Los Altos, Mountain View highs honor winter-sport athletes

 Michelle Odnert
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Michelle Odnert has been named MVP of the Los Altos High girls soccer team.

Town Crier Staff Report

Los Altos and Mountain View highs recently held their winter sports award ceremonies. Varsity award-winners are listed below.

Los Altos High
Boys basketball
MVP: Brock Susko
Most Improved Player: Aditiya Malla
Most Inspirational Player: Aidan Witte
Captains Awards: Dominic D’Augusta; Witte; Susko

Girls basketball
MVP: Jamie Baum
Toughness Award: Mone Sekiguchi
Eagle Awards: Alyssa Hamamoto; Rachel Barkan; Evelyn Baher-Murphy

Boys soccer
Co-MVPs: Jack Chmyz; Jimmy Dessouski
Most Improved Player: Ardi Heinz
Most Inspirational Player: Arya Hatami

Girls soccer
MVP: Michelle Odnert
Most Improved Player: Emily Slater

Boys wrestling
MVP: Bradley Saavedra-Llanos
Eagle Award: Jason Klemens
Four-Year Varsity Plaque: Klemons

Girls wrestling
Most Dedicated: Suzanne Guo

MVP: Michelle Mejia
Most Improved: Emilie Enser

Mountain View High
Boys basketball
MVP: Ryan Bahar
Offensive Player of the Year: Jailen Daniel-Dalton
Defensive Players of the Year: Ryan Sadigh;
Andrew Lau
Most Improved Players: Navin Lo; Joey Peir
Coaches Award: Nic Conrad

Girls basketball
MVP: Audrey Telkamp
Most Improved Player: Lauren Casey
Coaches Awards: Sophie Waggoner; Sydney Shimabukuro
Captains Awards: Telkamp; Annie Eggleton

Boys soccer
MVP: Ciaran Hernon
Most Valuable Offensive Player: Ben Smith
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Max Mayer
Coaches Award: Ethan Brooker
Girls soccer
MVP: Sistine Noel
Offensive Player of the Year: Maru Lasala
Defensive Player of the Year: Erin Coyne
Most Improved Player: Natalie Dekovic

Most Valuable Wrestler: Tai Nguyen
Most Improved Wrestler: Jack Hecht
Most Inspirational Wrestler: Javier Hernandez

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St. Francis seniors receive recognition for strength, conditioning

The National Strength and Conditioning Association last month listed St. Francis High’s Max Porter and Taylor Tullo among its 2020 All-American Athlete Award recipients.

The awards recognize the seniors’ athletic accomplishments – Porter is on the baseball team and Tullo plays girls volleyball – and their dedication to strength and conditioning. Andrew Wun and Jake Siebert, St. Francis’ strength and conditioning coaches, nominated them.

“We are proud to have Coach Wun and Coach Siebert join the NSCA in its mission to safely improve athletic performance,” Eric McMahon of the NSCA said in a statement. “Supporting our student-athletes like Max Porter and Taylor Tullo guarantees a stronger future for the NSCA.”

SF graduate Ellison retires from NFL

After an eight-year career in the NFL, St. Francis High graduate Rhett Ellison (Class of 2007) announced last month that he is retiring from pro football. The tight end played his first five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, who drafted him out of USC in 2012, and the last three with the New York Giants. Ellison caught 118 passes for 1,189 yards and seven touchdowns in his career.


Sports on the Side

Los Altos brothers honored for grades

The Central Coast Section recently recognized The Harker School boys soccer team, which includes brothers Jeffrey and Justin Fung of Los Altos, for its work in the classroom. The CCS Division III champion Eagles won a 2019-20 Winter Season Scholastic Championship Team Award for posting a collective grade-point average of 3.78, the second best among the section’s boys soccer teams. The top five teams in each sport received an award.

MV Sports Boosters host golf tourney

The Mountain View High School Sports Boosters 2020 Golf Tournament is slated April 18 at Shoreline Golf Links. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start is set for noon. MVHS families, friends and students are welcome to participate in the third annual tourney, which uses a best-ball format. Registration is $150 for adults and $100 for students; cost includes lunch and happy-hour event. Proceeds benefit the school’s athletic department. To register and for more information, visit mvhssportsboosters.org.

Adult softball league welcomes players

The Vintage Softball Club of Santa Clara County, a slow-pitch league for men and women age 50 and over that includes Los Altos residents, seeks new members for 2020. Founded in 1987, the club offers year-round Saturday and weekday leagues – along with Monday nights in spring/summer – open to all skill levels. Some players are novices, most are intermediate and a few are in the Senior Softball Hall of Fame. A bat and glove are required. The annual membership fee is $50-$100. To register and for more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit vintagesoftball.org.

Local high schools seek coaches

Los Altos High seeks head coaches for three of its teams: varsity boys golf and junior varsity gymnastics, both spring sports, and varsity girls golf, a fall sport. To apply and for more information, contact athletic director Michelle Noeth at 960-8857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Mountain View High seeks a head coach for JV girls volleyball, a fall sport. To apply and for more information, contact athletic director Shelley Smith at 940-4626 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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