Spartans top Lancers in NorCal final

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Mountain View High’s Alec Flowers racked up 16 kills in the NorCal title match.

By following league and section titles with a regional championship Saturday night, the Mountain View High boys volleyball team lived up to this year’s motto: “Focus to finish.”

Coach M. Anthony Chen, who goes by MAC, said the Spartans devised the rallying cry after failing to close out their foes in the Central Coast Section final and Northern California semifinals last season.


One tough day in May for local softball, baseball teams

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Los Altos High softball player Angelica Minor belted a triple in the CCS quarterfinals.

A day that began with so much hope ended in disappointment for the local softball and baseball teams that made it to the Central Coast Section playoffs.

The Los Altos and Mountain View softball squads and Los Altos and St. Francis baseball teams were eliminated in the quarterfinals May 24.


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MV JV softball shines

Mountain View High’s junior-varsity softball team last month capped a stellar season. The Spartans won the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division with an 11-1 record and went 15-4-1 overall. Pitchers Jennifer Bryant (6-0 league) and Mackenzie Carlson (5-1) were named the division’s Co-Defensive Players of the Year.

Pop Warner nears

In-person registration for Mountain View/Los Altos Pop Warner youth football and cheer (ages 8-14) is scheduled 6-7:30 p.m. June 11 and 23 at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave. To register online, visit For more information, call Marty Kosofsky at (408) 736-7801.


Los Altos cruises to 7-2 win over Lincoln

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Los Altos High’s Marialena Ahern slides safely into third base in her team’s win over Lincoln. She totaled two hits and two RBIs.

Pitcher Lizzy Beutter wasn’t completely satisfied with her performance in last week’s opening round of the Central Coast Section Division I softball playoffs, yet it was good enough to lead Los Altos High to a 7-2 win over Lincoln.

“I did not pitch up to my expectations, but – as always – my defense was there for me,” said the sophomore, who surrendered one earned run and two hits in a complete-game effort. “We scored early, which allowed me to do the best I could and leave the rest up to them.”


Mtn. View slips past Salinas 5-4 in nine

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Teammates greet Nicole Nakahama, left, after she tripled in the winning run for Mountain View in last week’s playoff victory.

The Mountain View High softball team has come a long way since March, building confidence that coach Dave Campbell said proved crucial in last week’s win over Salinas to open the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs.

Undeterred after allowing the Cowboys to score three runs in the seventh to force extra innings, the host Spartans clipped the Cowboys 5-4 on Nicole Nakahama’s walk-off triple in the ninth.


Mtn. View rallies to beat St. Francis, claims first CCS boys volleyball title

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Mountain View’s Colton Stearns had nine kills and three blocks in the CCS final.

UPDATE: Mountain View swept visiting Del Oro Thursday night to advance to the NorCal final, slated 7:30 p.m. Saturday (May 31) at Dublin High. The top-seeded Spartans (33-3) will rematch No. 3 St. Francis (29-6), which knocked off host Deer Valley in straight sets Thursday. “We’re looking forward to Saturday,” Mountain View middle blocker Alec Flowers said. “It would be icing on the cake (to claim the NorCal title) after winning CCS.” Jake Stuebner paced the Spartans with 14 kills in the 25-19, 27-25, 25-23 semifinal victory over Del Oro (19-14) of Loomis. Mountain View overcame late deficits in the second and third sets – of five and four points, respectively – to top the Golden Eagles (19-14).

The Spartans were on the brink, but they didn’t blink. Rallying from a two-games-to-one deficit, the Mountain View High boys volleyball team edged top-seeded St. Francis last week to claim the Central Coast Section Division I crown.

Second-seeded Mountain View prevailed 25-19, 21-25, 22-25, 27-25, 19-17 at San Jose’s Independence High, where the Spartans fell to Mitty in last year’s title match.


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