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LA starts strong in boys volleyball

The Los Altos High boys volleyball team is on an upswing, off to a 7-2 start under new coach Ken Lancaster. The Eagles won only 10 matches last year.

“As a first-year Los Altos coach, I can’t really compare to last season, but I would say the returning players have probably grown considerably in size, strength, experience and maturity,” Lancaster said, “and the freshmen – and other new players – all have taken upon themselves to improve quickly and have been able to contribute both in practice and on the court.”

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CCS names commish

The Central Coast Section last week announced that Duane Morgan will succeed retiring Nancy Lazenby-Blaser as commissioner, effective July 1. Morgan has served as assistant commissioner of the CCS – which oversees athletics at 139 high schools, including Los Altos, Mountain View, St. Francis and Pinewood – for eight years. Morgan was the unanimous selection of the CCS Search Committee chaired by past president Keith Mathews. “Mr. Morgan brings a wealth of experience and administrative strengths to his new position,” Mathews said.

Spring sports camps

Spartans Sports Camp is offering five-day basketball and tennis camps over spring break. Sessions are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon April 6-10 at Mountain View High. The tennis camp is open to boys and girls in grades 4-8; the basketball camp is for boys and girls in grades 3-8. Cost is $195 per camp. To register and for information, call 479-5906 or visit spartanssportscamp.com.

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Eagles get the best of Spartans in season-opening meet


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Los Altos High’s Kevin Anawalt, left, edges Jacob Avelino of Mountain View in the 400-meter run Thursday. Anawalt ran the race in a personal-best 50.90 seconds; Avelino clocked a 51.26.

The first round goes to the Eagles. Los Altos High swept rival Mountain View Thursday in a dual meet to open the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division track and field season.

The Los Altos boys prevailed 76-51 and the girls triumphed 69-57 over the visiting Spartans, who will get another shot at the Eagles the first week of May at the De Anza Division trials and finals.

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Spring sports camps

Spartans Sports Camp is offering five-day basketball and tennis camps over spring break next month. Sessions are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon April 6-10 at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. The tennis camp is open to boys and girls in grades 4-8; the basketball camp is for boys and girls in grades 3-8. Cost is $195 per camp. To register and for more information, call 479-5906 or visit the camp’s website at spartanssportscamp.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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Pinewood boys fall to Priory in hoops semi; SF soccer teams ousted in same round of CCS

Call it playoff payback. Woodside Priory – which fell to Pinewood on a last-second free throw in last year’s Central Coast Section Division V final – rallied from a 24-point halftime deficit to beat the top-seeded Panthers 50-47 in last week’s semifinals.

Four-time defending champ Pinewood scored the first 15 points March 4 at Santa Clara High and led 34-12 at intermission. Fourth-seeded Priory began its colossal comeback with a 13-3 third-quarter run and outscored Pinewood 25-10 in the fourth.

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LA baseball team jumps on Matadors early

Scoring early and often, the Los Altos High baseball team routed Monta Vista 9-3 last week in non-league play.

The visiting Eagles put up seven runs by the third inning of the March 3 game.

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