Participation in high school sports rises in California

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Track and field is the second most popular high school sport among boys in California.

High school sports participation continues to increase in California and is at an all-time high for the third consecutive year, according to the 2015 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sports Participation Survey released last month.

Results show that 772,659 student-athletes are competing in California high school athletic programs – an increase of 1.01 percent since the 2014 survey.


Sports on the Side

Cannon leads club

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club recently announced that Joe Cannon has been elevated to the role of executive director. Cannon, who has been serving as MVLA’s director of goalkeeping, played for the club in his youth. He spent 16 years as a professional goalie.

Scoreboard sponsors

The city of Mountain View seeks sponsors for two scoreboards at the new Shoreline Athletic Fields, slated to open this fall. The fields will host youth and adult leagues in multiple sports, with a yearly attendance estimated at 75,000 people. Sponsorships are for three years; cost is $6,000 (half scoreboard panel) to $10,000 (full panel). For more information, visit, email sponsorship coordinator Bill Mykytka at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Mountain View Recreation office at 903-6331.


Spartans shoot for playoffs Mtn. View just missed postseason last year

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Mountain View High receiver Wilson Schiller, right, attempts to evade teammate Nick Butters during practice last week. Senior Butters starts at safety, quarterback and punter for the Spartans.

The Mountain View High football team couldn’t help but feel left out last season. Despite tying for first place in their division and going 8-2 overall, the Spartans missed the Central Coast Section playoffs.

Mountain View is motivated to make it this year.


Five-year-old from Los Altos proves to be ace of clubs

Courtesy of Bill Schlough
Xavier Schlough, 5, carded a hole-in-one last week at Deep Cliff Golf Course.

As a 5-year-old, Los Altos resident Xavier Schlough has done something most golfers won’t achieve in a lifetime – make a hole-in-one.

Xavier bagged his ace Aug. 31 on the 17th hole at Deep Cliff Golf Course in Cupertino, according to his dad, Bill Schlough.


LA grad joins Stanford soccer coaching staff

Courtesy of Margueritte Aozasa
Los Altos High graduate Margueritte Aozasa – flanked by fellow assistant coach Hideki Nakada, left, and head coach Paul Ratcliffe – recently joined the Stanford women’s soccer coaching staff.

Margueritte Aozasa’s talent for coaching can be traced back to her days playing for the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club.

“Coaching for me was always second nature,” said Aozasa, hired in May as an assistant coach for the Stanford University women’s soccer team. “I made a career as a player by being a coach on the field. My strength was reading the game, being a leader and directing my teammates.”


Sports on the Side

Johnson earns call-up

Sept. 1 was a big day for Los Altos High graduate Erik Johnson. He was named the International League’s Most Valuable Pitcher and called up to the big leagues by the Chicago White Sox. Johnson compiled an 11-8 record with a 2.37 ERA in 23 games this season with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. The Cal product was leading the IL in ERA (2.37) and strikeouts (136) at the time he was promoted.

Tennis lessons in MV

Mountain View Tennis is registering players for group lessons at Cuesta Park. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Fees vary. To register and for more information, visit


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