Semi sweep

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St. Francis High’s Steve Dinneen, rising up for the kill, posted 15 kills in Saturday’s CCS semifinal sweep of rival Bellarmine.

There was no letup in the Lancers. Although the St. Francis High boys volleyball team had swept Bellarmine three times this season, the top-seeded Lancers didn’t look beyond the Bells when they met in Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division I semifinals.

St. Francis beat Bellarmine 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 at Independence High, advancing to the final for the second consecutive year.


St. Francis High junior Heitel shines at CCS, earns return trip to NorCal championships

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St. Francis’ Matt Heitel shot a 3-under-par 68 at last week’s Central Coast Section boys golf championships in Carmel.

No player posted a better score at last week’s Central Coast Section boys golf championships in Carmel than St. Francis High junior Matt Heitel, yet his 3-under-par 68 still wasn’t good enough to dethrone the defending champ.

Evergreen Valley’s Justin Suh also shot 68 on Rancho Cañada Golf Club’s West Course, forcing a playoff the senior won on the first hole. Suh shot par and Heitel bogeyed the hole.


On to CCS

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St. Francis High’s Xander Olivero edges Bellarmine’s Alex Sasser in the finals of the 3,200-meter run Friday at the West Catholic Athletic League finals. Olivero, a junior, clocked a 9:31.73.

A lot of locals have qualified for Saturday’s Central Coast Section track and field semifinals, though none of them should be busier than Brian Yeager and Rachael Estell.

Los Altos High senior Yeager and Mountain View High sophomore Estell each made the meet in four events – the maximum athletes are allowed to enter – after strong showings at Friday’s Santa Clara Valley Athletic League championships.


Softball playoffs include Los Altos, Mountain View and Pinewood

As expected, Los Altos and Mountain View highs have qualified for the Central Coast Section softball playoffs after each won 19 games. But the inclusion of another local squad is somewhat of a surprise.

Pinewood – a 10-win team that last made the playoffs in 1998 – is the 12th seed in CCS Division III.


Sports on the Side

State swim finals

The inaugural California Interscholastic Federation State Swimming & Diving Championships are scheduled Friday and Saturday at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex, located at Clovis West High in the Central Valley. The girls and boys diving finals are slated 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, respectively. The swimming preliminaries are set for 2:30 p.m. Friday and the finals at the same time Saturday. Tickets are $7-$12. For more information and a list of participants, visit

Let’s get physicals

Mountain View High’s pre-participation sports physicals are scheduled 5:30-6:30 p.m. today in the school’s athletic training room. Wear a T-shirt and shorts, and bring two copies of the completed enrollment form available at Cost is $35. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Eagles, Spartans play to stay in SCVAL's upper division

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Los Altos High’s Patrick McColl could play an integral roles in this week’s league playoff series against Mountain View.

A local high school baseball team is going down this week – in more ways than one.

The loser of the best-of-three series pitting Los Altos against rival Mountain View not only finishes last in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division playoff tournament but also gets demoted to the SCVAL El Camino Division next year.


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