New-look Lancers find their footing

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St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad – the Lancers have changed coaches and have new starters at almost every position. Yet that hasn’t stopped St. Francis from winning as usual.

Friday’s home sweep of previously undefeated Notre Dame-Salinas boosted the Lancers’ record to 6-2 under new head coach Mike Rubin.


Los Altos field hockey coach sees positives in loss to Lancers

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Los Altos High goalie Lauren Lunsford blocks a shot by St. Francis’ Nicole Poch as Eagles defender Mehr Singh follows the play. Poch earned an assist in the game.

Los Altos High field hockey coach Mary Donahue found plenty of positives in her team’s loss to St. Francis Thursday.

“We did lose 3-0,” she said, “but held St. Francis out of the goal for a good 20 minutes in the first half and played a pretty wide-open, back-and-forth game for much of the game.”


Los Altos hires Nichols to coach girls soccer team

When Stephen Nichols began college as an environmental engineer major, he envisioned himself one day working in the green field – not on one. But a decade later, Nichols said he is right where he wants to be – coaching soccer.

Nichols over the summer was hired as coach of the varsity girls soccer team at Los Altos High. It’s his first job as a high school varsity head coach.


Los Altos and Mtn. View win road football games; St. Francis falls to Palma

Making amends for its mistake-ridden loss to open the season, Los Altos High shut out Marina Friday night. The Eagles played turnover-free football in the 20-0 road win.

“Our offense played a lot better this week, limiting mistakes and turnovers,” said coach Trevor Pruitt, whose team lost 33-13 at Soquel a week earlier. “Sean (Lanoza) had another great game, and we were able to control the clock and the game with our offensive line.”


Sports on the Side

Tee off for soccer

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club’s inaugural MVLA Golf Classic is scheduled Nov. 3 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive. The event includes a round of golf, dinner prepared by Chef Gary Roth and an awards presentation with silent auction and raffle. Net proceeds benefit MVLA’s financial-aid program. The schedule of events: registration at 10:30 a.m., shotgun start at noon and awards dinner at 5 p.m. Cost is $275. To register and for more information, call 823-6065 or visit and click “Supporting MVLA,” then “MVLA Golf Classic.”

Vote for All-Century

The California Interscholastic Federation, which governs the state’s high school sports, recently announced that voting for the CIF Fall All-Century Team has begun. “The CIF is excited to be celebrating 100 years of education-based athletics in California,” said CIF Executive Director Roger L. Blake. “We encourage everyone to please join us in the celebration of high school sports and participate in selecting and honoring our CIF All-Century Teams throughout the school year.” 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. Fall honorees will be revealed in November and acknowledged at their respective sport’s CIF state/regional championships. To vote, visit and click “100th anniversary.”


Spartans shine in opener

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Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of the way to win Friday’s season-opening game 31-10.

Mountain View defensive ends Matt McCarthy and Frank Kapp paced the Spartans’ defense by combining for six of the team’s seven sacks in the game. McCarthy sacked Dons quarterback Robert Collins four times – including on consecutive snaps halfway through the fourth quarter. Kapp posted a sack in each half.


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