The Los Altos High boys basketball team has looked worthy of that promotion to the upper division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.
Elevated after an undefeated season in the El Camino Division, the Eagles are off to a 2-0 start in the De Anza Division. Los Altos followed a 20-point win at Milpitas with a 68-60 victory over visiting Palo Alto last week.
“It was a solid win over a very good team,” said coach Bob McFarlane, whose Eagles improved to 10-5 overall.
Los Altos jumped to a 19-11 lead after one quarter, but the Vikings rallied to lead by two at halftime and by three entering the final quarter of the Jan. 15 game.
That’s when the Eagles made their move. Los Altos outscored Paly 24-13 in the fourth.
“Fortunately, we had the last of the runs and time ran out with us up and (we got) the win,” McFarlane said.
Danny Rosenbaum spurred the rally, scoring nine of his 18 points – including a deep 3 – in the period. The junior “had an explosive run to finish the game,” McFarlane said, “and his solid decision-making and assertive play was the difference for us offensively.”
Steven Garverick totaled 20 points to pace the Eagles; Lambie Lanman added 13 and Joe Malgesini scored 11, including what McFarlane called “a clutch 3-pointer.”
Flourishing in the fourth quarter, Mountain View beat Los Gatos 40-30 Jan. 15. The Spartans outscored the Wildcats 13-3 in the period for their first De Anza Division win of the year.
John McAlister poured in 19 points – which included four 3-pointers – to lead visiting Mountain View (1-1 division, 5-9 overall).
Pinewood remained atop the West Bay Athletic League standings by defeating King’s Academy 60-49 Jan 14.
Kyle Murphy and Ryan Brice tallied 14 points each for the Panthers (3-0 league, 11-2 overall).
“The team played really well,” Pinewood coach Mani Messy said.
After facing little resistance prior to league – winning its 10 games by an average of 25 points – St. Francis has encountered plenty of it in the West Catholic Athletic League. The Lancers fell to 0-3 with last week’s 53-51 home loss to Valley Christian.
St. Francis entered the fourth quarter with a three-point advantage Jan. 14, but the Warriors outscored them 18-13 the rest of the way.
Noah Stapes led the Lancers with 16 points.
Los Altos extended its winning streak to nine games with last week’s 36-29 decision at Fremont. The Eagles improved to 2-0 in the El Camino Division and 10-3 overall.
Meghan McDermott scored 11 points and Meg Enthoven added 10 for Los Altos, which created separation from the Firebirds with a 10-4 third-quarter run.
Host Pinewood came from behind to top Woodside Priory 2-1 Thursday in a WBAL Foothill Division game.
After surrendering a goal off a corner kick, the Panthers tied the match off a corner of their own in the 33rd minute. Nicole Colonna’s kick soared to Etelle Stephan, who headed the ball to Courtney Copriviza and she booted it into the goal. Stephan scored the game-winner in the 75th minute off a free kick, heading the ball into the net.
“The girls played their hearts out,” said Michael Tetzlaff, whose Pinewood squad improved to 2-3 in the WBAL and 2-10 overall, “and as a coach you thrive on those kinds of games where either team could have won, but your team pulls it out with five minutes to go.”
Tied at 1 at halftime, St. Francis scored two second-half goals to beat Presentation 3-1 Jan. 14.
Sophia Villalta, Xochitl Hunter and Delaney Baie Pridham scored for the visiting Lancers, who improved to 3-2 in the WCAL and 8-3 overall.
Los Altos fell 45-34 at Cupertino Thursday in El Camino Division action. The undermanned Eagles (1-1 league) had to forfeit four weight classes.
Five of Los Altos’ six wins came via pin: Joseph Donnelly at 106 pounds, Zachary Cano at 132, Carter Lee at 138, James Sobrino at 145 and Javier Contreras at 160. Sean Lanoza (152 pounds) produced the Eagles’ other win, an 11-2 decision.