Sports on the Side

Making the grade

The Central Coast Section recently recognized Los Altos High’s field hockey and girls volleyball teams for their good grades this year. The field hockey team earned the second-best grade-point average (3.662) in its sport, while the volleyball squad had the fourth-best GPA (3.695). The Eagles received team and individual certificates from the CCS for their efforts.

Trees for sports

Tree lots benefiting athletics at Mountain View and Los Altos highs, respectively, are open for business. Proceeds from the MVHS Spartans Tree Lot go toward purchasing equipment and improving facilities. Operating hours are 4-8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends next to the football field at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. For more information, visit Proceeds from the MVLA Christmas Tree Lot support Los Altos High sports and afterschool programs. Hours are 4:30-7:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends in the Chase Bank parking lot, 749 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View. For more information, visit


St. Francis stifled in CCS finals

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St. Francis High’s Isabella Mandema looks to shoot in Saturday’s CCS final against Sacred Heart Prep. She scored two goals.

The St. Francis High boys and girls water polo teams have been among the best in the Central Coast Section for several seasons and last year both won CCS championships. This year, however, the Lancers faced foes in the finals that have been even more dominant in the sport.

In the CCS Division II girls final Saturday morning at Independence High, top seed Sacred Heart Prep cruised to an 11-6 win over No. 2 St. Francis for its ninth consecutive championship. A few hours later in the CCS Division I boys final, top seed Bellarmine knocked off No. 3 St. Francis 11-7 to claim its 15th crown.


Local girls volleyball teams ousted in semifinal round of CCS playoffs

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Chanti Holroyd led Mountain View with nine kills against Mitty in the semifinals.

The local high school volleyball teams have the long Thanksgiving weekend off – and they’re not happy about it.

The Los Altos, Mountain View and St. Francis girls saw their stellar seasons come to an end last week in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section playoffs. Only the CCS finalists advance to the Northern California playoffs that begin this weekend.


St. Francis stumbles at state

After finishing fifth at the 2013 state championships and fourth last year, the St. Francis High girls golf team hoped to crack the top three this season.

Instead, the Lancers went backward.


SF football team pounds Pioneer to open playoffs

The St. Francis High football team rolled over visiting Pioneer 52-28 Friday night in the first round of the Central Coast Section Open Division II playoffs.

The top-seeded Lancers (10-1) are now a win away from the title game. They are scheduled to host No. 4 Wilcox (9-2) in the semifinals 7 p.m. Friday. The Chargers are coming off a 56-34 rout of fifth-seeded Leigh (8-3).


Sports on the Side

Mohaheg honored

Los Altos native Lucas Mohaheg, a senior defender on the UC Davis men’s soccer team, this month was named to the All-Big West Conference First Team. The Mountain View High graduate is only the fifth UC Davis player to earn first-team honors and the first since 2013. Mohaheg made the Aggies as a walk-on and started four games as a freshman. He became a full-time starter in 2014, earning All-Big West Conference honorable mention distinction.

Turkey Trot time

Mountain View High’s sixth annual Spartan Turkey Trot is scheduled Thursday, Thanksgiving morning, on the school track and surrounding neighborhood. Last year’s event raised more than $14,000 for the MVHS Sports Boosters/athletics program and drew nearly 900 racers. Race-day registration is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K run is set for 8:30 a.m. and the 5K walk for 8:35 a.m. Kids runs (60- and 400-yard dashes) and the Spartan Mile are scheduled 9:30 a.m. The top three finishers in the men’s and women’s divisions of the 5K run and Spartan Mile receive fresh-baked pumpkin pies and gift certificates for the On Your Mark running shoe and apparel store in Los Altos. To register online and for more information, visit


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