- Published on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 01:05
- Written by Pete Borello - Staff Writerfirstname.lastname@example.org
The Los Altos High boys lacrosse team last week squashed Sequoia and Saratoga in league play, guaranteeing the Eagles their fourth winning season in a row.
Los Altos improved to 8-1 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division and 10-5 overall.
AJ Guralas paced the Eagles with three goals and five assists in the 14-6 win over visiting Sequoia April 22. Riley Kahan contributed five goals and an assist. Casey Hanni led the defense in ground balls and takeaways, and he assisted on one of Guralas’ goals.
Goalie Dave Huffman “had a great first half,” coach Greg Mengis said, making six saves on seven shots. The senior also earned an assist, leading a fast break that resulted in a goal by Kahan.
In Friday’s 14-4 home win over Saratoga, Guralas notched five goals and three assists. That brings the junior’s season total to 109 points (75 goals, 34 assists).
Mountain View split a pair of SCVAL De Anza Division games last week, beating host Los Gatos 8-4 Thursday after falling to visiting Palo Alto 16-7 two days earlier. The Spartans went to 3-3 in league and 5-6 overall.
Kyle Arrillaga scored three goals against Los Gatos and Austin Silver added two. Goalie Matt Ford made 18 saves.
Mountain View fell to host Leland 13-9 April 23 in SCVAL play.
Yazmin Lancaster paced the Spartans with five goals and Linnea Zdepski recorded two assists.
Mountain View remains in pursuit of a second straight undefeated league season. The Spartans beat Lynbrook in straight games last week, pushing their record to 10-0 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 23-3 overall.
Mountain View entered this week with four league matches to play, needing to win two of them to clinch at least a share of the title.
Jake Stuebner recorded 12 kills in the April 23 home win over Lynbrook, while Alec Flowers added eight.
Los Altos inched closer to .500 with another winning week. The Eagles swept a two-game series with Gunn in between non-league victories over Monta Vista and Cupertino last week, boosting their overall record to 10-12.
The Eagles went to 4-7 in the SCVAL De Anza Division by topping Gunn 5-1 April 23 and 6-3 Friday. Adam Spielman went 2-for-4 in the first game, driving in one run and scoring another, while Duke Myers had three hits. James Oleson earned the win.
Patrick McColl homered in the second game – one of his three extra-base hits. He, Myers, Oleson and Spielman combined for eight hits and two RBIs.
Los Altos opened the week with a 4-2 win over Monta Vista April 21 and capped it by beating Cupertino 10-6 Saturday behind Chase Eller’s three RBIs.
St. Francis won the Elite 8 Tournament it hosted last week, knocking off previously undefeated Clayton Valley 3-0 in the final. Los Altos resident Casey Douglas pitched a complete game for the Lancers, allowing just three hits Thursday. Jeremy Ydens posted two hits and an RBI for St. Francis (19-3).
Mountain View beat host Monta Vista 3-1 in nine innings Saturday. Dwight Washington had two hits for the Spartans (11-13) in the non-league game.
Pinewood pulverized Harker 17-0 April 22, exploding for six runs in the first frame. Dylan Dreyer slugged a home run and a double and picked up the win. The host Panthers improved to 5-3 in the Peninsula Athletic League Lake Division; they dropped to 8-4 overall with Saturday’s 13-2 loss to St. Francis-Watsonville.
Marialena Ahern belted a homer in Los Altos’ 5-4 home win over Los Gatos April 23. She had two hits in the SCVAL De Anza Division game. Lizzy Beutter earned the win.
The Eagles went to 6-1 in league and 13-7 overall.
Reanna Lancaster pitched Mountain View past visiting Fremont 5-0 Thursday. The sophomore threw a 3-hitter that included 15 strikeouts and only one walk. She had a perfect game going through four innings.
“Every pitch seemed to be on,” said coach Dave Campbell, who also gave credit to catcher Alison Lundberg.
Katie Moran had two hits for the Spartans, including the game-winning RBI.
Mountain View, which earlier in the week clobbered Cupertino 5-1, improved to 6-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 12-5 overall.
Pinewood kept its league-title hopes alive with a 10-4 rout of Crystal Springs Uplands Thursday. The Panthers, undefeated in the WBAL Skyline Division, improved to 12-2 overall.
Homestead defeated Los Altos 212-205 April 23 in an SCVAL De Anza Division match at Shoreline Golf Links. Andrew Bray shot a 37 to earn medalist honors for the Eagles (5-5-2).
Los Altos continues to dominate the SCVAL El Camino Division, beating Wilcox 18-12 last week to stay undefeated.
“With our season being only halfway through, I am not seeing any signs that they want to let up on the intensity of the practices,” coach Stefaan Lodge said of his 6-0 team, “and the (players) feel that they still have room to improve their game play.”
The Eagles swept the boys singles April 22 at what Lodge called “our toughest match of the season.” Albert Li cruised to a 21-5, 21-4 win at the top spot. For the girls, No. 1 singles player Angela Chen prevailed 21-5, 21-14.
Ten days earlier, Los Altos earned three medals at a tournament hosted by Newark Memorial High.
Li won the boys singles title and teammate Louis Hinnant finished third. Chen won the girls singles consolation bracket.
Los Altos placed second (144.50 points) and Mountain View (143.95) third at a meet hosted by Burlingame April 22. Lowell took top honors (145.65).
“Overall, we were very pleased with all of our performances and felt our gymnasts gave it their all,” said Michelle Ruweler, an assistant coach for both local teams. “In addition, we had some very impressive performances from our varsity gymnasts, including sophomore Elaine Silverman from (Mountain View) and freshman Samantha Aguirre of Los Altos.”
Silverman finished first all-around (38.30), while Aguirre was fourth (36.95). Silverman won the vault (9.45) and beam (9.50), secured second on bars (9.75) and took third on floor (9.60).