Happy homecoming for Eagles : Los Altos rallies late to defeat Cupertino

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Los Altos High’s Patrick Vargas celebrates after sprinting 14 yards into the end zone to score the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of last weekend’s game against Cupertino.

Saturday’s Los Altos High football game drew a larger-than-usual crowd due to the halftime festivities for homecoming. But the Eagles did just about all they could to steal the show, beating Cupertino 44-37 in a thrill-filled contest that came down to the very end.

No lead seemed safe Saturday – Los Altos overcame a 24-7 deficit and the Pioneers rallied from a 36-24 hole – not even when the Eagles scored the go-ahead touchdown on Patrick Vargas’ 14-yard scamper with 1:02 remaining.


Lancers looking like team to beat in golf playoffs

Phil Marrone makes it sound like coaching the undefeated St. Francis High girls golf team is easier than sinking a 1-foot putt.

“I just point them to the first tee and stay the heck out of the way,” he said with a chuckle.


Eagles close in on volleyball crown; MV routs rival LA in boys water polo

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Lulu Kishton, center, recorded 13 kills in Los Altos’ five-set win over Homestead.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team is on the verge of winning its first league title in eight years.

After beating Monta Vista and Homestead last week to improve to 9-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, the Eagles needed to defeat Los Gatos (6-2) Tuesday – after the Town Crier’s press deadline – or win their final two matches to claim the crown. Los Altos (24-3 overall) is scheduled to host rival Mountain View 6:45 p.m. Thursday and visit Gunn Nov. 4; both teams are 3-5 in league.


Owls off to strong start in volleyball

In her 11 years as women’s volleyball coach at Foothill College, Katy Ripp has never had a team get off to a better start than this season’s squad.

The Owls are 14-4 – which includes a 4-0 mark in the Coast Conference South Division – and rank 13th in the state.


Sports on the Side

MV sports info night

Mountain View High’s Winter Sports Parent Information Night is slated 6:30 p.m. today in the school’s Spartan Theater. The presentation will include a general overview of the winter sports (basketball and soccer), an introduction of coaches, an opportunity to turn in athletic enrollment forms, information on participation cost, a question-and-answer period and a breakout session with each team. For more information, email athletic director Shelley Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Pumpkins for sports

The Los Altos High School Athletic Boosters Pumpkin Patch is scheduled to run through Friday in the far left corner of the student parking lot, 201 Almond Ave. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. Proceeds support all Los Altos High sports.


Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

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St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when Mountain View High visited St. Francis; it was a non-league game between two boys water polo teams headed for the playoffs regardless of the result.

Yet that didn’t stop the Lancers from playing like there was a championship at stake. They swamped the Spartans 9-3 with a balanced offense and dominant defense.


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