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Archive for May, 2009

Miramonte wins NCS baseball title

Heading into the NCS Division III baseball championship game, both teams were expecting a pitchers duel, and that is exactly what they got.

The pitcher from Sir Francis Drake High School held Miramonte to only three hits, but the Matadors were able to get two of those three hits in the first inning, allowing them to score the only run they would need to claim their first NCS baseball title since 2005.

Miramonte pitcher Andrew Kjar dominated the opposition from the Oakland Coliseum mound, giving up only three hits and a walk in an eight-strikeout complete game. It was Kjar’s third straight complete game shutout.

The Matadors finished their season with a 23-3-1 record.

Posted on Sunday, May 31st, 2009
Under: Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Lamorinda music events on Friday, June 5

The annual “Lafayette Jazz Café” is Friday, June 5, at 6:00 p.m., in the Stanley Middle School Auditorium. Performers from Stanley and Acalanes High School will be performing. Food will be available from Chef’s Touch starting at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free for children six and under and is $8 for everyone else. Proceeds benefit the school music programs.

On Friday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m., there will be a “Jazz Cabaret Evening” in the Fellowship Hall at the Orinda Community Church. A professional jazz group and singers will be performing throughout the night. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be available. The event is a fundraiser benefiting the Orinda Community Church.

Posted on Saturday, May 30th, 2009
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Services for Lafayette man who died on Mt. Lassen this Monday

The man who died at the top of Mt. Lassen on Saturday was Lawrence “Larry” Hazard of Lafayette. Hazard suffered a massive heart attack on the mountain, while he was with his daughter and granddaughter. Two helicopter crews came to the rescue of Hazard, but the heart attack proved to be fatal.

Services for Larry Hazard will be held on Monday, June 1, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Anselms Episcopal Church in Lafayette.

Hazard’s family has asked that contributions in memory of him to be made to Squaw Valley Ski Patrol, a non-profit organization where Hazard was Assistant Patrol Director. Contributions can be sent to: Squaw Valley Ski Patrol, c/o Wes Schimmelpfenning, P.O. Box 8396, Tahoe City, CA 96145.

Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2009
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Two Orinda car thieves arrested

A police officer on patrol around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning witnessed four people stealing wheels and rims off of a car parked along the street near Saint Stephens Drive and El Nido Ranch Road in Orinda.

Two male suspects fled the scene of the crime on foot, while two female suspects fled in an Acura. Police pursued the vehicle through the Caldecott Tunnell and arrested the suspects when they crashed near Highway 13.

After checking the plates of the car the suspects used to flee, police confirmed it had been stolen in Oakland. Two other cars at the scene of the crime, believed to have been driven there by the suspects, were also reported as stolen.

The two male suspects have not yet been found.

Posted on Thursday, May 28th, 2009
Under: Crime, Orinda | No Comments »

Orinda Idol auditions this Friday and Saturday

Just because the latest season of American Idol is over doesn’t mean the singing is going to stop. The 2009 Orinda Idol competition will be holding auditions this Friday, May 29, and Saturday, May 30, at Orinda Intermediate School.

To reserve an audition spot, send an email to with the name, grade, school, and e-mail address of the singer.

The elementary and middle school solo categories are open to Orinda students, while the high school and group categories are open to anyone from the Lamorinda area.

Finalists will compete on September 13 at the Orinda Theatre for cash prizes.

For more information about the auditions and to download parental consent forms, visit:

Posted on Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
Under: Lamorinda, Music, Orinda, Schools | No Comments »

Local swimmers make All-DFAL teams

The list below includes swimmers from the three local high schools who were named to All-DFAL league teams. The list includes each swimmers’ name, school and the event they made the team for.

First Team – 200 medley relay: David Palley (Aca), Morgan Kennedy (Aca), Piankhi Gibson (Aca), Nick Hoverston (Aca); 200 freestyle: Tor Jensen (Cam); 200 IM: Tommy Dowley (Cam); 100 freestyle: Robbie Ashby (Cam); 500 freestyle: Bret Lathrope (Mir); 200 freestyle relay: Alec Ryner (Mir), John Holland (Mir), James Perry (Mir); 100 backstroke: Nick Deaver (Mir); 100 breaststroke: Chris Chuck (Cam); 400 freestyle relay: Nathan Langer (Mir)
Second Team – 200 medley relay: Sean Haufler (Mir); 200 freestyle: Stephen Kingery (Cam); 200 freestyle relay: Andrew Melton (Cam), Chris Dyer (Cam); 400 freestyle relay: Nate Boone (Aca), Jake Kisner (Aca).
Honorable Mention – 200 medley relay: Jeremy Chang (Cam), Sean Malley (Cam); 100 butterfly: Jeff Strausser (Cam); 100 freestyle: Tyler Baker (Mir), Nick Zolintakis (Cam); 500 freestyle: Ryan Higgins (Mir)

First Team – 200 freestyle: Shelbi Luchini (Cam); 200 IM: Andrea Ward (Cam); 50 freestyle: Sierra Robbins (Mir); 100 butterfly: Courtney Whyte (Cam); 200 freestyle relay: Dana Holt (Cam), Olivia Alva (Cam), Rachel Cleak (Cam)
Second Team – 200 medley relay: Hayley Russell (Cam), Caroline Lukins (Cam); 200 freestyle: Eva Erickson (Cam); 50 freestyle: Meredith White (Mir); 200 freestyle relay: Haley Honens (Mir), Brooke Woodward (Mir)
Honorable Mention – 200 medley relay: KJ Kroetch (Aca), Bryce Tanner (Aca), Kathrine Records (Aca), Natalie Chan (Aca); 500 freestyle: Molley Howland (Cam); 400 freestyle relay: Jenna Haufler (Mir), Sam Swinton (Mir)

Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
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Aftermath of death of Miramonte student

A neighbor and friend of Joseph Loudon, the Miramonte High School student who died Saturday night, has been arrested in connection with the party Loudon was attending.

Patrick Gabrielli, 18, of Orinda, has been arrested on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and giving alcohol to a minor.

Police believe other students may be arrested pending their investigation.

Several Facebook groups have been created to honor Joe Loudon:

“We’ll miss and never forget you Joe”

Love for Joe Loudon

“All in favor of putting Joe Loudon’s jersey in the varsity locker room”

You can also post your condolences in a guest book the Contra Costa Times has set up online:

Guest Book for Joseph Loudon

Posted on Monday, May 25th, 2009
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Miramonte student dies at party

Joseph Loudon, a 16-year-old Miramonte High School student died at a party in Orinda Saturday night.

Loudon was rushed to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Walnut Creek after other students at the party found him collapsed in a hallway. He was declared dead around midnight, shortly after arriving at Kaiser Permanente.

Miramonte students who were at the party or have heard the news through friends are struggling to believe a friend and fellow student has passed. With many students being away over the holiday weekend, the news will certainly hit hard Tuesday morning as students return to class.

My best wishes go out to the Loudon family and all of his friends and classmates in this difficult time.

Posted on Sunday, May 24th, 2009
Under: Orinda, Schools | 2 Comments »

Local volleyball players make All-DFAL teams

The DFAL recently selected its All-League teams for the 2009 boys volleyball season. The following list includes players from the three local high schools who were chosen for the first team, second team or who were given honorable mention. The players names are followed by the high school they attend and their grade in school.

First Team – Devon Wall (Aca) Sr., Ed Kao (Aca) Sr., Jake Partlow (Cam) Sr., Scott Standring (Cam) Jr., Zach Dashner (Cam) Jr.

Second Team – Sean Woo (Aca) Sr., Teddy Geoghegan (Cam) Jr., Dylan Blackstone (Cam) So., Scott Fournier (Cam) Sr.

Honorable Mention – Noah Rosen (Aca) Sr., Alex Mangels (Cam) So.

Posted on Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
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Lafayette resident charged in death of Cal Poly fraternity brother

Haithem Ibrahim, 20, of Lafayette, is being charged with felony hazing causing death after another student pledging Ibrahim’s fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, died from alcohol poisoning in December. Ibrahim will face up to three years in prison if convicted.

The deceased pledge, Carson Starkey, 18, of Austin, Texas, was found with a blood-alcohol level between 0.39 percent and 0.44 percent. Starkey had participated in the fraternity’s “Brown Bag Night” where he was forced to consume alcohol his “Big Brother,” Ibrahim, had placed in a brown bag.

Because Ibrahim was not 21 yet, another fraternity brother, Zacary Ellis, 22, of San Luis Obispo, bought the alcohol and is also being charged with felony hazing causing death.

Two other fraternity brothers, Russell Taylor, 22, of Fresno, and Adam Marszal, 21, of Carmichael, are being charged with misdemeanor hazing for taking part in the event.

Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2009
Under: Crime, Lafayette | No Comments »