Eagles soar once more in girls track

Mark Foster/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Anna Zaeske races toward the finish line after taking the baton from Francesca Stepanov in the girls 4x400-meter race Thursday at the SCVAL De Anza Division championships. The relay, also featuring Thea Mollerstedt and Tess Callan, won with a time of 4 minutes, 3.96 seconds.

If there was any doubt about Los Altos High having the best girls track and field team in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, it was erased last week.

The Eagles, 6-0 in dual meets this season, won the SCVAL De Anza Division championship meet by 25 points over runner-up Los Gatos. They claimed four events and placed second in six others Thursday at Palo Alto High, repeating as division champs with 133 points.

The Los Altos boys, 5-1 in dual meets, finished second to Los Gatos Thursday. The Eagles’ 122 points were 12 shy of the undefeated Wildcats’ total.

“All of our athletes have put in countless hours of training this season and have worked super hard,” Los Altos co-head coach Dave Barth said. “The coaches are very happy with all of the results and proud of our athletes.”

The girls 4x400-meter relay team of Thea Mollerstedt, Tess Callan, Francesca Stepanov and Anna Zaeske ran a season-best time of 4 minutes, 3.96 seconds to top Los Gatos (4:04.73) for first place.

Jessie Carlson, Rebecca Lim and Jamie Kesten each won individual events for the Eagles. Lim captured the triple jump (33 feet, 9 inches) and added a second-place finish in the long jump (16-2.5). Carlson claimed the 100 dash (12.45) and Kesten the discus (95-1).

Mollerstedt placed second in both hurdles races, running the 100 in 15.73 and the 300 in 46.76. Zaeske took second in both the 200 dash (25.51) and 400 dash (58.33). Maura Kelleher seized second in the high jump (4-10).

Naomi Donovan came in third in the 1,600 run (5:25.74).

On the boys side, Weston Fairey contributed to both of Los Altos’ wins. He anchored the victorious 4x100 relay, joining forces with David Lopez, Max Molchanov and Austin Townsend on a time of 43.60. Fairey also won the long jump (21-4) and was second in the 100 dash (11.28).

Owen MacKenzie placed second in both the 1,600 (4:20.70) and 3,200 (9:42.88) runs. Rodrigo Cochran was second in the 400 dash (50.81) and fourth in the 800 run (2:00.61). Lopez was second in the 200 dash (23.27).

The Eagles’ next meet is the SCVAL championships, scheduled 5 p.m. Friday at Santa Clara High.

At Saturday’s West Catholic Athletic League trials, St. Francis freshman Isabelle Cairns led the host Lancers by winning two events. She placed first in the 400 dash (57.90) and the 800 run (2:21.26).


Jackson Haun threw a no-hitter and belted a home run in Pinewood’s 10-0 shellacking of North Valley Baptist Friday.

The senior struck out 13 batters and walked two in a game that ended in five innings on the mercy rule.

Bo Fick drove in three runs and Jaeden Bailey knocked in two.

The win allowed the host Panthers (8-1) to keep pace with Thomas More (9-1) in the race for the Private School Athletic League South Division title.

Los Altos snapped a seven-game losing streak with Friday’s 3-1 win at Milpitas.

Ryan Baum pitched a complete game, striking out five and walking one. He allowed six hits and set down the Trojans in order in the seventh.

Down 1-0 after the first frame, the Eagles scored two runs in the second and another in the third.

Aaron Parker doubled and drove in two runs; Simon Heck had two hits.

The Eagles improved to 5-9 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 14-13 overall.

In the May 2 series opener, host Los Altos fell 4-2 on Senior Day. The Eagles put up two runs in the second and held the lead until the fourth frame, when the last-place Trojans scored three times off starter Alex Reelfs. Milpitas added another run in the seventh.

Ben Parker notched two of Los Altos’ five hits in the game, including a double. He also stole two bases.

Stewart called it “a costly loss at a time when (the Eagles) should be playing better baseball.”

Los Altos enters this week’s SCVAL De Anza Division tournament as the sixth seed. The Eagles faced No. 3 Wilcox (16-9) in the first round, scheduled Tuesday, after the Town Crier’s deadline.


Rebounding from a lopsided loss to Los Gatos, Mountain View blanked host Homestead 5-0 May 2.

Simiran Lauwers and Maddy Garcia combined on the shutout, with the latter taking over in the fourth inning.

The Spartans scored one run in the second – on an RBI single by Emily Heltzel – and four in the sixth.

Alysia Capote, Andrea Camin and Rani Lauwers each totaled two hits for Mountain View, which improved to 8-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 12-10 overall.

Two days earlier, the Spartans fell 10-2 at home to Los Gatos, the only team in the league to beat them. The Wildcats lead the De Anza at 9-1; Mountain View is alone in second place with two games remaining.

Boys golf

St. Francis claimed the team title at the WCAL championships, held April 30 at Coyote Creek Golf Club in San Jose. The Lancers’ score of 360 was five strokes better than runner-up Mitty.

Tyson Dinsmore and John Heckel paced St. Francis with rounds of 71; they tied five other competitors for fourth place individually. Lancers Moibhi Tyndall and Easton Doyle each shot 72, good enough to tie for 11th. Teammate Andrew Hiebert added a 74, tying for 14th.

St. Francis qualified for the CCS championships, slated Tuesday at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey.

Los Altos junior Carlos Arieta Winsett qualified for CCS by shooting a 3-over-par 74 at last week’s SCVAL tournament. He finished 11th at the tourney, held May 1 at the Santa Teresa Golf Course in San Jose. Luke Jun posted the Eagles’ next-best score, an 81, but he did not make the cut for CCS (78 or lower).

None of Mountain View’s golfers performed well enough at the SCVAL tournament to make CCS. Michael Bringas shot an 80 and Michael Deklerk an 81, with William Zhou and Tommy Berchem each finishing with an 83.

“All in all a decent showing, but not quite good enough to make CCS,” Spartans coach Jim McGuirk said.

Boys tennis

St. Francis landed the fourth seed – and a first-round bye – in the CCS team playoffs.

The Lancers (14-4) are scheduled to host the winner of today’s match between North Salinas (18-1) and Salinas (10-5) in second-round action 3 p.m. Friday at Cuesta Park.

The winner advances to Monday’s quarterfinals, hosted by the higher-seeded teams.

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