ride participant Steve Bauer, who died last fall.

“I agreed to ride the Pan-Mass Challenge one more time,” said Ciesinski, who last month pedaled 85 miles, from Wellesley to Bourne. “I actually rode Bauer’s bike alongside his friends and four other friends.”

LA grads form Dream Team at handball tourney in Sweden

Courtesy of Albin Mollerstedt
Eight recent Los Altos High graduates sport the retro Dream Team jerseys they wore last month at the Åhus Beach Handball Tournament in Sweden. Pictured, from left: David Lisbonne, Victor Yu, Max Sullivan, Adam Rosenbaum, Albin Mollerstedt, Tommy Andrews, Jay Uppuluri and Aidan Kelleher.

Of the many memorable moments from Albin Mollerstedt’s senior trip – three weeks in Europe with seven friends from Los Altos High – one clearly ranks above the rest.

It was teaming with his buddies to play in the Åhus Beach Handball Tournament last month in his native Sweden.

Aviators fly past Spiders in conference semifinals

Courtesy of Andrew Zill
The San Jose Spiders’ Andrew Berry makes a layout catch for a goal in the Western Conference semifinals Aug. 12 at Foothill College.

The San Jose Spiders fell 33-24 to the Los Angeles Aviators in the American Ultimate Disc League’s Western Conference semifinals Aug. 12 at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

“LA had a great, deep game and were able to come down with long, floating passes on offense and defense, and also were able to take advantage of last-second scores at the end of each quarter,” Spiders owner and general manager Andrew Zill said.

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