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SF’s Thane commits

St. Francis High baseball player Conor Thane last month signed a National Letter of Intent to attend St. Mary’s College. Thane, a senior, plays shortstop for the Lancers.

Trees for sports

The MVHS Spartans Tree Lot is open for business at the Olive Tree Shopping Center, 2290 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View. Staffed by Mountain View High students and parents, the lot offers Noble, Douglas and Nordman firs, along with wreaths, tree stands and decorative reindeer. Proceeds benefit Mountain View High’s athletic and performing arts departments. The lot is open 5-8:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit or call 793-6546.


Lancers reign in the rain

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St. Francis High’s Riley Quinn makes an interception in Friday’s game. Quinn and teammate Trillion Hebert, left, were part of a stingy defense that allowed just 27 points in the playoffs.

There probably aren’t many football teams that could overcome the loss of their quarterback nine minutes into a tightly contested championship game. But for St. Francis High – which relies on its potent running game and stout defense – it wasn’t much of a problem.

Scoring all their points after Kamalii Akina suffered a foot injury, the top-seeded Lancers beat Mitty 17-7 in Friday’s Central Coast Section Division II final at rainy Westmont in Campbell.


Eagles fall to Mitty in NorCal final

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Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink tries to get the ball over Mitty’s big block.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team withstood a few bumps on the road to last week’s Northern California Division II final, overcoming a two-set deficit against Oakmont in the quarterfinals and repelling a late surge by Redwood in the semis.

But the Eagles encountered a gigantic sinkhole in the title match – mighty Mitty – and there was no getting past the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. The top-seeded Monarchs swallowed up visiting No. 2 Los Altos in straight sets: 25-20, 25-22, 25-20.


Owls finish among elite 8 in volleyball

Although the Foothill College women’s volleyball team didn’t get to the state championships, the Owls advanced further in the postseason than ever before.

Foothill reached the third round of the Northern California playoffs, putting the squad among the elite eight in the state. One more win would have sent the Owls to the state championship tournament.


Tough start for MV girls hoops; LA girls blank Arroyo in soccer

The season couldn’t have started much worse for the Mountain View High girls basketball team. Less than a minute into their Dec. 3 opener against St. Francis, the Spartans lost senior standout Jayme Hughes to an ankle injury.

She wouldn’t return, and the Lancers cruised to a 53-39 win in the first round of the Kelly Shea Gallo Invitational at Mills.


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Annevelink honored

Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink has been named to the Under Armour Honorable Mention All-America Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The senior, two-time league MVP and the Eagles’ leader in kills, has committed to Cal.

Run for ‘Hope’

The Jingle 5K Run/Walk is slated 9 a.m. Sunday at On Your Mark, 378 Main St., Los Altos. Proceeds benefit Hope’s Corner, which provides support to and feeds those in need in the community. Registration is $15 per person and $50 for a family of four or more, along with an unwrapped gift for a child/teen. To register, visit and type “jingle run” in the search field.


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