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Fast start propels LA girls past Paly

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Los Altos High senior Margo Lusinchi prepares to shoot as a Palo Alto High defender closes in on her Thursday.

When you lose, learn from it. That’s the message Los Altos High girls water polo coach Katie Buzzetta has conveyed to her team all season.

Based on last week’s results, the players are heeding her advice.

After coaching USA to gold in London, MV grad Krikorian hopes to repeat in Rio

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Coach Adam Krikorian gives direction to the U.S. women’s water polo team. The Mountain View High graduate will try to guide Team USA to a second consecutive Olympic gold medal.

Mountain View High graduate Adam Krikorian, the U.S. women’s water polo coach who led the team to gold at the London Olympics in 2012, is ready to do it again in Rio.

St. Francis stifled in CCS finals

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St. Francis High’s Isabella Mandema looks to shoot in Saturday’s CCS final against Sacred Heart Prep. She scored two goals.

The St. Francis High boys and girls water polo teams have been among the best in the Central Coast Section for several seasons and last year both won CCS championships. This year, however, the Lancers faced foes in the finals that have been even more dominant in the sport.

In the CCS Division II girls final Saturday morning at Independence High, top seed Sacred Heart Prep cruised to an 11-6 win over No. 2 St. Francis for its ninth consecutive championship. A few hours later in the CCS Division I boys final, top seed Bellarmine knocked off No. 3 St. Francis 11-7 to claim its 15th crown.

Eagles get defensive to beat Spartans

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Los Altos High’s Julia Santos looks to shoot in Saturday’s CCS quarterfinal game against Mountain View. The Eagles won 13-9.

Don’t be deceived by all those goals the Los Altos High girls water polo team scored in Saturday’s 13-9 win over Mountain View in the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals. The Eagles dominated this game with defense.

Third-seeded Los Altos – utilizing a hard press – registered 22 steals against the No. 6 Spartans and scored off several of them.

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