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MV grad leads U.S. to gold medal in Peru

Mountain View High graduate Adam Krikorian (Class of 1992) guided the USA women’s national water polo team to the gold medal at last month’s Pan American games in Lima, Peru. Team USA crushed Canada 24-4 in the championship game. Krikorian, who coached the team to gold medals at the last two Olympics, will try for a third next summer in Tokyo.

MV’s Trailblazer Race returns to Shoreline

The 25th annual Trailblazer Race is scheduled Sept. 29 at Shoreline Park, 2905 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail, a nonprofit organization dedicated to extending Stevens Creek Trail and wildlife corridor from San Francisco Bay to the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Trailblazer Race features 10K and 5K races, both USATF certified, along with a 3-mile trail walk into the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge and an array of family-friendly activities. Cost is $20-$35. To register and for more information, visit

Longtime Gunn High lacrosse coach Arakawa hired to run girls program at St. Francis High

Doug Arakawa is the new head coach of the girls lacrosse program at St. Francis High.

Hired last month, Arakawa previously coached the spring sport at Gunn High.

Mtn. View, St. Francis volleyball teams fall from ranks of unbeaten

The girls volleyball teams from Mountain View and St. Francis highs entered last week undefeated, but they didn’t end it that way.

Palo Alto snapped the Spartans’ eight-match winning streak Thursday, while Notre Dame-Belmont surprisingly dropped the Lancers’ record to 14-1 the same night. St. Francis defeated the Tigers (6-5 overall) two weeks earlier in the finals of the Milpitas Spikefest I tournament.

Spartans topple Eagles to remain undefeated

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Mountain View High receiver Austin Flax races to the end zone in Friday’s game. The junior scored two touchdowns in the win.

With Friday’s 34-6 rout of rival Los Altos, the Mountain View High football team has entered unfamiliar territory. The Spartans are off to their first 3-0 start since Shelley Smith took over as head coach in 2013.

“It’s promising, and that’s what you want,” said Smith, whose squad has outscored its opponents by a combined 114-13. “We’ve got some momentum going here, and we’re doing some nice things.”

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