St. Francis suffers first loss of boys volleyball season

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St. Francis High setter Curtis Reitmeir leads the Lancers in assists this season.

The St. Francis High boys volleyball team won’t go undefeated this season – Saturday’s tournament loss ended any chance of that – but coach Jonah Carson said the Lancers weren’t preoccupied with pursuing perfection anyway.

“It’s not a goal of ours at all,” he said prior to his team’s trip to Placer County for the Brian Nolan Granite Bay Tournament. “It’s not a real focal point in practice or before games – the goal is to get better every day.”


Streaking Spartans edge Eagles in baseball

The last time rivals Los Altos and Mountain View highs met on the baseball diamond, the Eagles edged the Spartans in extra innings in a game to determine which team would remain in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.

The Spartans, demoted to the SCVAL El Camino Division with that 6-4 loss last May, didn’t forget it when the teams faced off Saturday in their only scheduled game of the season.


Los Altos native Gradiska nets another tennis award

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Junior Laura Gradiska plays No. 2 singles at Gettysburg College.

After another winning week on the court, Los Altos native and Gettysburg College tennis player Laura Gradiska nabbed her second weekly honor from the Centennial Conference this year.

The junior was named Centennial Conference Player of the Week April 4; she also claimed the honor March 7.


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WCAL names Fugate new commissioner

The West Catholic Athletic League this month named Jolene Fugate its next commissioner. Chosen by principals of the WCAL schools, including St. Francis High, Fugate is slated to take over July 1. She is stepping down as athletic director and girls soccer coach at Valley Christian High to assume the position. “I have been honored to represent this outstanding league as a coach and as an athletic administrator for over a decade,” Fugate said in a WCAL press release. “I am now humbled, honored and privileged to have the additional opportunity to represent the WCAL in the role of league commissioner.”

Los Altos High seeks coaches

Los Altos High needs head coaches for its junior-varsity girls tennis, JV girls soccer and frosh-soph boys soccer teams. For more information, email athletic director Kim Cave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Strong start for Spartans

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Mountain View High senior Elaine Silverman, competing in last week’s season-opening meet, placed first all-around.

Forgive coach Kayla Chee for not realizing how big of a deal it is that her Mountain View High gymnastics team defeated St. Francis in last week’s season-opening meet.

Having moved to the area from Hawaii last summer, she didn’t know that the Lancers have won the last 16 Central Coast Section championships – or that the Spartans had never beaten them before.


Longtime Los Altos wrestling coach Jimenez remembered for treating team like his family

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Randy Jimenez encourages a wrestler at a meet in February. He coached the Eagles for 12 years, the last nine as head coach.

In his nine years as head wrestling coach at Los Altos High, Randy Jimenez had a way of weeding out the wannabes well before the first meet of the season. His conditioning program was rigorous, prompting at least a few participants to quit each year.

But those who stuck with it were rewarded – and not just on the mat. Jimenez, who died of an apparent heart attack last week at age 43, was known for treating his wrestlers like family. Nicknamed “Big Daddy,” he believed in and cared about his kids, always wanting them to do their best.


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