Even with degree in hand, MVHS grad Russert plans to keep jumping at University of Oregon

Courtesy of Oregon Track and Field
Drew Russert competes in the triple jump earlier this year at the University of Oregon.

Although he earned his degree from the University of Oregon in March, Los Altos native and Oregon jumper Drew Russert isn’t quite ready to hang up his spikes.

“I would like to reach some goals for next year,” said Russert, who has one more year of eligibility. “I’ve got some unfinished business I need to take care of.”

Cardinals rally to defeat Pirates

Michael Oberhart/Special to the Town Crier
The Cardinals are the AAA Minors champions. Pictured, from left: Coaches Wilfred Lam, Ishaan and Tushar Chandra, head coach Bill Halpin, Logan Chatwin, Amar Chandra, Alex Halpin, Theo Barbou-des-Places, Tre Viguerie, Michael Manche, William Fligor, Warren Lam, Chase Kokernak, Christopher Klinker, Philip Oberhart, Ben Samek and coaches David Fligor and Ted Kokernak.

The spring campaign of Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League AAA Minors concluded with a pair of games between the winners bracket finalist Pirates and the survivors bracket finalist Cardinals.

Ultimately, the Cardinals needed two games to win a feisty battle for the division championship against the Pirates, with both games featuring staff aces pitching to formidable hitting lineups. The Cardinals prevailed 10-8 and 10-2 last week.

Nationals repeat as Majors champs

Courtesy of Keith Higgins
The Nationals are the Majors champions for the second year in a row. Back row, from left: Coaches Andrew Bose, Byungwook Kim, Keith Higgins (head coach) and Mike Malcolm. Front: Mike Malcolm, William Nolte, Andy Higgins, Wyatt Bose, Shinmu Jiang, Jack Fu, Wes Carballer, Landon Kim, Dylan Gilliard, Matthew Woods and Channing Hautop.

The Nationals of Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League last week repeated as Majors champions, beating the Yankees 10-0. That was the same score as last year’s title game, which also ended in four innings on the mercy rule.

Another similarity: Andy Higgins again pitched the Nats to victory June 5. He threw four perfect innings, striking out four.

Sports on the Side

GreenTown hosts summer solstice ride

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled an 18-mile summer solstice bike ride 7:30 p.m. June 21, starting in front of Peet’s Coffee & Tea on State Street in downtown Los Altos. Cyclists will ride to the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve to view the sunset at 8:32 p.m., then head back to Los Altos via the Stevens Creek Trail, with an optional stop in Mountain View for hot chocolate, coffee and socializing. Check-in starts at 7 p.m.; there is no cost to participate. For more information, visit greentownlosaltos.org.

Los Altos hoops camp concludes next week

The final Los Altos Basketball Camp of the summer is scheduled next week. Los Altos High varsity boys basketball coach Trevor Naas leads the camp, open to boys and girls entering grades 3-8. It focuses on fundamental skills and includes drills, competitions and games. Morning (9 a.m. to noon) and afternoon (1-4 p.m.) sessions are offered Monday through June 21 in the school’s main gym. Cost is $200-$575, depending on the number of sessions. Scholarships are available. To register and for more information, visit losaltosbasketball.leagueapps.com.

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