Spartans reach new depth

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Junior Ysa Baluyot, left, tops the Mountain View High girls soccer team with eight goals this season.

Those who figured a few injuries would make the Mountain View High girls soccer team vulnerable might want to rethink that assumption. The Spartans are off to an 8-2 start without two key players.

“This is the deepest team we’ve had,” said third-year coach Ivan Bandov, whose squad sits atop the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.


Slowed but not stopped, St. Francis boys defeat VC for ninth-consecutive victory

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St. Francis High’s Giuseppe Benedetti puts up a shot in last week’s home game.

Valley Christian’s game of keep-away wasn’t good enough to keep the St. Francis High boys basketball team from picking up its ninth-straight win. The Lancers overcame the Warriors’ milk-the-clock strategy to prevail 45-34 Jan. 14 at home.

Valley Christian, lacking St. Francis’ size and skill, slowed the pace in an effort to keep the score down – and it worked for a while. The teams were tied at 7 after a bumpy first quarter and the Lancers didn’t create clear separation until early in the fourth.


Local Johnson makes debut with NBA's Heat

The timing of Tyler Johnson’s NBA debut couldn’t have worked out much better for family and friends who wanted to witness it. The St. Francis High graduate’s first game with the Miami Heat came last week in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors.

With those close to him in the stands – while other supporters watched on local TV – Johnson entered the Jan. 14 game with 1:44 remaining and played until the final buzzer.


MV girls whip Wilcox in basketball; LA boys win soccer match

The Mountain View High girls basketball team flexed its defensive muscle last week against Wilcox.

The Spartans zapped the Chargers 42-16, holding the visitors to just two points in the first quarter.


Hoops tourney tips off Thursday at St. Simon

St. Simon School’s 11th annual Father Murray Memorial Basketball Tournament is scheduled Thursday through Sunday in Los Altos.

Eight boys teams and eight girls teams will compete in the eighth-grade tourney, held in the school gym at 1840 Grant Road. Participants include St. Simon, St. Nicholas (Los Altos Hills), St. Raymond (Menlo Park), Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton), Jordan (Palo Alto), Hillview (Menlo Park), St. Apollinaris (Napa), Corte Madera (Portola Valley) and Menlo School (Atherton).


Sports on the Side

New distance coach

Paul Lawryk is the new distance coach for the Los Altos High track and field team. A USA Track and Field Association Level 1 certified coach, Lawryk has experience as a cross-country coach as well. He is a former high school track and field athlete and current USATF Masters runner.

Spring sports night

Mountain View High’s Spring Sports Parent Information Night is slated 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s Spartan Theatre. The presentation will include a general overview of the spring sports, an introduction of coaches, an opportunity to turn in athletic enrollment forms, information on participation cost, a question-and-answer period and a breakout session with each team. For more information, email athletic director Shelley Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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