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Johnson beats A’s

Starting pitcher Erik Johnson, a Los Altos High graduate, improved to 2-0 with the Chicago White Sox this season with last week’s 9-5 win over the Oakland A’s. Johnson, called up from Triple A Sept. 1, pitched six innings to earn the victory. He allowed six hits, three earned runs and struck out three batters.

The race is on

The 21st annual Trailblazer Race is scheduled 8:30 a.m. Sunday on the Stevens Creek Trail and at Shoreline Park in Mountain View. The race will start and finish on the Microsoft campus at 1065 La Avenida. There will be 10K and 5K runs, along with a 3-mile trail walk. Courses are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Participation fees range from $10 to $30 (includes T-shirt and refreshments); children’s races are free (no T-shirt). Proceeds benefit race organizer Friends of Stevens Creek Trail, a nonprofit group dedicated to enhancing the trail. Race-day registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The deadline to register in advance at a discounted rate is Thursday. To register and for more information, visit stevenscreektrail.org.


Eagles face tough task Friday; Mtn. View, St. Francis win by double digits

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Los Altos High football coach Trevor Pruitt speaks with starting quarterback Kyle Gounod during a recent practice.

Friday's game at Half Moon Bay will be no day at the beach for the Los Altos High football team. The Eagles are bracing for a daunting challenge from the Cougars, who crushed their first two foes by a combined 99-7.

“I’ll tell you that HMB is a very well-coached team. They run their triple (option) offense very well and don’t make a lot of mistakes,” Los Altos coach Trevor Pruitt said. “We know that the whole world, except for our coaches and players, believes that we will lose this game.”


St. Francis High hires head coaches for three sports

St. Francis High administrators recently hired three varsity head coaches for the 2015-16 school year.

Todd Meulman has been appointed wrestling coach – for a second time – Jonah Carson takes over the boys volleyball team and Paul Lapke is the new girls track coach.


Participation in high school sports rises in California

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Track and field is the second most popular high school sport among boys in California.

High school sports participation continues to increase in California and is at an all-time high for the third consecutive year, according to the 2015 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sports Participation Survey released last month.

Results show that 772,659 student-athletes are competing in California high school athletic programs – an increase of 1.01 percent since the 2014 survey.


Sports on the Side

Cannon leads club

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club recently announced that Joe Cannon has been elevated to the role of executive director. Cannon, who has been serving as MVLA’s director of goalkeeping, played for the club in his youth. He spent 16 years as a professional goalie.

Scoreboard sponsors

The city of Mountain View seeks sponsors for two scoreboards at the new Shoreline Athletic Fields, slated to open this fall. The fields will host youth and adult leagues in multiple sports, with a yearly attendance estimated at 75,000 people. Sponsorships are for three years; cost is $6,000 (half scoreboard panel) to $10,000 (full panel). For more information, visit mountainview.gov/sponsor, email sponsorship coordinator Bill Mykytka at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Mountain View Recreation office at 903-6331.


Spartans shoot for playoffs Mtn. View just missed postseason last year

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Mountain View High receiver Wilson Schiller, right, attempts to evade teammate Nick Butters during practice last week. Senior Butters starts at safety, quarterback and punter for the Spartans.

The Mountain View High football team couldn’t help but feel left out last season. Despite tying for first place in their division and going 8-2 overall, the Spartans missed the Central Coast Section playoffs.

Mountain View is motivated to make it this year.


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