Sports on the Side

Flower Run fundraiser set for Saturday

The second Flower Run, a 5K run/walk to raise money for Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, is scheduled 9 a.m. Saturday beginning at Los Altos Hills Town Hall. The nonprofit organization supports children in the foster-care system. The 5K starts in front of town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road, and goes as far as VMware on Arastradero Road in Palo Alto before looping back to town hall. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume, and finishers will be handed a flower. Snacks will be provided to participants. A raffle will follow the run, and prizes will be awarded to the oldest runner and the top male and female finishers. Registration is $30. To register, visit

MROSD hosts hike at Rancho San Antonio

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 Huey-Shin Yuan and Mary Brunkhorst 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

Toni named head coach of SF boys soccer team

St. Francis High last week promoted Adriano Toni to head coach of its varsity boys soccer team.

Toni – an assistant last season – takes over for Seth Alberico, who stepped down due to outside work commitments, according to school officials.

Eagles soar once more in girls track

Mark Foster/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Anna Zaeske races toward the finish line after taking the baton from Francesca Stepanov in the girls 4x400-meter race Thursday at the SCVAL De Anza Division championships. The relay, also featuring Thea Mollerstedt and Tess Callan, won with a time of 4 minutes, 3.96 seconds.

If there was any doubt about Los Altos High having the best girls track and field team in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, it was erased last week.

The Eagles, 6-0 in dual meets this season, won the SCVAL De Anza Division championship meet by 25 points over runner-up Los Gatos. They claimed four events and placed second in six others Thursday at Palo Alto High, repeating as division champs with 133 points.

Los Altos boys lacrosse team makes playoffs; Mountain View misses out after losing finale

Stephanie Stilwell/Stilwell Photography
Los Altos’ Nate Geiger is in his first season not only playing goalie, but also lacrosse.

This year’s expansion of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League in boys lacrosse may prove beneficial in the long run, but the immediate impact didn’t sit well with the team from Los Altos High.

Restructuring caused by the addition of seven teams from the Peninsula Athletic League resulted in the SCVAL demoting the Eagles to the El Camino Division a year after they made the playoffs in the De Anza Division.

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