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Little League Fall Ball registration begins

Registration for Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League’s Fall Ball season is underway. It is open to players ages 7-11 who want to sharpen their skills for the spring season. Fall Ball is scheduled Aug. 21 through Nov. 6. To register ($195) and for more information, visit eteamz.com/losaltoslittleleague.

Drop-in basketball tips off in Los Altos

The Los Altos Recreation & Community Services’ Summer 2016 Adult Drop-In Basketball has tipped off, with games scheduled to run 8-10 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 24 in the Egan Junior High School gym. Participants must be at least 18 years old. The cost is $3 at the door. For more information, visit losaltosca.gov/recreation/page/adult-basketball-league.

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Bettencourt excels in College World Series

UC Santa Barbara’s Trevor Bettencourt, a St. Francis High graduate, pitched his best game of the season in a 3-0 loss to Arizona June 22 at the College World Series. The junior, who entered the game in the fifth inning, retired the first 13 batters he faced, matched his career high with seven strikeouts and allowed just one hit. The Gauchos, eliminated from the series with the loss, finished 1-2 in Omaha. It was the first time Santa Barbara has qualified for the series.

Drop-in basketball tips off in Los Altos

The Los Altos Recreation & Community Services’ Summer 2016 Adult Drop-In Basketball has tipped off, with games scheduled to run 8-10 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 24 in the Egan Junior High School gym. Participants must be at least 18 years old. The cost is $3 at the door. For more information, visit losaltosca.gov/recreation/page/adult-basketball-league.

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Spartan gymnasts at the top of their class

The Mountain View High gymnastics team recently received a Spring Season Scholastic Championship Team Award from the Central Coast Section for posting the highest grade-point average in its sport (3.61). The Spartans also won the CCS title, stunning defending champ St. Francis.

Los Altos golfers receive 4-year plaques

Los Altos High’s Carina Burdick and David Fredriksson received Four-Year Plaques for playing varsity golf for four seasons. They were inadvertently omitted from the list of spring sports award-winners provided to the Town Crier that ran in last week’s paper.

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Gettysburg’s Gradiska earns accolades

Upon the completion of her junior year at Gettysburg College in Lancaster, Pa., tennis player Laura Gradiska of Los Altos was recognized for her work on and off the court in the spring. The Menlo School graduate was named an All-Centennial Conference honorable-mention selection and to the Spring Academic All-Centennial Team. Gradiska went 2-2 at No. 1 singles and 9-3 at No. 2 while also making the academic honor roll.

Take a hike in the hills with Midpen

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s Scenic Aerobic Hike I is scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 13 at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, 22500 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos. Docents Katherine Jen, Fran Keeler, Louise Casey and Vivian Neon plan to lead the moderately paced 5-mile hike. Participants are asked to meet near the restrooms in the parking lot farthest to the right. There is no fee to park or participate. For more information, visit openspace.org.

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NorCal girls team makes Jr. Olympics

The NorCal Aquatics 18-and-under girls water polo team earned a berth in next month’s Junior Olympics by finishing 11th at a qualifying tournament held June 17-19 in Moraga. Los Altos High girls varsity coach Katie Buzzetta directs the team, which trains at the school. Players are from Los Altos, St. Francis and Palo Alto highs. The Junior Olympics are scheduled July 28-31 in and around San Jose and at Stanford.

Service for Stearns set for next month

A memorial service for Steve Stearns, who served as assistant commissioner of the Central Coast Section for 19 years, is scheduled 11:30 a.m. July 29 at Bayside Church in Roseville. Stearns died June 9 at the age of 69. Even after retiring from the CCS in 2007, he remained involved with high school sports as a football referee and softball umpire.

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St. Francis graduates drafted by MLB teams

Four graduates of St. Francis High were selected in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft earlier this month: shortstop Chris Baker (17th round, San Diego Padres), outfielder Kort Peterson (23rd round, Kansas City Royals), pitcher Trevor Bettencourt (25th round, Philadelphia Phillies) and outfielder Jeremy Ydens (40th round, St. Louis Cardinals). Ydens graduated from St. Francis last month and in November signed a National Letter of Intent with UCLA. Baker, Peterson and Bettencourt this year played for the University of Washington, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara, respectively.

Pathways golf tourney tees up July 11

Pathways, a Sunnyvale-based nonprofit that provides home health and hospice care, has scheduled its fourth annual Links to the Heart Golf Tournament 11:30 a.m. July 11 at Stanford University Golf Course. Registration is $395 per player or $1,580 for a foursome. Proceeds support the Pathways Clinical Team for Inpatient Hospice Services at Stanford Hospital. For more information, visit pathways- health.org.


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