Fri08222014

Sports

Guralas lights up scoreboard for LA lacrosse team

Junior AJ Guralas is gathering goals like the IRS is collecting checks this month – in abundance.

The Los Altos High lacrosse player has scored 32 goals over the Eagles’ four games in April.

For the season, Guralas has 60 goals and 22 assists, which coach Greg Mengis called “pretty incredible for only 11 games in. He is on his way to a monster season.”

Los Altos has started the season 8-3 and is battling Woodside for first place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division. The Eagles squashed Sequoia 14-3 Thursday and neutralized Newark Memorial 18-11 Friday. Guralas tallied 12 goals over the two games.

Swimming

The St. Francis girls suffered their first loss, while the boys rebounded from their lone defeat of the year Thursday against Mitty.

The Lancers beat Mitty 130-53 on the boys side and the girls dropped a 103-83 decision to the undefeated Monarchs. Both St. Francis teams went to 3-1 in the West Catholic Athletic League.

The boys won all but one event.

Ben Ho captured the 100-yard backstroke (53.09 seconds) and 200 freestyle (1:48.66) and swam the first legs of the victorious 200 medley (1:39.26) and 400 free relays (3:20.60). David Ren triumphed in the 50 free (22.12) and 100 free (48.39) and was part of the winning 200 free relay team (1:29.63). Gautham Bommannan prevailed in the 100 butterfly (54.34) and joined Ho on the 200 medley and 400 free relays.

The St. Francis girls won three events: Courtney Batcheller in the 50 free (25.31), Florina Yang in the 100 free (54.69) and Gabriella Ramil in diving (265.35).

Baseball

Mountain View slipped past Saratoga 2-1 Friday to earn a series split. Nico Mayoral went the distance to pick up the win and John McAlister notched two hits for the Spartans (3-7 SCVAL De Anza Division, 6-11 overall).

St. Francis silenced Serra 3-0 Friday. Tyler Deason drove in two runs for the visiting Lancers, who boosted their record to 7-2 in the WCAL and 12-2 overall. John Gavin got the win, pitching six innings and striking out three.

Los Altos returned from spring break to lose 5-2 to visiting Menlo-Atherton Saturday in non-league action. The Eagles (4-11) were limited to five hits, two by James Oleson.

Boys tennis

St. Francis blanked Sacred Heart Cathedral 7-0 Thursday in a WCAL match. Matt Tripaldi prevailed 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

First-place Menlo pasted Pinewood 7-0 Thursday in a West Bay Athletic League match.

Boys volleyball

St. Francis swept Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday behind 16 kills from Matthew Larson. The Lancers lead the WCAL at 10-0.

Golf

St. Francis last week fell to Valley Christian (184-187 score) and Mitty (192-201) and beat Sacred Heart Cathedral (202-234) in between. Matt Heitel earned medalist honors against Sacred Heart and Valley Christian.

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