A true “local,” Louis grew up on the Coastside. His mom and uncles also attended HMBHS, and he had many of the same teachers as they did! “I couldn’t get very far without somebody knowing who I was, or who my uncles were,” he said. “We had the same puffy curly head of hair.”
From 1994 to 1998, Louis was an enthusiastic member of the Cross Country (XC) Team. The XC team won the CCS Championship in 1994, 1996 and 1997. Louis was 1st place individual at CCS Championship races in 1995 and 1997 and 2nd place individual in 1994 and 1996.
At the CIF State Cross Country Meet in Fresno, Louis represented HMBHS and collected the following honors:
1994: 47th as an individual, 3rd as a team
1995: 5th as an individual
1996: 3rd as an individual, 4th place team
1997: 17th as an individual, 7th place team
In addition to Cross Country, Louis ran the mile during the Track season and won a lot of races. His mile record time was 4.26. He was named MVP and served as team captain numerous times.
Fellow team members and people in the community were supportive of Louis. Justin Stern (team captain in 1994, and the other runners helped him succeed from the time he was a freshman on the team. “It was a thrill to go to the CCS Finals and win the championship that year,” said Louis, who has a special appreciation for Mark Foyer of the HMB Review for “making me a local star…on an almost weekly basis.”
He was coached by Tim Chain who helped “shape up and organize workouts,” Dick Calvin, “longtime coach whose wife Leta took amazing photos that she developed in her own darkroom,” and Kevin Ostenberg who “was a very influential person in my life at the time.” Although Kevin made sure that his runners trained hard, he treated them as equals and was a valuable mentor.
After graduation, Louis attended Humboldt State University and studied Environmental Resources Engineering. He continued to run cross-country and track throughout college. He was All-Region several times and ran in the NCAA Nationals both as an individual and as part of a team.
His head coach, both a mentor and friend, required grueling workouts consisting of 60-100 miles per week. The pace was intense and the runners became “machines.” They also had a lot of fun together driving in the van to meets 6+ hours away every weekend.
In track, Louis ran the 1500 and 5000 meters. His personal best in the 1500 was 3:53 (a time which qualified him as an alternate for the NCAA National Track Championship in 2000). In 1999, he also earned Junior All-American Honors for placing 6th in the 5000 meters at the USA Junior Championships in Denton, TX.
In June 2004, Louis moved to Newark, Delaware to pursue a Master’s degree in Ocean Engineering at that University of Delaware’s College of Marine Studies. In 2007, he returned to his native Bay Area to work as a civil and coastal engineer for an environmental consulting firm. In 2017, he married Kate Ellen and baby daughter Vivian joined them in 2018. The family lives in Oakland with their dog, Jim Dude.
Track & Field
Lauren was born across the Bay in Berkeley, but feels lucky to have been able to grow up on the coast in a community where you can spend your high school years with some of the same kids you knew in preschool. From the time she was eight years old, playing rec softball on the Livewires, she found a second home in Half Moon Bay Athletics.
Lauren was a decorated member of the Track & Field team during her high school years. Her freshman year, the team consisted of 10-15 athletes, but by her senior year, that number had grown to more than 60. She truly enjoyed the experience of helping the team grow under the guidance of coaches Paul Farnsworth and Frank Lima.
Her list of accomplishments is long.
2007: Most Outstanding Frosh/Soph Girls Track
2008 : Most Outstanding Varsity Girls Track, All-League Varsity Track, PAL League Finals: 1st Place 400m, 2nd Place 200m, CCS: 2nd Place 400m, CIF State Meet-finished 10th
2009 : Most Outstanding Varsity Girls Track, All-League Varsity Track, PAL League Finals; 1st Place 400m, 1st Place 200m, 1st Place Long Jump, 2nd Place 800m, CCS: 2nd Place 400m, 4th Place 200m (qualified for State in both races)
2010 : Most Outstanding Varsity Girls Track, 2010 Champion Award Varsity Girls Track, All-League Varsity Track, PAL League Finals: 2nd Place 400m, 2nd Place 200m
In addition, Lauren holds the HMBHS school records in the 200m, 400m and Distance Medley Relays (100m, 800m). She is also the first person in the school’s history to qualify for two State track meets and to qualify in two events in the State Track & Field meet.
“The support I gained over the years on the Waves, in middle school track and up to High School Track & Field was simply unbelievable,” said Lauren. “The coaches and my fellow athletes for all my sports teams gave me the tools and the confidence to succeed.”
Special memories include placing 2nd in CCS and getting a berth to the State Championship Track Meet, placing 2nd in 2008 in the 400m after dropping more than one second off her best time (56.36), breaking a meet record at the Los Gatos Top 7 Meet and winning Most Outstanding Female Athlete at the Gilroy Invitational. She was also chosen as Athlete of the Week for the HMB Review four times.
Lauren attended UC San Diego where she was recruited to run on the track team. She graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics and a Minor in Accounting. Her track highlights at UCSD include: 4 year letter winner, Team Captain, 2012-2014, National Qualifier (4 years), Competed in 2 National Championships in the 4x400 relay, All American in the 4x4 relay (and School Record @ 3:42.17) at 2012 National Championships in Colorado, Top 3 finish in CCAA Section Championships in the 400 Hurdles, 2011 and 2014, Top 3 finish in CCAA Section Championships in the 4x400m Relay, #6 All Time in the 400H.
Lauren was Director of Operations for the UCSD Track & Field Team for 3 years, and currently works at L1 Technologies. She continues to compete in athletic events such as Spartan Races and Epic Series OCR.
Half Moon Bay is a special town. Everyone who lives here and those lucky ones who were able to grow up here know it! Spencer knows that HMB provided him with a foundation upon which to build his work ethic and life philosophy. He describes Half Moon Bay as “a very humble town with a nice slow pace. This allows kids to accomplish as much as they are willing to. Half Moon Bay taught me that I was the only one in control of my future, all I had to do was take advantage of the opportunities presented to me.”
When not in the classroom, Spencer could be found on the baseball field. He attended HMBHS from 2006-2009 and played more than 100 games over 4 years! He was a four-year varsity starter. From sophomore to senior year, his cumulative batting average was .391 with 106 hits and 58 RBIs. He was 1st Team All-League for three years and was named PAL Player of the Year in 2008. (During that year he had a .425 batting average in 87 at bats with 22 RBIs).
The biggest contributors to his athletic career were his parents, his head coach Tony Magagnini, and his childhood catching coach Dominic Magagnini. Both Tony and Dominic “took me under their wing at a very young age…and I would not have become the baseball player I was without them,” said Spencer. They allowed Spencer to develop his skills and to be able to perform at a high level when on the field. His dad also had an important role in his development and was always willing to take him to the field and throw batting practice for him.
One of Spencer’s favorite high school memories was the team’s win against Santa Cruz High School in 2009 during CCS playoff. “We were down late in the game and had a great comeback win to advance further into the playoffs,” he said. “With 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning, up by 1 run with runners on first and third, I back-picked the runner on first base by throwing the ball to one of my best friends, Cody Silveria, to end the game.” In 2009, the team made it further in CCS Playoffs than any other team in Half Moon Bay history.
Another stand out high school memory was from 2008 in a game against Carlmont. “I went 3-4 with a homerun against all my previous travel-ball teammates which was a nice validation for me as a player,” said Spencer. “My performance also helped us win the game against one of our then-current league rivals.”
After graduation Spencer continued to play baseball at Santa Clara University. He has a lot of wonderful memories and lifelong friends from that time. “Unfortunately,” said Spencer, “injuries took me out of baseball, but I will never forget what it has brought me.”
Spencer works as a CPA in mergers and acquisitions consulting at KPMG, where he has been since he graduated from college.