Eagles find success on diamond, track, lacrosse field & golf course

Aaron Parker
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Los Altos High’s Aaron Parker stands at the plate during a recent game. He drove in 10 runs in last week’s rout of Saratoga.

The 24 runs the Los Altos High baseball team scored in last week’s series-opening rout of Saratoga may not be a school record, though coach Gabe Stewart said Aaron Parker’s 10 RBIs just might be.

He recalled the Eagles producing 25 runs in a win over Santa Clara when Sandy Wihtol was the coach and Stewart ran the frosh-soph team. However, during his 12 years coaching the JV team and his five as varsity coach, Stewart said, he “cannot remember anyone at Los Altos High putting up double-digit RBIs.”

That is, until Parker did so April 3 in Los Altos’ 24-6 home victory. The sophomore slugged a grand slam in the third inning, belted a three-run homer in the fourth and later drove in three more runs with a double and single.

Parker and his teammates did all their damage in six innings. They scored nine runs in the second and 11 in the third to go up 20-4. The Eagles finished with 19 hits. Parker had four of them; Ryan Baum and Brennan Hanley added three hits and three RBIs each.

Brock Susko earned the win, improving to 2-0.

Los Altos swept the series with Thursday’s 6-1 triumph at Saratoga. Baum went the distance, upping his record to 5-1. He allowed two hits and one walk while striking out 10.

The Eagles broke a scoreless tie in the fourth when Susko drilled a two-run homer and Juan Angulo doubled to score Hanley. Angulo drove in another run with a single in the seventh, his third hit of the game.

Los Altos improved to 9-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 16-1 overall. The Eagles have won eight straight games.

Track & field

The only undefeated teams in the De Anza Division met last week at Los Altos, where the Eagles’ boys and girls both beat Los Gatos to stand alone atop the standings at 5-0 with one dual meet remaining. The Los Altos girls won 78-61 and the boys prevailed 74-65 April 2.

“Our entire coaching staff was overwhelmed with pride,” Eagles assistant coach Pam Harris said.

Thea Mollerstedt, Anna Zaeske and Naomi Donovan led the Los Altos girls by winning two events each. Mollerstedt claimed the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, besting the girl ranked No. 1 in the Central Coast Section in the latter. Mollerstedt finished in 45.56 seconds; Los Gatos’ Abby Monti ran a 45.87.

“It was good competition – she pushed me,” said Mollerstedt, who ranks No. 2 in the event. “I was working up to that meet for a long time and knew I had to get out really hard.”

Earlier in the day, the senior ran a season-best time of 15.47 to win the 100 hurdles.

“It’s not going as well as I would like it to,” Mollerstedt said of her 100 performance this year. “I’ve been working more on my 300 training. But I’m getting there.”

Teammate Zaeske, a junior, took top honors in the 200 (26.62) and 400 (58.23) dashes. Senior Donovan won the 1,600 and (5:25.98) and 800 (2:22.54) runs.

The Eagles also received wins from Olivia Pye in the shot put (27 feet, 3.75 inches), Maura Kelleher in the high jump (5-0), Jessie Carlson in the 100 dash (12.72) and the 4x400 relay team (4:04.60).

The Los Altos boys dominated the 200, 1,600 and long jump, with Eagles placing 1-2-3 in all of them. Nicholas Januario won the 200 (23.98), Adam Sage captured the 1,600 (4:29.03) and Weston Fairey claimed the long jump (21-7.25). Los Altos’ other victories came from Owen MacKenzie in the 800 (2:00.18), Amir Benhagouga in the 3,200 run (11:04.23) and the 4x100 relay team (43.31).

Los Altos is set to cap the regular season by hosting rival Mountain View 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Host Milpitas swept the Spartans Thursday; the girls fell 58-49 and the boys lost 76-51.

The Spartans’ five wins on the girls’ side were provided by Aoife Hernon in the 200 (28.24), Athena Tulac in the 800 (2:46.25), Glenda Bicker in the 300 hurdles (49.63), the 4x100 relay team (52.10) and the 4x400 relay team (6:08.26).

Stephan Bannikov paced the Mountain View boys by winning the 800 (2:17.37) and 1,600 (4:51.12). The Spartans’ other wins came from Mohnish Shankar in the 300 hurdles (43.78), Nicholas Sullivan in the shot put (43-9.75), Andrew Daetz in the discus (142-7) and the 4x100 relay team (46.84).

Boys lacrosse

Down a goal to start the final quarter, host Los Altos rallied for a 9-8 win over Mountain View Thursday.

The Eagles’ three goals came in a one-minute span midway through the fourth – courtesy of Tripp Crissman, Baylor Hofmann and Connor Quinn – to put them up two.

The Spartans cut their deficit in half when Ben Kramer scored with 26 seconds left and then they won the faceoff. After a timeout, Mountain View took four shots on goal – all thwarted by goalie Brendan Fan, who finished with 20 saves.

“I’m so proud that our Eagles stayed so focused and positive,” Los Altos coach Kevin Quinn said. “That is why we were able to pull ahead when it mattered in the fourth quarter.”

Hofmann finished with a game-high four goals and Lucas Tomasello led the Spartans with three.

Boys golf

Los Altos took sole possession of first place in the SCVAL El Camino Division Thursday by beating Mountain View and Santa Clara at Shoreline Golf Links. The undefeated Eagles topped the rival Spartans 202-225 and took down the Bruins 202-251.

Los Altos sophomore Luke Jun shot an even-par 36 and Jamison Tan shot 1-over.

The Eagles improved to 8-0 in league, while Mountain View dropped to 6-1. The Spartans won their two other matches last week, defeating Lynbrook 209-215 and Santa Clara 225-251.


Mountain View went 3-1 at last week’s Antioch Invitational, improving its overall record to 10-3.

The Spartans opened the three-day tournament by clobbering Juneau-Douglas 21-1 Thursday in a game that ended in four innings on the mercy rule. Tied at 2 after one inning, Mountain View broke the game open in the third by racking up 12 runs. They added seven more in the fourth.

Andrea Camin totaled three hits and four RBIs to lead the Spartans; Mariah Villalobos added two hits and three RBIs.

Mountain View fell 2-1 to the host team later that day but bounced back with two wins Saturday. The Spartans squeaked by Granada 2-1 in nine innings – with Jessica Day singling home the winning run – before blanking Pittsburg 6-0 in their tourney finale.

Simiran Lauwers won both games, striking out 17 total batters.


In her season debut, Porsche Trinidad lifted St. Francis to a win over Mountain View, Los Altos and three other teams last week.

The freshman, coming off an ankle injury, posted the best all-around score (37.300) in the April 2 meet at Cupertino. Her total included first-place scores of 9.700 and 9.850 on the uneven bars and balance beam, respectively.

St. Francis produced a team score of 142.750; runner-up Mountain View totaled 139.900 and fourth-place Los Altos 124.700.

Cindy Linker led Mountain View with a second-place all-around score of 36.450. Los Altos’ Jennifer Kuramoto came in third all-around (36.050); she won the vault (8.850) and tied Linker for first on the floor exercise (9.500).

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