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Dig Pink Rally returns

The varsity and JV girls volleyball teams from Los Altos and Palo Alto highs have teamed up for a Dig Pink Rally and bake sale – intended to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for research and compassionate support projects – during their league matches scheduled Thursday at Los Altos. The JV match is set for 5:30 p.m. and the varsity match at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free. Fans attending the rally can show their support by wearing pink to make it a “pink out” and donate money to the cause at the match or online at side-out.org/cb/campaigns/campaign/9247. For more information on the rally, contact Dayna Deaton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Music for sports

The Mountain View High School Sports Boosters have scheduled an evening of live music to benefit the athletic program. Cover band Aja Vu will play the music of Steely Dan and Chicago at the event, slated 7-11 p.m. Friday at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave. It is limited to 200 people ages 21 and over. Tickets are $50 (tax deductible) and each comes with a voucher for two beverages (beer, wine or soft drinks). For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Spartans survive


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Mountain View High’s Austin Johnson races to the end zone on a 69-yard run in the fourth quarter of Friday’s win over Cupertino.

Good thing the Mountain View High School Sports Boosters didn’t rent those temporary lights by the hour – the Spartans needed overtime to subdue Cupertino 27-20 in Friday’s league-opening football game.

Austin Johnson’s 10-yard dash into the end zone on Mountain View’s second possession in overtime put the Spartans on top and defensive back Chris Pena-Prado made sure the Pioneers didn’t match it, intercepting a pass in the end zone to cap the three-hour contest.

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Despite record, coach considers Eagles a playoff contender

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Los Altos senior Romy Aboudarham makes a save against Mountain View. She averages 13 saves per game.

Don’t be deceived by the Eagles’ losing record. The Los Altos High girls water polo team – 2-4 in league and 6-8 overall – is a playoff contender, according to new coach Katie Buzzetta.

“The team has potential to be one of the top teams in this area,” she said. “We have played some very close games against some tough competition.”

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Focused Eagles top Mustangs in girls volleyball


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Brigitte Canty notched 16 kills in St. Francis’ home sweep of St. Ignatius last week.

Motivation wasn’t a problem for the Los Altos High girls volleyball team Thursday night. The Eagles were facing Homestead – the team that edged them for the league title last year.

Visiting Los Altos responded by sweeping the Mustangs 25-12, 25-11, 25-14 to remain perfect in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division (3-0).

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Pumpkins for sports

The Los Altos High School Athletic Boosters Pumpkin Patch is scheduled to open Saturday and run through Oct. 31 in the student parking lot, 201 Almond Ave. Proceeds support Los Altos High sports.

LAHS seeks coaches

Los Altos High seeks several coaches. Openings include varsity head coaches for gymnastics, badminton and boys lacrosse, junior-varsity coaches for boys lacrosse, badminton and girls soccer, and a distance coach for track and field. If interested, email athletic director Kim Cave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Eagles eye another stellar season


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Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight games.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team is out to prove it’s not a one-year wonder. The Eagles last season reached the Northern California Division II final for the first time, and they are intent on returning.

“Last year was a total surprise for everybody, and it gave us a taste of how a program like Mitty feels every year,” said coach Peter Kim, whose team fell to the mighty Monarchs in the NorCal final. “That taste is driving these kids this year – they want to get back there.”

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