Cal-bound Carter has Olympic aspirations

Courtesy of Danielle Carter
Danielle Carter dives into the pool at a recent swim meet. Recruited by several colleges, the Los Altos High senior signed a National Letter of Intent with UC Berkeley last month.

For most of the population, five seconds is a small and irrelevant amount of time. For Danielle Carter, 5.24 seconds were all that separated her from the Australian Olympian who took first place in the women’s 100-meter backstroke at the 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup in October.

The Los Altos High senior, who placed 13th in the race, should have several more opportunities to swim against elite-level competition – she’s headed to UC Berkeley next year. Carter verbally committed to Cal in September and officially signed her National Letter of Intent Nov. 14 at a signing ceremony on campus.

Slew of local athletes receive all-league honors

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Los Altos High linebacker Jose Marin-Melo, right, is the SCVAL El Camino Division Defensive Player of the Year for 2018.

All-league honors were recently handed out to high-school athletes participating in fall sports throughout the Central Coast Section.

Local varsity athletes from Los Altos, Mountain View and St. Francis highs who earned such accolades are listed below.

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Little League sign-ups for spring season start

Registration for the 2019 Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League spring season is open. The league offers baseball (open to boys and girls ages 5-14) and softball (girls grades K-3) leagues. The season begins in March. To register and for more information, visit

MROSD hosts hike at Rancho San Antonio

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s Scenic Aerobic Hike I is slated 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 9 at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, which borders Los Altos and Cupertino. The free, docent-led hike is 4-6 miles. For more information, visit

LA girls bounces back from hoops loss; SF girls edge MV in soccer

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The St. Francis High girls soccer team commemorates its win over Mountain View High in the Fremont Firebird Classic final. The Lancers edged the Spartans on penalty kicks.

Back in action this week after an 11-day hiatus between games, the Los Altos High girls basketball team hopes to pick up where it left off.

The 7-1 Eagles are scheduled to face San Ramon Valley 3:15 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the Lady Cougars Classic at Newark Memorial.

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