Spartans stumble at home

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Senior Jacob Cortinas, carrying the ball against Capuchino, led Mountain View High in rushing Saturday.

After slumping to 1-3 with Saturday’s 38-32 home loss to Capuchino, the Mountain View High football team seems eager for the fresh start that comes with the opening of league play this week.

“We’re kind of starting over,” said quarterback JD Coyne, whose Spartans will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they visit Gunn 7 p.m. Friday to kick off their Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division slate. “We’ve got to put this loss behind us and go to work for league.”

Eagles embrace challenge that awaits them in daunting De Anza Division of SCVAL

 Yuu Ishikawa
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Sophomore Yuu Ishikawa is Los Altos High’s No. 1 singles player.

By winning the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division last year, the Los Altos High girls tennis team has been rewarded – or some might say punished – with a promotion to the SCVAL De Anza Division this season.

“We’re in for a big battle in the De Anza,” Eagles coach Hung Nguyen said. “It’s probably one of the toughest divisions in the nation.”

LA girls golf team shoots best score in victory over MV

Posting its lowest score in the three-year history of the program, the Los Altos High girls golf team defeated rival Mountain View 217-233 Thursday at Shoreline Golf Links.

Freshman Sophie Thai shot even par to lead the Eagles, who improved to 2-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division.

Sports on the Side

Foothill opens new turf soccer field

Foothill College celebrated the completion of its new environmentally friendly soccer field Sept. 7 when the women’s soccer team hosted Cypress. Construction began in January and was completed over the summer, according to Foothill officials. The artificial turf surface, made from cork, replaced the grass field that required frequent watering and maintenance. “The underlayment is considered by the turf industry as one of the best products in minimizing concussions,” Foothill athletic director Mike Teijeiro said in a press release.

CIF sets deadline for Spirit of Sport apps

Monday is the deadline to apply for the 2018 Fall CIF Spirit of Sport Award. The California Interscholastic Federation, which governs the state’s high school sports, recognizes one male and one female student-athlete during each season of sport for exemplary sportsmanship, school/community service and leadership. Winners receive a patch, an award, a $500 scholarship and recognition at next spring’s year-end CIF Federated Council dinner in Burlingame. To apply, visit

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