Local gymnasts honored by CCS for high grades

The gymnastics teams from the local high schools not only performed well on the beam, bars, floor and vault but also in the classroom this year.

The varsity squads from Los Altos, St. Francis and Mountain View highs recently received 2018 Spring Season Scholastic Championship Team Awards from the Central Coast Section for posting collective grade point averages that ranked among the top five teams in their sport. The Eagles, Lancers and Spartans also placed among the top five at last month’s CCS gymnastics championships.

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Pathways golf tourney tees off July 16

Pathways’ sixth annual Links to the Heart Golf Tournament is slated July 16 at the newly renovated Stanford University Golf Course. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and the shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $395 per player, which includes box lunch, awards dinner, welcome bag, contests and individual prizes. Proceeds benefit Pathways, a nonprofit organization that provides hospice, home health and palliative care throughout the Bay Area. To register and for more information, visit pathwayshealth.org/golf.

Local towns schedule softball game Aug. 18

Residents of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are encouraged to register for the inaugural community softball game between the two cities, scheduled 1-3 p.m. Aug. 18. The co-ed match – meant as a friendly, cross-town rivalry competition – is coordinated by the Parks and Recreation departments of both cities, according to Sarah Robustelli, Los Altos Hills community services supervisor. The game will take place at Purissima Park in Los Altos Hills. Participation is free and open to all adult residents. To register, contact Robustelli at 947-2518 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov/423/Los-Altos-Hills-vs-Los-Altos-Softball-Ga.

Flyin' Falcons

Courtesy of Eric Mark
Blach Intermediate School’s seventh-grade girls 4x400 relay team – Natalie Mark, from left, Audrey Zhang, Grace Strode and Maya Narang – set a new county meet record last month.

Blach Intermediate School’s Natalie Mark made her mark at this year’s Santa Clara County track and field championships. The only Falcon to win an individual event, she also anchored a relay team that provided Blach with its other first-place finish at the meet.

Competing in the seventh-grade girls division, Natalie won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 25.81 seconds and joined forces with Maya Narang, Grace Strode and Audrey Zhang to set a meet record in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:23.18 last month at Los Gatos High.

Los Altos Hills resident Brougher succeeds on land and in the sky

Courtesy of Leo Brougher
Leo Brougher competes in the USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain earlier this spring.

Many people dream of being able to fly, and Los Altos Hills resident Leo Brougher has found ways to do so.

The 18-year-old, who graduated from Drew School in San Francisco last month, is a national champion cross skier – a sport known for big air jumps – and a licensed pilot.

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