Lancers limp into playoffs

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St. Francis High guard Daisha Abdelkader gets fouled driving to the basket Friday night.

Friday’s league finale provided the St. Francis High girls basketball team one last chance to seize some momentum before the playoffs. Instead, the Lancers turned in another lackluster effort, falling 66-35 at home to Sacred Heart Cathedral.

St. Francis – routed 73-35 at St. Ignatius earlier in the week – has dropped four games in a row and nine of its last 10. Not the way the Lancers wanted to enter this week’s Central Coast Section playoffs.


MV, SF girls land top seeds in CCS soccer playoffs; SF boys, Pinewood girls make Open Div. for hoops

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Los Altos High senior post player Patrick McColl, center, scored 14 points versus Wilcox.

The Mountain View High girls soccer team has landed the top seed in the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs, but coach Ivan Bandov knows it doesn’t guarantee the Spartans anything but a first-round bye.

“At this point, the No. 1 seed really means nothing. It’s all about our performance and who we’re playing, regardless of a number,” he said. “We like our draw and hopefully can make a deep run through the playoffs.”


Transfer student ruled ineligible for school year; family frustrated

The decision the Cortinas family dreaded, though somewhat expected, came down last week. Sophomore Alyssa Cortinas won’t be allowed to compete in afterschool sports at Los Altos High until August.

The California Interscholastic Federation Feb. 17 denied the Cortinases’ appeal of a Central Coast Section ruling that Alyssa’s transfer from Pinewood School was athletically motivated, making her ineligible to play basketball and softball this year.


Foothill women make regionals

The Foothill College women’s basketball team heads into the regional playoffs on a serious roll.

The Owls capped an undefeated Coast Conference South Division season (10-0) with an 81-67 thrashing of visiting Mission Friday night.


Sports on the Side

Green run

On Your Mark’s fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K run/walk is scheduled 9 a.m. March 15, starting and finishing at the running store at 378 Main St., Los Altos. To register, visit

All-Century voting

The California Interscholastic Federation, which governs the state’s high school sports, recently announced that voting for the CIF Winter All-Century Team has begun. 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. The list of nominees includes wrestler Bernie Olmos, a 1967 graduate of Mountain View High. Winter honorees will be revealed in March and acknowledged at their respective sport’s CIF state/regional championships. To vote, visit and click “100th anniversary.”


Spartans complete sweep

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Los Altos High’s Meg Enthoven looks to shoot amid Mountain View High defenders Jayme Hughes, left, and Elyse Fitzsimons.

Last week’s girls basketball game between Los Altos and Mountain View highs served as a sign of hope for one team and a warning sign for the other.

Although the playoff-bound Spartans prevailed 41-27 to complete the season sweep of their rival, coach Judy Auclair cautioned that a similar effort in the postseason could result in an early exit.


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