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Marrone honored

St. Francis High’s Phil Marrone has been named the California Coaches Association’s 2014-15 Central Coast Section Girls Golf Coach of the Year, according to the school’s athletic department. The Lancers last fall went undefeated in the regular season and won CCS and Northern California championships.

Soccer tryouts

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club has scheduled tryouts for its under-7 girls teams 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday at Graham Middle School in Mountain View. Teams are open to players born after July 31, 2007. To register and for more information, visit


Spartans reach new depth

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Junior Ysa Baluyot, left, tops the Mountain View High girls soccer team with eight goals this season.

Those who figured a few injuries would make the Mountain View High girls soccer team vulnerable might want to rethink that assumption. The Spartans are off to an 8-2 start without two key players.

“This is the deepest team we’ve had,” said third-year coach Ivan Bandov, whose squad sits atop the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.


Slowed but not stopped, St. Francis boys defeat VC for ninth-consecutive victory

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St. Francis High’s Giuseppe Benedetti puts up a shot in last week’s home game.

Valley Christian’s game of keep-away wasn’t good enough to keep the St. Francis High boys basketball team from picking up its ninth-straight win. The Lancers overcame the Warriors’ milk-the-clock strategy to prevail 45-34 Jan. 14 at home.

Valley Christian, lacking St. Francis’ size and skill, slowed the pace in an effort to keep the score down – and it worked for a while. The teams were tied at 7 after a bumpy first quarter and the Lancers didn’t create clear separation until early in the fourth.


Local Johnson makes debut with NBA's Heat

The timing of Tyler Johnson’s NBA debut couldn’t have worked out much better for family and friends who wanted to witness it. The St. Francis High graduate’s first game with the Miami Heat came last week in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors.

With those close to him in the stands – while other supporters watched on local TV – Johnson entered the Jan. 14 game with 1:44 remaining and played until the final buzzer.


MV girls whip Wilcox in basketball; LA boys win soccer match

The Mountain View High girls basketball team flexed its defensive muscle last week against Wilcox.

The Spartans zapped the Chargers 42-16, holding the visitors to just two points in the first quarter.


Hoops tourney tips off Thursday at St. Simon

St. Simon School’s 11th annual Father Murray Memorial Basketball Tournament is scheduled Thursday through Sunday in Los Altos.

Eight boys teams and eight girls teams will compete in the eighth-grade tourney, held in the school gym at 1840 Grant Road. Participants include St. Simon, St. Nicholas (Los Altos Hills), St. Raymond (Menlo Park), Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton), Jordan (Palo Alto), Hillview (Menlo Park), St. Apollinaris (Napa), Corte Madera (Portola Valley) and Menlo School (Atherton).


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