Sat10252014

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Junior Jacob leads Los Altos girls to cross-country win

Injured to start the cross-country season, Los Altos High’s Lauren Jacob appears to be well on the road to recovery. The junior finished fifth in the girls varsity race at Saturday’s Lowell Invitational, which her team won.

Jacob ran the 2.93-mile course at Golden Gate Park in 18 minutes, 47 seconds, despite “not running at full strength yet,” new head coach Pam Harris said. Teammate Katie Klein wasn’t far behind, running an 18:50 for seventh place. Three other Eagles placed in the top 30: Katia Gibson (15th, 19:21), Annli Tico (20th, 19:38) and Elyse Folkman (28th, 19:54).

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The race is on

The 20th 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. All 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 non-profit group dedicated to enhancing the trail. Race-day registration starts at 7:30 a.m. To register in advance, visit stevenscreektrail.org.

Montclaire hosts run

Montclaire Elementary School’s Fifth Annual 5K Run/Walk is slated 8:30 a.m. Sunday, starting on the campus at 1160 St. Joseph Ave., Los Altos. The 3.1-mile course includes the surrounding Highlands neighborhood and a portion of Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. This year’s theme is “Peace and Love,” and participants are encouraged to wear groovy clothes such as capes, tutus and knee-high socks. There will also be a free 1-mile fun run for children. Cost is $35; proceeds benefit Montclaire. To register and for more information, visit montclaire5k.com.

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New-look Lancers find their footing


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St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad – the Lancers have changed coaches and have new starters at almost every position. Yet that hasn’t stopped St. Francis from winning as usual.

Friday’s home sweep of previously undefeated Notre Dame-Salinas boosted the Lancers’ record to 6-2 under new head coach Mike Rubin.

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Los Altos field hockey coach sees positives in loss to Lancers


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Los Altos High goalie Lauren Lunsford blocks a shot by St. Francis’ Nicole Poch as Eagles defender Mehr Singh follows the play. Poch earned an assist in the game.

Los Altos High field hockey coach Mary Donahue found plenty of positives in her team’s loss to St. Francis Thursday.

“We did lose 3-0,” she said, “but held St. Francis out of the goal for a good 20 minutes in the first half and played a pretty wide-open, back-and-forth game for much of the game.”

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Los Altos hires Nichols to coach girls soccer team


When Stephen Nichols began college as an environmental engineer major, he envisioned himself one day working in the green field – not on one. But a decade later, Nichols said he is right where he wants to be – coaching soccer.

Nichols over the summer was hired as coach of the varsity girls soccer team at Los Altos High. It’s his first job as a high school varsity head coach.

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Los Altos and Mtn. View win road football games; St. Francis falls to Palma

Making amends for its mistake-ridden loss to open the season, Los Altos High shut out Marina Friday night. The Eagles played turnover-free football in the 20-0 road win.

“Our offense played a lot better this week, limiting mistakes and turnovers,” said coach Trevor Pruitt, whose team lost 33-13 at Soquel a week earlier. “Sean (Lanoza) had another great game, and we were able to control the clock and the game with our offensive line.”

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