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The race is on

The 20th annual Trailblazer Race is scheduled 8:30 a.m. Sunday on the Stevens Creek Trail and at Shoreline Park in Mountain View. The race will start and finish on the Microsoft campus at 1065 La Avenida. There will be 10K and 5K runs, along with a 3-mile trail walk. All courses are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Participation fees range from $10 to $30 (includes T-shirt and refreshments); children’s races are free (no T-shirt). Proceeds benefit race organizer Friends of Stevens Creek Trail, a non-profit group dedicated to enhancing the trail. Race-day registration starts at 7:30 a.m. To register in advance, visit stevenscreektrail.org.

Montclaire hosts run

Montclaire Elementary School’s Fifth Annual 5K Run/Walk is slated 8:30 a.m. Sunday, starting on the campus at 1160 St. Joseph Ave., Los Altos. The 3.1-mile course includes the surrounding Highlands neighborhood and a portion of Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. This year’s theme is “Peace and Love,” and participants are encouraged to wear groovy clothes such as capes, tutus and knee-high socks. There will also be a free 1-mile fun run for children. Cost is $35; proceeds benefit Montclaire. To register and for more information, visit montclaire5k.com.


New-look Lancers find their footing

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St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad – the Lancers have changed coaches and have new starters at almost every position. Yet that hasn’t stopped St. Francis from winning as usual.

Friday’s home sweep of previously undefeated Notre Dame-Salinas boosted the Lancers’ record to 6-2 under new head coach Mike Rubin.


Los Altos field hockey coach sees positives in loss to Lancers

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Los Altos High goalie Lauren Lunsford blocks a shot by St. Francis’ Nicole Poch as Eagles defender Mehr Singh follows the play. Poch earned an assist in the game.

Los Altos High field hockey coach Mary Donahue found plenty of positives in her team’s loss to St. Francis Thursday.

“We did lose 3-0,” she said, “but held St. Francis out of the goal for a good 20 minutes in the first half and played a pretty wide-open, back-and-forth game for much of the game.”


Los Altos hires Nichols to coach girls soccer team

When Stephen Nichols began college as an environmental engineer major, he envisioned himself one day working in the green field – not on one. But a decade later, Nichols said he is right where he wants to be – coaching soccer.

Nichols over the summer was hired as coach of the varsity girls soccer team at Los Altos High. It’s his first job as a high school varsity head coach.


Los Altos and Mtn. View win road football games; St. Francis falls to Palma

Making amends for its mistake-ridden loss to open the season, Los Altos High shut out Marina Friday night. The Eagles played turnover-free football in the 20-0 road win.

“Our offense played a lot better this week, limiting mistakes and turnovers,” said coach Trevor Pruitt, whose team lost 33-13 at Soquel a week earlier. “Sean (Lanoza) had another great game, and we were able to control the clock and the game with our offensive line.”


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Tee off for soccer

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club’s inaugural MVLA Golf Classic is scheduled Nov. 3 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive. The event includes a round of golf, dinner prepared by Chef Gary Roth and an awards presentation with silent auction and raffle. Net proceeds benefit MVLA’s financial-aid program. The schedule of events: registration at 10:30 a.m., shotgun start at noon and awards dinner at 5 p.m. Cost is $275. To register and for more information, call 823-6065 or visit mvlasc.org and click “Supporting MVLA,” then “MVLA Golf Classic.”

Vote for All-Century

The California Interscholastic Federation, which governs the state’s high school sports, recently announced that voting for the CIF Fall All-Century Team has begun. “The CIF is excited to be celebrating 100 years of education-based athletics in California,” said CIF Executive Director Roger L. Blake. “We encourage everyone to please join us in the celebration of high school sports and participate in selecting and honoring our CIF All-Century Teams throughout the school year.” All-Century Team nominations were accepted online during the past school year; former student-athletes who demonstrated significant athletic contributions in CIF sports were eligible to be nominated. Fall honorees will be revealed in November and acknowledged at their respective sport’s CIF state/regional championships. To vote, visit cifstate.org and click “100th anniversary.”


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