Lancers edge Eagles in quarterfinals

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St. Francis’ Terence O’Donnell, left, shoots over Los Altos’ Kyle Johnson Saturday.

The Los Altos High boys water polo team overcame a 3-0 deficit to build a 6-5 lead by halftime and entered the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Central Coast Section Open Division quarterfinal game tied with St. Francis at 9.

That’s when the Lancers’ superior experience in close games paid off.

Los Altos High boys water polo team dominates De Anza Division

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Alex Brett takes a shot for Los Altos High in a recent game. He scored seven goals in Thursday’s win over Mountain View.

For the second time in three years, the Los Altos High boys water polo team is blowing the rest of the league out of the water.

The Eagles clinched the round-robin title early last week – with three games to play – and entered this final week of the regular season with a sparkling 10-0 record in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

MV teen competes in ODP tourney

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Nyla Sharma stretches to make a save for her club team.

Circumstances and length have played prominent roles in Nyla Sharma’s ascension in water polo.

Starting out as a field player at age 9, the Mountain View resident has now become one of the top Bay Area goalies in her age group.

Los Altos girls water polo team wins back-to-back CCS crowns

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The Los Altos High girls water polo team commemorates its CCS final win. Front: Sydney Lee. Middle, from left: Alesia Piercy, Madi Musso, Kayley Gould, Cynthia Yee. Back: Assistant coach Danny Buzzetta, Silke Tuyls, May Jiang, Sydney Johnsen, Emily Zhu, Olivia Cairns, Naomi Barkan, Shreya Juneja, Emma Sayar, Alex Warren, assistant coach Seth Tasman and head coach Katie Tasman.

A year after winning the school’s first Central Coast Section title in girls water polo, Los Altos High has won a second – again beating rival Mountain View in the final.

That doesn’t make last week’s 8-6 win any less special to coach Katie Tasman, who acknowledged the challenges that come with defending a championship.

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