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Los Altos field hockey coach sees positives in loss to Lancers


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Los Altos High goalie Lauren Lunsford blocks a shot by St. Francis’ Nicole Poch as Eagles defender Mehr Singh follows the play. Poch earned an assist in the game.

Los Altos High field hockey coach Mary Donahue found plenty of positives in her team’s loss to St. Francis Thursday.

“We did lose 3-0,” she said, “but held St. Francis out of the goal for a good 20 minutes in the first half and played a pretty wide-open, back-and-forth game for much of the game.”

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Tee off for soccer

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club’s inaugural MVLA Golf Classic is scheduled Nov. 3 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive. The event includes a round of golf, dinner prepared by Chef Gary Roth and an awards presentation with silent auction and raffle. Net proceeds benefit MVLA’s financial-aid program. The schedule of events: registration at 10:30 a.m., shotgun start at noon and awards dinner at 5 p.m. Cost is $275. To register and for more information, call 823-6065 or visit mvlasc.org and click “Supporting MVLA,” then “MVLA Golf Classic.”

Vote for All-Century

The California Interscholastic Federation, which governs the state’s high school sports, recently announced that voting for the CIF Fall All-Century Team has begun. “The CIF is excited to be celebrating 100 years of education-based athletics in California,” said CIF Executive Director Roger L. Blake. “We encourage everyone to please join us in the celebration of high school sports and participate in selecting and honoring our CIF All-Century Teams throughout the school year.” All-Century Team nominations were accepted online during the past school year; former student-athletes who demonstrated significant athletic contributions in CIF sports were eligible to be nominated. Fall honorees will be revealed in November and acknowledged at their respective sport’s CIF state/regional championships. To vote, visit cifstate.org and click “100th anniversary.”

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Soquel squashes Los Altos 33-13; St. Francis routs Oak Grove 28-0


The Los Altos High football team won the first quarter of Friday’s season opener, but host Soquel took over after that to prevail 33-13.

The Eagles scored on the game’s opening drive – courtesy of running back Sean Lanoza’s 48-yard touchdown scamper and Matt Schonher’s extra point – and their defense didn’t surrender as much as a first down in the quarter.

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Kim makes 3rd round

Stanford University golfer Lauren Kim, a Los Altos High graduate, advanced to the third round of the U.S. Women’s Amateur last month at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. Grace Na of Alameda beat Los Altos native Kim 2 up in that round.

Swing for a cause

Los Altos Christian Schools’ third annual golf tournament is scheduled to tee off 11 a.m. Sept. 29 at Stanford University Golf Course. Registration is set to begin at 9 a.m. and golf pro Bill Mykytka will provide pre-tournament pointers at 10 a.m. The $300 entry fee includes a round of golf, cart, lunch, tee prizes and awards reception. Proceeds benefit the school’s financial-aid program. To register and for more information, visit lacs.com.

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Locals net tennis titles

Local residents John Saviano and Scott Spielman won their respective divisions at the USTA NorCal Mid-Pen Senior Championships, a men’s tennis tournament held earlier this month at Foothills Tennis & Swimming Club in Palo Alto. Saviano (Los Altos Hills) won the 45 men’s singles title and Spielman (Los Altos) claimed the 65-and-over men’s singles crown.

Swing for a cause

Los Altos Christian School’s third annual golf tournament is scheduled to tee off 11 a.m. Sept. 29 at Stanford University Golf Course. Registration is set to begin at 9 a.m. and golf pro Bill Mykytka will provide pre-tournament pointers at 10 a.m. The $300 entry fee – discounted to $275 for those who sign up by Sept. 7 – includes a round of golf, cart, lunch, tee prizes and award reception. Proceeds benefit the school’s financial-aid program. To register and for more information, visit lacs.golfreg.com.

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Making the grade

St. Francis High’s Juliann Carroll, Adrianna Piazza, Hannah Press, Samantha Quinn and Olivia Vukcevich have been named to the US Lacrosse All-Academic Team-Northern California Chapter. All but Carroll, who is entering her senior year, graduated in the spring.

Montclaire hosts run

Montclaire Elementary School’s Fifth Annual 5k Run/Walk is slated 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28, starting on the campus at 1160 St. Joseph Ave., Los Altos. The 3.1-mile course includes the surrounding Highlands neighborhood and a portion of Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. This year’s theme is “Peace and Love,” and participants are encouraged to wear groovy clothes such as capes, tutus and knee-high socks. There will also be a free 1-mile fun run for children. Register by Friday to receive a race T-shirt. Cost is $35; proceeds benefit Montclaire. To register and for more information, visit montclaire5k.com.

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