Fri09042015

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After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more


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Los Altos High senior running back Patrick Vargas snares a pass in practice last week.

Don’t dismiss the Eagles. Coach Trevor Pruitt is adamant that his Los Altos High football team will be better than expected.

“When I read (in another publication) that we’d finish fourth, I laughed,” he said. “We’re very talented. The El Camino Division is wide open this year, and we can absolutely win it. It’s ours to lose, to be honest.”

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Lovin' Levi's


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Mountain View’s Austin Johnson, running after the catch, played multiple positions in Saturday’s game.

For Mountain View High’s Austin Johnson and Homestead’s John Rak, the highlight of playing in Saturday’s 41st annual Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game occurred before kickoff.

“It was when we were walking out of the tunnel and started hearing the crowd and we’re just getting pumped up,” Johnson said. “I got so many chills just walking out. It was really fun.”

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Local football all-stars excited to play at Levi's Stadium


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Sean Lanoza is Los Altos High’s lone representative in the Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game.

Although Sean Lanoza isn’t a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, he’s elated to get the chance to play on their home turf in the Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game slated 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The running back from Los Altos High said he was honored to be selected for the 41st annual game – a showcase for the county’s top graduated seniors – and the switch of sites from San Jose City College to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara only enhances the experience.

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Vargas shows his skills at Super Combine


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Running back Patrick Vargas, a rising senior year at Los Altos High, is one step away from playing in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.

Only 600 prep football players in the country were invited to the Blue-Grey Super Combine – and Patrick Vargas of Los Altos High was among them.

The incoming senior participated in the July 12 Super Combine at College of San Mateo – one of four held nationally – with hopes of becoming a Blue-Grey All-American. From these workouts, just 200 players will be selected to play in one of two Blue-Grey All-American Bowls scheduled this winter at NFL stadiums.

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All-star football game moves to Levi Stadium

The San Francisco 49ers won’t be the only ones playing football at Levi Stadium this summer. Expect to see some local high school players on the field, too.

The 41st annual Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game is scheduled 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at the 49ers’ new home in Santa Clara.

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Lancers reign in the rain


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St. Francis High’s Riley Quinn makes an interception in Friday’s game. Quinn and teammate Trillion Hebert, left, were part of a stingy defense that allowed just 27 points in the playoffs.

There probably aren’t many football teams that could overcome the loss of their quarterback nine minutes into a tightly contested championship game. But for St. Francis High – which relies on its potent running game and stout defense – it wasn’t much of a problem.

Scoring all their points after Kamalii Akina suffered a foot injury, the top-seeded Lancers beat Mitty 17-7 in Friday’s Central Coast Section Division II final at rainy Westmont in Campbell.

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