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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Frosty finish for Lancers: St. Francis' second-half struggles lead to loss in CCS final


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High coach Greg Calcagno consoles senior Alex Andrighetto as he walks off the field carrying the second-place trophy Saturday night. Los Gatos beat the Lancers 31-14, avenging last year’s loss in the CCS Division II championship game.

As the temperature dipped at Saturday night’s Central Coast Section Division II football final between St. Francis and Los Gatos highs, so did the Lancers’ offense.

After a stellar start, top-seeded St. Francis struggled to move the ball in the second half and the No. 2 Wildcats rallied for a 31-14 win at wintry Westmont.

“I don’t think we necessarily played a bad game – I honestly think it just came down to a couple of plays,” quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie said. “I don’t think the score really reflects how good of a team we are.”

The defending champion Lancers (9-4) looked good early. They scored on the game’s opening drive, a string of successful runs highlighted by halfback Alex Andrighetto’s 32-yard scamper to the 1. The senior reached the end zone a play later.

St. Francis struck again just before halftime when Fischer-Colbrie plunged across the goal line on a 2-yard keeper. Patrick Fordham’s extra point pushed the Lancers’ advantage to 14-10 with 29 seconds remaining.

St. Francis carried that lead into the second half but not for long. On the second play from scrimmage, Los Gatos quarterback Nick Bawden heaved a 70-yard touchdown pass to speedy receiver Corey Olivet, beating one-on-one coverage in the middle of the field. That marked the longest play of the night, besting the 63-yard touchdown the pair combined for on a trick play in the second quarter.

The Wildcats’ 17-14 lead held up until the fourth quarter, with the Lancers failing to capitalize on a chance to tie the game. Facing a fourth-and-two situation at the Los Gatos 19, St. Francis opted for a 36-yard field goal attempt with 2:41 left in the third. Fordham’s kick was blocked at the line of scrimmage and the Wildcats recovered at their own 6.

This led to a devastating drive by Los Gatos (10-3), eager to avenge last year’s 17-0 loss to the Lancers in the CCS final on the same Westmont field.

Behind tough running by bruising halfback Joey Wood (137 total yards rushing) and five passes for first downs by Bawden (13 of 25 passing for 281 yards), the Wildcats marched 94 yards on 17 plays. They scored on Bawden’s 1-yard keeper, with the extra point extending the lead to 24-14 with 7:34 to play.

With time winding down, St. Francis had little choice but to pass – and Los Gatos knew it. They came after Fischer-Colbrie, who didn’t attempt a pass in the first quarter and completed only one in the second, sacking him on back-to-back plays on the Lancers’ next series to force a punt.

“We rely so heavily on our run,” said Fischer-Colbrie, who finished 8 of 16 passing for 96 yards. “I think our passing attack is extremely capable, but we just didn’t come up with big plays.”

Los Gatos scored eight plays later on a 9-yard run by Wood, leaving St. Francis with only 2:16 to overcome a 17-point deficit.

The Lancers produced half of their six first downs in the second half on the ensuing drive, their last of the game. Fischer-Colbrie completed five straight passes during the series – four to receiver Trillion Hebert – before St. Francis turned the ball over on downs.

After a few kneel downs to run out the clock, the Los Gatos celebration began. The Wildcats – winners of 10 of their last 11 games – were in no hurry to leave the field, despite the 39-degree temperature.

“Hats off to Los Gatos,” Fischer-Colbrie, said. “They’re a great team and they’ve had an extremely successful season – especially the second half. I played them for three years at Mountain View, so I know what they’re capable of.”

Fischer-Colbrie, who transferred to St. Francis from Mountain View this year, is proud of what the Lancers accomplished this season under new head coach Greg Calcagno– even if it didn’t culminate in the championship.

“There’s been such a huge learning process and we’ve come so far, especially with some really close losses to some of the best West Catholic (Athletic League) teams,” the quarterback said. “It’s coach Calcagno’s first year and he’s got a really bright future ahead of him for his career. ... It was a great season.”


2013 football: St. Francis High School vs. Los Gatos High School in the CIF Division II Finals - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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