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Descalso to Rockies

St. Francis High graduate Daniel Descalso recently signed with the Colorado Rockies after spending five Major League Baseball seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. The infielder inked a two-year deal.

Cycle for a cause

Cycle for Survival, the national movement to beat rare cancers, is slated to return to the area Sunday for its annual indoor team cycling event at Equinox Fitness, 440 Portage Ave., Palo Alto. Equinox instructors will lead participants in rides 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All money raised will go toward rare-cancer research and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. To register and for more information, visit cycleforsurvival.org.


Sick Spartans stymie Saratoga

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Mountain View High senior Jayme Hughes drives for a layin in Friday night’s home win over Saratoga.

Battling the Falcons and the flu, the Mountain View High girls basketball team found a way to beat the former Friday night to remain in contention for the league title.

With four of their five starters playing sick, the steadfast Spartans outlasted Saratoga 34-24 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division game that was far from pretty.


MV girls face Paly in key soccer game; Pinewood edges Eastside in girls hoops

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Mountain View High forward Ysa Baluyot scored three goals last week.

The Mountain View High girls soccer team won both its games last week, setting up a showdown with Palo Alto this week for sole possession of first place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.

The Spartans (8-1 league, 13-2 overall) were scheduled to host the Vikings (8-1, 14-1) Tuesday, after the Town Crier’s deadline.


Los Altos coach expects to send multiple wrestlers to section tourney

The regular season comes to a close this week for the Los Altos High wrestling team, but coach Randy Jimenez expects the campaign to continue for several of his athletes.

“I hope to send five wrestlers to CCS,” Jimenez said of the Central Coast Section championships, scheduled Feb. 27 and 28 at San Jose’s Independence High. “I think it’s possible.”


Mtn. View's Positive Coaching Alliance creates site to assist youth & high school athletes

Positive Coaching Alliance, a national nonprofit based in Mountain View, recently unveiled a website to assist those involved in youth and high school sports.

The Development Zone (PCADevZone.org) aims to answer questions from athletes – along with their parents, coaches and the administrators who serve them – about maximizing the youth and high school sports experience. The information is free.


Sports on the Side

Johnson heats up

Three days after signing his second 10-day contract with the Miami Heat, St. Francis High graduate Tyler Johnson enjoyed his best game as an NBA player. The guard totaled 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and two steals in the Heat’s 83-75 win at Boston Feb. 1.

Winter break camps

Spartans Sports Camps’ winter break basketball and tennis camps are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Feb. 20 at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. The basketball camp, open to boys and girls in grades 3-8, will focus on shooting, ball-handling and defensive skills. The tennis camp, for beginner and intermediate players in grades 5-8, will emphasis volleys, ground strokes and service skills. Registration for either camp costs $195. To register, visit SpartansSportsCamp.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 479-5906.


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