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LA boys soccer team on path to playoffs


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Senior Matt Carroll is among the leaders on the Los Altos boys soccer team, off to a 10-1-2 start.

The Los Altos High boys soccer team is off to its best start in more than a decade, and it’s all about chemistry. These Eagles are united.

“The team works really well together,” senior midfielder Matt Carroll said in explaining Los Altos’ 10-1-2 record. “The chemistry has improved a lot.”

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St. Simon tournament tips off Thursday

St. Simon Parish School’s 12th annual Father Murray Basketball Tournament is scheduled Thursday through Sunday in the school gym at 1840 Grant Road, Los Altos. The tourney features eighth-grade boys and girls teams from the area and beyond. The first game is set for 4 p.m. Thursday; Sunday’s girls and boys championship games are set for 3:15 and 5 p.m., respectively. Single-day tickets are $4-$6, free for children under 5. Proceeds benefit the St. Simon athletic program. For more information, visit ssps.publishpath.com.

CIF Scholar-Athlete award deadline nears

The deadline to apply for the California Interscholastic Federation Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award is Feb. 10. The program honors 22 high school student-athletes for excellence in athletics, academics and character. One male and one female statewide winner will each receive $5,000 as well as a visit to the State Capitol in Sacramento where they will be honored in front of the legislature. Additionally, two winners (one male and one female) from each of the 10 CIF Sections will receive $2,000 each. To apply and for more information, visit cifstate.org.

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Eagles' growing pains on full display


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Los Altos High’s Nolan Brennan drives through a swarm of Fremont defenders in last week’s game.

As the Los Altos High boys are learning – the hard way – the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division is not kind to inexperienced basketball teams.

There’s little margin for miscues in the daunting De Anza – none of the seven teams entered league play with a losing record – and the young Eagles made plenty of them in last week’s 44-26 home loss to Fremont.

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Senior-laden St. Francis soccer team shoots for Central Coast Section title


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Georgia Kingman, in practice last week, is St. Francis High’s leading scorer. The senior has seven goals and four assists.

The St. Francis High girls soccer team can’t help but feel a sense of urgency to win a Central Coast Section championship this season. It’s now or never for the 12 seniors on the squad.

“We have a big senior class, and a lot of them have been with (varsity) since they were freshmen or sophomores,” coach Dawn Hill said. “They’re hungry for us to get that CCS title.”

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Los Altos girls basketball team edges Mountain View in overtime


Los Altos High girls basketball coach Jaclyn Brode called it a “crazy game” – and she probably wasn’t the only witness to last week’s contest against rival Mountain View who shared that sentiment.

After rallying from a five-point deficit in the final 30 seconds of regulation to force overtime, the host Eagles edged the Spartans 50-47 – without making a field goal. All of Los Altos’ points in OT were from the foul line; the Eagles shot 11-of-14 from the stripe Jan. 12.

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Johnson heats up

Mountain View native Tyler Johnson came off the bench to score 13 points in the Miami Heat’s loss to the host Golden State Warriors last week. The St. Francis High graduate made six of his seven shots from the field, including a drive past Stephen Curry for a dunk. Johnson, an undrafted guard from Fresno State, is in his second NBA season.

Schools seek coaches

Los Altos and Mountain View highs seek head coaches for spring sports. Los Altos needs a frosh-soph boys lacrosse coach and a junior-varsity girls tennis coach. If interested, contact athletic director Kim Cave at 960-8857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Mountain View seeks coaches for varsity track and field, boys volleyball and girls lacrosse. If interested, contact athletic director Shelley Smith at 940-4626 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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