Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

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Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildcat offense the week before to clip Cupertino, the Mountain View High football team wasn’t going to surprise Los Altos with it Friday night at Foothill College.

But timing was everything, as the Spartans wisely waited until the third quarter to spring the formation – featuring direct snaps to running back Austin Johnson – on the rival Eagles. The strategy enabled Mountain View to turn a 7-0 halftime deficit into a 34-14 homecoming victory.


Pinewood lacks seniors – not talent

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Junior outside hitter Mehra den Braven leads Pinewood in kills this season.

With reigning league MVP Mehra den Braven among his five returning players, Pinewood School volleyball coach Michael Shorts couldn’t help but be excited about this season. After a closer look at the roster, though, no one would blame him for being a bit nervous as well.

“Going into the season, I knew that the team had a lot of talent and potential,” he said. “However, it is also a very young team. We have no seniors and five freshmen on the squad.”


MV girls rally, edge Mustangs in water polo

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Kate Atherton scored the Spartans’ game-winning goal.

It took six games for the Mountain View High girls water polo team to secure its first league win of the year – and it wasn’t easy. The Spartans rallied from a three-goal halftime deficit to edge host Homestead 9-8 last week.

“This was a huge win for the team,” Mountain View coach Drew Enlow said. “Our defense has been playing well, but we have been struggling on offense. Putting it all together and winning after falling behind in the first half gives us a lot of confidence going into the second round of league games.”


Sports on the Side

Dig Pink Rally returns

The varsity and JV girls volleyball teams from Los Altos and Palo Alto highs have teamed up for a Dig Pink Rally and bake sale – intended to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for research and compassionate support projects – during their league matches scheduled Thursday at Los Altos. The JV match is set for 5:30 p.m. and the varsity match at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free. Fans attending the rally can show their support by wearing pink to make it a “pink out” and donate money to the cause at the match or online at For more information on the rally, contact Dayna Deaton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Music for sports

The Mountain View High School Sports Boosters have scheduled an evening of live music to benefit the athletic program. Cover band Aja Vu will play the music of Steely Dan and Chicago at the event, slated 7-11 p.m. Friday at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave. It is limited to 200 people ages 21 and over. Tickets are $50 (tax deductible) and each comes with a voucher for two beverages (beer, wine or soft drinks). For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Spartans survive

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Mountain View High’s Austin Johnson races to the end zone on a 69-yard run in the fourth quarter of Friday’s win over Cupertino.

Good thing the Mountain View High School Sports Boosters didn’t rent those temporary lights by the hour – the Spartans needed overtime to subdue Cupertino 27-20 in Friday’s league-opening football game.

Austin Johnson’s 10-yard dash into the end zone on Mountain View’s second possession in overtime put the Spartans on top and defensive back Chris Pena-Prado made sure the Pioneers didn’t match it, intercepting a pass in the end zone to cap the three-hour contest.


Despite record, coach considers Eagles a playoff contender

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Los Altos senior Romy Aboudarham makes a save against Mountain View. She averages 13 saves per game.

Don’t be deceived by the Eagles’ losing record. The Los Altos High girls water polo team – 2-4 in league and 6-8 overall – is a playoff contender, according to new coach Katie Buzzetta.

“The team has potential to be one of the top teams in this area,” she said. “We have played some very close games against some tough competition.”


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