Owls ousted from final four of state tourney

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Foothill College outside hitter Riana Brennan is a two-time All-American.

Already beset by illnesses, the Foothill College women’s volleyball team lost its best player to injury during the Owls’ second and final match of last weekend’s double-elimination state championship tournament.

Yet Foothill coach Katy Ripp refused to blame those factors for her team’s straight-game setback to eventual champion Cabrillo Sunday morning in Santa Clarita.


Mtn. View High girls soccer team picks up where it left off last year

The Mountain View High girls soccer team began its section title defense by trumping Terra Nova 7-2 last week.

Six players scored goals for the host Spartans, the reigning Central Coast Section Division I champions. Ysa Baluyot notched two goals for Mountain View; Karissa Hayes registered three assists in the Dec. 1 game.


Sports on the Side

Run for ‘Hope’

The annual Jingle 5K Run/Walk is slated 9 a.m. Sunday at On Your Mark, 378 Main St., Los Altos. Proceeds benefit Hope’s Corner, which provides support to and feeds those in need in the community. Registration is $15 per person and $50 for a family (up to six people), along with an unwrapped gift for a child/teen. Race-day registration is set to begin at 8:15 a.m. To register in advance, visit and type “jingle run” in the search field.

Trees for sports

Tree lots benefiting athletics at Mountain View and Los Altos highs, respectively, are open for business. Proceeds from the MVHS Spartans Tree Lot go toward purchasing equipment and improving facilities. Operating hours are 4-8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends next to the football field at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. For more information, visit Proceeds from the MVLA Christmas Tree Lot support Los Altos High sports and afterschool programs. Hours are 4:30-7:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends in the Chase Bank parking lot, 749 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View. For more information, visit


Lancers wallop Wilcox

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Junior Cyrus Habibi-Likio races to the end zone on St. Francis High’s first play from scrimmage in Friday’s semifinal game. The 74-yard score was the first of four touchdowns by the running back.

After Wilcox methodically marched 80 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive of Friday’s Central Coast Section Open Division II semifinal, host St. Francis High responded with a quick strike that seemed to change the tone of the football game for good.

On the Lancers’ first play from scrimmage, running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio burst through the middle of the line and raced 74 yards to the end zone, igniting the chilled crowd and energizing his teammates. St. Francis never trailed again, whipping Wilcox 41-21.


Under the weather, LA runners unable to finish strong at state

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Los Altos High seniors Ben Zaeske and Lauren Jacob warm up prior to Saturday’s state cross-country championships in Fresno.

The cold and flu season coincides with the end of the cross-country season, which can lead to disappointing results for runners hoping to be at their best for the biggest races of the year.

And that’s exactly what happened to Los Altos High’s Lauren Jacob and Ben Zaeske Saturday at the state championships in Fresno. Being under the weather hindered both seniors’ chances of finishing near the top in their races on the 3.1-mile course at Woodward Park.


LA tennis duo reaches semis of CCS tourney

Carina Burdick and Juliette Martin are solid singles players, occupying the Nos. 1 and 2 spots on the Los Altos High girls tennis team this season. Put them together, however, and they make a dominant doubles team.

The pair of seniors encountered little resistance in the first two rounds of last week’s Central Coast Section doubles championships, thumping their opponents in straight sets. Burdick and Martin won 24 of the 27 games they played over the two matches Nov. 23 at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.


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