Under the weather, LA runners unable to finish strong at state

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Los Altos High seniors Ben Zaeske and Lauren Jacob warm up prior to Saturday’s state cross-country championships in Fresno.

The cold and flu season coincides with the end of the cross-country season, which can lead to disappointing results for runners hoping to be at their best for the biggest races of the year.

And that’s exactly what happened to Los Altos High’s Lauren Jacob and Ben Zaeske Saturday at the state championships in Fresno. Being under the weather hindered both seniors’ chances of finishing near the top in their races on the 3.1-mile course at Woodward Park.


LA tennis duo reaches semis of CCS tourney

Carina Burdick and Juliette Martin are solid singles players, occupying the Nos. 1 and 2 spots on the Los Altos High girls tennis team this season. Put them together, however, and they make a dominant doubles team.

The pair of seniors encountered little resistance in the first two rounds of last week’s Central Coast Section doubles championships, thumping their opponents in straight sets. Burdick and Martin won 24 of the 27 games they played over the two matches Nov. 23 at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.


Sports on the Side

Making the grade

The Central Coast Section recently recognized Los Altos High’s field hockey and girls volleyball teams for their good grades this year. The field hockey team earned the second-best grade-point average (3.662) in its sport, while the volleyball squad had the fourth-best GPA (3.695). The Eagles received team and individual certificates from the CCS for their efforts.

Trees for sports

Tree lots benefiting athletics at Mountain View and Los Altos highs, respectively, are open for business. Proceeds from the MVHS Spartans Tree Lot go toward purchasing equipment and improving facilities. Operating hours are 4-8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends next to the football field at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. For more information, visit Proceeds from the MVLA Christmas Tree Lot support Los Altos High sports and afterschool programs. Hours are 4:30-7:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends in the Chase Bank parking lot, 749 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View. For more information, visit


St. Francis stifled in CCS finals

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St. Francis High’s Isabella Mandema looks to shoot in Saturday’s CCS final against Sacred Heart Prep. She scored two goals.

The St. Francis High boys and girls water polo teams have been among the best in the Central Coast Section for several seasons and last year both won CCS championships. This year, however, the Lancers faced foes in the finals that have been even more dominant in the sport.

In the CCS Division II girls final Saturday morning at Independence High, top seed Sacred Heart Prep cruised to an 11-6 win over No. 2 St. Francis for its ninth consecutive championship. A few hours later in the CCS Division I boys final, top seed Bellarmine knocked off No. 3 St. Francis 11-7 to claim its 15th crown.


Local girls volleyball teams ousted in semifinal round of CCS playoffs

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Chanti Holroyd led Mountain View with nine kills against Mitty in the semifinals.

The local high school volleyball teams have the long Thanksgiving weekend off – and they’re not happy about it.

The Los Altos, Mountain View and St. Francis girls saw their stellar seasons come to an end last week in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section playoffs. Only the CCS finalists advance to the Northern California playoffs that begin this weekend.


St. Francis stumbles at state

After finishing fifth at the 2013 state championships and fourth last year, the St. Francis High girls golf team hoped to crack the top three this season.

Instead, the Lancers went backward.


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