Eagles, Spartans advance

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Los Altos High’s Lizzy Beutter registered three hits in last week’s playoff win over Watsonville. She was also the winning pitcher.

Led by Lizzy Beutter, host Los Altos High whipped Watsonville 9-0 in the opening round of the Central Coast Division I softball playoffs.

The junior pitched a complete game May 20, yielding just two hits and striking out nine batters. Beutter also notched three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs.


Pinewood tabs Dean as boys basketball coach

The Pinewood School boys basketball program has enjoyed quite a bit of success in recent years, but new coach Ola Dean is shooting for more.

“Pinewood basketball is going to make some noise,” said Dean, hired May 11 to replace Mani Messy.


Lancers sweep Matadors to win volleyball crown

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Jeremy Ydens – one of St. Francis High’s top hitters – starred on the mound in last week’s playoff win over Leland. The junior pitched a complete game and struck out nine batters.

After being nothing more than witnesses to St. Francis High’s last title run, the seniors on this year’s top-seeded team made significant contributions to the Central Coast Section championship the Lancers won last week.

The senior-laden squad swept No. 3 Monta Vista in the CCS Division I boys volleyball final at Independence High in San Jose.


With family's support, Miller runs Boston Marathon for the first time

Courtesy of Lisa Miller
Los Altos native Lisa Miller last month ran the Boston Marathon for the first time. She completed the race in 4:09.6.

Lisa Miller was the only member of her family to run in last month’s Boston Marathon, but she wouldn’t have been there without them.

“My family has been such a huge support of my running,” said Miller, who grew up in Los Altos and now lives just across the border in Sunnyvale.


Sports on the Side

State meet on track for June 5-6 in Clovis

The California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships are scheduled June 5 and 6 at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the campus of Buchanan High School in Clovis. Preliminaries are slated Friday, with field events set to begin at 2 p.m. and track events at 5 p.m. Saturday’s finals are slated to start at 4:30 p.m. for field events and 6 p.m. for track events. Tickets are $7-$10 Friday and $8-$12 Saturday; parking is $5 per day. For more information, visit

Deadline approaches for PCA scholarships

The Mountain View-based Positive Coaching Alliance is offering at least 62 scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000, to high school juniors nationwide. The deadline to apply for PCA’s Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program is Sunday. The program, open to high school and club athletes, requires writing an essay and submitting testimonials from a school administrator and coach. To apply and for more information, visit


Semi sweep

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St. Francis High’s Steve Dinneen, rising up for the kill, posted 15 kills in Saturday’s CCS semifinal sweep of rival Bellarmine.

There was no letup in the Lancers. Although the St. Francis High boys volleyball team had swept Bellarmine three times this season, the top-seeded Lancers didn’t look beyond the Bells when they met in Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division I semifinals.

St. Francis beat Bellarmine 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 at Independence High, advancing to the final for the second consecutive year.


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