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LA field hockey team makes the grade

The Los Altos High field hockey team has received a Central Coast Section 2016-2017 Fall Season Scholastic Championship Team Award for its work in the classroom. Instituted by the CCS in 1985, the awards recognize the top five varsity teams from each CCS sport with the highest collective grade-point average among the teams competing in that sport. The Eagles posted a GPA of 3.5805, earning them a team certificate and individual certificates of commendation.

Spirit award deadline three weeks away

The deadline to apply for the 2016 Winter CIF Spirit of Sport Award is Jan. 23. The California Interscholastic Federation, which governs the state’s high school sports, will recognize one male and one female student-athlete participating in a winter sport. They will be selected based on exemplary sportsmanship, school/community service and leadership. Each winner receives a $500 scholarship. To apply and for more information, visit cifstate.org.

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SF grad heats up

St. Francis High graduate Tyler Johnson scored a career-high 27 points in the Miami Heat’s 103-95 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Dec. 7. The Mountain View native drained eight of 16 shots, including a 4-for-5 effort from beyond the 3-point line. Johnson also recorded five assists, two rebounds and a steal in the road game. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard is in his third NBA season.

Night bike ride

The GreenTown Los Altos Winter Solstice Night Bike Ride is scheduled 7 p.m. today. The ride begins at Peet’s Coffee & Tea at 367 State St. and goes as far as Christmas Tree Lane in Palo Alto before returning via Starbucks near Stanford University to end back in Los Altos between 9-9:30 p.m. The ride is described as family friendly, avoiding as many busy streets as possible. Bike lights are required. LED lights will be available for decoration. For more information on the free event, visit greentownlosaltos.org.

Los Altos boys drop close games at hoops tourney

So far this season, close games have not ended well for the Los Altos High boys basketball team.

Three of the Eagles’ four losses were two-possession games, including a pair of them last week at the Burlingame Tournament. Los Altos fell 49-45 to Half Moon Bay and 62-56 to Aragon before capping the tourney with a 58-38 rout of Irvington Friday.

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Night bike ride

The GreenTown Los Altos Winter Solstice Night Bike Ride is scheduled 7 p.m. Dec. 21. The ride begins at Peet’s Coffee & Tea at 367 State St. and goes as far as Christmas Tree Lane in Palo Alto before returning via Starbucks near Stanford University to end back in Los Altos between 9-9:30 p.m. The ride is described as family friendly, avoiding as many busy streets as possible. Bike lights are required; LED lights will be available for decoration. For more information on this free event, visit greentownlosaltos.org.

Take a hike

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s Scenic Aerobic Hike I is scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, which borders Los Altos and Cupertino. Docents Katherine Ken, Fran Keeler, Huey-Shin Yuan and Louise Casey are slated to lead the 4- to 6-mile moderately paced hike on some of Rancho’s many trails. There is no fee to participate. For more information, visit openspace.org.


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