Sports on the Side

Local residents face off in softball Saturday

Residents of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are encouraged to register for the second community softball game between the two cities, slated 1-3 p.m. Saturday. The coed game – meant as a friendly, cross-town rivalry competition – will take place at Rosita Park, 401 Rosita Ave., Los Altos. Participation is free and open to adult residents. To register for the game, contact Sarah Robustelli at 947-2518 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Admission is free; refreshments will be sold. For more information, visit

Fall basketball camp tips off next month

Spartans Sports Camp’s Fall Basketball Camp is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays in September and October (except Sept. 26) in the Mountain View High gym. The camp is open to boys and girls in grades 3-8. Registration is $395 for all seven Saturdays or $60 for one day; cost includes a T-shirt, water bottle and drawstring backpack. Spartans Sports Camp is a nonprofit endeavor; all proceeds benefit the Mountain View High athletic department. To register and for more information, call 479-5906 or visit

A peak performance

Courtesy of Jacob Tanz
Jacob Tanz takes a break outside Jackson Hole, Wyo., during his bike tour of the Rocky Mountains.

A top-10 finisher in his age group at the arduous Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon a year ago, Jacob Tanz is a man known for rising to a challenge. Last month the Los Altos resident literally took on an even taller task – and conquered it.

Tanz participated in the Ridge of the Rockies Tour, bicycling nearly 2,000 miles through the Rocky Mountains.

Sports on the Side

SFHS sports exams offered tonight in LA

St. Francis High’s sports physicals are scheduled tonight at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 370 Distel Circle, Los Altos, for incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors. Student-athletes must have a current physical before tryouts. Exam times: 6:30 p.m. for sophomores; 7 p.m. for juniors; and 7:30 p.m. for seniors. Cost is $65. To register and for more information, visit

Los Altos High in search of coaches

Los Altos High seeks head coaches for five sports: varsity/frosh-soph wrestling, varsity boys lacrosse, varsity girls lacrosse, varsity/frosh-soph boys volleyball and varsity/junior varsity badminton. If interested, contact athletic director Michelle Noeth at 960-8857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Westwind's teen riders bond as members of equestrian team

Courtesy of Kristina Sumina
Kristina Sumina competes in a recent event as part of Westwind Community Barn’s equestrian team.

Horseback riding may seem like an individual sport, but since 2016, a group of local girls has formed a tight team around it.

“I love IEA for not only giving me an opportunity to compete more often, but (also for) bringing me into a tight-knit and kind community,” said team member Kristina Sumina, who completed eighth grade at Bullis Charter School in June.

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