Eagles rolling in volleyball

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team looks more than ready for the playoffs. The Eagles haven’t suffered a loss in more than a month, dropping only two sets during their 16-match winning streak.

“The team is doing well,” said coach Peter Kim, whose squad is 7-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 22-3 overall. “We are continuing to work hard and improving every day.”


Coach keeps hope alive

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Los Altos High freshman Nadia Ghaffari is undefeated this season.

With an under .500 overall record and a middle-of-the-pack standing in league, the Los Altos High girls tennis team is in a precarious position as far as making the Central Coast Section playoffs.

Eagles coach Hung Nguyen isn’t ready to concede, however.


Locals take to their feet to defeat cancer

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The inaugural Los Altos Community Pink Ribbon 5K Run/Walk drew 143 participants and raised more than $4,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Los Altos Community Pink Ribbon 5K Run/Walk raised more than $4,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, according to organizers Linda Folkman and Lori MacDonald.

Held the morning of Oct. 5, the inaugural event drew 143 participants.


Sports on the Side

MVLA soccer tourney

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club has partnered with Juventus Sport Club of Redwood City for this weekend’s Bay Area Fall Cup, featuring more than 200 boys teams. MVLA is scheduled to host 11-versus-11 games on fields in Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale; Juventus is slated to host eight-on-eight matches for younger players. MVLA hopes to open the tourney to boys and girls teams next year, if organizers can secure enough quality fields, according to Kim Cesena, MVLA tournament director and board member. Proceeds will go toward financial aid for both soccer clubs. For more information, visit

Pumpkins for sports

The Los Altos High School Athletic Boosters Pumpkin Patch is scheduled to run through Oct. 31 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.


Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

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Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildcat offense the week before to clip Cupertino, the Mountain View High football team wasn’t going to surprise Los Altos with it Friday night at Foothill College.

But timing was everything, as the Spartans wisely waited until the third quarter to spring the formation – featuring direct snaps to running back Austin Johnson – on the rival Eagles. The strategy enabled Mountain View to turn a 7-0 halftime deficit into a 34-14 homecoming victory.


Pinewood lacks seniors – not talent

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Junior outside hitter Mehra den Braven leads Pinewood in kills this season.

With reigning league MVP Mehra den Braven among his five returning players, Pinewood School volleyball coach Michael Shorts couldn’t help but be excited about this season. After a closer look at the roster, though, no one would blame him for being a bit nervous as well.

“Going into the season, I knew that the team had a lot of talent and potential,” he said. “However, it is also a very young team. We have no seniors and five freshmen on the squad.”


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