Smoke postpones LA's NorCal volleyball semifinal; MV ousted in opener


Courtesy of Dave Winn
The Mountain View High girls volleyball team, posing with its CCS Division II runner-up award, fell to Miramonte in the first round of the NorCal playoffs. Front row, from left: Julia Wagner, Ashley Kane, Nicole Guibord, Audrey Moir, Hunter Leong, Rey Turner and Kyra Palmbush. Back: Cate Schiller, Logan Winn, Madison Dunkle, Emma Cahill, Anna Fritz, Kiana Mason, Ava Kopp, Camille White and Julia Bennett.

The smoke from the Camp Fire has not only forced the postponement of several outdoor playoff games involving local high schools, but also an indoor one at Los Altos High.

The Los Altos High girls volleyball team’s Northern California Division II semifinal match against Aragon, originally scheduled Saturday, was postponed until Monday night (after the Town Crier’s deadline) due to the amount of smoke that infiltrated the gym, according to Eagles athletic director Michelle Noeth.

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The girls golf teams from Mountain View and Los Altos highs, along with the Los Altos girls cross-county team, have won Central Coast Section 2018-2019 Fall Season Scholastic Championship Team Awards for their work in the classroom. Instituted by the CCS in 1985, the awards recognize the top five varsity teams from each CCS sport with the highest collective grade-point average among the teams competing in that sport. The Spartans had the highest GPA (3.8032) among girls golf teams and the Eagles were fourth (3.7100). The Los Altos cross-county team was fourth (3.7946) in its sport.

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MV lacrosse coach enters NorCal HOF

Mountain View High boys lacrosse coach Bill Kurz has been selected for the NorCal Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He will be inducted at a ceremony slated 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Along with his 43 years of coaching the sport at the youth, high school and college levels, Kurz has served as president of the Palo Alto Lacrosse Club and as a member of the Northern California Lacrosse Association board and founded the Palo Alto Tomahawks Youth Lacrosse Club. As a player, Kurz was named an NCLA All-Star four times. Tickets to the induction dinner are $135. For tickets and more information, visit norcalchapterusl.org.

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Los Altos High needs a varsity boys lacrosse coach for the spring. If interested, contact athletic director Michelle Noeth at 960-8857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volleyball teams make NorCal; Lancers secure football crown

When the Mountain View High girls volleyball team lost in last year’s Central Coast Section Division II final, the Spartans’ season was over. That’s not the case this year.

Although top-seeded Aragon swept No. 3 Mountain View in Saturday’s CCS title match, the Spartans still earned a berth in this week’s Northern California playoffs – and not a bad seed at that. Seeded seventh, Mountain View (26-10) was slated to host No. 10 Miramonte (16-11) in Tuesday’s opener, played after the Town Crier’s deadline. The winner moves on to Thursday’s quarterfinals.


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