Los Altos limps into league play

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Los Altos High running back Patrick Vargas eludes a pair of Hayward defenders in Friday’s game. The senior rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown in the loss. He also caught two passes for 22 yards.

The Los Altos High football team braced for what was coming, though that didn’t make the last two games any easier. The Eagles, who filled their non-league schedule with tougher teams this year, last week suffered another drubbing.

“Our preseason was going to be tough, and we knew it,” running back Patrick Vargas said after Friday’s 55-22 home loss to Hayward, which followed a 51-6 setback to Half Moon Bay the week before. “We’ll take our losses, learn from our mistakes and go on to next week and get ready for our league season.”


Los Altos jumps on Mtn. View early, prevails 8-4 in boys water polo game

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Los Altos High’s Jim Hollingworth looks to pass the ball as Mountain View High’s Jack Kenyon defends him Thursday.

After a pair of lopsided losses to its rival last season, the Los Altos High boys water polo team got partial payback Thursday with a decisive 8-4 home victory over Mountain View.

“They kind of embarrassed us both times we played them last year,” Los Altos coach Seth Tasman said. “They’re our crosstown rival, and we’ve kind of been getting pumped up for this game all year long.”


Spartans sweep Eagles in league volleyball match

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St. Francis High senior Jenna Adams recorded 12 kills in the win at Notre Dame-Salinas.

Mountain View High’s sweep of Los Altos Thursday night was “a great milestone” for the girls volleyball team, according to Spartans coach Dave Winn.

It marked Mountain View’s first win over the rival Eagles in more than three years.


Sports on the Side

Dance for sports

The inaugural Eagle-Thon Dance Marathon to benefit Los Altos High sports is scheduled 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 24 in the school gym. Organized by the Los Altos High School Athletic Boosters, the event will feature a DJ, hourly dance themes, line dances on the hour and cake walks on the half hour. It is open to the entire community; all ages are welcome. The fee to participate in the full marathon (12 hours) is $50 and includes a T-shirt and refreshments; drop-in cost is $20. To register and for more information, visit

Run to fight cancer

The Los Altos Community Pink Ribbon 5K Run/Walk is scheduled 9 a.m. Oct. 25, starting and finishing at On Your Mark, the running shoe/apparel shop located at 378 Main St. The course includes streets and pathways in Los Altos Hills. The second-year event raises money for Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Entry fee is $15, free for ages 5 and under and $60 for families of up to six people. Registration is set to begin at 8:15 a.m. Refreshments and a raffle follow the run. To register and for more information, visit and type “Pink Ribbon Run” into the search field.


Lancers go to 3-0

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St. Francis High’s Thomas MacDevitt signals touchdown after teammate De’jon Fort pounces on a blocked punt in the end zone in Friday night’s non-league game against visiting Atascadero.

The St. Francis High football team should enter next week’s league opener at St. Ignatius with a mound of momentum on its side.

The Lancers raised their record to 3-0 with Friday night’s 20-0 home rout of Atascadero, a squad that came into the contest undefeated.


Coach says Eagles aren't rebuilding - they're reloading

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Lulu Kishton goes for a kill as Los Altos teammate Alexis Malgesini watches intently.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team has lost a lot of talent since last year’s rousing run to the regional final.

Three all-league players graduated – including MVP Carmen Annevelink – along with an honorable-mention selection. Oh, and a returning starter may miss the season with an injury.


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