Mountain View edges Los Altos for league title; both girls soccer teams advance to CCS playoffs

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Mountain View High’s Erica Higa, right, was one of five seniors honored before last week’s 1-0 win over visiting Saratoga.

Five ties would preclude most soccer teams from finishing first in league. But the Mountain View High girls overcame that by winning the rest of their games in the tight race for the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division title.

It took a win in their final regular-season game and a loss by rival Los Altos for the Spartans to claim the crown last week. Host Mountain View edged Saratoga 1-0 Feb. 19, while Los Altos fell 3-0 at Los Gatos.


LA baseball preps for season with Blue-White Series game

The Los Altos High baseball team recently kicked off the 2014 season with an event head coach Donnie Ecker hopes will become an annual classic.

Approximately 125 spectators attended the inaugural Blue-White Series, a preseason tuneup held Feb. 15 at the school. The game pitted two teams – each comprising a mix of Los Altos varsity and frosh-soph players – in a nine-inning game.


Sports on the Side

MVLA honors players

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club tonight will honor 27 high school players who have committed to colleges, including six girls from Los Altos or Los Altos Hills. MVLA’s annual College Signing Night event is scheduled 8 p.m. at Hillview Community Center in Los Altos. Sarah Robinson and Jaye Boissiere headline the list of locals; both Los Altos residents are bound for Stanford University. The others: Megan Keeth (Los Altos) is headed to Santa Clara University; Sophia Hyver (Los Altos Hills) to UC San Diego; Julia Goupil (Los Altos) to MIT; and Erica Higa (Los Altos Hills) to the University of Pennsylvania

MV hires track coach

Mountain View High recently hired Michael Streck-Woodard as varsity track and field coach. The Menlo Park native ran track and played football at Humboldt State University. The Spartans are set to open their season March 20 against visiting Los Gatos.


MV, LA girls play to tie; league title still up for grabs

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Los Altos High’s Julia Goupil, left, and Mountain View’s Ysabel Baluyot battle for the ball in last week’s game, a scoreless tie.

Last week’s girls soccer game between Los Altos and Mountain View highs didn’t resolve anything – the Eagles and Spartans played to a scoreless tie – so today’s regular-season finales will settle the four-team battle for first place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.

Los Altos (6-1-3 league) and Palo Alto (6-2-3) entered Friday’s games – played after the Town Crier’s deadline – tied atop the division, while Mountain View (5-0-5) and Los Gatos (6-3-1) were close behind. The race is so tight that none of these teams could claim the crown Friday.


From perimeter to paint: Los Altos changes tack to beat Mtn. View 44-34

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Los Altos High’s Steven Garverick, left, defends Mountain View’s Kevin Ives in last week’s game, won by the Eagles.

After building an early lead with 3-point shooting, the Los Altos High boys basketball team maintained its advantage by attacking the rim in last week’s 44-34 win at Mountain View.

The Eagles – who made a trio of treys in the first quarter and led by 10 at the end of it – didn’t make another shot from beyond the arc in the Feb. 12 rivalry game.


Los Altos girls basketball team falls from first

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Mountain View High’s Brad Bumgarner, left, and Los Altos’ Nicky McConnell contend for the ball in last week’s game. The Spartans won 5-0.

The Los Altos High girls basketball team has followed a 14-game winning streak with back-to-back losses, slipping from first to third place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division.

The losses, which dropped the Eagles to 7-2 in league, came to teams that have jumped ahead of them in the standings. Saratoga (9-1) topped Los Altos 51-37 Feb. 7 and Monta Vista (8-2) beat the Eagles 41-37 four days later.


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