Sports on the Side for August 19

SF water polo players named All-Americans

Two spring graduates of St. Francis High last month were named 2019-20 Boys Water Polo All-Americans by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association. Berk Aksoy made the first team and Joe Gallagher was selected to the second team. Utility player Aksoy is bound for UC San Diego; goalie Gallagher, a Los Altos Hills resident, is headed to Brown University.

Johnson helps Nets make NBA playoffs

Mountain View native Tyler Johnson scored a season-high 21 points for the Brooklyn Nets in their 129-120 win over the Los Angeles Clippers Aug. 9 in Orlando. The St. Francis High graduate put up 16 points in Thursday night’s 134-133 loss to the Portland Trailblazers. Guard Johnson and the Nets have qualified for the NBA playoffs as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and face the No. 2 Toronto Raptors in a first-round series slated to start this week.


Local high schools seek coaches

Los Altos High needs head coaches for junior varsity girls water polo, JV girls basketball, wrestling and cheer/rally, along with an assistant coach for varsity girls basketball. To apply and for more information, contact athletic director Michelle Noeth at 960-8811, ext. 2023, or [email protected] Mountain View High seeks head coaches for boys golf and girls golf, along with varsity girls water polo. To apply and for more information, contact athletic director Shelley Smith at 940-4600, ext. 1421, or [email protected] St. Francis High needs a varsity boys tennis coach for the spring. To apply and for more information, visit

CIF offers newsletter for parents, guardians

The California Interscholastic Federation, the governing body for the state’s high school sports, issues a free monthly newsletter via email for parents/guardians of student-athletes in California. The newsletter aims to keep parents informed of issues such as health and safety, eligibility and upcoming state championship events. To subscribe and for more information, visit

Women’s golf group seeks members

Tuesday Toppers, a women’s nine-hole golf group with members from the Los Altos area, tees off 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Pruneridge Golf Club in Santa Clara. Cost is $5, plus $22-$27 per round. To join and for more information, visit

Special Olympics needs coaches

Special Olympics Northern California needs head coaches and assistants to train, mentor and support athletes in an array of sports. No prior coaching experience is necessary. For directions to the San Jose office and more information, call (408) 392-0170 or visit

TC invites readers to submit story ideas

If you have a suggestion for a local sports story or would like to comment on the section, contact sports editor Pete Borello. He can be reached four ways: by email at [email protected]; by phone at 948-9000, ext. 315; by fax at 948-9213; or by regular mail at 138 Main St., Los Altos, CA 94022.

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