Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pizarro: San Jose High alums bringing back 'Color Day' tradition - San Jose Mercury News

To warm up for San Jose High School's 150th anniversary next year, a group of alums are bringing back "Color Day," a festive tradition that dates back to the 1930s.

The celebration, which ended in the early 1960s, featured students dressing up in costumes and having class competitions to mark the start of the school year. The revived Color Day, which will be held Saturday at the Julian Street campus, is aimed at adults as well as students.

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., there will be music featuring J.C. Smith, Maxx Cabello Jr., Steve Gaeta and others. There's a tamale contest, car show and kids activities, including a kickoff event for the Northside Elementary Youth Flag Football League.

Admission is free, and you can check for schedule updates at www.sjhaa.com.

SIGNING OFF: The South Bay broadcasting community got together Saturday afternoon at the Spot in Campbell to bid farewell to Dennis "Erectus" Netto, the irreverent DJ who shocked and entertained listeners with his radio shows on KOME and KSJO from the late 1970s to the early 1990s.

Netto survived a heart attack in 2006 but suffered brain damage as a result. He passed away June 13. There were too many people there and too many memories to print (and to be honest, some of the memories weren't suitable for a family newspaper). What a great job by Jona Denz-Hamilton, Laurie Roberts,

Janet Herrington and Dana Jang putting it all together.

His radio pals joined Robert Berry with the band Hush and Roger Steen of the Tubes on stage for "How We Say Goodbye," a special serenade to Netto.

"The first time he was on the air," Denz-Hamilton recalled, "everyone knew this was something special."

MUSEUM MURALS: New York artist Mark Dean Veca, who is well-known for his psychedelic murals, will discuss his work at the San Jose Museum of Art's Third Thursday event this week. The 7 p.m. talk will include a behind-the-scenes preview of the upcoming exhibition, "Mark Dean Veca: Raging Opulence."

And Veca will start an interactive project in the museum cafe, where the public can contribute to an ongoing mural inspired by his work. Admission is $10 ($6 for members).

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com or 408-627-0940. Follow him at Facebook.com/mercurynews.aroundtown and Twitter.com/spizarro.

Tuesday's high school scoreboard - San Jose Mercury News

Football

Non-league

Thursday's game

Serra at Buhach Colony-Atwater, 7:30 p.m.

Friday's games

South San Francisco at Menlo-Atherton, 3:15 p.m.

Burlingame at Capuchino, 3:15 p.m.

Milpitas at Valley Christian, 7 p.m.

Christopher at Leland, 7 p.m.

San Benito at Willow Glen, 7 p.m.

McClymonds at Oak Grove, 7 p.m.

Branham at Independence, 7 p.m.

Westmont at Prospect, 7 p.m.

Cupertino at Overfelt, 7 p.m.

Westmont at Prospect, 7 p.m.

Los Altos vs. Mountain View at Foothill College, 7 p.m.

Monta Vista at Saratoga, 7 p.m.

Salinas at Terra Nova, 7 p.m.

Menlo School at Half Moon Bay, 7 p.m.

Aragon at Carlmont, 7 p.m.

Lowell-San Francisco at Jefferson, 7 p.m.

Alameda at Hillsdale, 7 p.m.

Silver Creek at Soquel, 7 p.m.

Gunn at Palo Alto, 7:30 p.m.

Fremont at Homestead, 7:30 p.m.

Lynbrook at Wilcox, 7:30 p.m.

Pajaro Valley at Gilroy, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday's games

The King's Academy at Sacred Heart Prep, 1 p.m.

Harker at Mills, 2 p.m.

Tuesday's results

Girls volleyball

Blossom Valley

Mount

Hamilton Division

At Leland

Leland d. Santa Teresa 25-20, 25-18, 25-17. Kill leaders -- Campbell (ST) 10; Thompson (L) 8. Records -- Santa Teressa 10-2, 0-1; Leland 4-8, 1-0.

Santa Teresa Division

At Prospect

Prospect d. Gunderson 25-21, 25-13, 26-24. Kill leaders -- Wang (P) 7; Zeber and Ifeishat (G) 5. Records -- Gunderson 3-7, 0-1; Prospect 1-4, 1-0.

At Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill d. Silver Creek 25-17, 24-26, 25-15, 25-19. Kill leader -- Dacuycuy (AH) 10. Records -- Silver Creek 1-7, 0-1; Andrew Hill 6-6, 1-0.

At Piedmont Hills

Branham d. Piedmont Hills 27-25, 30-28, 18-25, 25-19. Kill leaders -- Trinh (PH) 13; Morway (B) 12. Records -- Branham 5-3, 1-0; Piedmont Hills 0-1 in division.

West Valley Division

At Overfelt

Pioneer d. Overfelt 25-16, 25-18, 25-20. Kill leader -- Lobovskaya (P) 6. Records -- Pioneer 3-7-1, 1-0; Overfelt 0-1.

Santa Clara Valley

De Anza Division

At Lynbrook

Los Gatos d. Lynbrook 25-17, 25-17, 25-14. Kill leaders -- Brennan (LG) 13; Tarter (Lyn) 12. Records -- Los Gatos 4-1, 1-0; Lynbrook 6-8, 0-1.

At Monta Vista

Homestead d. Monta Vista 25-18, 31-29, 20-25, 25-14. Kill leaders -- Reed (H) 23; Yu (MV) 10. Records -- Homestead 7-4, 1-0; Monta Vista 7-4, 0-1.

At Los Altos

Mountain View d. Los Altos 18-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 17-15. Kill leaders -- Holroyd (MV) 17; Dwulet (LA) 18. Records -- Mountain View 7-4, 1-0; Los Altos 7-6, 0-1.

At Palo Alto

Palo Alto d. Gunn 25-14, 25-16, 25-22. Kill leaders -- Johnston and Letour (G) 11; Knowles (PA) 11. Records -- Gunn 7-6, 1-0; Palo Alto 12-3, 1-0.

Peninsula

Bay Division

At Carlmont

Carlmont d. Terra Nova 25-11, 25-17, 25-19. Kill leader -- McDonough (C) 10. Records -- Terra Nova 0-4, 0-1; Carlmont 5-8, 1-0.

At Peninsula School

Aragon d. Mills 23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-19. Kill leaders -- Joyce (A) 10; Junoubeh (M) 10. Records -- Aragon 1-0, Mills 0-8, 0-1.

At San Mateo

Menlo-Atherton d. San Mateo 25-17, 25-17, 25-12. Kill leaders -- Doherty (M-A) 10; Muricio (SM) 7. Records -- Menlo-Atherton 3-5, 1-0; San Mateo 1-4, 0-1.

Ocean Division

At Sequoia

Sequoia d. Westmoor 25-22, 25-15, 25-12. Kill leader -- Wilkes (S) 16. Record -- Sequoia 13-2, 1-0.

At Half Moon Bay

Woodside d. Half Moon Bay 25-9, 25-13, 23-25, 25-8. Kill leader -- Sulberg (W) 15. Record -- Woodside 5-3, 1-0.

At South San Francisco

South San Francisco d. Capuchino 25-14, 25-15, 25-16. Kill leader -- Faaiu (SSF) 8. Record -- South San Francisco 7-3, 1-0.

At Jefferson

El Camino d. Jefferson 25-9, 25-14, 19-25, 25-20. Kill leader -- Maurille (EC) 15. Records -- El Camino 1-0; Jefferson 0-1.

West Bay

Skyline Division

At Harker

Harker d. Immaculate Conception 25-5, 25-14, 25-6. Kill leader -- Richardson (H) 10. Record -- Harker 4-1, 1-0.

Private School

At St. Thomas More

St. Thomas More d. Liberty Baptist 25-22, 25-16, 25-14. Kill leader -- Blackwell (STM) 15. Records -- Liberty Baptist 1-5, 1-1; St. Thomas More 5-1, 3-0.

Non-league

At Sacred Heart Prep

Sacred Heart Prep d. Milpitas 25-15, 25-5, 25-16. Kill leader -- Garrick (SHP) 8. Records -- Sacred Heart Prep 14-2; Milpitas 4-6.

At Presentation

Presentation d. Lincoln-Stockton 25-12, 27-25, 25-19. Kill leader -- Ainley (P) 10. Record -- Presentation 13-7.

At Castilleja

Notre Dame-Belmont d. Castilleja 21-25, 25-20, 25-15, 24-26, 15-9. Kill leaders -- Keelan (NDB) 16; Tashman (C) 17. Records-- Notre Dame-Belmont 8-4; Castilleja 4-6.

At Notre Dame-San Jose

Valley Christian d. Notre Dame-San Jose 25-22, 25-16, 25-16. Kill leaders -- Chang, Hess (VC) 8. Records-- Valley Christian 13-1; Notre Dame-San Jose 7-2.

At Lincoln

Lincoln d. Santa Clara 25-13, 25-15, 25-11. Kill leader -- Rosete (L) 12. Records-- Santa Clara 1-7; Lincoln 8-6.

At Menlo School

Menlo School d. Mercy-Burlingame 25-16, 25-16, 25-13. Kill leader -- Thygesen (Menlo) 8. Record-- Menlo School 6-3.

Girls tennis

West Catholic

St. Francis 7, Presentation 0

At Wallenberg Park, San Jose

No. 1 singles -- Closs d. Kheyfets 6-0, 6-0. No. 1 doubles -- Bahr-Hamm d. Chadda-Varandani 6-2, 6-0.

Blossom Valley

Santa Teresa Division

Santa Teresa 4, Willow Glen 3

At Santa Teresa

No. 1 singles -- H. Williams (ST) d. Abdelouahid 6-1, 6-3. No. 1 doubles -- Giddens-Pol (WG) d. Desai-T. Williams 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

Records -- Santa Teresa 5-0; Willow Glen 4-1.

West Valley Division

Pioneer 7, San Jose 0

At Pioneer

No. 1 singles -- Canales d. Ballesteros 6-0, 6-0. No. 1 doubles -- Rojan-Ng d. Sandoval-Cassandra 6-0, 6-0.

Records -- San Jose 0-3; Pioneer 3-0.

Santa Clara Valley

De Anza Division

Monta Vista 7, Lynbrook 0

At Lynbrook

No. 1 singles -- Kong d. Adusumilli 6-2, 6-2. No. 1 doubles -- Law-Qian d. Ganesh-Ma 6-1, 6-4.

Record -- Monta Vista 9-0, 3-0; Lynbrook 6-1, 1-1.

Mountain View 4, Los Altos 3

At Los Altos

No. 1 singles -- Li (MV) d. Incerpi 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. No. 1 doubles -- Joseph-Yap (MV) d. Kouvelas-Jones 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Records -- Mountain View 4-1, 1-1; Los Altos 5-3, 1-2.

El Camino Division

Homestead 6, Fremont 1

At Fremont

No. 1 singles -- Parikh (H) d. Kim 6-2, 6-3. No. 1 doubles -- Hoggins-Chan (F) d. Wen-Zhan 6-2, 6-3.

Records -- Homestead 4-3, 3-0; Fremont 0-2 in division.

Gunn 7, Santa Clara 0

At Central Park, Santa Clara

No. 1 singles -- Li d. V. Nguyen 6-2, 6-2. No. 1 doubles -- Nord-Bhadkamkar d. Avila-Dang 6-1, 6-0.

Record -- Gunn 5-4, 3-0.

Los Gatos 5, Cupertino 2

At Los Gatos

No. 1 singles -- Snouffer (LG) wins 6-2, 6-1. No. 1 doubles -- Senna-Viamina (LG) win 6-2, 7-5.

Record -- Los Gatos 1-2, 1-1; Cupertino 1-1 in division.

Peninsula

Bay Division

Carlmont 5, Burlingame 2

At Carlmont

No. 1 singles -- Sidell (C) d. Harrigan 6-2, 0-6, 6-2. No. 1 doubles -- Burgueno-Darafshi (C) d. Murphy-Hsu 6-4, 6-3.

Records -- Burlingame 3-4, 2-2; Calrmont 5-0, 4-0.

Menlo-Atherton 7, Mills 0

At Mills

No. 1 singles -- LaPorte d. Chan 6-1, 6-1. No. 1 doubles -- Vitale-Scandalios d. Leon-Zhao 6-1, 6-0.

Records -- Menlo-Atherton 6-3, 4-0; Mills 0-4.

Aragon 7, Woodside 0

At Aragon

No. 1 singles -- Ishikawa d. Hennefarth 6-4, 6-2. No. 1 doubles -- Ma-Sun d. Houghton-M. Kitaura 6-0, 6-1.

Records -- Woodside 1-4, 1-3; Aragon 2-3, 2-2.

San Mateo 4, Hillsdale 3

At Hillsdale

No. 1 singles -- Iinuma (H) d. Siegel 6-0, 6-0. No. 1 doubles -- Bindal--Dai-He (SM) d. Branting-Shayo 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Records -- San Mateo 2-2; Hillsdale 2-4, 1-3.

Ocean Division

South San Francisco 5, Westmoor 2

At Skyline College

No. 1 singles -- Merced (W) d. C. Yee 7-5, 7-5. No. 1 doubles -- W. Yee-Elvina (SSF) d. C. Nyaung-F. Nyaung 6-0, 6-0.

Records -- South San Francisco 4-0; Westmoor 2-2.

Half Moon Bay 5, Capuchino 2

At Capuchino

No. 1 singles -- Toval (C) d. R. Haack 1-6, 6-4, 10-4. No. 1 doubles -- Waechtler-E. Haack (HMB) d. White-Salameh 6-0, 6-1.

Records -- Half Moon Bay 4-0; Capuchino 2-2.

Sequoia 7, El Camino 0

At South San Francisco

No. 1 singles -- Rahn d. Dea 6-2, 6-0. No. 1 doubles -- Newman-Hilbert d. Tran-Lee 7-5, 5-7, 10-7.

Records -- Sequoia 2-3, 2-2; El Camino 0-5, 0-4.

Boys water polo

Blossom Valley

Santa Teresa Division

Piedmont Hills 9, Santa Teresa 8

Santa Teresa          2"‚2"‚2"‚2--8

Piedmont Hills          2"‚2"‚4"‚1--9

ST -- Kothacht 3, LeMaine 2, Smith 2, Banach.

PH -- Bui 4, Yieh 2, Do 2, Galbraith.

Records -- Santa Teresa 2-2; Piedmont Hills 4-1, 4-0.

Santa Clara Valley

De Anza Division

Los Altos 19, Los Gatos 9

Los Altos          6"‚5"‚6"‚2--19

Los Gatos          2"‚3"‚1"‚3-- 9

LA -- McColl 8, Ram 2, Lisbonne 2, Schreiber 2, Gachina 2, Bergevin, Kask, Bello.

LG -- Scoring not available.

Records -- Los Altos 3-4, 3-0; Los Gatos 0-2 in division.

Mountain View 10, Palo Alto 8

Palo Alto          1"‚2"‚2"‚3-- 8

Mountain View          2"‚2"‚3"‚3--10

PA -- Pinsker 5, Perla-Ward, Rockwell, Rosati.

MV -- scoring not available.

Record -- Palo Alto 4-3, 2-1.

El Camino Division

Saratoga 13, Fremont 10

Saratoga          2"‚5"‚4"‚2--13

Fremont          2"‚3"‚1"‚4--10

S -- scoring not available.

F -- Barbar 3, Kashi 2, Allen 2, O. Levia 2, Fateh.

Record -- Fremont 1-2.

Harker 18, Santa Clara 11

Harker          4"‚5"‚7"‚2--18

Santa Clara          3"‚1"‚6"‚1--11

H -- Hume 8, Das-Grande 4, Holt 3, Nilo, Bloomquist.

SC -- scoring not available.

Record -- Harker 6-3, 2-1.

Non-league

Valley Christian 18, Live Oak 6

Live Oak          1"‚1"‚3"‚1-- 6

Valley Christian          5"‚3"‚5"‚5--18

LO -- Molyneux 3, Nielson, Rivera, Dellameggorie.

VC -- Lowenstein 5, Wood 4, Baker 2, Ngo 2, Hoefling 2, Williams, Kay, Shulman.

Record -- Valley Christian 6-4.

St. Francis 12, Menlo School 11

Menlo          1"‚3"‚1"‚6--11

St. Francis          2"‚7"‚1"‚2--12

M -- Bisconti 2, Carlisle 2, Katsis 2, Xi 2, Wilson, Rozenfeld, Ho.

SF -- Freudenstein 4, Curry 2, McGee 2, Tenorio 2, Dougherty, Olson.

Records -- Menlo 3-3; St. Francis 3-3.

Girls water polo

Blossom Valley

Santa Teresa Division

Lincoln 10, Silver Creek 8

Lincoln          2"‚3"‚2"‚3--10

Silver Creek          1"‚4"‚2"‚1-- 8

L -- Perez 6, Sandoval 3, Carrillo.

SC -- Ca. Hendry 3, Co. Hendry 2, Jha, Lien, Puntoja.

Records -- Lincoln 3-0; Silver Creek 1-2.

Santa Clara Valley

De Anza Division

Los Altos 8, Los Gatos 7

Los Altos          3"‚3"‚1"‚1--8

Los Gatos          2"‚2"‚2"‚1--7

LA -- Bakos 3, Vannerman 2, Weiner 2, Gavenman.

LG -- Lysaught 3, Cope, Stone, Wall, Jackson.

Record -- Los Gatos 5-3, 2-1.

Palo Alto 15, Wilcox 6

Palo Alto          0"‚2"‚2"‚2-- 6

Wilcox          3"‚4"‚2"‚6--15

PA -- Van Halsen 4, Kinnaman 3, Moley 3, Lawrence 2, Francis, Wolfe, Leciere.

W -- Lazzarini 3, Rebholtz 2, Fidler.

El Camino Division

Harker 8, Santa Clara 7

Harker          1"‚2"‚4"‚1--8

Santa Clara          0"‚3"‚2"‚2--7

H -- Levine 4, Clifford 2, Yanovsky 2.

SC -- Scoring not available.

Record -- Harker 5-2, 3-0.

Mountain View 16, Cupertino 0

Cupertino          0"‚0"‚0"‚0-- 0

Mountain View          7"‚5"‚2"‚2--16

MV -- Brotzel 3, Frerichs 3, Hartman 2, Strong 2, Turner 2, Dickerson, Korpontinos, Huerta, Taylor.

Records -- Cupertino 0-3 in division; Mountain View 2-3, 1-1.

Peninsula

Menlo School 14, Half Moon Bay 11

Half Moon Bay          1"‚2"‚2"‚6--11

Menlo School          3"‚5"‚5"‚1--14

HMB -- Zell 4, White 3, Cohen 2, Chee, Clark.

Menlo -- Dunn 7, Huneke 3, Meyer 2, Miller, Flower.

Records -- Half Moon Bay 0-2; Menlo School 2-0.

Field hockey

Blossom Valley

Mount Hamilton Division

Archbishop Mitty 2, Los Gatos 0

Archbishop Mitty          1"‚1--2

Los Gatos          0"‚0--0

AM -- K. Toy; Singh (Hideshima).

Record -- Archbishop Mitty 3-0, 1-0; Los Gatos 5-1, 0-1.

St. Francis 7, Los Altos 0

St. Francis          6"‚1--7

Los Altos          0"‚0--0

SF -- Bassi 3; Escobar 2 (Williams, Jones); Denzel (Beatty, Ruder); Jordan (Ruder).

Records -- St. Francis 5-0, 1-0; Los Altos 0-1 in division.

Gilroy 5, Presentation 0

Presentation          0"‚0--0

Gilroy          2"‚3--5

G -- Carter (Leach, Marrazzo); Mendoza (Marrazzo, Leach); Gobea (Carter, Leach); Marazzo; Silacci (Gobea, Rogers).

Record -- Presentation 0-1 in division; Gilroy 5-0, 1-0.

West Valley Division

Willow Glen 1, Homestead 0

Homestead          0"‚0--0

Willow Glen          0"‚1--1

WG -- Johnston.

Division records -- Homestead 0-1; Willow Glen 1-0.

Girls golf

West Catholic

Presentation 208, Notre Dame-Belmont 260

At Sharp Park GC (par 36)

Medalist -- Christine Kim (P) 37. Records -- Presentation 4-0; Notre Dame-Belmont 3-3, 1-3.

St. Ignatius 205, Archbishop Mitty 212

At Spring Valley (par 36)

Medalist -- Kyleigh Moreno (AM) 36. Record -- Archbishop Mitty 2-3.

St. Francis 225, Sacred Heart Cathedral 269

At Lincoln Park (par 34)

Medalist -- Nancy Xu (SF) 41. Record -- St. Francis 1-3.

Blossom Valley

Mount Hamilton Division

Leland 229, Homestead 244 Leland 229, Los Gatos 247 Homestead 244, Los Gatos 247

At Santa Teresa GC (par 36)

Medalists -- Le (L), Bong (LG) and Inenaga (H) 40. Records -- Leland 5-1; Homestead 2-2-1; Los Gatos 2-3.

Santa Teresa Division

Live Oak 242, Lincoln 335

At Pruneridge (par 30)

Medalist -- Lee (LO) 46. Records -- Live Oak 1-0; Lincoln 0-1.

West Bay

Menlo 225, Notre Dame-San Jose 230

At San Jose Municipal (par 36)

Medalist -- Jessie Rong (M) 38. Records -- Menlo 1-1; Notre Dame-San Jose 1-2.

Harker 223, Sacred Heart Prep 227

At Los Lagos (par 34)

Medalist -- Kristine Lin (Harker) 36. Records -- Harker 2-1, 2-0; Sacred Heart Prep 3-2, 2-1.

Monday's results

Girls tennis

Non-league

The King's Academy 5, Notre Dame-San Jose 2

At Sunnyvale TC

No. 1 singles -- Lee (TKA) d. Bartel 6-4, 6-2. No. 1 doubles -- H. Knapen-E. Knapen (NDSJ) d. Sielski-Fobelli 6-2, 6-0.

Records -- Notre Dame-San Jose 5-5; The King's Academy 2-1.

Sacred Heart Prep 4, Menlo-Atherton 3

At Menlo-Atherton

No. 1 singles -- Nordman (SHP) d. LaPorte 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3. No. 1 doubles -- Westerfield-Ackley (SHP) d. Giordano-L. Volpe 6-3, 7-6 (7-1).

Record -- Menlo-Atherton 5-3.

Hillsdale 7, El Camino 0

At Hillsdale

No. 1 singles -- Iinuma by default. No. 1 doubles -- Branting-Shayo d. San Felipe-Chandra 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.

Records -- El Camino 0-4; Hillsdale 2-3.

Girls golf

West Catholic

Notre Dame-Belmont 259, Sacred Heart Cathedral 266

At Peninsula GC (par 37)

Medalist -- Maddy Eble (NDB) 45. Record -- Notre Dame-Belmont 3-2, 1-2.

Blossom Valley

Mount Division Division

Saratoga 259, Leland 264

At Saratoga CC (par 34)

Medalist -- Stephanie Wang (L) 44. Records -- Saratoga 5-0; Leland 3-1.

Saturday's results

Football

Non-league

Mills 33, Harbor 13

Harbor          7"‚ 0"‚ 0"‚6--13

Mills          0"‚13"‚14"‚6--33

H -- scoring not available.

M -- Jeffrey 74 run (kick good).

M -- Jeffrey 17 run (kick failed).

M -- Jeffrey 80 run (conversion good).

M -- Himuro 10 pass from Lal (kick good).

M -- Sved 10 pass from Lal (kick failed).

Record -- Menlo 2-0.

Girls volleyball

Harbor Tournament

At Santa Cruz High

Carlmont results

lost to Granite Bay 25-19, 25-10. Carlmont kill leader -- Bedard 6.

lost to Aptos 25-22, 25-22. Carlmont kill leader -- Bedard 11.

d. Chico 25-21, 15-25, 15-13. Carlmont kill leaders -- Bedard and Jackman 7.

d. Santa Cruz 25-13, 29-27. Carlmont kill leader -- Bedard 13.

d. Soquel 25-19, 25-10. Carlmont kill leader -- Bedard 10.

lost to Chico 17-25, 25-19, 15-10 (10th place). Carlmont kill leader -- McDonough 11. Overall record -- Carlmont 4-8.

Los Altos Tournament

Valley Christian d. Los Altos, 25-18, 14-25, 15-12.

Sequoia d. Carmel, 25-22, 20-25, 15-10.

Notre Dame-San Jose d. Wilcox.

Boys water polo

Scott Roche Invitational

At Palo Alto High

15th place Archbishop Mitty 7, El Dorado 5

El Dorado          1"‚2"‚1"‚1--5

Mitty          3"‚2"‚2"‚0--7

ED -- scoring not available.

AM -- De Frank 2, Nazaradeh 2, Francois, Mills, Shao.

Third round Valley Christian 11, Archbishop Mitty 7

El Dorado          2"‚2"‚5"‚2--11

Mitty          1"‚4"‚1"‚1-- 7

VC -- scoring not available.

AM -- Francois 2, Nazaradeh 2, DeFrank, Mills, Viano.

Girls water polo

Lady Chargers Tournament

At Wilcox High

Fremont 9, Santa Teresa 7

Santa Teresa          2"‚2"‚2"‚1--7

Fremont          0"‚4"‚2"‚3--9

ST -- Whetstone, Bumb 2, Floyd, Dektar, Truisen 2.

F -- Kacmarsky 5, Brakay 4.

Lynbrook 10, Santa Clara 7

Lynbrook          1"‚1"‚5"‚2--10

Santa Clara          4"‚0"‚1"‚2-- 7

L -- Chambers, Fong 5, Popesco 3, Kompawat.

SC -- Thorn 3, Stauiss 2, Higgison 2.

Wilcox 13, Homestead 10

Homestead          5"‚1"‚2"‚2--10

Wilcox          6"‚1"‚3"‚3--13

H -- Donford, Avlet, Richards, Kinderman 7.

W -- Dow, Lazzarini 5, Rebholtz, Fidler 4, Martin 2.

Lynbrook 10, Harker 8

Lynbrook          4"‚3"‚2"‚1--10

Harker          1"‚3"‚2"‚2-- 8

L -- Fong 4, Chambers 3, Popescu 2, Lin.

H -- Clifford 5, Levine 2, Sidhu.

Wilcox 15, Fremont 9

Fremont          1"‚3"‚3"‚2-- 9

Wilcox          3"‚5"‚5"‚2--15

F -- Rea 7, Hannah 2.

W -- Fidler 7, Rebholtz 5, Lazzarini 3.

Santa Clara 10, Harker 7

Santa Clara          2"‚5"‚0"‚3--10

Harker          1"‚2"‚1"‚3-- 7

SC -- Higginson 8, Straviss, Thorn.

H -- Levine 3, Das, Clifford, Millard, Sidhu.

Santa Clara 4, Saratoga 3

Santa Clara          3"‚1"‚0"‚0--4

Saratoga          1"‚2"‚0"‚0--3

SC -- Thorn, Strauss, White, Higginson.

S -- Schwartz, Rosenthal, Frieberg.

Homestead 10, Lynbrook 6

Homestead          3"‚2"‚2"‚3--10

Lynbrook          3"‚2"‚1"‚0-- 6

H -- Richards 5, Kinderman 4, Bersman.

L -- Popescu 3, Fong 2, Kumpawat.

Lynbrook 12, Santa Teresa 4

Santa Teresa          2"‚1"‚1"‚0-- 4

Lynbrook          1"‚5"‚4"‚2--12

ST -- Riddle 2, McBride, Truisen.

L -- Popescu 5, Fong 3, Kumpaheet 3, Chambers.

Wilcox 15, Santa Clara 13

Santa Clara          6"‚4"‚3"‚0--13

Wilcox          1"‚1"‚4"‚9--15

SC -- Higginson 4, Strauss 4, White 3, Sugiyama, Thorne.

W -- Fidler 7, Rebholtz 5, Lazzarino 3.

Saratoga 9, Santa Teresa 5

Saratoga          1"‚3"‚5"‚0--9

Santa Teresa          1"‚1"‚0"‚3--5

S -- Gress 3, Fields 2, Schwartz, Taysi, Chen, Rosenthal.

ST -- Rhzsa, Richards, Rinald, Riddle, Truisen.

Announcements

Los Altos Needs a varsity boys volleyball coach. Please send your resume to AD Kim Cave at Kim.cave@mvla.net

Wilcox Needs a JV girls basketball coach. Contact Kevin White at (408) 799-8449.

Independence Needs a wrestling coach. The season starts Oct. 29. Experience preferred. Call Athletic Director Anne Finney at (408) 928-9621.

Santa Clara Needs a varsity badminton coach and coaches for boys volleyball. Please e-mail contact information and resumes to mkrail@scusd.net.

Leland Needs coaches for girls soccer (JV and varsity), wrestling (JV and varsity), girls lacrosse (JV and varsity), boys tennis, and badminton. Interested candidates should contact me at michael_sparrer@sjusd.org or at (408) 591-4962.

Los Gatos Needs head coaches for wrestling and boys lacrosse. Also needs assistant coaches for girls lacrosse and softball and a girls JV soccer coach. Those interested should e-mail Shelby Edwards at sedwards@lgsuhsd.org.

Sacred Heart Prep Needs a head coach to direct our girls varsity lacrosse team and to oversee the program. Interested applicants should contact Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez at (650) 473-4031 or frodriguez@shschools.org.

Live Oak Needs a head varsity softball coach. Interested candidates can contact A.D. Mark Cummins at (408) 201-6140 or mcummins17@yahoo.com.

Alameda Needs a varsity softball head coach. Also needs head coaches for girls soccer and boys basketball. Please have all interested candidates contact Brad Thomas at (510) 337-7011. The job will be opened until filled.

Terra Nova Needs a frosh-soph baseball head coach. Contact Bill Gray (650) 550-7643.

Saratoga Needs a varsity and JV softball coach. Resumes can be sent to tlugo@lgsuhsd.org.

Lincoln Needs a head boys varsity basketball coach. Please contact Kevin Collins (408) 535-6300 ext. 216.

Willow Glen Needs a coach for JV wrestling. Interested candidates should contact AD Peggy Booth. Email resume to: Peggy_Booth@sjusd.org or call (408) 535-6330.

Silver Creek Needs a head varsity baseball coach for the upcoming season. Please send resume and cover letter to Arsalan Niazmand, boys athletic director, at niazmanda@esuhsd.org or contact (408) 410-4868 for more information. Previous head coaching experience is preferred.

Berean Christian Needs assistant coaches for the following sports: cross country, girls JV basketball, wrestling, track and field and swimming. Berean also needs head varsity coaches for boys in the spring: lacrosse, volleyball and golf. Interested applicants must adhere to our Statement of Faith found at www.berean-eagles.org and should contact Craig Lee at clee@berean-eagles.org or call (925) 945-6464 x25.

San Benito Needs a head varsity boys volleyball coach which would start Feb. 1, 2013. Contact Hugo A. Mariscal, Assistant Principal (831) 637-5831 ext. 137 or hmariscal@sbhsd.k12.ca.us

Notre Dame-San Jose is accepting applications for JV volleyball head coach and assistant varsity lacrosse coach. Applicants must have general knowledge and experience in coaching the listed sport, demonstrate leadership, organization and communication skills. Previous coaching experience required. Applications are to send a letter of interest to: Notre Dame High School, attn: Marie Fontana. mfontana@ndsj.org

Football

West Catholic

         League          Overall          PF          PA

Archbishop Mitty          0-0          3-0          90          54

Archbishop Riordan          0-0          3-0          110          53

Serra          0-0          2-0          86          13

St. Ignatius          0-0          2-1          98          61

Bellarmine          0-0          2-1          83          48

Valley Christian          0-0          1-1          69          56

Sacred Heart Cath.          0-0          1-2          64          72

St. Francis          0-0          1-2          57          33

Blossom Valley

Mount Hamilton Division

         League          Overall          PF          PA

Oak Grove          0-0          2-0          45          41

Independence          0-0          2-0          74          44

Sobrato          0-0          2-1          106          86

Santa Teresa          0-0          2-1          76          23

Willow Glen          0-0          1-1          37          37

Pioneer          0-0          1-2          55          47

Piedmont Hills          0-0          1-2          65          131

Leland          0-0          0-2          28          56

Santa Teresa Division

         League          Overall          PF          PA

Live Oak          0-0          3-0          78          48

Gunderson          0-0          2-1          82          40

Lincoln          0-0          1-1          35          58

Mt. Pleasant          0-0          1-2          53          72

Leigh          0-0          1-2          75          65

Silver Creek          0-0          0-2          33          85

Branham          0-0          0-2          28          81

Westmont          0-0          0-2          35          66

West Valley Division

         League          Overall          PF          PA

San Jose          0-0          2-0          24          8

Evergreen Valley          0-0          1-2          43          55

Prospect          0-0          0-2          48          57

James Lick          0-0          0-2          6          27

Overfelt          0-0          0-2          14          78

Yerba Buena          0-0          0-3          40          163

Andrew Hill          0-0          0-3          23          127

Del Mar          0-0          0-3          13          143

Santa Clara Valley

De Anza Division

         League          Overall          PF          PA

Santa Clara          0-0          3-0          114          14

Milpitas          0-0          2-0          106          6

Saratoga          0-0          2-0          71          39

Homestead          0-0          2-0          65          59

Mountain View          0-0          1-1          33          54

Wilcox          0-0          1-1          40          51

Palo Alto          0-0          1-1          67          51

Los Gatos          0-0          1-2          83          58

El Camino Division

         League          Overall          PF          PA

Cupertino          0-0          3-0          115          54

Lynbrook          0-0          2-1          75          52

Harker          0-0          2-1          80          27

Fremont          0-0          2-1          105          64

Gunn          0-0          2-1          70          47

Monta Vista          0-0          2-1          70          81

Los Altos          0-0          0-2          8          123

Peninsula

Bay Division

         League          Overall          PF          PA

Sacred Heart Prep          0-0          3-0          128          9

Aragon          0-0          2-0          85          42

Burlingame          0-0          1-2          89          57

Terra Nova          0-0          1-2          57          83

Menlo-Atherton          0-0          1-2          39          73

Half Moon Bay          0-0          1-2          63          64

Lake Division

         League          Overall          PF          PA

Mills          0-0          1-1-1          66          47

Carlmont          0-0          1-1-0          39          28

El Camino          0-0          1-2-0          55          73

Capuchino          0-0          1-2-0          62          102

Hillsdale          0-1          0-3-0          47          128

San Mateo          0-0          0-3-0          34          79

Ocean Division

         League          Overall          PF          PA

Sequoia          0-0          3-0          86          44

Menlo          0-0          2-0          122          38

South S.F.          0-0          1-2          46          65

Jefferson          0-0          1-2          22          99

Woodside          0-0          1-2          37          102

King's Academy          0-0          0-3          0          80

Monterey Bay

Gabilan Division

         League          Overall          PF          PA

Monterey          0-0          2-0          103          7

San Benito          0-0          2-1          71          81

Palma          0-0          1-1          19          29

Salinas          0-0          1-1          93          71

Gilroy          0-0          0-3          85          141

Alvarez          0-0          0-3          39          123

Christopher          0-0          0-3          61          99

Cross country

CCS rankings

(Through Saturday)

Boys

1. Bellarmine College Prep (D1)          2

2. Carlmont (D1)          1

3. Los Altos (D2)          3

4. Leland (D2)          4

5. St. Ignatius (D3)          7

6. Menlo-Atherton (D1)          15

7. Seaside (D4)          9

8. Homestead (D1)          8

9. Lynbrook (D2)          6

10. St. Francis (D2)          NR

11. San Lorenzo Valley (D4)          11

12. Archbishop Mitty (D2)          NR

13. Milpitas (D1)          NR

14. Mountain View (D2)          NR

15. San Benito (D1)          10

Girls

1. San Lorenzo Valley (D4)          1

2. Archbishop Mitty (D2)          4

3. San Benito (D1)          2

4. St. Ignatius (D3)          3

5. Aptos (D3)          5

6. Presentation (D2)          12

7. Monta Vista (D1)          6

8. Palo Alto (D1)          10

9. Menlo-Atherton (D1)          9

10. Homestead (D1)          7

11. Mountain View (D2)          11

12. St. Francis (D2)          NR

13. Carlmont (D1)          8

14. Lynbrook (D2)          13

15. Pioneer (D2)          NR

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith OK after car accident - San Jose Mercury News

SANTA CLARA -- It turns out Aldon Smith's participation in the 49ers' victory over Detroit was an accomplishment in itself. For good measure, the second-year linebacker added seven tackles and at least one sack during his second game as a starter -- all after being involved in a serious car accident less than 48 hours earlier.

"Being able to go out and have fun and do something that I love doing, it was a relief to be able to get away from everything," Smith said Tuesday of playing in the 27-19 victory over the Lions on Sunday.

A one-inch cut under Smith's right eyebrow marks the extent of his injuries from the crash. Smith was a passenger in a single-car crash at 11:45 p.m. Friday near his home in San Jose's eastern foothills, a CHP spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

The unidentified driver of the car suffered a broken back after allegedly swerving to avoid a deer, according to CHP spokesman D.J. Sarabia. The driver was transported to San Jose Regional Medical Center, and Smith was taken to Stanford Hospital to receive "a few stitches" for a cut above his eye.

"Everybody's good," Smith said when asked about the driver's condition. "We all walked away from it. The only thing messed up was the car."

The incident occurred on Mount Pleasant Road, where "a deer ran out in front of them, they swerved to avoid the deer and then hit a tree," Sarabia said. The crash was first reported by the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday morning.

"We're

aware of the accident, and Aldon communicated almost immediately with the team about it," 49ers spokesman Bob Lange said.

Neither alcohol nor drugs is considered a factor in what the CHP termed a "routine traffic collision."

Smith was involved in two other off-field incidents this year. He suffered stab wounds at a June 30 party at his home while allegedly breaking up a fracas in which two other partygoers got shot.

Smith also was arrested for drunken driving in Miami Beach during Super Bowl week in January, and that charge was reduced to reckless driving as Smith qualified for a first-time offenders program, the Bee reported.

Is this becoming an alarming pattern?

"I'm just focused on moving forward," Smith replied. "If I saw a pattern with a teammate, and he was able to make plays and play a good game, that's what I'm worried about. I'm worried about how he plays the game. I'm worried about how he helps out this team. I'm worried about the wins we're getting."

Was Friday night's incident simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time?

"Not really. It's life," Smith responded. "You can sit here and make it what you want."

Two days after the crash, Smith contributed to the 49ers' victory (a second sack is pending review by the Elias Sports Bureau) and gave no indication after the game that he was involved in the car accident.

Smith, who turns 23 on Sept. 25, totaled 14 sacks last season and was runner-up in NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting behind the Denver Broncos' Von Miller. Smith was the 49ers' first-round draft pick out of Missouri.

Smith has moved into a starting role this season after being a situational pass-rusher last season. Smith had a sack in the season-opening win at Green Bay, giving him 101/2 sacks in his past nine games, including a sack in each of the 49ers' two playoff games.

"Trying to catch a rhythm, trying to keep the rhythm," Smith said of his sack spree.

For more on the 49ers, see Cam Inman's Hot Read blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/49ers. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/CamInman.

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Dueling perceptions of San Jose crime - San Jose Mercury News

With San Jose's police department crumbling from the top down while crime trends upward in a city that still calls itself one of America's safest, city and union leaders made separate pitches to residents in simultaneous meetings Tuesday evening aimed at shaping perceptions of public safety.

The San Jose Police Officers' Association and other unions invited residents to hear crime tips in a district where incumbent Councilwoman Rose Herrera faces a re-election battle. The subtext: She and Mayor Chuck Reed are driving away cops with a crusade to cut pay and pensions, right up to Chief Chris Moore, who stunned City Hall with Monday's announcement he'll quit next year. And the crooks notice, with major crimes up 23 percent over last year.

That message resonated with resident Julie Aragon, 59, a retired Santa Clara County social services manager who was among about 120 who attended the neighborhood meeting with police.

"In 32 years I've never seen it so bad," Aragon said, adding that she believes "the word is out" among crooks that "they're not going to get a response" from the cops. She accused Herrera of "downplaying crime" to help her re-election, claiming she "doesn't want the dissatisfaction of residents to surface."

The City Council later in the evening held a "study session" on the police department response to recent crimes and gang activity, with the goal of putting the crime uptick in perspective. A Friday report from Moore

to the council noted for example that major crimes have dropped since Reed took office in 2007 and it remains unclear whether the recent surge will push them above those levels.

The stakes are high in an election year with the balance of power on the divided City Council at stake, and Moore's pending departure threw gas on the coals.

"You have a chief who's seen his department disassembled before his eyes, one officer at a time," said Councilman Ash Kalra, who has sided with the officers' union in its disputes with the city and shared its dismissal of Tuesday's City Hall study session as political whitewash.

"What I'm worried about is spin -- that it's not as bad as it is," Kalra said before Tuesday's afternoon council meeting. "We've been spinning long enough. We need to realize we're in a dire situation."

Reed, who counts Herrera among allies who form a narrow council majority, was resolute before the meeting that his "fiscal reforms" avoided deeper layoffs of officers and other workers and are keeping San Jose from falling into "service-level insolvency" due to employee retirement bills that have more than tripled in a decade.

Voters in June overwhelmingly approved Reed's Measure B pension reform plan to make cops and other city workers either reduce the retirement benefits they earn for their remaining years on the job or pay more for their current plan. The officers' association and other unions are suing to block it.

Reed said the cops are seeking restoration of pay cuts that helped keep libraries open, and accused the officers' union of "trying to take advantage of the situation" with crime and the chief's resignation.

"Things have improved, that's a message we want people to get," Reed said. "San Jose is still one of the safest cities in the nation."

James Gonzales, a detective and police officers' association board member who addressed the crowd at the neighborhood meeting, denied it was politically motivated, saying the forum was among several planned to aid residents amid a crime spike.

"This is something the police department used to do," Gonzales said. "But since we no longer have a crime prevention unit, we're filling a void."

At the City Hall session attended by a similar-sized crowd as the union-sponsored meeting, Moore said the city hasn't had a homicide since Aug. 23. He credited an "all gangs, all the time" focus for suppressing violence and said "we have always been proud to be one of safest cities in America, and we still are."

"We are a problem-solving department," Moore said, but added that "many of these strategies" -- which included overtime police work -- "cannot be sustained over a very long period of time."

Moore never hid his frustration with leading a department demoralized by pay and benefit cuts that also affect him. He'd stated publicly he'd quit before letting the city revoke a perk that would pay him six figures for unused sick leave upon retirement. Discussions on clipping sick-leave cash-outs, a $10 million annual cost, continue.

But Moore's pending departure irked Councilman Pete Constant, a Reed ally and the council's only ex-cop, who said he would not have supported him as chief knowing he would leave in less than two years and that the "void of leadership in the coming months will hamper our ability to deal with the serious public safety issues."

Contact John Woolfolk at 408-975-9346. Follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/johnwoolfolk1.

Chris Wondolowski provides San Jose Earthquakes more than goals - San Jose Mercury News

SANTA CLARA -- The record-breaking statistics have piled up this season for Earthquakes star Chris Wondolowski.

But the most telling number is seven as he and his high-flying team face the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Wondolowski, 29, earned his seventh assist last weekend as the Quakes won their third consecutive Major League Soccer game to remain atop of the Supporters' Shield race. The tally matched Wondolowski's career assist total before this year.

Or put it this way: the striker had seven assists over seven seasons until breaking out in 2012.

Although he also has a league-leading 19 goals this year, the assists embody the "me-second" spirit of MLS's accidental star. Wondolowski's share-the-riches attitude has done as much as anything to propel the league's most potent offense.

"Everyone is serving balls for everyone," outside back Justin Morrow said. "We're never worried if we're going to score a goal."

San Jose (17-6-5) has scored 58 goals in 28 games. Wondolowski's penalty kick goal Saturday broke his club single-season record for scoring. The De La Salle graduate is five goals from matching Ronald Cerritos' team career record of 61 goals in 148 games.

Wondolowski, the two-time league leader in goals, also is trying to become the first MLS player to get 20 goals in a season since Landon Donovan did it in 2008. He also has been prolific in netting game winners with his MLS-record

tying ninth of the season Saturday. Wondolowski had nine game winners in 2010 to tie former Los Angeles Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz's total from a decade ago.

But it is the mounting assists that have turned the Danville native into the front-runner for league MVP.

"I take huge pride in that," he said of the assists. "All the guys that are scoring those goals deserve them. I feel like they are getting rewarded now. I love it and I want some more of it."

No doubt Wondolowski has benefited from a talented supporting cast starting with Alan Gordon (12 goals), Steven Lenhart (eight) and Simon Dawkins (seven). Midfielder Marvin Chavez (nine assists) also has boosted the offense with dazzling moves that has opened the middle.

But Wondolowski, who played with the U.S. national team this summer, has grown more confident with the ball on his feet. It seems he has added a dimension to his game in the penalty area.

"Wondo's the best forward around the box," said new midfielder Medhi Ballouchy, who is expected to get his second start Wednesday because Shea Salinas and Chavez are out with injuries.

"His game is very simple. He doesn't try to do too much. He's not going to try to get his goals; he's not that type of person."

Despite the selfless approach Wondolowski leads the Golden Boot race by five goals with six games left in the regular season. Although well aware of his standing, the striker's only interest is victories.

Whenever the Quakes falter Wondolowski takes the blame. If the club wins he praises defenders or the teammates who passed him the ball for "easy" goals.

"He's the same guy but he's found success reading spots and hooking guys up," Lenhart said. "He puts himself in good spots whether he is setting guys up or scoring goals."

Chris Wondolowski provides San Jose Earthquakes more than stats - San Jose Mercury News

SANTA CLARA -- The record-breaking statistics have piled up this season for Earthquakes star Chris Wondolowski.

But the most telling number is seven as he and his high-flying team face the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Wondolowski, 29, earned his seventh assist last weekend as the Quakes won their third consecutive Major League Soccer game to remain atop of the Supporters' Shield race. The tally matched Wondolowski's career assist total before this year.

Or put it this way: the striker had seven assists over seven seasons until breaking out in 2012.

Although he also has a league-leading 19 goals this year, the assists embody the "me-second" spirit of MLS's accidental star. Wondolowski's share-the-riches attitude has done as much as anything to propel the league's most potent offense.

"Everyone is serving balls for everyone," outside back Justin Morrow said. "We're never worried if we're going to score a goal."

San Jose (17-6-5) has scored 58 goals in 28 games. Wondolowski's penalty kick goal Saturday broke his club single-season record for scoring. The De La Salle graduate is five goals from matching Ronald Cerritos' team career record of 61 goals in 148 games.

Wondolowski, the two-time league leader in goals, also is trying to become the first MLS player to get 20 goals in a season since Landon Donovan did it in 2008. He also has been prolific in netting game winners with his MLS-record

tying ninth of the season Saturday. Wondolowski had nine game winners in 2010 to tie former Los Angeles Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz's total from a decade ago.

But it is the mounting assists that have turned the Danville native into the front-runner for league MVP.

"I take huge pride in that," he said of the assists. "All the guys that are scoring those goals deserve them. I feel like they are getting rewarded now. I love it and I want some more of it."

No doubt Wondolowski has benefited from a talented supporting cast starting with Alan Gordon (12 goals), Steven Lenhart (eight) and Simon Dawkins (seven). Midfielder Marvin Chavez (nine assists) also has boosted the offense with dazzling moves that has opened the middle.

But Wondolowski, who played with the U.S. national team this summer, has grown more confident with the ball on his feet. It seems he has added a dimension to his game in the penalty area.

"Wondo's the best forward around the box," said new midfielder Medhi Ballouchy, who is expected to get his second start Wednesday because Shea Salinas and Chavez are out with injuries.

"His game is very simple. He doesn't try to do too much. He's not going to try to get his goals; he's not that type of person."

Despite the selfless approach Wondolowski leads the Golden Boot race by five goals with six games left in the regular season. Although well aware of his standing, the striker's only interest is victories.

Whenever the Quakes falter Wondolowski takes the blame. If the club wins he praises defenders or the teammates who passed him the ball for "easy" goals.

"He's the same guy but he's found success reading spots and hooking guys up," Lenhart said. "He puts himself in good spots whether he is setting guys up or scoring goals."

Herhold: Santa Clara County's rottenest tooth - San Jose Mercury News

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The First Church of Christ Scientist, near St. James Park in San Jose, Calif. Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (Patrick Tehan/Staff)

With the plebiscite complete, the time has come to pronounce a winner in my "Rotten Tooth" contest, a survey of blight in Santa Clara County. It's the abandoned 1905 First Church of Christ, Scientist on St. James Park in San Jose.

After more than 280 responses, the historic church, boarded up and ringed by barbed wire, received 44 percent of the online vote.

The former Western Funding office pavilion at Bascom Avenue and Stevens Creek Boulevard got 30 percent, while a burned Cupertino home received 26 percent.

OK, it wasn't scientific. I saw message traffic from historic preservationists who were urging people to vote for the church in the hopes that publicity will prod its renovation.

Ballot-stuffing always lurks as a risk in online voting.

(I had asked readers to send in their nominations, and then invited a panel of ink-stained wretches to rate the worst to produce three finalists).

But it's hard to dismiss the old church, a once-grand building that was described by a former owner, the late attorney James Boccardo, as held together "by termites holding hands." The prominent site on the downtown park gives its blight a forceful impact.

The old church was to be renovated as part of a 191-unit condo project by Barry Swenson Builders. That project has stalled with the economic downturn and the disappearance of San Jose's redevelopment agency.

To be fair, enormous problems face the developers, who did

not respond to my request to talk. The church is a historic landmark that really cannot be torn down. And it will not be easy to restore. Let's hope, or fervently pray, that someone finds a way.

Meanwhile, two updates on other stories I have covered:

BANNED SCANNER

You might remember the plight that faced Santa Cruz attorney Ryan Moroney when he dealt with the Santa Clara County planning department earlier this year.

Moroney was representing a group called "Keep our Mountains Quiet," which objected to a winery event center in Redwood Ridge Estates run by Candice Wozniak, the ex-wife of Apple pioneer Steve Wozniak.

Knowing he had a boatload of documents to copy, Moroney brought along a Fujitsu scanner. No dice, said the county. The integrity of the files was a stake. You have to pay us 10 cents a page for copying.

I wrote last April that this was silly. Other governments allow scanners. The not easily-intimidated Moroney sued for the right to use his Fujitsu.

After losing in lower court, he sent me notice last week that the California Supreme Court had refused to review the case. The county won. Common sense, alas, lost.

INSIDE STRAIGHT

Bob Straight, the 102-year-old Morgan Hill man whom I profiled on his 100th birthday two years ago, died last month.

Straight led an extraordinary life: He was a wing-walker on early airplanes, a vaudevillian, a bottled-water salesman, and a strawberry farmer. When I talked to him, he possessed an extraordinary recall of San Jose history.

His services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Lucy's Catholic Church, 2350 Winchester Blvd. in Campbell.

Contact Scott Herhold at 408-275-0917 or sherhold@mercurynews.com.