Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls

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St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader goes on a fast break in the CCS Division II final. The senior point guard scored eight points in the Lancers’ NorCal semifinal loss to Dublin last week.

Senior Daisha Abdelkader won’t realize her dream of getting back to the state final, but her St. Francis High girls basketball team got closer than many people expected.

Shaking off their late-season struggles to win a Central Coast Section crown and regional quarterfinal game, the Lancers bowed out of the playoffs in the Northern California Division II semifinals last week.


LA starts strong in boys volleyball

The Los Altos High boys volleyball team is on an upswing, off to a 7-2 start under new coach Ken Lancaster. The Eagles won only 10 matches last year.

“As a first-year Los Altos coach, I can’t really compare to last season, but I would say the returning players have probably grown considerably in size, strength, experience and maturity,” Lancaster said, “and the freshmen – and other new players – all have taken upon themselves to improve quickly and have been able to contribute both in practice and on the court.”


Spartans set sights on division crown

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Mountain View High sophomore Emma Bice heads for home in last week’s game against Lynbrook. The host Spartans prevailed 11-0.

Dave Campbell has coached some talented teams in his six seasons running the Mountain View High softball program, which went as far as the Central Coast Section semifinals in 2010.

Campbell’s current squad – the early leader in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division at 2-0 – could be his best yet.


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CCS names commish

The Central Coast Section last week announced that Duane Morgan will succeed retiring Nancy Lazenby-Blaser as commissioner, effective July 1. Morgan has served as assistant commissioner of the CCS – which oversees athletics at 139 high schools, including Los Altos, Mountain View, St. Francis and Pinewood – for eight years. Morgan was the unanimous selection of the CCS Search Committee chaired by past president Keith Mathews. “Mr. Morgan brings a wealth of experience and administrative strengths to his new position,” Mathews said.

Spring sports camps

Spartans Sports Camp is offering five-day basketball and tennis camps over spring break. Sessions are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon April 6-10 at Mountain View High. The tennis camp is open to boys and girls in grades 4-8; the basketball camp is for boys and girls in grades 3-8. Cost is $195 per camp. To register and for information, call 479-5906 or visit


Eagles' historic run ends

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Los Altos High’s Patrick McColl puts up a shot against San Marin in last week’s regional playoff game. He scored 13 points.

The Los Altos High boys basketball team, which rallied from a pair of double-digit deficits on the way to its first Central Coast Section title, wasn’t able to repeat the feat in the regional playoffs.

The Eagles came awfully close, though.


Eagles get the best of Spartans in season-opening meet

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Los Altos High’s Kevin Anawalt, left, edges Jacob Avelino of Mountain View in the 400-meter run Thursday. Anawalt ran the race in a personal-best 50.90 seconds; Avelino clocked a 51.26.

The first round goes to the Eagles. Los Altos High swept rival Mountain View Thursday in a dual meet to open the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division track and field season.

The Los Altos boys prevailed 76-51 and the girls triumphed 69-57 over the visiting Spartans, who will get another shot at the Eagles the first week of May at the De Anza Division trials and finals.


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