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St. Francis boys and girls rule the pool, top Titans in CCS DI water polo finals


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St. Francis High junior Andrew Goodenough scored four goals to lead the Lancers in Saturday’s CCS Division I final win over Gunn at Independence.

St. Francis High’s boys and girls water polo coaches were all wet after their respective Central Coast Section Division I championship games against Gunn – and that was just fine with them.

Boys coach Terry O’Donnell and girls coach Brendon Reutebuch each took the traditional celebratory plunge into the pool after leading their teams to titles Saturday at Independence High.

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SF tennis team out to avenge CCS final loss in regionals


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Priyanka Pabari, above, and Illina Yang, below, won in singles for St. Francis High in last week’s CCS final against Menlo.

When it came down to last week’s Central Coast Section girls tennis final, seeding and a previous meeting didn’t matter.

Third-seeded St. Francis High lost 5-2 to a fifth-seeded Menlo team it beat early in the season. The Knights won the top two spots in singles and swept the doubles Nov. 18 at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.

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St. Francis girls finish fourth at state golf championships

No golf team from Northern California beat the St. Francis High girls this year – the Lancers followed an undefeated regular season by claiming section and regional titles – but three Southern California squads did at last week’s state championships.

St. Francis finished fourth at the Nov. 18 event, which featured the top three teams from each region. The Lancers shot 412 at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga, putting them behind Diamond Bar (381), Torrey Pines (401) and Rancho Bernardo (405).

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SF football team crushes Cardinals to open playoffs

St. Francis High proved that records are often deceiving in the Central Coast Section football playoffs.

The Lancers – who entered Friday’s CCS Division II opener with a 6-4 record – dismantled a 9-1 Mt. Pleasant team 55-6.

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Sports on the Side

Time for Turkey Trot

Mountain View High’s fifth annual Spartan Turkey Trot is scheduled Thursday morning on the school track. Race proceeds benefit the athletics program. The 5K run is set to begin at 8:30 a.m., the 5K walk at 8:35 a.m., the kids runs (60 and 400 yards) at 9:30 a.m. and the Spartan Mile at 10 a.m. Winners will receive home-baked pumpkin pies. Registration is $20 adults and $10 children (17 and under). Advance registration is required online at mvhsturkeytrot.shutterfly.com.

Event for Eagle alums

The inaugural Los Altos High Alumni Holiday Event, organized by those affiliated with the boys basketball program, is slated 4 p.m. Saturday at Maltby’s Restaurant in Los Altos. The event is open to all Los Altos graduates and their families; a portion of the food and drink proceeds will be donated to the boys basketball program. An alumni basketball game will precede the event, slated 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the school gym. For more information, contact basketball coach Bob McFarlane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Eagles advance


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Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and heavily favored Los Altos High Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section Division II girls volleyball playoffs.

After the Spartans’ stellar start – they led 13-8 in the first set – the playoff-polished Eagles gradually took control of the match. Second-seeded Los Altos (31-5) rallied to take the first set 25-21 and cruised to double-digit wins in the next two games to advance to today’s semifinals.

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