Victory over Redwood propels Eagles into NorCal final for 2nd straight year

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Los Altos High’s Megan Wilhelm recorded eight kills in Saturday’s NorCal semifinal.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team couldn’t help but have Mitty on the mind during Saturday’s Northern California Division II semifinal match. The top-seeded Monarchs were almost certainly looming, but the Eagles first had to beat Redwood to get another crack at them.

Second-seeded Los Altos did just that – in four games – to earn a rematch with Mitty in Tuesday’s NorCal final, played after the Town Crier’s deadline. The Monarchs (35-3) swept the Eagles (34-6) in the Central Coast Section final two weeks ago and in last year’s regional championship match as well.


CCS roundup: SF girls take 10th at state meet, LA's Jacob places 26th

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St. Francis High’s Cate Liston, above, teamed with Christine McCarthy to win the CCS doubles title last week.

Paced by Emily Skahill from start to finish – with teammate Melissa Seaman not far behind – the St. Francis High girls placed 10th in Division II at Saturday’s state cross-country championships in Fresno.

It’s the Lancers best showing at the meet since 2001, according to coach Roberta Chisam, and their second-fastest time at Woodward Park.


Eagles ink college commitments

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Los Altos High seniors Kaitlyn Schiffhauer, from left, Carmen Annevelink and Patrick McColl signed their NCAA National Letters of Intent last month.

Los Altos High seniors Kaitlyn Schiffhauer, Carmen Annevelink and Patrick McColl signed their NCAA National Letters of Intent Nov. 12 at a morning ceremony held on campus.

Schiffhauer and McColl have committed to Harvard University to play softball and baseball, respectively, while Annevelink has accepted a volleyball scholarship from UC Berkeley. Their families, friends and coaches attended the event.

Eagles ink college commitments


Sports on the Side

Run for ‘Hope’

The Jingle 5k Run/Walk is scheduled 9 a.m. Dec. 14, starting at On Your Mark, 378 Main St., Los Altos. Proceeds benefit Hope’s Corner, which provides support to and feeds those in need in the community. Registration is $15 per person and $50 for a family of four or more, along with an unwrapped gift for a child/teen. To register, visit and type “jingle run” in the search field.

Chance to make Mavs

Los Altos-Mountain View PONY Baseball has scheduled tryouts for the Mavericks, its 12-and-under club team, 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Covington School in Los Altos. The Mavericks plan to compete in Cooperstown, N.Y., in June. Preregistration is required at


All is not lost for Eagles

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Los Altos High’s Lulu Kishton bumps the ball in Saturday’s CCS final as teammate Megan Wilhelm watches intently.

Even on their best day, few girls volleyball teams in the country can beat Mitty. Los Altos didn’t have one of those days when it faced the nationally ranked Monarchs in the Central Coast Section Division II final.

In a rematch of last year’s title match, top-seeded Mitty swept the No. 2 Eagles 26-24, 25-20, 25-19 Saturday at Independence.


St. Francis boys and girls rule the pool, top Titans in CCS DI water polo finals

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St. Francis High junior Andrew Goodenough scored four goals to lead the Lancers in Saturday’s CCS Division I final win over Gunn at Independence.

St. Francis High’s boys and girls water polo coaches were all wet after their respective Central Coast Section Division I championship games against Gunn – and that was just fine with them.

Boys coach Terry O’Donnell and girls coach Brendon Reutebuch each took the traditional celebratory plunge into the pool after leading their teams to titles Saturday at Independence High.


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