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Los Altos junior Yeager scores big at division meet


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Brian Yeager, competing in the 110 hurdles earlier this season, finished second in the event at Thursday’s division meet.

Brian Yeager did more than his part to help the Los Altos High boys finish second at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division track and field finals. He accounted for 36 of the Eagles’ 95 points Thursday at Gunn.

Los Altos co-head coach Dave Barth described Yeager’s effort as “absolutely incredible.” The junior scored 10 more points than Milpitas did at the meet and matched Lynbrook’s total.

Barth said Yeager “was on fire,” winning two events and placing second in two others. He claimed the triple jump (45 feet, 3.5 inches) and high jump (5-10) and was runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles (15.35 seconds) and long jump (21-1.5).

“Some of his marks were the best in CCS,” Barth said, “and we are looking forward to seeing how he progresses the remainder of the season.”

The coach also praised three other boys on the team for their performances at Gunn, where Los Altos finished five points behind champion Los Gatos.

Senior Kelly McConnell won the 300 hurdles with a personal-best time of 39.63, which ranks him among the top five in the Central Coast Section. Sophomore Kevin Anawalt captured the 800 run in 1:58.89, while junior Sami Fakalolo took second in the discus (123-5).

The Los Altos girls finished fourth at the meet with 41 points. The Eagles’ lone win came in the 4x400 relay. The team of Brit DeVisser, Lauren Jacob, Katie Klein and Maddie Klein clocked a 4:03.30.

Sophomore Jacob added a second-place finish in the 3,200 run (10:54.37). She followed Gunn senior Sarah Robinson, whose time of 10:42.94 set the meet record. The Los Altos Hills resident also won the 1,600 (4:58.14) and 800 (2:11.09) runs, setting the meet record in the latter.

Two Eagles finished right behind Robinson in the 800: junior Anneliese Gallagher (2:19.86) and freshman Brit DeVisser (2:20.61).

Sophomore Amanda Mell took fourth in long jump (16-01.75), while freshman Julia Woch was fifth in the high jump (4-10) for Los Altos.

“Overall it was a great league championship (meet),” Barth said. “Our athletes have worked very hard to reach this point of the season. It is always fun to watch their improvements and see how they can do against their competitors at league championships.”

The SCVAL Qualifier meet is scheduled Friday at Santa Clara High.

Boys volleyball

Mountain View has done it again. For the second straight year, the Spartans finished undefeated in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

Mountain View capped a 14-0 league season with a sweep of Monta Vista Friday night.

Coach M. Anthony Chen, who goes by MAC, said achieving perfection in league was more difficult this year, when the daunting division expanded from seven to eight teams.

“Looking at the schedule, I would have said earlier that it may be easier to win CCS than to go undefeated in the league,” he said. “But that part is still to be determined.”

The Spartans (28-3 overall) open the Central Coast Section playoffs this week. They are the second seed in Division I, earning a first-round bye. Mountain View hosts No. 7 Christopher (22-12) or No 10 Serra (16-11) 7 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals.

“I think that CCS will be a tough road,” said MAC, whose team reached the final last year. “If we make it through our first match, we might be looking at a rematch with Homestead – our fourth time playing this season.”

That potential rematch would happen in the semifinals, scheduled Saturday at Independence. Homestead (26-6) is the third seed. Mountain View lost to the Mustangs at a tournament, but beat them twice in league.

The Spartans have won 31 consecutive league matches, a streak that stretches into the 2012 season. In their last win – Friday at home against Monta Vista – Jake Stuebner notched 10 kills, one block and an ace. Alec Flowers added nine kills, three blocks and an ace.

St. Francis, the top seed in the CCS Division I playoffs, captured the West Catholic Athletic League tournament Thursday with a five-game win over rival Bellarmine. The Lancers improved to 27-5 overall.

Los Altos concluded its season with a five-game loss to Fremont Friday. Nathan Smith recorded 10 kills for the Eagles, who finished fifth in the SCVAL El Camino Division at 2-8 and 10-18 overall.

Boys lacrosse

St. Francis sewed up the third seed in this week’s WCAL tournament with a 15-5 home win over Serra Thursday. Matt Meissner and Kyle Moscaret scored five goals each for the Lancers (14-4).

Mountain View closed its season by beating Burlingame 7-3 Thursday. Goalie Matt Ford made 23 saves for the Spartans in the SCVAL De Anza Division game. Dean Trammel scored three goals for Mountain View (5-6).

Girls lacrosse

Mountain View clobbered Carlmont 18-10 Friday to finish 2-11 in the SCVAL and 3-12 overall. Yazmin Lancaster scored seven goals for the Spartans

Softball

Los Altos maintained its first-place standing in the SCVAL De Anza Division by defeating Wilcox and Los Gatos last week. The Eagles improved to 10-1 in league and 18-7 overall.

Los Altos topped Wilcox 7-5 May 5 and doubled up Los Gatos 6-3 Friday. Starting pitcher Lizzy Beutter earned wins both days, running her record to 16-6. She struck out six batters Friday.

Jasmine Pedroza went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scored twice against Los Gatos. Kaitlyn Schiffhauer totaled three hits versus Wilcox.

Mountain View clipped Cupertino 3-1 May 6 and flogged Fremont 8-1 Thursday to remain in second place in the SCVAL El Camino Division. The Spartans boosted their record to 8-2 in league and 14-7 overall.

Reanna Lancaster went the distance in both games to pick up wins. She struck out 11 batters against Cupertino.

Alison Lundberg was 2-for-4 with two RBIs versus Fremont.

Boys tennis

Los Altos, the seventh seed in the CCS team playoffs, fell to unseeded Cupertino in second-round action. The visiting Pioneers edged the Eagles 4-3 Friday. Los Altos finished 11-8.

St. Francis was also eliminated from CCS Friday, falling 7-0 to top-seeded Menlo. The unseeded Lancers (13-7) beat host Leland 5-2 in the opening round.

Boys golf

Matt Heitel of St. Francis finished sixth at the CCS regional held May 7 at Rancho Cañada West. That qualified him for the CCS championships, scheduled Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s deadline) on the same course.

Baseball

Friday’s 2-1 loss to Mitty cost St. Francis the top seed in this week’s WCAL tournament. The No. 2 Lancers (11-3 league, 22-4 overall) were slated to host No. 7 Riordan in Tuesday’s first round.

Pinewood defeated host Crystal Springs Uplands 6-2 Thursday.

Travis Jones earned the win and had two hits for the Panthers (7-4 West Bay Athletic League).

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