Hayward rewarded with trip to Olympics

Courtesy of Karen Hayward
Mountain View High graduate Victoria Hayward is all smiles after helping the Canadian national women’s softball team qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics earlier this month.

After a decade of hope, patience and devotion, Victoria Hayward is on the verge of living her Olympic dream.

The 2010 graduate of Mountain View High – who at 16 was the youngest player to make Canada’s national softball team and is now its longest-tenured member – helped the squad qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics earlier this month. When Hayward joined Team Canada in 2009, softball had just been dropped from the Olympics; next summer marks its return to the games.

SF softball falls to Mitty in CCS final

The St. Francis High softball team didn’t win this year’s Central Coast Section Open Division final – Mitty prevailed 6-0 May 25 at PAL Stadium – but if recent history is any indication, the Lancers will avenge the loss next season.

The league rivals seem to be taking turns winning the Open – at the other team’s expense. The Monarchs beat the Lancers in the 2017 title game and St. Francis got payback last season.

Spartans close in on De Anza crown

Rachel Dove
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Mountain View High’s Rachel Dove slides safely into home plate against Wilcox.

The Mountain View High softball team entered this week with two swings at securing the SCVAL De Anza Division championship outright.

The first-place Spartans (10-0 league) needed to beat sixth-place Santa Clara (2-9) Tuesday on the road, after the Town Crier’s deadline, or defeat fourth-place Los Altos (5-5) 4 p.m. Thursday at home to claim the crown. In the unlikely event that Mountain View drops both games – the Spartans routed the Bruins and rival Eagles earlier in the season – the team would likely have to settle for another co-championship with Los Gatos (8-2).

Spartans getting into swing of things

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Mountain View High’s Rachel Dove takes a swing against Los Altos last week. The visiting Spartans won the game 11-2.

It took a few games to get going, but the Mountain View High softball team is getting into a groove.

The Spartans have bounced back from their 0-2 start by reeling off four wins in a row.

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