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LA lacrosse team falls in overtime & out of 1st place


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View’s Alyson Evans finished third all-around.

The Los Altos High boys lacrosse team took Woodside to overtime – but not for long. The visitors scored 16 seconds into the sudden-death OT to edge the Eagles 15-14 in Thursday’s back-and-forth game.

It marked Woodside’s second goal in 19 seconds against Los Altos, which held a one-goal lead until the final moments of regulation.

Los Altos never controlled the ball in overtime. The Wildcats “won the faceoff in OT and took it straight down the field on a fast break and scored,” Eagles coach Greg Mengis said.

Los Altos wasted a six-goal, five-assist effort from AJ Guralas. Bailey Thayer and Patrick Donnelly added two goals each for the Eagles, who earlier in the week routed Gunn 17-3 behind Guralas’ seven goals.

Thursday’s loss dropped Los Altos to 7-2 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division, all but ending the team’s hopes of catching Woodside (9-1) in the race for the title.

“It’s likely that we will finish second,” Mengis said. “Woodside will have to lose one of its final games next week to either Sequoia or Carlmont for us to jump back into first.”

The Eagles will have to do their part by winning this week. Los Altos – slated to host Carlmont Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) – is set to close league 4 p.m. Thursday at Leland.

Mountain View proved no match for Menlo-Atherton, which stumped the Spartans 17-4 Thursday. Mountain View slipped to 3-5 in the De Anza Division.

Softball

Gunn held off Mountain View 4-3 in nine innings Thursday to remain ahead of the Spartans in the El Camino Division. Mountain View (6-2 league) made five errors against the Titans (8-1).

Coach Dave Campbell said his “Spartans failed to provide defensive support in a crucial game, and handed the victory on a silver platter to the Titans.”

Tiana Bolin took the loss, despite allowing just one earned run.

Alison Fanton notched two hits for the Spartans (12-7 overall) and scored a run.

Mountain View opened the week with a 3-1 loss to Los Altos in a tournament makeup game.

Lizzy Beutter went the distance for the visiting Eagles (13-7), striking out five batters.

Teammate Marialena Ahern recorded two hits, including a double, and drove in a run.

St. Francis plummeted to 1-6 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 8-14 overall after losing 3-1 to St. Ignatius April 29. Losing pitcher Regan Heslop drove in the Lancers’ lone run.

Pinewood whipped Woodside Priory 15-5 April 28 to remain in contention for the West Bay Athletic League crown. Alia Rubaie struck out six batters in relief and went 3-for-4 at the plate.

Baseball

Tyler Deason tossed a no-hitter in St. Francis’ 2-0 home win over rival Bellarmine April 29. The senior struck out six batters.

Ryan McSwain doubled for St. Francis (9-2 WCAL, 20-3 overall). Blake Billinger and Tim Susnara drove in the Lancers’ runs.

Los Altos shellacked Sacred Heart Prep 9-0 April 28 in non-league play. Patrick McColl had two hits and three RBIs for the Eagles. Starter Brennan Myers pitched four innings, striking out two and allowing one hit.

Gymnastics

Mountain View and Los Altos finished one-two last week in a meet that also featured Half Moon Bay and Mercy. The Spartans put up a score of 179, while the Eagles posted a 177.350.

“Our teams did really well, and we had a lot of gymnasts who received ribbons,” said Michelle Ruweler, an assistant coach for both local squads.

Mountain View’s Elaine Silverman placed second all-around (37.900) and teammate Alyson Evans took third (35.900). Los Altos’ Sarah Callan finished fourth (35.600). Silverman won the vault and was second on bars.

Boys tennis

Pinewood sophomore Gabe Owens captured the WBAL singles title without losing a set. In the April 29 final – his fourth victory of the two-day tourney – Owens defeated Sacred Heart Prep’s Cameron Kirkpatrick 6-1, 6-2.

Swimming

St. Francis swam circles around Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The girls prevailed 147-14 and the boys won 143-12 for their fifth WCAL victories.

Florina Yang claimed the girls 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 16.22 seconds) and anchored the victorious 400 freestyle relay (3:44.31). Kristina Fong swam the first leg of that relay and the winning 200 medley relay (1:53.96). Courtney Batcheller finished first in the 50 free (25.17) and swam the third leg of the triumphant 200 free (1:43.45) and 400 free relays.

On the boys side, Curtis Ogren won the 200 individual medley (1:51.31) and 100 breaststroke (57.72). He was also part of the winning 200 medley (1:37.33) and 400 free (3:16.55) relays.

Ben Ho touched first in the 200 free (1:48.07) and joined Ogren on the 200 medley and 400 free relays. Ho swam the first leg of the winning 200 free relay (1:29.86).

Boys volleyball

St. Francis swept Serra 25-22, 25-21, 25-16 April 29 behind seven kills each from Alexander Jimenez and Wyatt Johnson. The Lancers improved to 11-0 in the WCAL and 24-5 overall.

Boys golf

St. Francis finished fifth in the WCAL tournament April 29 at Metropolitan Golf Course in Oakland. The Lancers shot 388, 24 strokes behind champ Mitty.

Matt Heitel led St. Francis with a one-over-par 73.

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