[Best of the Santa Clara Valley 1997]

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Best of Reader's Choice: Sports and Recreation

Bowling Alley

First: AMF Saratoga Lanes
1585 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga (408/252-2212)

Second: Moonlight Lanes
2780 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408/296-7200)

Third: Alma Bowl
355 W. Alma Ave., San Jose (408/294-8825)

Children's Playground

First: Vasona Park
298 Garden Hill Dr., Los Gatos (408/356-2729)

Second: Happy Hollow Park
Kelley Park, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose (408/277-3000)

Third: Memorial Park
Stevens Creek Blvd. and Anton Way, Cupertino (408/777-3120)

Scenic Hike

First: Castle Rock State Park
15000 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos (408/867-2952)

Second: Rancho San Antonio Park
Cristo Rey Dr., Cupertino (408/867-3654)

Third: Los Gatos Creek Trail
Dell Ave., Los Gatos (408/356-2729)

Mountain Bike Trail

First: Lexington Reservoir
Alma Bridge Rd., Los Gatos (408/867-0190)

Second: Los Gatos Creek Trail
Dell Ave., Los Gatos (408/356-2729)

Third: Vasona Park
298 Garden Hill Dr., Los Gatos (408/356-2729)

Urban Bike Trail

First: Los Gatos Creek Trail (tie)
Dell Ave., Los Gatos (408/356-2729)

Vasona Park (tie)
298 Garden Hill Dr., Los Gatos (408/356-2729)

Second: Campbell Park
Campbell Avenue @ Gilman Street, Campbell

Third: Coyote-Hellyer Park
985 Hellyer Ave., San Jose (408/225-0225)

Skateboarding Spot

First: Downtown San Jose

Second: Santa Clara University (tie)
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408/554-4000)

Greer Park (tie)
1098 Amarillo Ave., Palo Alto

Third: Westgate Mall
1600 Saratoga Ave., San Jose (408/379-9350)


First: Valley Fair Shopping Center
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara (408/248-4451)

Second: San Jose International Airport
Airport Parkway, San Jose (408/277-4759)

Third: Downtown Los Gatos

Pickup Basketball

First: Paul Moore Park (Cherry Park)
Hillsdale and Cherry avenues, San Jose

Second: Central YMCA
1717 The Alameda, San Jose (408/298-1717)

Third: Bramhall "Willow Street" Park
Willow Street and Camino Ramon, San Jose

Clash Player

First: Eric Wynalda

Second: John Doyle

Third: Ronald Cerritos

Sabrecats Player

First: Billy Stoyanovich

Second: Pat McGuirk

Third: Daryl Rogers (tie)

Steve Papin (tie)

Rhinos Player

First: Doug Evans

Second: Jon Bonvie

Third: Mike Jones (tie)

Rocky the Rhino (tie)

Lasers Player

First: Jennifer Azzi

Second: Jenni Ruff

Sharks Player

First: Owen Nolan

Second: Jeff Friesen

Third: Mike Vernon

San Jose Giants Player

First: Bobby Bonds Jr.

Second: Kevin Rogers

Third: Mike Caruso

Local Sportscaster

First: Gary Radnich (KRON-Channel 4)

Second: David Lee (KNTV-Channel 11)

Third: Mark Ibañez (KTVU-Channel 2)

Local Sportswriter

First: Bud Geracie

Second: Mark Purdy

Third: Ann Killion

Golf Course

First: Silver Creek Valley Country Club
5460 Country Club Pkwy., San Jose (408/239-5888)

Second: Santa Teresa Golf Club
260 Bernal Road, San Jose (408/225-2650)

Third: San Jose Country Club
15571 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose (408/928-3420)

Camping Spot in the County

First: Big Basin State Park
Hwy. 236, nine miles from Boulder Creek (408/338-8860)

Second: Mount Madonna
Hecker Pass Hwy., Watsonville (408/842-2341)

Third: Sanborn-Skyline Park
16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga (408/867-9959)

Place to Swim

First: YMCA
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: Santa Swim Center
2625 Patricia Dr., Santa Clara (408/243-7727)

Third: Campbell Community Center
1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408/374-8154)

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From the Sept. 18-24, 1997 issue of Metro.

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