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.

The Eagles clawed back in the third, outscoring Mountain View 3-1 to tie the game. The Spartans outscored them 3-2 in the fourth.

Both teams are bound for the Central Coast Section playoffs. The Spartans (22-1), the seventh seed in the Open Division, are set to face No. 2 Bellarmine (17-10) in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lynbrook. Los Altos (14-12) is the top seed in Division I and is slated to host No. 8 Wilcox (19-7) at the same time.

St. Francis is in CCS as well. The No. 6 Lancers (13-13) are scheduled to take on No. 3 Menlo (20-7) 4 p.m. Saturday at Gunn in the Open Division quarterfinals.

Girls water polo

Los Altos has landed the top seed in the CCS Division I playoffs. The defending champion Eagles (14-12) are slated to open at home against No. 8 Woodside (12-9) 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Mountain View is the third seed in Division I. The Spartans (16-10) are scheduled to meet No. 6 Willow Glen (7-14) 4 p.m. Saturday at Palo Alto.

St. Francis (12-12), the fifth seed in the Open Division, is set to play No. 4 Castilleja (20-5) 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Gunn.

Girls volleyball

Fourth-seeded St. Francis (22-12) fell to No. 5 Palo Alto (24-4) in the quarterfinals of the CCS Open Division playoffs Saturday. The visiting Vikings prevailed 25-22, 17-25, 25-15, 25-19.

Los Altos and Mountain View received first-round byes in their respective CCS divisions and were scheduled to play quarterfinal matches Tuesday night, after the Town Crier’s deadline.

The second seed in Division I, Los Altos (28-7) was slated to host No. 7 Carlmont (23-11). Seeded third in Division II, Mountain View (24-9) was set to host No. 11 Leigh (19-15).

The semifinals are scheduled Thursday; visit for more information.

Field hockey

In the CCS playoffs for the second straight year, Los Altos (8-8) is scheduled to open at home against Homestead (7-7-3) 3 p.m. today. The winner will face Mitty (13-5-2) Saturday.

The Eagles capped the regular season with a 2-0 victory at St. Francis Thursday.

St. Francis (11-7-1) is slated to open the playoffs at home 4 p.m. today against Christopher (13-6).

Girls golf

Los Altos’ second-place finish at last week’s SCVAL finals qualified the team for CCS for the first time.

The El Camino Division champion Eagles shot a 405 Oct. 24 at Santa Teresa Golf Course; De Anza Division champ Palo Alto shot a 375.

Junior Caris Kim led Los Altos with a 1-under-par 70, the second-best score of the day. Teammate Maddie Jun, a senior, tied for fifth with a 74.

Mountain View missed the cut for CCS, coming in sixth at the league tourney, but two Spartans recorded good enough scores to qualify for this week’s event as individuals. Junior Reeya Vasishta shot 76 (16th place) and freshman Chloe Weng posted a 77 (17th) at Santa Teresa. Vasishta made CCS for the third consecutive year.

St. Francis advanced to CCS after finishing second to Valley Christian at the WCAL championships Oct. 22 at Santa Teresa. The Lancers’ 392 was 12 strokes back of the Warriors.

St. Francis’ Doodle Yuen finished first individually (71) and teammate Aishvarya Bedi tied for third (74).

The CCS championships were slated Tuesday, after the Town Crier’s deadline, at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey.

Girls tennis

Los Altos capped its De Anza Division season with a 5-2 home win over Homestead Thursday. The Eagles finished 2-10 (sixth place) in league.

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