Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

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Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High football team. The Eagles drove 76 yards in 12 plays and scored on Kyle Gounod’s 25-yard pass to Patrick Vargas.

But the rest of the game couldn’t have gone much worse for Los Altos. The powerful Panthers scored the next seven touchdowns on the way to a 56-17 victory, spoiling the Eagles’ first game on their new turf field.


Mtn. View shows marked improvement; Los Altos tops St. Francis in tourney final

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Mountain View High setter Cynthia Moir bumps the ball last week versus Westmont.

The volleyball season is just weeks old, and the Mountain View High girls have nearly equaled last year’s win total.

The Spartans entered Tuesday’s league opener with a 7-5 record; they went 8-22 last season and missed the Central Coast Section playoffs for the first time in 11 years.


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).


Sports on the Side

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

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


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.


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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