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MVHS grad wins title with UCLA volleyball

Mountain View High graduate Chanti Holroyd (Class of 2016) was a member of the UCLA women’s beach volleyball team that won the NCAA championship May 6 in Gulf Shores, Ala. The Bruins beat Florida State 3-1 in the final to claim their first national crown. Holroyd played three years of varsity volleyball at Mountain View and was voted the Co-MVP of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division her senior year.

Local AYSO kicks off fall season sign-ups

Registration is open for the AYSO Region 43 fall soccer season. The Los Altos-based region is for boys and girls born in 2000-2014 who attend or live near Santa Rita, Covington, Almond, Gardner Bullis, Bullis Charter, Pinewood, St. Nicholas, Egan and Los Altos High. Cost is $150 (ages 6 and under) to $210 (8-19); discounts are offered to those 7 and over who register by June 1. For online registration and more information, visit

Eagles eke by Spartans at league gymnastics finals

For the second year in a row, the Los Altos High gymnastics team edged rival Mountain View by less than a point to win the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League North Division finals – the last meet before today’s Central Coast Section championships.

The host Eagles put up a team score of 147.050, while the Spartans totaled 146.300 May 7.

New St. Francis track coach Pompei teaches athletes patience, persistence

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St. Francis High track coach Phil Pompei roots on his runners at a recent meet.

As a student at St. Francis High, Phil Pompei was a standout in cross-country, soccer and track. Ten years later, the Los Altos native teaches at the school and coaches there.

The boys cross-country coach since 2013, Pompei was named co-head coach of the track and field team this year.

With dramatic win, Pinewood makes baseball playoffs; LA, MV & SF also in

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Pinewood’s Bo Fick keeps his eyes on the ball in a recent game. The senior drove in the winning run last week, sending the Panthers to the playoffs.

The Pinewood School baseball team’s seventh-inning rally Thursday resulted in a 4-3 win over Thomas More and a return trip to the playoffs.

The Panthers and Knights finished the regular season as co-champs of the Private School Athletic League South Division at 9-1, setting up last week’s showdown for the division’s lone automatic playoff berth.

Down 3-0 entering the seventh, visiting Pinewood scored four runs to take the lead.

“We hit the ball well all day,” Panthers coach Casey Rowe said, “and I kind of expected that once we got a run, they would come in bunches.”

Connor Riches walked to open the seventh, advanced to second on a passed ball and went to third on a ground out. Another grounder enabled him to score Pinewood’s first run. With two away, Liam Smith walked and soon scored on Eric Burton’s triple to the fence. An infield error brought Burton home, tying the game. The Knights intentionally walked Jackson Haun, who later scored from second on Bo Fick’s infield single to put the Panthers ahead. Colton Budge, who pitched the final three innings in relief of Haun, set down More in order in the bottom of the frame. “He pitched great,” Rowe said.

No. 8 Pinewood (12-3) is set to meet No. 1 St. Francis-Watsonville (18-7) in Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division III quarterfinals.

Eagles nab at-large berth

Los Altos’ 3-1 loss at Wilcox in the first round of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division tournament May 8 cost the Eagles an automatic playoff berth, but they still landed a spot in CCS Division I.

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