Westwind's teen riders bond as members of equestrian team

Courtesy of Kristina Sumina
Kristina Sumina competes in a recent event as part of Westwind Community Barn’s equestrian team.

Horseback riding may seem like an individual sport, but since 2016, a group of local girls has formed a tight team around it.

“I love IEA for not only giving me an opportunity to compete more often, but (also for) bringing me into a tight-knit and kind community,” said team member Kristina Sumina, who completed eighth grade at Bullis Charter School in June.

SJ Spiders set to host AUDL semis & finals at Foothill College

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Keenan Laurence plays for the San Jose Spiders in a recent home game.

The San Jose Spiders are hosting this year’s American Ultimate Disc League semifinals and finals next month at Foothill College, though the semipro ultimate Frisbee team won’t be a participant.

The Spiders missed the playoffs after placing third in the West division at 3-9. Ten of the AUDL’s 21 teams did qualify; the final four are slated to play at Foothill the second weekend of August.

Local family collects soccer equipment for Ethiopia

Courtesy of Ernie Ross
Ernie Ross, lacing up a pair of cleats, recently brought 300 pounds of donated soccer equipment to an Ethiopian orphanage.

When a family friend asked Alex Fairey if she had any old soccer equipment to donate to an orphanage in Ethiopia, the Los Altos resident was eager to help. Fairey not only handed over her kids’ old soccer gear, she also reached out to the community for donations.

She asked friends to donate and posted information about the drive on the Nextdoor website. Three weeks later, Fairey and her family had collected more than 300 pounds of cleats, jerseys, socks, referee gear, trophies, balls and more.

Embracing the Escape: MV resident Lambert enjoys & excels in triathlon

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Greg Lambert of Mountain View competes in his first Escape from Alcatraz triathlon earlier this month in San Francisco.

With his newborn still in the hospital as the 39th annual Escape from Alcatraz approached, Greg Lambert found a creative way to train for what ranks as one of the most daunting triathlons on the planet.

“I ran the stairs at Stanford Hospital,” the Mountain View resident said. “There are four flights of stairs, so you can beat yourself up, if you want to.”

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