Strotman starts on path toward big-league career

Courtesy of Drew Strotman
Drew Strotman makes his professional debut with the Hudson Valley Renegades. The Homestead High graduate was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays last month.

Drew Strotman’s foray into pitching started innocently enough. When Homestead High’s junior-varsity baseball team faced an arms shortage near the end of his sophomore season, the first-year coaching staff asked: “Who can pitch?”

Strotman – who hadn’t taken the mound since Little League – didn’t consider volunteering until a teammate did.

Move to Germany spurs Pomona-bound Arnold's interest in soccer

Courtesy of Rick Arnold
Los Altos resident Jack Arnold, who spent time in Germany as a child, has committed to play soccer for Pomona College.

If Jack Arnold hadn’t spent a year in Germany as a child, he probably never would have found his passion for soccer.

The Los Altos resident couldn’t help but get caught up in the Germans’ fervor for soccer; it’s their national sport, and the country has won the FIFA World Cup four times.

Local karate school claims Grand Champion trophy

Courtesy of Robert McMaster
Sensei Robert McMaster, holding the large trophy in back, and his students show off their awards.

United Studios of Self Defense of Los Altos recently won the Grand Champion School Trophy at the USSD NorCal Summer Championship Tournament at Cañada College in Redwood City.

The Los Altos school sent 39 students to the kenpo karate tournament, held in the Bay Area twice a year (May and November).

Sports on the Side

Mtn. View’s Martin commits to Carroll

Cam Martin, a spring graduate of Mountain View High, recently committed to play soccer at Carroll College in Montana. A two-time team MVP for the Spartans, defender Martin also served as captain his junior and senior seasons. Carroll coach Doug Mello said in a press release that “Cam will be an immediate contributor” and “has all the tools necessary to be a major player in the Cascade (Conference).”

Sports camp under way at MV High

Spartans Sports Camp, run by Mountain View High coaches and student-athletes, has scheduled its summer program through July 28 on the school campus. The nonprofit camp offers multisport, weeklong sessions for boys and girls in grades 2-7, sport-specific sessions for grades 2-9, color guard camp for grades 3-9 and cheerleading camp for grades pre-K-8. Proceeds benefit the Mountain View athletic department. To register and for more information, call 479-5906 or visit

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