Local basketball & soccer teams enter CCS as league champions

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Will Dominguez, shooting, led Mountain View High with 12 points in last week’s league finale.

The Mountain View High boys basketball team needed to win last week’s regular-season finale to clinch the league title outright, and the Spartans didn’t have their leading scorer to help them. But even without ailing Sam Tobin, Mountain View crushed Homestead 59-42.

“Our guys really stepped up and played well (Feb. 12),” coach Kevin Mack said. “They knew what was at stake and played at a high level.”

Gunn girls soccer just misses CCS

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The Gunn team features five Los Altos Hills residents, including goalie Nicole Smith, right.

If finishing a half-point shy of a Central Coast Section playoff berth last year wasn’t hard enough for the Gunn High girls soccer team to swallow, just imagine how the Titans feel after missing CCS by a quarter of a point this season.

“The team was really disappointed and sad that we deserved to play but didn’t qualify,” said coach Juan Mayora, who has five Los Altos Hills residents on his squad.

Admin prevents LA boys soccer team from applying for CCS

The Los Altos High boys soccer team had enough points to make the playoffs, but the administration didn’t allow the Eagles to apply due to an on-field incident last week.

A player received a red card (ejection) for a slide tackle against Palo Alto Feb. 13, according to coach Vava Marques, prompting Principal Wynne Satterwhite and athletic director Michelle Noeth to withhold the team’s playoff application. It was the third time this season a Los Altos player had been ejected from a game, Marques said, and the team had been warned about such behavior prior to last week’s incident.

MV cheer team claims state crown

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Mountain View High’s competitive cheer team commemorates its Feb. 9 win at the JAMZ State Championships in Bakersfield.

The Mountain View High competitive cheer team is on a roll, placing first at two competitions and third at another in the past month.

The Spartans won the Varsity Show Cheer Level 1 at the JAMZ State Championships Feb. 9, a week after placing third in the same division at the Central Coast Section championships. They opened the season by winning the Novice Large Division with Tumbling at the TCC Invitational Jan. 26 at Wilcox High.

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