Gunn angle on two local sports milestones


Jim Loscutoff also known as Moose or Loscy enjoys a smoke and a fire-gun, at 85, in Florida, photo by a fan on a pilgrimage.

The long and the short of it is that the Weekly had two sports stories yesterday in which I felt the Gunn context had been unjustly omitted and here in Plastic Alto, I seek the cure.

First came news that Paly hoops legend, and 7-time NBA champion “Jungle Jim” Loscutoff died at age 85. Keith Peters (himself a Gunn ’70) compares Loscy to Jeremy Lin rather than, as I had coined, being part of the “Three L’s”, for Loscutoff, Lin and Lockhart, as in Kent Lockhart, the former Gunn standout (1981), who was a New York Knicks draft choice (and arguably the smallest person, at 6’4″ to be drafted for his defense).

Meanwhile, Palo Alto resident Sara Choy, who is 4 ‘ 11″ (and thereby part Robert Reich, and part Chrissie Evert), won her 59th prep singles match in a row, and her second CCS championship. She lives in the Gunn district and went to Terman but was recruited by former Gunn and Stanford All-America Jeff Arons to play for Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton (which is three miles from her apartment, while Gunn is five).  The article mentions Arons, but not the irony of his Gunn pedigree. It mentions two other CCS-Stanford stalwarts (of my generation), but not other Palo Alto champions like Rebecca Dirksen or Stephanie Savides.

Sara is now ranked #5 nationally in the Girls 16s, which is approaching Savides territory (Stephanie was state champion for all distaff types when she was Sara’s age, i.e. she was Womens’ champion, she told me recently).

A student journalist (Maya Humes) at Stanford wrote about Choy and described her as playing tennis to this level specifically to get in to Stanford, tantalizingly nearby, which, if true, probably creates as much doubt about her candidacy as it bolsters it.


It would have been interesting to have Loscutoff and Choy pose together at some sort of ceremony honoring local sports legends, rather than merely linked here in cyber- neo-real and random- pomo, symbols manipulated like topspin lob- world.


If Sara Choy had more vision she would shun the private schools and win 2 more titles for public school Gunn High




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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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