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.”


Local teams hold court, rank among best in section

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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.


Sports on the Side

Sports patch opens

The Los Altos High Pumpkin Patch, which benefits the school’s athletic teams, is scheduled to open Friday and 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, except this Saturday (4 p.m. closing time).

Run to fight cancer

The Los Altos Community Pink Ribbon 5K Run/Walk is scheduled 9 a.m. Oct. 25, starting and finishing at On Your Mark, the running shoe/apparel shop located at 378 Main St. The course includes streets and pathways in Los Altos Hills. The second-year event raises money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Entry fee is $15, free for ages 5 and under and $60 for families of up to six people. Registration is set to begin at 8:15 a.m. Refreshments and a raffle follow the run. To register and for more information, visit and type “Pink Ribbon Run” in the search field. Dance for athletics


Los Altos limps into league play

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Los Altos High running back Patrick Vargas eludes a pair of Hayward defenders in Friday’s game. The senior rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown in the loss. He also caught two passes for 22 yards.

The Los Altos High football team braced for what was coming, though that didn’t make the last two games any easier. The Eagles, who filled their non-league schedule with tougher teams this year, last week suffered another drubbing.

“Our preseason was going to be tough, and we knew it,” running back Patrick Vargas said after Friday’s 55-22 home loss to Hayward, which followed a 51-6 setback to Half Moon Bay the week before. “We’ll take our losses, learn from our mistakes and go on to next week and get ready for our league season.”


Los Altos jumps on Mtn. View early, prevails 8-4 in boys water polo game

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Los Altos High’s Jim Hollingworth looks to pass the ball as Mountain View High’s Jack Kenyon defends him Thursday.

After a pair of lopsided losses to its rival last season, the Los Altos High boys water polo team got partial payback Thursday with a decisive 8-4 home victory over Mountain View.

“They kind of embarrassed us both times we played them last year,” Los Altos coach Seth Tasman said. “They’re our crosstown rival, and we’ve kind of been getting pumped up for this game all year long.”


Spartans sweep Eagles in league volleyball match

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St. Francis High senior Jenna Adams recorded 12 kills in the win at Notre Dame-Salinas.

Mountain View High’s sweep of Los Altos Thursday night was “a great milestone” for the girls volleyball team, according to Spartans coach Dave Winn.

It marked Mountain View’s first win over the rival Eagles in more than three years.


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