Spartans vault to the top of CCS

Mountain View High last week did what no team has done since 1999 – beat gymnastics juggernaut St. Francis at the Central Coast Section championships.


Owens overcomes injury to capture CCS tennis crown

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Pinewood senior Gabe Owens, pictured with coach Craig Corfield, captured the CCS singles title last week in Aptos.

After missing most of the tennis season with a back injury, Pinewood School’s Gabe Owens didn’t have much time or competition to prepare him for the playoffs.

No matter. The senior showed few signs of rust in his return from a bulging disc that sidelined him for three months. After dominating the West Bay Athletic League tournament at the end of April, Owens last week claimed the Central Coast Section singles championship without losing a set.


MV's Estell qualifies for finals in 4 events, then races to prom

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Mountain View’s 4x100 relay team – from left, Megan Yama, Rachael Estell, Abriana Bracy and Shareen Estremera – set a personal-best time at the CCS semifinals Saturday in Gilroy.

There was little rest for Rachael Estell Saturday. After competing in four events at the Central Coast Section track and field semifinals in Gilroy, the Mountain View High junior had to race home and get ready for prom that night.

“It was a busy day,” she said, “but everything went really well.”


Pinewood golfer Foley finishes second at CCS

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Pinewood sophomore John Foley shot a 4-under-67 at CCS.

John Foley had a good excuse for missing two final exams Monday at Pinewood School – he was in Monterey County for a final that required a pencil half the size of the standard No. 2.

The sophomore hoped to jot down plenty of low numbers with his scoring pencil as he competed in the Northern California Golf Championships, held at Corral de Tierra Golf Course as the Town Crier went to press.


LA's Gwo wins two medals at state swim meet

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St. Francis High’s Jeremy Ydens hit a two-run single and was the winning pitcher in Saturday’s playoff win over Serra.

Nearly repeating his results from last year, Los Altos High senior Albert Gwo won the 50-yard freestyle and finished second in the 100 free Saturday at the state swimming and diving finals in Clovis.

“It was very exciting to race at states and perform well again,” said Gwo, bound for UC Berkeley. “I was working hard the whole season to get to where I was and it was very satisfying to see what I could do after all my hard work.”


Sports on the Side

MV Open starts Friday

The 48th Mountain View Open Tennis Tournament is scheduled over the three-day weekend at the Cuesta Tennis Center. The USTA event features players from local colleges, touring pros and highly ranked junior players. Divisions include men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles. Matches are slated 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday (preliminaries) and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday (finals). Admission is free. For more information, call 967-5955 or visit

Let’s get physicals

Los Altos and Mountain View highs have scheduled sports physicals at PT Works, 794 Altos Oaks, Los Altos. Students who plan to participate in a sport next school year are required to take a physical and may visit their family doctor instead. Mountain View’s exams are scheduled 6-8 p.m. today. Cost is $35; proceeds benefit the school’s sports medicine program. For more information, email Achilles Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Los Altos held its physicals last weekend; makeups are slated 5:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Cost is $40; proceeds benefit Los Altos’ athletic training room and athletic program. For more information, call the athletic office at 960-8857.


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