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Turnovers doom MV girls in semis

Even the most pessimistic Mountain View High fan had to be encouraged by the Spartans’ stellar start against top seed Presentation in the Central Coast Section Division II girls basketball semifinals. Mountain View jumped to a 13-4 lead midway through the first quarter.

Then came the turnovers.

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Spartans edge Eagles in tennis; LA baseball team wins again

Showing its strength in singles, Mountain View High got by rival Los Altos 4-3 March 2 in boys tennis.

The visiting Spartans won three of the four singles spots – including No. 1, where Jeremy Hsu beat Nick Cosgrove 6-1, 6-2.

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Sports on the Side

No softball at Foothill

Foothill College has canceled its 2016 softball season due to a lack of players. “We had a rash of injuries and girls who quit,” Owls athletic director Mike Teijeiro said. He anticipates “having no problems next year” fielding a team.

AYSO spring sign-ups

Registration is open for Los Altos-based AYSO Region 43’s new spring soccer season for boys and girls ages 4-8 (born between Aug. 1, 2007, and July 31, 2011). The weekly sessions (a combination of scrimmages and drills) are scheduled Sunday afternoons from March through early May. Region 43 is for students from Santa Rita, Covington, Almond, Gardner Bullis, Bullis Charter, Pinewood and St. Nicholas schools. To register, visit ayso43.org.

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Ng's PK sends Spartans to semis


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Mountain View High’s Rachel Ng made the game-winning penalty kick in Saturday’s playoff win over St. Francis.

The penalty may not have been clear-cut, but there was no doubting who would take the potentially game-winning shot for the Mountain View High girls soccer team in Saturday’s playoff quarterfinal against St. Francis.

The only choice was Rachel Ng, a senior who’s been taking and making penalty kicks for the Spartans since last season. The defender came through once again, drilling the 12-yard shot past one of the best goalies in the Central Coast Section to break a scoreless tie with less than two minutes left.

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Topper helps Pinewood top St. Francis in Open quarterfinals


With Pinewood School’s star point guard out with an injury, St Francis High may have sensed it had a better chance to beat the higher-seeded Panthers in the Central Coast Section Open Division girls basketball quarterfinals.

Friday’s game was closer than when these teams met in late December, but second-seeded Pinewood’s well-oiled, diverse and synergized attack still proved too much for the No. 7 Lancers to overcome. The Panthers prevailed 69-59 at Gunn High.

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Eagles top Gunn, then fall to HMB in baseball

The Los Altos High baseball team last week split its first two games of the season.

The Eagles opened with an 8-1 home win over Gunn Feb. 22 in which they stole eight bases. Colin Homan and Matt Truscott each drove in a pair of runs and Alex Reelfs earned the win.

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