Thu12182014

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LA lacrosse team rolling toward playoffs


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
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Los Altos High’s AJ Guralas, left, has totaled 17 goals in the past three games.

All those goals the Los Altos High boys lacrosse team has scored lately – 53 over the past four games – haven’t gone to waste. The Eagles won every game and find themselves on the verge of making the league playoffs.

“We have been on a roll,” coach Greg Mengis said.

The latest victory – 14-11 over Woodside April 23 – guaranteed Los Altos its third consecutive winning season and put the team in prime position to secure one of the two playoff berths granted to the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division.

“This win puts us in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot,” Mengis said, “as we control our own destiny with two league games remaining.”

The Eagles were scheduled to play at Carlmont Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) in what the coach called a “giant contest” and close the regular season 4 p.m. today at home against Saratoga.

In the win over Woodside, “AJ Guralas dominated with a monster game,” Mengis said. The sophomore tallied eight goals and three assists. Bailey Thayer and Cam Putnam chipped in two goals each.

Boys tennis

Dominating doubles, Los Altos clipped Cupertino 4-3 April 22 to end the regular season.

The Eagles swept the doubles – with Braden Holt and Christian Beck cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 win at the top spot – and received their other win from No. 3 singles player Ovi Fritsch.

Visiting Los Altos improved to 14-3 overall and 10-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division, good enough for second place.

Two days later, Eagles Anthony Bello and Spencer Simonides combined forces to win the league’s doubles championship for the second straight year. The win qualifies the seniors for the CCS individual tournament.

The same day at the West Bay Athletic League individual tourney, Pinewood freshman Gabe Owens claimed the singles title with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Crystal Springs Uplands’ Connor Soohoo.

Baseball

St. Francis scorched St. Ignatius 12-1 April 23. The visiting Lancers boosted their record to 10-1 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 23-1 overall.

Winning pitcher John Gavin improved to 9-0. Kort Peterson went 2-for-3, belting a home run and a double. He drove in three runs and scored three times.

Snapping a three-game losing streak, Los Altos edged host Gunn 2-1 April 24. James Oleson pitched a complete game for the Eagles, surrendering seven hits and setting down the Titans in order in the seventh inning.

Patrick McColl scored both runs for Los Altos (6-7 De Anza Division, 11-12 overall). Max Wilbur added a double.

Behind Josh Rose’s one-hitter, Pinewood beat Crystal Springs Uplands 5-0 April 23. Rose struck out five batters and walked four. He also scored a run.

Ryan Knotts contributed three hits and two runs for the visiting Panthers, while Oscar Fick produced two hits and two RBIs.

Pinewood went to 2-3 in the WBAL and 7-6 overall.

Softball

Led by Lizzy Beutter, visiting Los Altos topped Los Gatos 6-1 Thursday in De Anza Division play. Beutter pitched a three-hitter to earn the win and collected two hits.

The Eagles improved to 7-2 in league, 15-7-2 overall.

Boys volleyball

Mountain View rebounded from its first loss of the season – St. Francis swept the Spartans April 22 – by beating Los Gatos in four games. Kurt Dentinger notched 10 kills and four blocks for Mountain View in the April 24 road win.

The Spartans improved to 9-0 in the De Anza Division and 23-1 overall.

St. Francis followed the win over Mountain View with a sweep of Serra in WCAL action April 23. Steven Dinneen posted 11 kills for the visiting Lancers (9-3 league, 21-8 overall).

Golf

Los Altos Hills resident Andrew Buchanan shared medalist honors in leading Menlo to a 198-201 victory over Sacred Heart Prep April 23 at Palo Alto Hills Golf Club.

Buchanan shot an even-par 35 for the Knights, who completed an undefeated WBAL season.

Swimming & diving

Los Altos’ Austin Campitelli finished second in girls diving April 24 in a tri-meet against Monta Vista and Saratoga. She earned a score of 205.95. Teammate Lindsay Emrick placed seventh (164.5).

On the boys side, Eagles Miles Contreras (165.1) and Jacob Behar (90.45) took second and third, respectively.

The St. Francis girls routed Notre Dame-Belmont 144-34 Thursday, while the Lancer boys swam past Serra 119-66.

Courtney Batcheller and Florina Yang led the girls – winning individual and relay events – and Benjamin Ho paced the boys with victories in all four races in which he competed.

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