Transfer student ruled ineligible for school year; family frustrated

The decision the Cortinas family dreaded, though somewhat expected, came down last week. Sophomore Alyssa Cortinas won’t be allowed to compete in afterschool sports at Los Altos High until August.

The California Interscholastic Federation Feb. 17 denied the Cortinases’ appeal of a Central Coast Section ruling that Alyssa’s transfer from Pinewood School was athletically motivated, making her ineligible to play basketball and softball this year.


Foothill women make regionals

The Foothill College women’s basketball team heads into the regional playoffs on a serious roll.

The Owls capped an undefeated Coast Conference South Division season (10-0) with an 81-67 thrashing of visiting Mission Friday night.


Sports on the Side

Green run

On Your Mark’s fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K run/walk is scheduled 9 a.m. March 15, starting and finishing at the running store at 378 Main St., Los Altos. To register, visit

All-Century voting

The California Interscholastic Federation, which governs the state’s high school sports, recently announced that voting for the CIF Winter All-Century Team has begun. All-Century Team nominations were accepted online during the past school year; former student-athletes who demonstrated significant athletic contributions in CIF sports were eligible to be nominated. The list of nominees includes wrestler Bernie Olmos, a 1967 graduate of Mountain View High. Winter honorees will be revealed in March and acknowledged at their respective sport’s CIF state/regional championships. To vote, visit and click “100th anniversary.”


Spartans complete sweep

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Los Altos High’s Meg Enthoven looks to shoot amid Mountain View High defenders Jayme Hughes, left, and Elyse Fitzsimons.

Last week’s girls basketball game between Los Altos and Mountain View highs served as a sign of hope for one team and a warning sign for the other.

Although the playoff-bound Spartans prevailed 41-27 to complete the season sweep of their rival, coach Judy Auclair cautioned that a similar effort in the postseason could result in an early exit.


Unbeaten Lancers take aim at title

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St. Francis High junior Delaney Baie “DB” Pridham has a team-best 11 assists.

It’s been almost a year since the St. Francis High girls soccer team has lost a game, and coach Dawn Hill is hopeful that the Lancers’ streak of success will stretch into the Central Coast Section playoffs.

“I expect to keep playing the way we’re playing – good soccer – and see if we can get to the final and win it,” she said.


British coach connects with local players

Courtesy of Red Star Soccer Academy
Coach Leanne de Silva, back, and her Red Star under-11 girls team show off their medals and trophy after winning State Cup.

Soccer is an international sport, but British-born coach Leanne de Silva has learned there’s no universal language for communicating with her American players.

Hired last fall to coach an under-11 girls team with the local Red Star Soccer Academy, de Silva quickly realized some of her words were getting lost in translation.


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