Aviators fly past Spiders in conference semifinals

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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.

Schram remembered for devotion to SF sports

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Joe Schram attends a barbecue in his honor at St. Francis High in 2012, when the school established a scholarship in his name. The Los Altos resident died Aug. 1 after battling diabetes.

He never played for or coached at the school, yet few people can match Joe Schram’s contributions to St. Francis High athletics.

The longtime Los Altos resident, who died Aug. 1 at age 86, devoted more than 40 years of his life to the Lancers. Schram announced games, kept stats and records, took photos and wrote media guides – all as a volunteer.

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

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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.

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