Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season

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Jeremy Hsu, Mountain View High’s top singles player, competes against Pinewood Thursday. The Spartans won the match 7-0.

With freshmen playing the top three spots in singles, the future of the Mountain View High boys tennis team looks bright – not that the present-day Spartans are dull.

Mountain View capped the regular season with a 7-0 non-league rout of Pinewood Thursday and secured second place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division with a 6-1 win over Fremont April 19.


Los Altos High's McFarlane steps down after successful stint as basketball coach

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Bob McFarlane guided the Eagles to a 63-46 record in his four seasons as coach.

Bob McFarlane, who last year guided the Los Altos High boys basketball team to its first Central Coast Section championship, has stepped down as coach due to other commitments.

“Teaching full time, running a company, serving my family and running a varsity program just isn’t working for my bandwidth, sanity or performance quality in every role,” said McFarlane, a married father of three who teaches physical education at Los Altos and runs a side business, Bald Eagle Sports Camps. “For those reasons, I need to resign as the head coach and want to say thank you for all the years of support by all of the Los Altos community.”


LA golfers hope to ace their finals

The Los Altos High golf team has sipped success, and now the Eagles are thirsty for more.

“Our goal this season was to make SCVAL league finals,” coach Richard Fujii said. “We’ve accomplished this, and our players really want to make CCS as a team.”


MV stuns Paly in girls lacrosse

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Mountain View’s Emma Bice drove in the winning run last week against Gunn.

In a signature victory for its budding girls lacrosse program, Mountain View High shocked Palo Alto 4-3 last week.

The Spartans, drubbed by the first-place Vikings a month ago, climbed to third in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.


Sports on the Side

Badminton goes regional this year

The inaugural Northern California Badminton Championships are slated 9 a.m. May 21 at Independence High in San Jose. The high school competition comprises five events: girls singles (with six qualifiers from the Central Coast Section), boys singles (seven), girls doubles (six), boys doubles (seven) and mixed doubles (seven). Tickets are $8-$12. For more information, visit

PCA accepts apps for scholarships

The Positive Coaching Alliance is accepting applications for its Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program, open to high school juniors with a GPA of 2.5 or above. PCA awards scholarships of $1,000 to $2,000 (depending on location) to high school athletes, based on their essays explaining how they meet PCA founder Jim Thompson’s definition of a Triple-Impact Competitor: personal mastery (making oneself better), leadership (making one’s teammates better) and honoring the game (making the game better). The deadline is May 31. To apply and for more information, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Pinewood doing just fine with 9

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Pinewood School junior Aisley Njissang is the team’s top pitcher and one of its leading hitters. She hit a home run in Friday’s win.

While Pinewood School’s batting average, on-base percentage and ERA matter to softball coach Michele Isaac, there’s one statistic that’s even more important – the number of players on her roster.

That’s because the number is nine. Well, 10 counting the team manager, but she’s never played before.


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