Los Altos family donates $50,000 to Y to serve youth through basketball

Courtesy of TaLeiza Calloway-Appleton
The Telkamp family of Los Altos – Audrey, from left, Diane, Max and Bruce – receive a plaque for donating $50,000 to the El Camino YMCA. The money will benefit underserved youth who want to play basketball at the local YMCA.

A family from Los Altos has donated $50,000 to the El Camino YMCA to help ensure underserved youth are able to participate in the Y’s basketball programs.

The donation came from the Telkamp Family Charitable Trust. Family members Bruce, Diane, Audrey and Max Telkamp recently attended an event at which Y administrators recognized their donation by presenting them with a plaque.

Area wrestling coaches offer ways for teens to improve their skills in the summer months

Courtesy of Francisco Hernandez
Mountain View High wrestling coach Francisco Hernandez, shown coaching football for the Spartans last fall, suggested wrestlers join a club this summer.

As the summer months roll in, local wrestling coaches at the junior high and high school levels have given their athletes options to roll around on the mats while school is out.

“I think it’s the time to get stronger,” said Todd Meulman, head coach of the St. Francis wrestling team. “The more we lift, the less we have to rely on (cutting weight) as our main way of staying competitive at a weight class so lifting is most important.”

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.

Sports on the Side

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.

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