MV's Liao to play in Thursday's NorCal Asian-American basketball game

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Mountain View’s Eugene Liao is set to play in an all-star game featuring the region’s best Asian-American players.

Although he graduated in June, Mountain View High’s Eugene Liao still has one more high school basketball game to play.

He has been invited to participate in the inaugural NorCal Asian-American All-Star Game, scheduled Thursday at Cal State East Bay in Hayward. Liao is a member of the 12-player Senior All-Stars, who will take on the Undergrad All-Stars in a game slated to tip off at 7:30 p.m.

McConnell's late surges lead to first-place finishes at CCAA track and field championships

Courtesy of Diane Ramelli
Kelly McConnell, middle, crosses the finish line in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles. He won the race in a personal-best 52.75 seconds.

Kelly McConnell’s win in the 400-meter hurdles came at a cost – he injured his foot after already suffering from shin splits at the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship meet – yet the junior was determined to anchor Chico State’s 4x400 relay team later that day.

After all, the Los Altos native wasn’t the only member of his relay running hurt.

Sports on the Side

St. Francis graduates drafted by MLB teams

Two St. Francis High graduates were selected in the eighth round of last week’s Major League Baseball Draft. Catcher Tim Susnara was chosen 232nd overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and pitcher John Gavin was taken 246th by the San Francisco Giants. Susnara and Gavin played collegiately at the University of Oregon and Cal State Fullerton, respectively, and both graduated from St. Francis in 2014.

GreenTown plans summer solstice ride

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled an 18-mile summer solstice bike ride 7:30 p.m. today, starting in front of the Starbucks at Blossom Valley Shopping Center in Mountain View. The family-friendly route includes the Stevens Creek Trail and Baylands to view the sunset before heading back to Blossom Valley. Sign-in starts at 7 p.m.; make sure your bike lights work. For more information, visit

Great Knights

Courtesy of Justin Nam
Members of the Menlo School baseball team, including three local residents, celebrate their Central Coast Section championship. Pictured, from left, are Griff McGarry, Justin Nam (Los Altos Hills), Nolan Peterson, Chandler Yu (Mountain View), Zack Hurwitz and Justin Kasser (Los Altos).

As a freshman last year, Justin Nam didn’t get to contribute much to Menlo School’s Central Coast Section Division II championship baseball team. This year, however, the Los Altos Hills resident played a significant role in the Knights’ successful defense of the title.

The infielder and relief pitcher was twice called upon to get the final out in the playoffs, and he took care of business in both one-run games.

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