MV Marauders go from worst to first in football

Courtesy of Mark Adams
The Mountain View Midgets Pop Warner Football team has made the playoffs. Front row, from left: Robbie Blanch, Ari Guzman, Andrew Cervantes, Edgar Hernandez, Albert Sotelo, Juan Marin Melo and Andrew Hiebert. Second row: Mohamad Fofaneh, Matthew Adams, Ben Sprouse, Andrew Esquivel, Kevin Sanchez, Alphonzo Barmore and Josue Ibarra. Third row: Nick Robinson, Matt Larson, Jose Marin Melo, Nick Juran, Cody Jones and Ali Galal. Fourth row: Andrew Smith (assistant Coach), Miguel Tepe Bolanos, Kyle Raiff, Chris Gile and Dave Hiebert (assistant coach). Back row: Ed Landphere (assistant coach), Mark Adams (head coach), Todd Gile (assistant coach).

What a turnaround season for the Mountain View Marauders Pop Warner Midget football team.

The squad – comprising seventh- and eighth-grade boys from Los Altos and Mountain View – has qualified for the playoffs after posting a 1-15 record over the past two seasons.


Sports on the Side

Blach seeks coaches

Blach Intermediate School seeks adult soccer coaches for its seventh- and eighth-grade boys teams. The season runs Dec. 8 through Feb. 5. Candidates for these paid positions must be available 3-5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays for practices and games. If interested, contact athletic director Steve Kane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 934-3851.

Rugby camp at MV

Spartans Sports Camp’s inaugural Touch Rugby Mini-Camp is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday at Mountain View High. The camp is open to boys and girls in grades 3-8. Coaches from the American Youth Rugby Association will be on hand to mentor players of all abilities. Cost is $80. To register and for more information, call 479-5906 or visit


Happy homecoming for Eagles : Los Altos rallies late to defeat Cupertino

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Los Altos High’s Patrick Vargas celebrates after sprinting 14 yards into the end zone to score the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of last weekend’s game against Cupertino.

Saturday’s Los Altos High football game drew a larger-than-usual crowd due to the halftime festivities for homecoming. But the Eagles did just about all they could to steal the show, beating Cupertino 44-37 in a thrill-filled contest that came down to the very end.

No lead seemed safe Saturday – Los Altos overcame a 24-7 deficit and the Pioneers rallied from a 36-24 hole – not even when the Eagles scored the go-ahead touchdown on Patrick Vargas’ 14-yard scamper with 1:02 remaining.


Lancers looking like team to beat in golf playoffs

Phil Marrone makes it sound like coaching the undefeated St. Francis High girls golf team is easier than sinking a 1-foot putt.

“I just point them to the first tee and stay the heck out of the way,” he said with a chuckle.


Eagles close in on volleyball crown; MV routs rival LA in boys water polo

Town Crier file photo
Lulu Kishton, center, recorded 13 kills in Los Altos’ five-set win over Homestead.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team is on the verge of winning its first league title in eight years.

After beating Monta Vista and Homestead last week to improve to 9-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, the Eagles needed to defeat Los Gatos (6-2) Tuesday – after the Town Crier’s press deadline – or win their final two matches to claim the crown. Los Altos (24-3 overall) is scheduled to host rival Mountain View 6:45 p.m. Thursday and visit Gunn Nov. 4; both teams are 3-5 in league.


Owls off to strong start in volleyball

In her 11 years as women’s volleyball coach at Foothill College, Katy Ripp has never had a team get off to a better start than this season’s squad.

The Owls are 14-4 – which includes a 4-0 mark in the Coast Conference South Division – and rank 13th in the state.


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