Spartan stars on the sand

Robert Beck/special to the Town Crier
Los Altos native Brittany Howard is in her first full season on the AVP Tour, which stopped in San Francisco last month.

At 9 years old, long before she became one of the best beach volleyball players in the nation, Brittany Howard sat in the stands at San Francisco’s Pier 32, watching her heroes play. Fifteen years later, the Los Altos native swapped the stands for the sand.

“It was a dream come true,” said Howard, who competed in San Francisco last month as part of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) 2018 tour.

Lack of local gym space leads to long waitlist for NJB hopefuls

National Junior Basketball
Courtesy of Subu Gupta
The Foothill chapter of NJB is so popular that the local youth basketball league’s waitlist grew to more than 200 kids last year. It’s gone to a lottery system to admit new players for this season.

Months before last season tipped off, parents of children hoping to join the local Foothill chapter of National Junior Basketball played a game of their own, racing to the website the moment online registration opened.

“Last year, we reached capacity for boys in the first hour,” said Tamara Fagin, Foothill NJB board member. “People were so upset. If you had a slow internet connection, you didn’t get in.”

Sports on the Side: August 8-14

LA’s Meet the Coaches event set for Monday

Los Altos High’s Meet the Coaches event for parents is scheduled 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday in the school’s quad. For more information, email athletic director Michelle Noeth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Softball team tryouts set for Saturday

The Silicon Valley Fusion has scheduled tryouts for its 14, 16 and 18 A-level travel softball teams Saturday at Mountain View High, with make-ups set for Aug. 18. Competitive players born in 2005 or earlier are eligible to try out. The Fusion is part of Mountain View Los Altos Girls Softball. To preregister and for more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

LA resident crowned best badminton player in U13 boys division

Courtesy of Jianwen Jin
Jaden Jin poses with the medals he received for winning the boys U13 singles division and placing second in the U13 doubles division at the YONEX Junior National Badminton Championships.

In a span of four years, Jaden Jin has gone from badminton novice to national champion.

Competing in the under-13 boys division at last month’s YONEX Junior National Badminton Championships in Milwaukee, the Los Altos resident won the singles title and finished second in boys doubles with partner Weslie Chen.

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