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Win by Nguyen enables Spartans to defeat Eagles in league meet


Nhiem Nguyen/Special to the Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Tai Nguyen, top, wrestles Los Altos High’s Jason Klemens in last week’s match. Nguyen’s 13-4 victory lifted the Spartans to a 31-27 league win over the visiting Eagles.

Although he knew the meet was close, Mountain View High’s Tai Nguyen said he didn’t look at the score before stepping onto the wrestling mat. The 120-pounder was focused on beating Los Altos’ Jason Klemens in the final match of the night.

Nguyen wasn’t in the dark for long – before he could make a move, his teammates told him that the meet was in his hands – but the freshman didn’t flinch.

“It didn’t stress me out,” he said. “I felt prepared to wrestle my best. I used what I learned at practice and implemented it on the mat.”

Nguyen beat Klemens 13-4, sending host Mountain View to a 31-27 league win Jan. 30.

Nguyen – who has just one league loss – picked up another win Thursday, but Mountain View fell to visiting Lynbrook.

“It was a battle and there were a few matches that could have gone either way,” said coach Francisco Hernandez, whose Spartans dropped to 4-2 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division, “but we ended up losing 46-19.”

Nguyen and Javier Hernandez, in his first match at 220 pounds, earned pins for the home team.

Girls soccer

Mountain View topped Los Gatos 3-2 Friday to remain a close second to Palo Alto in the SCVAL De Anza Division. Janvi Subramanyan scored two goals for the Spartans (8-1 in league, 15-1 overall) and Bethan Parry notched the other.

Two days earlier, Mountain View defeated Homestead 3-1. The Spartans had a shutout going until the final few minutes of the road game. Nicole Bumgarner, Parry and Subramanyan scored for Mountain View.

Host St. Francis fell 2-0 to Mitty Saturday, dropping the Lancers to 3-3-1 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 8-7-2 overall.

St. Francis kicked off the week with a 2-0 non-league win over visiting Bishop O’Dowd Jan. 29. The Lancers’ goals came from Payton Porter and Bella Schou.

Boys soccer

Los Altos maintained its second-place standing in the De Anza Division by edging Palo Alto 1-0 Jan. 31. Tommy Florian scored in the first half for the host Eagles, assisted by Ollie De Visser.

Los Gatos scored in stoppage time to get by host Mountain View 1-0 Friday. The goal came on a penalty kick in the 83rd minute.

“Rough game (Friday),” said Spartans coach Jim McGuirk, whose team dropped to 4-5 in the De Anza Division and 7-10 overall. “We played great, and it was a real defensive struggle.”

Two days prior, Mountain View topped host Homestead 3-1. All of the Spartans’ goals came in the first half. The first was an own goal, Ben Lau scored the second and Kasim Yeung the third.

Girls basketball

St. Francis snapped a four-game losing streak by taking down Valley Christian 69-54 Saturday in WCAL play. Up a point after the first quarter, the host Lancers pulled away with a 25-15 second-quarter run.

Paige Uyehara scored a game-high 21 points for St. Francis (2-4 league, 13-7 overall).

Boys basketball

Behind a big third quarter, St. Francis defeated Mitty 81-62 Friday in WCAL action. The host Lancers, ahead by five at halftime, outscored the Monarchs 27-17 in the third quarter.

St. Francis improved to 8-2 in league and 16-4 overall.

The first time around, Mountain View stunned Los Gatos. The Wildcats got even Friday, routing the Spartans 68-44 in league play.

Mountain View scored just five points in the first quarter and trailed 35-12 at halftime.

The Spartans sank to 2-7 in the De Anza Division and 11-10 overall.

Pinewood thumped Crystal Springs Uplands 73-38 Friday to even its record at 5-5 in the West Bay Athletic League. The host Panthers (11-8 overall) jumped to a 30-4 lead in the opening quarter.

Los Altos proved no match for Palo Alto, which upended the Eagles 63-41 Jan. 31 in De Anza Division play. Los Altos, which had a bye Friday, entered this week 5-3 in league and 12-8 overall.

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