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MV makes the grade

The American Volleyball Coaches Association last month announced that the 2015 Mountain View High girls volleyball team has won an AVCA Team Academic Award. Squads with at least a 3.3 cumulative grade-point average were eligible; the Spartans posted a 3.93 GPA last school year. The team comprised Emma Blockhus, Chanti Holroyd, Moira Huang, Annie Iverson, Eleonore Johansen, Sophie Karolczak, Cynthia Moir, Aidan O’Leary, Kyra Palmbush, Payton Shaffer, Samantha Shaffer, Lauren Price and Sola Takahashi.

Tips to beat the heat

The National Federation of State High School Associations and the California Interscholastic Federation offer a free online course titled “A Guide to Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention.” The course, which provides information designed to minimize the risk of activity-related heatstroke among high school athletes, is available at nfhslearn.com; type “heat” into the search field.

MVLA soccer club kicks off season with success


Erin Montoya
MVLA 04 Barcelona Pre-ECNL won the Surf Cup and the Mustang Stampede tournaments. Front, from left: Sophia Sasaki, Allie Montoya, Cadee Borg, Joelle Jung, Kaia Flores, Greenlee Kauinana and Sierra Fuegmann. Back: Assistant coach Tom Fuegmann, Ariel Thongkham, Elle Roos, Sofia Rodriguez, Madeleine Cunningham, Leah O’Brien, Mya Wheeler, Layne Kohler, Charis Toney, Amalie Pianim, Esha Gupta, Natalie Smith and head coach Erin Montoya.

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club is off to a stellar start to the fall season. Four girls teams kicked off the campaign with first-place finishes in tournaments earlier this month.

“Our teams did so well,” said Erin Montoya, who coaches two of them. “It shows there’s a good future for all of them.”

Smooth sailing for duo from Los Altos High


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Albert Zhao, left, and Amir Tadros of Los Altos work as a team to maneuver the sailboat.

Little known to many, there is a small but thriving sailing community in the Bay Area. Two Los Altos High sophomores, Amir Tadros and Albert Zhao, are part of it.

The duo comprises the unofficial Los Altos High sailing team.

Eagles get defensive


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Los Altos quarterback Cooper Cornell, above, hands the ball off to fullback Nick Pontius, who also starts at defensive tackle.

Football coaches can’t help but be optimistic this time of year – every team is still undefeated. Los Altos High coach Trevor Pruitt is especially encouraged by the potential he sees in the 2016 Eagles, who kick off their season Friday.

“There’s a real positive aura around this team – the best since my first year,” he said.

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NorCal plays in JOs

Los Altos-based Northern California Aquatics qualified two water polo teams for last month’s Junior Olympics: the under-14 boys and under-18 girls. The squads competed in the Classic flights of their respective age divisions. The boys placed 19th and the girls finished 21st. The Bay Area hosted the tournament.

Tips to beat the heat

The National Federation of State High School Associations and the California Interscholastic Federation offer a free online course titled “A Guide to Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention.” The course, which provides information designed to minimize the risk of activity-related heatstroke among high school athletes, is available at nfhslearn.com; type “heat” into the search field.

Los Altos High's new cross-country coach takes a kids-first approach to running team


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Ken Chism was hired in June to take over the Los Altos High cross-country program.

Ken Chism, Los Altos High’s new cross-country coach, not only runs the Eagles – he runs with them.

“I’ve done that everywhere I’ve coached, and I’m still healthy enough to run,” said Chism, who ran track in college. “I generally do the off-campus runs with them. I always run in the back with the slower kids to make sure they all come back.”


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