Eagles fall to Mitty in NorCal final

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Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink tries to get the ball over Mitty’s big block.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team withstood a few bumps on the road to last week’s Northern California Division II final, overcoming a two-set deficit against Oakmont in the quarterfinals and repelling a late surge by Redwood in the semis.

But the Eagles encountered a gigantic sinkhole in the title match – mighty Mitty – and there was no getting past the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. The top-seeded Monarchs swallowed up visiting No. 2 Los Altos in straight sets: 25-20, 25-22, 25-20.


Owls finish among elite 8 in volleyball

Although the Foothill College women’s volleyball team didn’t get to the state championships, the Owls advanced further in the postseason than ever before.

Foothill reached the third round of the Northern California playoffs, putting the squad among the elite eight in the state. One more win would have sent the Owls to the state championship tournament.


Tough start for MV girls hoops; LA girls blank Arroyo in soccer

The season couldn’t have started much worse for the Mountain View High girls basketball team. Less than a minute into their Dec. 3 opener against St. Francis, the Spartans lost senior standout Jayme Hughes to an ankle injury.

She wouldn’t return, and the Lancers cruised to a 53-39 win in the first round of the Kelly Shea Gallo Invitational at Mills.


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Annevelink honored

Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink has been named to the Under Armour Honorable Mention All-America Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The senior, two-time league MVP and the Eagles’ leader in kills, has committed to Cal.

Run for ‘Hope’

The Jingle 5K Run/Walk is slated 9 a.m. Sunday at On Your Mark, 378 Main St., Los Altos. Proceeds benefit Hope’s Corner, which provides support to and feeds those in need in the community. Registration is $15 per person and $50 for a family of four or more, along with an unwrapped gift for a child/teen. To register, visit and type “jingle run” in the search field.


Haven't we met before? Lancers face familiar foe in final

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St. Francis High’s Dennis Green congratulates Lutoviko Ahoia for scoring Friday. The pair combined for 247 yards rushing.

Along with doing what it does best – run and play defense – the St. Francis High football team showed off its aerial attack in Friday’s 42-14 blowout of visiting Leland in the Central Coast Section Division II semifinals.

The top-seeded Lancers (8-4) passed for a pair of touchdowns and ran for four more against the fifth-seeded Chargers (6-6).


Victory over Redwood propels Eagles into NorCal final for 2nd straight year

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Los Altos High’s Megan Wilhelm recorded eight kills in Saturday’s NorCal semifinal.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team couldn’t help but have Mitty on the mind during Saturday’s Northern California Division II semifinal match. The top-seeded Monarchs were almost certainly looming, but the Eagles first had to beat Redwood to get another crack at them.

Second-seeded Los Altos did just that – in four games – to earn a rematch with Mitty in Tuesday’s NorCal final, played after the Town Crier’s deadline. The Monarchs (35-3) swept the Eagles (34-6) in the Central Coast Section final two weeks ago and in last year’s regional championship match as well.


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