Right on track

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Mountain View High sophomore Rachael Estell leaps for the win in the girls long jump Friday at the CCS championships.

As far as locals go, the underclassmen overshadowed the seniors at the Central Coast Section track and field championships Friday at San Jose City College.

Four of the five athletes from area high schools who finished at least third in an individual event, thus qualifying for this weekend’s state meet, are sophomores or juniors. And there are only five seniors among the quartet of relay teams advancing.


Los Altos junior Gwo wins two races at inaugural state swim meet in Clovis

Courtesy of Seth Tasman
Los Altos High’s Albert Gwo – standing with coach Seth Tasman – won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races at the state meet.

With the flu behind him, Los Altos High’s Albert Gwo flew past the competition at the state swimming and diving championships. The junior won both his races – the boys 50- and 100-yard freestyles – in the May 23 finals.

A week earlier, Gwo fought the flu as he swam these events at the Central Coast Section championships. Yet he still won the 50 free and finished second in the 100 free to qualify for the inaugural state meet at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex.


Lancers sweep Deer Valley to nab NorCal volleyball title

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St. Francis High’s Andrew Carter pitched a complete game to earn the win in Saturday’s CCS Open Division final against Los Gatos. The senior went 9-0 this season.

Senior Steve Dinneen didn’t come out and say it then, but he hinted early in the postseason that the St. Francis High boys volleyball team had yet to hit its peak.

“As we keep going and we get further, we grow as a team, get closer and we play better,” the outside hitter said after the Lancers’ Central Coast Section Division I semifinal sweep of Bellarmine.


Sports on the Side

MV dominates division

Mountain View High’s junior-varsity girls softball team last month won the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division title with a 12-0 record. The Spartans (24-2 overall) pitched two perfect games, a no-hitter and more than a dozen shutouts. They outscored their opponents 290-28. Bryce Boyle and Rani Lauwers were voted co-MVPs of the El Camino Division; seven other players were named to the all-league team.

Swing for St. Francis

The seventh annual St. Francis High School Golf Classic is scheduled June 12 at Santa Clara Golf and Tennis Club, 5155 Stars and Stripes Drive. The $155 entry fee includes a round of golf, cart, tee prizes, barbecue dinner and cocktail reception. The shotgun start is set for 1 p.m. and the dinner 7 p.m. at St. Francis. The event benefits St. Francis’ Alumni Class Endowed Scholarship Program. For more information, call Greg Calcagno at 210-2437.


Eagles, Spartans advance

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Los Altos High’s Lizzy Beutter registered three hits in last week’s playoff win over Watsonville. She was also the winning pitcher.

Led by Lizzy Beutter, host Los Altos High whipped Watsonville 9-0 in the opening round of the Central Coast Division I softball playoffs.

The junior pitched a complete game May 20, yielding just two hits and striking out nine batters. Beutter also notched three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs.


Pinewood tabs Dean as boys basketball coach

The Pinewood School boys basketball program has enjoyed quite a bit of success in recent years, but new coach Ola Dean is shooting for more.

“Pinewood basketball is going to make some noise,” said Dean, hired May 11 to replace Mani Messy.


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