McHugh scores on cue in Lancers' playoff win

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St. Francis High’s Lauren McHugh scored both goals in the Lancers’ 2-1 win over Presentation.

St. Francis High senior Lauren McHugh picked a fine time to score her second, then third goal of the season – in the Central Coast Section Division II girls soccer quarterfinals.

The midfielder’s goals lifted the top-seeded Lancers to a 2-1 home win over No. 8 Presentation Saturday. Both came on set plays off corner kicks by junior Georgia Kingman in the first half.


Spartans surge in second half, beat Bruins 4-0 in girls soccer

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St. Francis High’s Andrew Silva, right, heads the ball.

Perhaps the 10 a.m. start led to the Spartans’ sluggish – and scoreless – first half against Santa Clara Saturday in the Central Coast Section Division I girls soccer quarterfinals. Top seed Mountain View High perked up in the second half, however, to beat the ninth-seeded Bruins 4-0.

“We started off very slow and weren’t ourselves the first half,” coach Ivan Bandov said. “After the halftime talk, we made a few adjustments and the girls were terrific. They competed well, created numerous chances and played a complete half.”


Mountain View and Los Altos get off to strong starts in softball

The Mountain View High softball team’s season-opening game didn’t last long. The host Spartans dismantled Del Mar 10-0 in five innings on the mercy rule Thursday.

Mountain View coach Dave Campbell said starting pitcher Reanna Lancaster “didn’t need a lot of defensive help in the game.” The senior surrendered just three hits and struck out nine batters.


Sports on the Side

Kapp to Cal

Mountain View High senior Frank Kapp has committed to UC Berkeley as a preferred walk-on in football. The tight end/defensive end is the grandson of Joe Kapp, who starred at quarterback at Cal in the 1950s and was the team’s head coach for five seasons in the 1980s. Frank played varsity for three years at Mountain View.

Green run

On Your Mark’s fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K run/walk is scheduled 9 a.m. March 15, starting and finishing at the running store at 378 Main St., Los Altos. To register, visit


Lancers limp into playoffs

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St. Francis High guard Daisha Abdelkader gets fouled driving to the basket Friday night.

Friday’s league finale provided the St. Francis High girls basketball team one last chance to seize some momentum before the playoffs. Instead, the Lancers turned in another lackluster effort, falling 66-35 at home to Sacred Heart Cathedral.

St. Francis – routed 73-35 at St. Ignatius earlier in the week – has dropped four games in a row and nine of its last 10. Not the way the Lancers wanted to enter this week’s Central Coast Section playoffs.


MV, SF girls land top seeds in CCS soccer playoffs; SF boys, Pinewood girls make Open Div. for hoops

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Los Altos High senior post player Patrick McColl, center, scored 14 points versus Wilcox.

The Mountain View High girls soccer team has landed the top seed in the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs, but coach Ivan Bandov knows it doesn’t guarantee the Spartans anything but a first-round bye.

“At this point, the No. 1 seed really means nothing. It’s all about our performance and who we’re playing, regardless of a number,” he said. “We like our draw and hopefully can make a deep run through the playoffs.”


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