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Spartans surge in second half, beat Bruins 4-0 in girls soccer


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St. Francis High’s Andrew Silva, right, heads the ball.

Perhaps the 10 a.m. start led to the Spartans’ sluggish – and scoreless – first half against Santa Clara Saturday in the Central Coast Section Division I girls soccer quarterfinals. Top seed Mountain View High perked up in the second half, however, to beat the ninth-seeded Bruins 4-0.

“We started off very slow and weren’t ourselves the first half,” coach Ivan Bandov said. “After the halftime talk, we made a few adjustments and the girls were terrific. They competed well, created numerous chances and played a complete half.”

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Mountain View and Los Altos get off to strong starts in softball

The Mountain View High softball team’s season-opening game didn’t last long. The host Spartans dismantled Del Mar 10-0 in five innings on the mercy rule Thursday.

Mountain View coach Dave Campbell said starting pitcher Reanna Lancaster “didn’t need a lot of defensive help in the game.” The senior surrendered just three hits and struck out nine batters.

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Sports on the Side

Kapp to Cal

Mountain View High senior Frank Kapp has committed to UC Berkeley as a preferred walk-on in football. The tight end/defensive end is the grandson of Joe Kapp, who starred at quarterback at Cal in the 1950s and was the team’s head coach for five seasons in the 1980s. Frank played varsity for three years at Mountain View.

Green run

On Your Mark’s fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K run/walk is scheduled 9 a.m. March 15, starting and finishing at the running store at 378 Main St., Los Altos. To register, visit active.com.

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MV, SF girls land top seeds in CCS soccer playoffs; SF boys, Pinewood girls make Open Div. for hoops


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Los Altos High senior post player Patrick McColl, center, scored 14 points versus Wilcox.

The Mountain View High girls soccer team has landed the top seed in the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs, but coach Ivan Bandov knows it doesn’t guarantee the Spartans anything but a first-round bye.

“At this point, the No. 1 seed really means nothing. It’s all about our performance and who we’re playing, regardless of a number,” he said. “We like our draw and hopefully can make a deep run through the playoffs.”

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Sports on the Side

Green run

On Your Mark’s fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K run/walk is scheduled 9 a.m. March 15, starting and finishing at the running store at 378 Main St., Los Altos. To register, visit active.com.

All-Century voting

The California Interscholastic Federation, which governs the state’s high school sports, recently announced that voting for the CIF Winter All-Century Team has begun. 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. The list of nominees includes wrestler Bernie Olmos, a 1967 graduate of Mountain View High. Winter honorees will be revealed in March and acknowledged at their respective sport’s CIF state/regional championships. To vote, visit cifstate.org and click “100th anniversary.”

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Los Altos plays Mountain View to tie in girls soccer

Tying rival Los Altos High Thursday “made winning league a little harder now,” Mountain View girls soccer coach Ivan Bandov said, but his Spartans still control their own destiny.

Winning Tuesday’s finale against visiting Saratoga (played after the Town Crier’s deadline) would guarantee Mountain View the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division championship. If that doesn’t happen, the Spartans (9-1-1 league) could still claim the crown outright if Palo Alto (9-2) falls to last-place Los Gatos that day.

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