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Eagles make school history

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The Los Altos High School Eagles defeated Santa Clara High School Tuesday to advance to the Central Coast Section basketball finals Saturday.

The Eagles are headed where no Los Altos High boys basketball team has gone before – the Central Coast Section final.

                  After getting as far as the CCS Division II semifinals the past two seasons, the Eagles got over the hump by beating Santa Clara 59-47 Tuesday night (March 3).

                  Sixth-seeded Los Altos (14-15) is scheduled to take on No. 1 Leland (22-4) Saturday at a time and place to be determined. The Eagles lost to the Chargers 71-54 when they met Dec. 15 at Los Altos.

                  “Leland is just a fantastic team,” Eagles coach Bob McFarlane said. “I’d say they are the best public school team I’ve seen play. … They’re a handful.”

                  But Los Altos no longer looks like the inexperienced team (one returning starter) that faced the Chargers the first month of the season. The Eagles have won four consecutive games – their longest streak of success this season.

                  After rallying from a 15-2 deficit to upset No. 3 Willow Glen in the quarterfinals, Los Altos never trailed against seventh-seeded Santa Clara (15-12), which hosted Tuesday’s semifinal.

                  The Eagles scored the first seven points – beginning with Thomas Kelleher’s driving bank shot – and led 33-18 by halftime.

                  “Before the game we talked about coming out strong and starting really fast,” said senior Daniel Rosenbaum, who scored a team-high 14 points. “We were hitting our shots at the beginning and making some nice drives.”

                  The Eagles got off to a fast start in the second half as well, making their first two shots. Rosenbaum completed a three-point play after getting fouled on a burst to the basket and – with help from a Bruins’ turnover – lobbed an inbound pass to Patrick McColl for a layin that pushed the lead to 38-18.

                  Santa Clara trimmed its deficit to 14 points by quarter’s end but would get no closer. Los Altos opened the fourth with a 14-6 run featuring seven points from Rosenbaum. The Eagles nailed five of their six shots during the spurt – highlighted by freshman Nolan Brennan’s 3-pointer – and extended the advantage to 59-37 with 3:53 left.

                  Brennan joined Rosenbaum in double figures, finishing with 12 points. Senior Kyle Cumagun added nine points on a trio of 3-pointers. Nine Los Altos players scored in the contest.

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Los Altos High’s Patrick McColl scores on a breakaway dunk Saturday against Willow Glen.

Patrick McColl’s breakaway dunk emphatically ensured Los Altos High’s greatest comeback win of the season, 45-37 over Willow Glen in the Central Coast Section Division II boys basketball quarterfinals.

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McHugh scores on cue in Lancers' playoff win


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St. Francis High’s Lauren McHugh scored both goals in the Lancers’ 2-1 win over Presentation.

St. Francis High senior Lauren McHugh picked a fine time to score her second, then third goal of the season – in the Central Coast Section Division II girls soccer quarterfinals.

The midfielder’s goals lifted the top-seeded Lancers to a 2-1 home win over No. 8 Presentation Saturday. Both came on set plays off corner kicks by junior Georgia Kingman in the first half.

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Spartans surge in second half, beat Bruins 4-0 in girls soccer


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St. Francis High’s Andrew Silva, right, heads the ball.

Perhaps the 10 a.m. start led to the Spartans’ sluggish – and scoreless – first half against Santa Clara Saturday in the Central Coast Section Division I girls soccer quarterfinals. Top seed Mountain View High perked up in the second half, however, to beat the ninth-seeded Bruins 4-0.

“We started off very slow and weren’t ourselves the first half,” coach Ivan Bandov said. “After the halftime talk, we made a few adjustments and the girls were terrific. They competed well, created numerous chances and played a complete half.”

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Mountain View and Los Altos get off to strong starts in softball

The Mountain View High softball team’s season-opening game didn’t last long. The host Spartans dismantled Del Mar 10-0 in five innings on the mercy rule Thursday.

Mountain View coach Dave Campbell said starting pitcher Reanna Lancaster “didn’t need a lot of defensive help in the game.” The senior surrendered just three hits and struck out nine batters.

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Sports on the Side

Kapp to Cal

Mountain View High senior Frank Kapp has committed to UC Berkeley as a preferred walk-on in football. The tight end/defensive end is the grandson of Joe Kapp, who starred at quarterback at Cal in the 1950s and was the team’s head coach for five seasons in the 1980s. Frank played varsity for three years at Mountain View.

Green run

On Your Mark’s fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K run/walk is scheduled 9 a.m. March 15, starting and finishing at the running store at 378 Main St., Los Altos. To register, visit active.com.

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