Palo Alto prep tennis ace

Sara Choy the Oak Creek tennis giant

Sara Choy the Oak Creek tennis giant

edit to add: Stephanie Savides, Gunn 1983 and Stanford 1987, who I met at Fremont Hill Elementary / PAUSD in 1974, broke it down for me the history of girls prep tennis on the Peninsula. Recently and apropos of my neighbor Sara Choy first upsetting the defending CCS girls champ in league play then winning the title herself, a rarity for a freshman. There are repeat winners but no 4-time champs. Stephanie also has a daughter at M-A, Sami Andrew, who is a fine player and excellent student but not a champ like mom. Or she’s a late bloomer. I was meaning to get back to Stephanie as I continue my research: coach and I strolled San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame (and the former Redwood City courthouse dome), mostly looking at hoops legends, but I noticed Linda Gates, of Burlingame, a Stanford teammate of SS, and Ann Kiyomura, of Aragon, who also excelled at Team Tennis professionally, a decade or generation ahead of us.

I did also suggest to Palo Alto Mayor a recognition Karen Holman of Ms. Choy. (I watched the Li Na segment on 60 Minutes for insights into Sara; I think in one of my brief encounters with her, in our lobby or laundry room, she told me Li Na her fav.


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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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