Unbeaten Lancers take aim at title

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St. Francis High junior Delaney Baie “DB” Pridham has a team-best 11 assists.

It’s been almost a year since the St. Francis High girls soccer team has lost a game, and coach Dawn Hill is hopeful that the Lancers’ streak of success will stretch into the Central Coast Section playoffs.

“I expect to keep playing the way we’re playing – good soccer – and see if we can get to the final and win it,” she said.


British coach connects with local players

Courtesy of Red Star Soccer Academy
Coach Leanne de Silva, back, and her Red Star under-11 girls team show off their medals and trophy after winning State Cup.

Soccer is an international sport, but British-born coach Leanne de Silva has learned there’s no universal language for communicating with her American players.

Hired last fall to coach an under-11 girls team with the local Red Star Soccer Academy, de Silva quickly realized some of her words were getting lost in translation.


Los Altos plays Mountain View to tie in girls soccer

Tying rival Los Altos High Thursday “made winning league a little harder now,” Mountain View girls soccer coach Ivan Bandov said, but his Spartans still control their own destiny.

Winning Tuesday’s finale against visiting Saratoga (played after the Town Crier’s deadline) would guarantee Mountain View the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division championship. If that doesn’t happen, the Spartans (9-1-1 league) could still claim the crown outright if Palo Alto (9-2) falls to last-place Los Gatos that day.


Sports on the Side

Descalso to Rockies

St. Francis High graduate Daniel Descalso recently signed with the Colorado Rockies after spending five Major League Baseball seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. The infielder inked a two-year deal.

Cycle for a cause

Cycle for Survival, the national movement to beat rare cancers, is slated to return to the area Sunday for its annual indoor team cycling event at Equinox Fitness, 440 Portage Ave., Palo Alto. Equinox instructors will lead participants in rides 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All money raised will go toward rare-cancer research and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. To register and for more information, visit


Sick Spartans stymie Saratoga

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Mountain View High senior Jayme Hughes drives for a layin in Friday night’s home win over Saratoga.

Battling the Falcons and the flu, the Mountain View High girls basketball team found a way to beat the former Friday night to remain in contention for the league title.

With four of their five starters playing sick, the steadfast Spartans outlasted Saratoga 34-24 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division game that was far from pretty.


MV girls face Paly in key soccer game; Pinewood edges Eastside in girls hoops

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Mountain View High forward Ysa Baluyot scored three goals last week.

The Mountain View High girls soccer team won both its games last week, setting up a showdown with Palo Alto this week for sole possession of first place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.

The Spartans (8-1 league, 13-2 overall) were scheduled to host the Vikings (8-1, 14-1) Tuesday, after the Town Crier’s deadline.


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