Spartans shine in opener

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of the way to win Friday’s season-opening game 31-10.

Mountain View defensive ends Matt McCarthy and Frank Kapp paced the Spartans’ defense by combining for six of the team’s seven sacks in the game. McCarthy sacked Dons quarterback Robert Collins four times – including on consecutive snaps halfway through the fourth quarter. Kapp posted a sack in each half.


Soquel squashes Los Altos 33-13; St. Francis routs Oak Grove 28-0

The Los Altos High football team won the first quarter of Friday’s season opener, but host Soquel took over after that to prevail 33-13.

The Eagles scored on the game’s opening drive – courtesy of running back Sean Lanoza’s 48-yard touchdown scamper and Matt Schonher’s extra point – and their defense didn’t surrender as much as a first down in the quarter.


Locals skip their way to Hong Kong

Courtesy of Kelsey Moran
The Sol Jumpers – Ashley Wang, from left, Kayla Hipp, Tim Kelly, Kelsey Moran and Leila Tuma – competed in the World Rope Skipping Championships last month in Hong Kong. Moran and Kelly are local residents who attend Los Altos High.

Los Altos residents Kelsey Moran and Tim Kelly joined their team, the Sol Jumpers, as participants in the World Rope Skipping Championships last month in Hong Kong.

Moran and Kelly – juniors at Los Altos High – teamed with Ashley Wang and Kayla Hipp to compete against squads from 20 other countries Aug. 1-3. The Sol Jumpers did not place at the event, though another American team earned a bronze medal in the 1-minute speed division.


Sports on the Side

Kim makes 3rd round

Stanford University golfer Lauren Kim, a Los Altos High graduate, advanced to the third round of the U.S. Women’s Amateur last month at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. Grace Na of Alameda beat Los Altos native Kim 2 up in that round.

Swing for a cause

Los Altos Christian Schools’ third annual golf tournament is scheduled to tee off 11 a.m. Sept. 29 at Stanford University Golf Course. Registration is set to begin at 9 a.m. and golf pro Bill Mykytka will provide pre-tournament pointers at 10 a.m. The $300 entry fee includes a round of golf, cart, lunch, tee prizes and awards reception. Proceeds benefit the school’s financial-aid program. To register and for more information, visit


Eagles, Spartans gear up for gridiron season

Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos and Mountain View highs have new starting quarterbacks this year, with Kyle Gounod, above, taking over for the Eagles.

If any game defined the 2013 football seasons for Los Altos and Mountain View highs, it was the week-three meeting between these rivals. The Eagles dominated 32-14 to remain undefeated and on the way to an 8-2 season, while the Spartans slumped to 0-3 and finished 1-9.

This year’s rematch should be more interesting – even if only because the teams are now in the same division and the game comes at midseason. It is slated Oct. 10 at Foothill College.


MV's new baseball coach hopes to bring stability to program


In recent years, baseball coaches at Mountain View High have been like retail employees hired for the holidays – they’re gone when the season is over.

But newly hired Dan Demuth – the Spartans’ third head coach in as many years – intends to stick around longer than that.


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