LA girls water polo team awarded for good grades

For its outstanding work in the classroom, the Los Altos High girls water polo team has earned a 2014 Fall Season Scholastic Championship Team Award from the Central Coast Section.

Each season, the CCS honors the varsity team in every sport with the highest collective grade-point average.


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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 on “100th anniversary.”

Water polo sign-ups

NorCal Aquatics, a Los Altos-based youth water polo club, invites players to register for the winter session. Los Altos High varsity coaches Seth Tasman and Katie Buzzetta run the club, which has programs for ages 8 through high school seniors. For more information, visit


Pinewood poised for another title run

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Pinewood’s girls basketball team is receiving contributions from several new players, including freshman Stella Kailahi, above.

Complacency shouldn’t be a problem for the defending Division V state champion Pinewood School girls basketball team. Coach Doc Scheppler has raised the rim for his Panthers, at least metaphorically.

“Doc has really high goals for us – he wants us to go to the Open Division state – and I think we have a chance,” senior point guard Marissa Hing said of the playoff division comprising the state’s top teams, regardless of school size. “It’s good to have a challenge, but Division V would be a challenge, too.”


Grown-up Eagles hope to move up the ranks in SCVAL De Anza Division

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Los Altos High’s Matt Schonher heads the ball Friday against Andrew Hill.

Lacking experience and size a year ago, the Los Altos High boys soccer team has grown into a unit that can make a run at the playoffs this season, according to coach Vava Marques.

“We had a good team last year – it’s just that we were technical but not physical,” Marques said of a squad that finished fifth in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 7-10-2 overall. “This year we’re bigger and stronger – we have a lot of seniors.”


With fast finish, Jacob takes sixth at national meet

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Los Altos junior Lauren Jacob competes in the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she finished sixth.

As other runners tired during the last mile of the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, Lauren Jacob showed she had plenty left.

The Los Altos High junior surged toward the front of the pack to place sixth in the girls 15-16 age division Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.


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SF’s Thane commits

St. Francis High baseball player Conor Thane last month signed a National Letter of Intent to attend St. Mary’s College. Thane, a senior, plays shortstop for the Lancers.

Trees for sports

The MVHS Spartans Tree Lot is open for business at the Olive Tree Shopping Center, 2290 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View. Staffed by Mountain View High students and parents, the lot offers Noble, Douglas and Nordman firs, along with wreaths, tree stands and decorative reindeer. Proceeds benefit Mountain View High’s athletic and performing arts departments. The lot is open 5-8:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit or call 793-6546.


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