Sports on the Side for the week of Nov. 7

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

Los Altos High seeks boys lacrosse coach

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.

MV boys rally to defeat LA in water polo league final; LA golf team in CCS

Courtesy of Rich Fujii
The Los Altos High girls golf team commemorates its second-place finish at last week’s league tournament. Pictured, from left: Coach Rich Fujii and starters Joanna Hsieh, Sophie Thai, Morgan Taylor-Cohen, Annika Gaglani, Caris Kim and Maddie Jun.

The Mountain View High boys water polo team trailed rival Los Altos early, but the Spartans rallied for a 10-9 win Saturday in the league tournament final.

Top-seeded Mountain View, which went undefeated in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, overcame a three-goal hole in the first quarter. The host Spartans cut the deficit to 4-2 by quarter’s end and scored four unanswered goals in the second quarter to pull ahead by halftime.

MV boys water polo is top seed in league tourney; LA field hockey team gets to .500

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Emilia Mogetta-Bertiz focuses on the ball in a recent game against Monta Vista. The Eagles went 2-0 last week.

The Mountain View High boys water polo team is in uncharted waters, entering this week’s Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Tournament undefeated for the first time in program history. That may put a target on the backs of the Spartans’ swimsuits, but they’re not stressing over it.

“Although we are aware of the league-tournament stakes, we don’t have anything to lose – we just got moved up from the lower (SCVAL El Camino Division),” coach Rafael Alapont said. “We made CCS; there is no pressure on our team.”

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