Softball playoffs include Los Altos, Mountain View and Pinewood

As expected, Los Altos and Mountain View highs have qualified for the Central Coast Section softball playoffs after each won 19 games. But the inclusion of another local squad is somewhat of a surprise.

Pinewood – a 10-win team that last made the playoffs in 1998 – is the 12th seed in CCS Division III.


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State swim finals

The inaugural California Interscholastic Federation State Swimming & Diving Championships are scheduled Friday and Saturday at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex, located at Clovis West High in the Central Valley. The girls and boys diving finals are slated 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, respectively. The swimming preliminaries are set for 2:30 p.m. Friday and the finals at the same time Saturday. Tickets are $7-$12. For more information and a list of participants, visit

Let’s get physicals

Mountain View High’s pre-participation sports physicals are scheduled 5:30-6:30 p.m. today in the school’s athletic training room. Wear a T-shirt and shorts, and bring two copies of the completed enrollment form available at Cost is $35. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Eagles, Spartans play to stay in SCVAL's upper division

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Los Altos High’s Patrick McColl could play an integral roles in this week’s league playoff series against Mountain View.

A local high school baseball team is going down this week – in more ways than one.

The loser of the best-of-three series pitting Los Altos against rival Mountain View not only finishes last in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division playoff tournament but also gets demoted to the SCVAL El Camino Division next year.


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Los Altos Color run nearly hits goal

The inaugural Los Altos High School Color Run raised $4,845 for the athletic program, according to the event website, nearly reaching the goal of $5,000. The April 18 on-campus event, open to students and the community, featured two runs during which participants could be sprinkled with colored powder at several checkpoints.

Wrestling tournament remains at Rabobank

The California Interscholastic Federation recently announced that the CIF Boys Wrestling State Championships will remain at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield through 2020. The CIF accepted bid proposals from sites across the state in 2014 before its executive committee voted this spring to extend the agreement with Bakersfield, according to the CIF. Annually, 560 wrestlers from across the state compete in 14 weight classes in the double-elimination tournament.


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All-stars fit for Levi’s

Seven seniors with local ties have been chosen for the 41st annual Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game, slated 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Running back Sean Lanoza of Los Altos High; offensive lineman Dylan Fluckiger and receiver/defensive back Austin Johnson of Mountain View High; running back Devin Hurtado, defensive back KeJohn Price and offensive lineman Zach Toussaint of St. Francis High; and Homestead High defensive back/kicker John Rak, a Los Altos resident, are on the North roster. They will face the South in the showcase for standout seniors from Santa Clara County. Tickets to the game, also known as the Silicon Valley Youth Classic, are available online at, by calling (800) 745-3000, or by visiting the Levi’s Stadium box office, 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara. For more information, visit

Swim lessons

The city of Mountain View offers an American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program this spring and summer. Led by certified instructors, the 30-minute classes for tots to teens are held biweekly for four weeks at Rengstorff Park Pool and Eagle Park Pool. Cost is $56-$70. Register online at


Estell spurs Spartans to victory

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Mountain View High’s Rachael Estell won three individual events in Thursday’s meet.

Rachael Estell did all she could to help the Mountain View High girls track and field team defeat Lynbrook Thursday.

The sophomore claimed three individual events and was part of a winning relay, and those 20 points loomed large in the Spartans’ 67-60 home victory.


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