Mtn. View boys volleyball coach steps down for family reasons

Mountain View High boys volleyball coach M. Anthony Chen – who guided the Spartans to section and regional titles this year – last week announced his resignation so he can devote more time to his family. It’s the same reason he cited for resigning as girls coach last spring.

“Because of the birth of my first child in August, I have decided to also step down as the boys coach to spend more time with my family,” Chen said Nov. 11. “I have done this coaching thing for the better part of 18 years, and want to give the kind of attention to my son that I was able to give to this sport.”


Spartans stun top seed in CCS boys water polo

The Mountain View High boys water polo team made quite a splash Saturday in the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals. The eighth-seeded Spartans upset No. 1 Menlo-Atherton 10-8.

Visiting Mountain View (18-10) rallied from a 4-2 first-quarter deficit to beat the Bears (15-12). Coach Gabor Sarusi said seniors Matthew Dunn (six goals) and Alex Paulsen (four) both played “an outstanding game (and) so did my sophomore goalie in the cage, Kenneth Tang (10 saves).”


Sports on the Side

Water polo sign-ups

NorCal Aquatics, a Los Altos-based youth water polo club, invites players to register for the winter session. The club offers programs for ages 8 through high school seniors. For more information, visit

Event for Eagle alums

The inaugural Los Altos High Alumni Holiday Event, organized by those affiliated with the boys basketball program, is slated 4 p.m. Nov. 29 at Maltby’s Restaurant. The event is open to all Los Altos graduates and their families; a portion of the food and drink proceeds will be donated to the boys basketball program. An alumni basketball game precedes the event, slated 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the school gym. For more information, email Eagles coach Bob McFarlane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Payback for Pinewood

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Pinewood freshman Alex Dagman – flanked by brothers Oscar Fick, left, and Bo Fick – celebrates scoring a touchdown Friday.

Jack Sweat didn’t forget. With last year’s lopsided loss to Woodside Priory still fresh in his mind, the senior powered Pinewood School’s eight-man football team to a 60-26 rout of its rival Friday afternoon.

He cited losing to Priory by the same margin a year ago as one of the factors fueling him in Friday’s home and season finale.


Kim conquers course at WCAL meet

Courtesy of Roberta Chisam
St. Francis High’s Gia Kim stays ahead of Mitty’s Julia Lemak at last week’s WCAL meet. Kim beat Lemak for first place.

A mile into the girls varsity race at last week’s West Catholic Athletic League meet, St. Francis High’s Gia Kim broke from the pack and didn’t look back.

The junior “took the lead and never relinquished it,” Lancers coach Roberta Chisam said, finishing the 2.95-mile course at Crystal Springs in a personal-best time of 18 minutes, 45 seconds.


Los Altos girls land 2nd seed in volleyball playoffs

Courtesy of Phil Marrone
The St. Francis High girls golf team won the CCS championship last week. Pictured, from left, are coach Phil Marrone, Maya Pugatch, Alexis Opsasnick, Valerie Wang, Jacqueline Sun, Reisha Savadatti and Bibilani Liu.

While Los Altos High girls volleyball coach Peter Kim is pleased with his team’s seed in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs, he noted that the Eagles’ path to the final is an arduous one.

“It’s great having the two seed,” Kim said. “However, it’s always a tough road with both St. Francis and Presentation on your side of the bracket.”


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