Los Altos tops Salinas in CCS playoff opener

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Lulu Kishton led Los Altos High with 12 kills in Saturday’s playoff win over visiting Salinas.

When a volleyball team has championship aspirations – like Los Altos High does – even a straight-set win in the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals may not be good enough to escape criticism.

The top-seeded Eagles’ sweep of Salinas Saturday night didn’t meet their high standards – and coach Peter Kim let his girls know it during a timeout late in the tight third set.


LA runner Jacob wins CCS title for a third time

Andrew Zaeske/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Lauren Jacob passes Cupertino’s Caroline Gee on the way to winning her race at the CCS championships.

Los Altos High’s Lauren Jacob raced in a different division at this year’s Central Coast Section cross-country championships, but she achieved the same result as years past – first place.

The senior won the CCS Division I girls race with a time of 18 minutes, 5.6 seconds Saturday on the 3.1-mile course at Crystal Springs. She claimed the Division II title the previous two years.


Sports on the Side

Andrews excels

Los Altos native Rebecca Andrews, a freshman on the Vassar College women’s soccer team, last week was named the Liberty League Rookie of the Year. The Los Altos High graduate led the team in goals (seven) and game-winning goals (three), despite missing five matches due to injury. Andrews, the first Vassar player to be named Rookie of the Year, was selected Second Team All-Conference as well.

Turkey Trot time

Mountain View High’s sixth annual Spartan Turkey Trot is scheduled Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26, on the school track and in the surrounding neighborhood. Last year’s event raised more than $14,000 for the MVHS Sports Boosters/athletics program and drew nearly 900 racers. Race-day registration is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K run is set for 8:30 a.m. and the 5K walk for 8:35 a.m. Kids runs (60- and 400-yard dashes) and the Spartan Mile are scheduled at 9:30 a.m. The top three finishers in the men’s and women’s divisions of the 5K run and Spartan Mile receive fresh-baked pumpkin pies and gift certificates. To register online and for more information, visit


Spartans surge in second half to take down rival Eagles 35-10

Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Jai Austin rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns Friday night.

Mountain View High didn’t look like a football team fighting for a playoff berth in the first half of Friday’s game against Los Altos, which also needed a win to keep its postseason hopes alive.

The Spartans trailed 3-0 at halftime after committing a turnover and two drive-crushing penalties while mustering just three first downs – six fewer than the rival Eagles.


LA's Zaeske & Jacob power cross-country teams to CCS

Malcolm Slaney/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Ben Zaeske runs ahead of Palo Alto’s Kent Slaney at last week’s SCVAL El Camino Division meet at Crystal Springs in Belmont. Zaeske finished first and Slaney second.

Los Altos High’s Ben Zaeske beat a familiar foe to claim the boys varsity cross-country race at last week’s Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division Championships.

The senior finished 8 seconds ahead of runner-up Kent Slaney, a Palo Alto High junior he’s been racing against since grade school.


MV, LA duos win division tourneys

Courtesy of Frank Smyth
Spartans Jayna Dave, left, and Yvonne Lin are the El Camino Division doubles champs.

Local girls dominated doubles at last week’s league tennis championships.

Duos from Los Altos and Mountain View highs won their respective divisions of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Nov. 4.


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