MV girls hold on to stun Saratoga

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Mountain View High freshman Kyra Palmbush lays in the ball Friday against Saratoga. She scored a team-high 12 points.

At 6-foot-1, Kyra Palmbush doesn’t look like a freshman – and she didn’t play like one Friday night. She came off the bench to lead the Mountain View High girls basketball team to a 47-43 win over Saratoga.

Palmbush scored a team-high 12 points and blocked three shots in the victory, which boosted the Spartans to 2-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 6-4 overall.


MV boys struggle to hit their shots

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Mountain View’s Ryan Hammell lays up the ball in Friday’s home game against Saratoga.

Prior to league play, points weren’t a problem for the Mountain View High boys basketball team. But in their first two Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division games, the Spartans have sputtered on offense.

After averaging 60 points per contest outside of league, Mountain View failed to reach 40 points against either division opponent last week.


Demotion leaves Eagles with an edge, new coach says

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Emily Pye, a senior, is co-captain of the Los Altos High girls soccer team.

Three years after winning a Central Coast Section championship, the Los Altos High girls soccer team has been demoted to the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division – and the players aren’t happy about it.

“The girls are fired up; they didn’t like the idea of being relegated (after) last season,” new coach Eric Madrigal said. “They want to get some revenge – they have that edge.”


Peery returns to Pinewood as boys basketball coach

Pinewood School has turned to a familiar face to replace Ola Dean as boys basketball coach. Jason Peery, who coached the Panthers from 2008 to 2012, is back on the bench.

Athletic director Matt Stimson confirmed last week that Peery took over Dec. 29, making him the team’s third coach in less than a year.


Sports on the Side

Lancers land berth in Boras Baseball Classic

St. Francis High will get the opportunity to defend its 2015 Boras Baseball Classic State Championship. The Lancers last week were selected to play in this year’s 32-team invitational, scheduled March 21-24 at Elk Grove High. Sixteen top teams from Northern California and 16 from the southern region are slated to compete; each squad is guaranteed to play four games; the two teams that reach the final play a fifth game. For more information, visit

Los Altos, Mtn. View seek spring coaches

Los Altos and Mountain View highs seek head coaches for spring sports. Los Altos High needs a frosh-soph boys lacrosse coach and a junior-varsity girls tennis coach. If interested, call athletic director Kim Cave at 960-8857 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Mountain View High seeks coaches for varsity track and field, boys volleyball and girls lacrosse. If interested, call athletic director Shelley Smith at 940-4626 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Eagles enter league on winning streak

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Senior guard Allegra Maeso has been Los Altos High’s most consistent shooter, according to coach Jaclyn Brode.

After taking time off for Christmas, the Los Altos High girls basketball team went back to work in a big way. The Eagles played four games last week – and won them all.

“Ending preseason with four wins in five days is definitely the way you want to head into league,” coach Jaclyn Brode said. “However, we’re far from a finished product.”


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