SF's Schaffer, LA's Carter place at state swim meet

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Los Altos High’s Danielle Carter, swimming the backstroke at last year’s state meet, placed third in the 100 back at this year’s competition.

Seeded fourth in the girls 50-yard freestyle, St. Francis High’s Brooke Schaffer surprised even herself by placing second in the finals Saturday at the state swimming and diving championships in Clovis.

“I wasn’t really expecting that,” the junior said. “It was a good surprise.”

Eagles end CCS title drought in gymnastics

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The Los Altos High gymnastics team is all smiles after winning the Central Coast Section title last week. Pictured, clockwise from bottom left: Charissa Vesurai, Kelli Kuramoto, Roosa Uusitalo, Emma Tsao and Courtney Krauss.

The Los Altos High gymnastics team entered last week’s Central Coast Section championships in an unfamiliar position: the favorite.

The Eagles showed throughout the season that they were talented and deep enough to claim the crown, but it had been 28 years since the program won it all.

Los Altos teen helps Jr. Sharks claim state championship

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Cody Naporano, playing center for the Jr. Sharks, tallied four goals and 10 assists during his team’s nine-game playoff run.

A year ago, Los Altos resident Cody Naporano couldn’t have imagined the success his Jr. Sharks ice hockey team would achieve this season. The Bantam-level squad had just completed a one-win campaign he described as “very horrible.”

This year, the Jr. Sharks won 34 games and were crowned state champions of the 14U B division earlier this month.

Eagles eye CCS crown

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Los Altos High gymnast Kelli Kuramoto competes in the uneven bars at last week’s meet.

When Los Altos High last won a Central Coast Section championship in gymnastics, team members were probably into tapered jeans, Madonna’s “Vogue” and the rom-com “Pretty Woman.”

That was 1990. This may be the year the Eagles finally win another CCS crown.

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