El Camino YMCA's new sports specialist wants to be a mentor to young children

Courtesy of TaLeiza Calloway-Appleton
Brittany Taylor, a graduate of St. Francis High, is the new sports specialist at the El Camino YMCA in Mountain View.

As the new sports specialist at the El Camino YMCA in Mountain View, Brittany Taylor hopes to be the kind of mentor she didn’t having growing up.

“I did not have a coach, role model or person to look up to when I was young, so I like to be that for my kids,” Taylor said.

Spiders look to ground Aviators in Saturday's semifinal at Foothill

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San Jose Spiders player Evan Brydon snares the Frisbee in a recent home match at Foothill College.

The American Ultimate Disc League’s San Jose Spiders, who play their home games at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, are scheduled to host the Los Angeles Aviators 7 p.m. Saturday in the Western Conference semifinals.

Owner and general manager Andrew Zill described his Spiders (8-6) and the visiting Aviators (9-5) as “very even teams.” The last time these semipro ultimate Frisbee teams met, host Los Angeles eked out a 24-23 win on a last-second goal in overtime July 22.

Camp comes to close for summer

Courtesy of Doug Wiersig
Mountain View High basketball player Shareen Estremera, right, works with a camper at a recent session of the Spartans Sports Camp. Founded in 2012, the camp this year secured nonprofit status.

The Spartans Sports Camp at Mountain View High last week wrapped up its first summer as an official nonprofit organization.

Founded in 2012 through the Mountain View athletic department and run through the school district, the camp for students in grades 2-9 has raised more than $260,000 for Mountain View’s athletic department.

Sports on the Side

LAHS offers physicals today at PT Works

Los Altos High’s sports physicals for students who intend to play a fall sport are scheduled 5:30-8 p.m. today at PT Works, 794 Altos Oaks Drive, Los Altos. Cost is $40. Athletes also may see their own doctors to complete the school’s athletic clearance form. For more information, email athletic director Michelle Bokamper Noeth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Chamber golf tourney tees off Monday

Spots remain in the 28th annual Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, scheduled Monday at Los Altos Golf & Country Club. Cost is $250, which includes lunch, tee prizes, silent auction, cocktails and barbecue dinner, and awards and prizes. Cost to attend only the post-golf party is $65. Registration and the putting contest are scheduled 10 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at noon and the party at 5 p.m. To register and for more information, visit losaltoschamber.org/golf_tournament.html.

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