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Eagles soar to top of league standings in girls water polo


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Los Altos High’s Kayleigh Peterson looks to shoot in last week’s game against Palo Alto. The junior scored a game-high four goals in the Eagles’ 10-4 home victory.

Undaunted by its slow start to the season, the Los Altos High girls water polo team has been cool in the pool since opening league.

Just past the midpoint, the Eagles are perched atop the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division with a 7-0 record.

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Mtn. View girls run to 2nd place at Crystal Springs

For the Mountain View High girls cross-country team, speed trumped seasoning at Saturday’s Serra Invitational. With a lineup comprising four freshmen, two sophomores and a junior, the Spartans ran fast enough to finish second.

The Mountain View girls combined for a time of 1 hour, 41 minutes and 9 seconds to place just behind Presentation (1:40.32) at Crystal Springs.

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Sports on the Side

Dig Pink Rally returns

The varsity and JV girls volleyball teams from Los Altos and Palo Alto highs have teamed up for a Dig Pink Rally and bake sale – intended to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for research and compassionate support projects – during their league matches scheduled Tuesday at Gunn High. The JV match is set for 5:30 p.m. and the varsity match 6:45 p.m. Admission is free. Fans attending the rally can show their support by wearing pink to make it a “pink out” and donate money to the cause at the match or online at side-out.org/cb/campaigns/campaign/10854. Proceeds from the bake sale will benefit the cause as well. For more information on the rally, email Carole Wunderlich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Vera Mumm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pumpkins for sports

The Los Altos High Pumpkin Patch, which benefits the school’s athletic teams, is scheduled to run through Oct. 31 in the student parking lot, 201 Almond Ave. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends.

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Spartans stymie Vikings


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Mountain View High defensive lineman Christopher Suarez picks up a fumble in Friday night’s game against Lynbrook.

Coach Shelley Smith would like to see his Mountain View High football team break the habit of playing subpar second halves, yet it’s hard to argue with the results. The Spartans are off to a 3-1 start.

One good half was more than enough to overtake undermanned Lynbrook (1-3) in last week’s Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division opener. The Spartans prevailed 32-6 Friday night at Foothill College.

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Despite rugged non-league schedule, Owls remain unbeaten in volleyball


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Foothill College outside hitter Riana Brennan tops the team in kills. The sophomore earned All-America honors last season.

There’s nothing contrived about the Foothill College women’s volleyball team’s swift start to the season. The undefeated Owls haven’t ducked anybody – they’ve faced a flock of formidable foes over their first 13 matches.

“We’ve played a tough schedule and we’ve traveled a lot,” said Katy Ripp, in her 12th year as coach at the Los Altos Hills community college. “I think that’s matured us a little faster.”

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Local teams hold court, rank among best in section


Megan V, Winslow/Town Crier
Senior Jim Hollingworth totaled seven goals in Los Altos High’s water polo games against Gunn and Monta Vista last week.

Local residents need not go far to find high-caliber volleyball – and lots of it. Los Altos, Mountain View and St. Francis highs rank among the best girls teams in the Central Coast Section.

These squads entered this second month of the season with a combined record of 42-9. The Spartans sport the best mark (16-2), with the Lancers (14-3) and Eagles (12-4) close behind.

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