Spartans win rousing rivalry game

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With Los Altos High’s Nolan Brennan defending, Mountain View High’s Ryan Hammell races toward the basket with the ball.

Saturday’s rivalry game between Mountain View and Los Altos didn’t count in the league standings – the boys basketball teams play in different divisions – but the result may prove to have a positive impact on where the Spartans finish.

“We needed a game like this, and I think the rivalry got us going,” Mountain View senior co-captain Ryan Hammell said after his team’s 58-44 road win. “We haven’t been shooting too well in league games, but tonight was a different story. Hopefully we carry this confidence into our league games and get back up in the rankings.”


Pinewood girls thump Gators

Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Pinewood sophomore Brianna Claros scored 19 points Friday.

This season’s Pinewood School girls basketball team faintly resembles last year’s edition, yet the expectations haven’t changed. The young Panthers are still chasing championships.

And not just a league title – that’s only the start. Pinewood is eying a berth in the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs, comprising only the top eight teams in CCS.


LA boys soccer team on path to playoffs

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Senior Matt Carroll is among the leaders on the Los Altos boys soccer team, off to a 10-1-2 start.

The Los Altos High boys soccer team is off to its best start in more than a decade, and it’s all about chemistry. These Eagles are united.

“The team works really well together,” senior midfielder Matt Carroll said in explaining Los Altos’ 10-1-2 record. “The chemistry has improved a lot.”


Sports on the Side

St. Simon tournament tips off Thursday

St. Simon Parish School’s 12th annual Father Murray Basketball Tournament is scheduled Thursday through Sunday in the school gym at 1840 Grant Road, Los Altos. The tourney features eighth-grade boys and girls teams from the area and beyond. The first game is set for 4 p.m. Thursday; Sunday’s girls and boys championship games are set for 3:15 and 5 p.m., respectively. Single-day tickets are $4-$6, free for children under 5. Proceeds benefit the St. Simon athletic program. For more information, visit

CIF Scholar-Athlete award deadline nears

The deadline to apply for the California Interscholastic Federation Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award is Feb. 10. The program honors 22 high school student-athletes for excellence in athletics, academics and character. One male and one female statewide winner will each receive $5,000 as well as a visit to the State Capitol in Sacramento where they will be honored in front of the legislature. Additionally, two winners (one male and one female) from each of the 10 CIF Sections will receive $2,000 each. To apply and for more information, visit


Eagles' growing pains on full display

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Nolan Brennan drives through a swarm of Fremont defenders in last week’s game.

As the Los Altos High boys are learning – the hard way – the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division is not kind to inexperienced basketball teams.

There’s little margin for miscues in the daunting De Anza – none of the seven teams entered league play with a losing record – and the young Eagles made plenty of them in last week’s 44-26 home loss to Fremont.


Senior-laden St. Francis soccer team shoots for Central Coast Section title

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Georgia Kingman, in practice last week, is St. Francis High’s leading scorer. The senior has seven goals and four assists.

The St. Francis High girls soccer team can’t help but feel a sense of urgency to win a Central Coast Section championship this season. It’s now or never for the 12 seniors on the squad.

“We have a big senior class, and a lot of them have been with (varsity) since they were freshmen or sophomores,” coach Dawn Hill said. “They’re hungry for us to get that CCS title.”


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