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.


Lancers defend their crown, win CCS tourney by 18 strokes

The St. Francis High girls golf team not only beat the competition last week at the Central Coast Section Championships – the Lancers beat themselves. Well, the 2014 version of themselves.

St. Francis’ score of 377 was eight strokes better than its winning effort at last year’s tournament, also played on Rancho Cañada Golf Club’s East Course in Carmel.


Sports on the Side

Dinneen enters HOF

St. Francis High graduate and Los Altos native Steven Dinneen was inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame Monday as the Male High School Athlete of the Year. Now a freshman cadet playing football for the Air Force Academy, Dinneen starred on the St. Francis football and boys volleyball teams, helping both win Central Coast Section championships last school year.

PONY up for baseball

Los Altos Mountain View PONY Baseball is registering players for its upcoming 30th-anniversary season, slated to begin in the spring. Open to youth ages 5 and up from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and surrounding communities, the league offers nine divisions. To register for the 2016 season and for more information on the league, visit


Wild win for Lancers

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High running back Lutoviko Ahoia fights his way into the end zone in the second quarter of Friday’s win over Serra.

More than a few football fans headed for the exit at St. Francis High’s Ron Calcagno Stadium Friday night after Serra scored with four minutes remaining to extend its lead to 12 points.

They beat the traffic, but they didn’t see the Lancers rally to beat the Padres 43-42.


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