Eagles fall from first

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Fallen Los Altos player Jake Skaggs, incredulous about the referee’s call, gets helped up by teammates Nico D’Augusta, from left, Brock Susko and Andrew Reilly.

The Los Altos High boys basketball team sustained some bumps and bruises in its fall from first place Friday, outmuscled by a bigger Palo Alto squad that now stands alone atop the SCVAL De Anza Division. The visiting Vikings, who never trailed, prevailed 64-52.

“They have some big guys, and then they use it to their advantage at times and then it got to us,” said junior Brock Susko, whose 20 points paced the Eagles. “So we just have to play tougher.”

Eagles eke by Spartans

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Los Altos High’s Jamie Baum shoots over Mountain View’s Fiona Huang in Saturday’s game. Baum scored a game-high 13 points.

The Los Altos High girls basketball team scored only two points in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game, and that was just enough to escape Mountain View High with a 32-30 non-league victory.

With the Eagles’ 14-point lead down to three with 90 seconds to play, guard Evelyn Baher-Murphy got free on the left baseline for a layin – nearly blocked by the Spartans’ 6-foot forward Audrey Telkamp – to give her team some breathing room.

LA holds on to beat MV

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Los Altos High’s Brock Susko defends Mountain View’s Jailen Daniel-Dalton. Susko scored 18 points and Daniel-Dalton had 15.

With his Los Altos High boys basketball team holding a precarious two-point lead in the final minute of Friday’s league opener at rival Mountain View, top scorer Brock Susko made a play from his knees that was as big as any he made on his feet.

Diving to the floor to corral a loose ball in the Spartans’ front court, the junior rose to his knees to rifle a pass to Jake Skaggs for a breakaway layup that put Los Altos up 49-45 with 45 seconds left.

Stanford women's basketball coach addresses local Rotary Club

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Stanford University women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer speaks at a Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting last month.

In college sports, the coach is usually the constant and the student-athletes are the variable, as players come and go each academic year.

Under those circumstances, Stanford University’s longtime women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer has created an environment in which her players thrive and her team competes for the national title nearly every season.

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