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Spartans vault to the top of CCS


Steve Silverman/special to the Town Crier
The Mountain View High gymnastics team last week claimed its first Central Coast Section title. Front, from left: head coach Kayla Chee and assistant coach Youlee Lee. Middle: Melissa Pinker, Natalie Rockhold, Elaine Silverman, Sheila Steiner and Lexy Mitchner. Back: Cindy Linker, Brette Miller, Allison Evans, Nomi Rosen and Madison Ruweler.

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

The Spartans ended the Lancers’ 16-year reign as CCS champion May 18 at Gymtowne in South San Francisco. But it was close: Mountain View scored a 149.750 and runner-up St. Francis totaled 149.299.

Strong start for Spartans


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High senior Elaine Silverman, competing in last week’s season-opening meet, placed first all-around.

Forgive coach Kayla Chee for not realizing how big of a deal it is that her Mountain View High gymnastics team defeated St. Francis in last week’s season-opening meet.

Having moved to the area from Hawaii last summer, she didn’t know that the Lancers have won the last 16 Central Coast Section championships – or that the Spartans had never beaten them before.

Slew of locals land on all-league teams for performances in fall


All-league honors were recently awarded to varsity high school athletes participating in fall sports. Athletes from local schools who earned such accolades are listed below.

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TC's top 10 of 2015


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Los Altos High boys basketball players, from left, Thomas Kelleher, Nolan Brennan and Simon Heck enjoy their CCS championship.

From basketball teams to soccer squads and runners to tennis players, the local sports scene was chock full of champs in 2015. A few of them made history as well.

It wasn’t easy to limit the list to 10, but here’s the Town Crier’s annual countdown of the biggest sports stories of the year.

Oh-so-close contenders for the TC's top 10 of '15

• St. Francis High girls golf team wins CCS and NorCal titles.

• Lizzy Beutter pitches perfect game in Los Altos High’s five-inning softball win over Gunn.

LA's Zaeske & Jacob power cross-country teams to CCS


Malcolm Slaney/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Ben Zaeske runs ahead of Palo Alto’s Kent Slaney at last week’s SCVAL El Camino Division meet at Crystal Springs in Belmont. Zaeske finished first and Slaney second.

Los Altos High’s Ben Zaeske beat a familiar foe to claim the boys varsity cross-country race at last week’s Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division Championships.

The senior finished 8 seconds ahead of runner-up Kent Slaney, a Palo Alto High junior he’s been racing against since grade school.


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