Grown-up Eagles hope to move up the ranks in SCVAL De Anza Division

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Los Altos High’s Matt Schonher heads the ball Friday against Andrew Hill.

Lacking experience and size a year ago, the Los Altos High boys soccer team has grown into a unit that can make a run at the playoffs this season, according to coach Vava Marques.

“We had a good team last year – it’s just that we were technical but not physical,” Marques said of a squad that finished fifth in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 7-10-2 overall. “This year we’re bigger and stronger – we have a lot of seniors.”


With fast finish, Jacob takes sixth at national meet

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Los Altos junior Lauren Jacob competes in the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she finished sixth.

As other runners tired during the last mile of the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, Lauren Jacob showed she had plenty left.

The Los Altos High junior surged toward the front of the pack to place sixth in the girls 15-16 age division Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.


Sports on the Side

SF’s Thane commits

St. Francis High baseball player Conor Thane last month signed a National Letter of Intent to attend St. Mary’s College. Thane, a senior, plays shortstop for the Lancers.

Trees for sports

The MVHS Spartans Tree Lot is open for business at the Olive Tree Shopping Center, 2290 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View. Staffed by Mountain View High students and parents, the lot offers Noble, Douglas and Nordman firs, along with wreaths, tree stands and decorative reindeer. Proceeds benefit Mountain View High’s athletic and performing arts departments. The lot is open 5-8:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit or call 793-6546.


Lancers reign in the rain

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St. Francis High’s Riley Quinn makes an interception in Friday’s game. Quinn and teammate Trillion Hebert, left, were part of a stingy defense that allowed just 27 points in the playoffs.

There probably aren’t many football teams that could overcome the loss of their quarterback nine minutes into a tightly contested championship game. But for St. Francis High – which relies on its potent running game and stout defense – it wasn’t much of a problem.

Scoring all their points after Kamalii Akina suffered a foot injury, the top-seeded Lancers beat Mitty 17-7 in Friday’s Central Coast Section Division II final at rainy Westmont in Campbell.


Eagles fall to Mitty in NorCal final

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Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink tries to get the ball over Mitty’s big block.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team withstood a few bumps on the road to last week’s Northern California Division II final, overcoming a two-set deficit against Oakmont in the quarterfinals and repelling a late surge by Redwood in the semis.

But the Eagles encountered a gigantic sinkhole in the title match – mighty Mitty – and there was no getting past the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. The top-seeded Monarchs swallowed up visiting No. 2 Los Altos in straight sets: 25-20, 25-22, 25-20.


Owls finish among elite 8 in volleyball

Although the Foothill College women’s volleyball team didn’t get to the state championships, the Owls advanced further in the postseason than ever before.

Foothill reached the third round of the Northern California playoffs, putting the squad among the elite eight in the state. One more win would have sent the Owls to the state championship tournament.


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