Spartans expect tough football game vs. Eagles; LA freshman runner wins Lowell Invitational

Ken Flax/Special to the Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Julian Daniels, running against Homestead, scored two touchdowns Friday against Del Mar.

It would appear that the Mountain View High football team has more than just a home-field advantage Friday against rival Los Altos. The Spartans also sport a superior record, play in a higher division and are coming off a better season than the Eagles.

Yet Mountain View coach Shelley Smith expects his undefeated team to be challenged in the non-league game, set to kick off at 7 p.m. under temporary lights.

“Tough game this week, and should be fun to watch,” he said. “Lots of respect for what they are doing at Los Altos.”

The Eagles are 1-1 under new coach Dave DeGeronimo, whose squad followed a 42-6 road rout of Fremont with a 28-0 loss at Jefferson Friday.

Mountain View, meanwhile, kicked off the season by crushing Homestead 35-7 and dismantled Del Mar 45-0 in Friday’s home opener.

The Spartans led Del Mar 28-0 at halftime of a game Smith called a “good team effort.”

Quarterback Trent Steffan finished 9-of-10 passing for 152 yards and a touchdown – a 45-yarder to Austin Flax. Receiver Flax, who racked up 113 yards on five catches, “continues to impress as a reliable receiver,” the coach said. Mason Davies rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown; Adrian Lopez ran for 32 yards and a TD; and Julian Daniels gained 30 yards on the ground and scored twice.

Defensively, Smith praised defensive backs Andrew Bice and Ryan Cambouris, along with linebacker Cae Cox.

St. Francis also plays at home Friday, slated to host Oak Grove at 7 p.m. in non-league action. The Lancers seek their first win after starting the season with a pair of lopsided losses against two of the state’s top teams. St. Francis fell 42-14 to visiting Corona del Mar in the first week and lost 48-0 at De La Salle Friday.


What a debut for Los Altos freshman Lauren Soobrian, who won the varsity girls race at Saturday’s season-opening Lowell Invitational in San Francisco. Soobrian ran the 2.8-mile course at Golden Gate Park in 16 minutes and 39.3 seconds.

And she could have run it even faster.

“The course was not marked clearly, so she went the wrong way twice and had to backtrack, meaning she ran even farther than her competition,” Eagles coach Steph MacKenzie said. “She is an exceptionally talented and dedicated runner, so it will be very exciting to watch her race this season. She makes running sub-6-minute miles look effortless.”

Soobrian led the Los Altos girls to a fifth-place finish at the meet. The varsity boys took second in their race behind senior Adam Sage’s winning time of 14:13.1. Only two runners at the meet ran faster.

“He ran a very smart race, hanging back at the beginning and coming through strong in the last mile to take the win,” MacKenzie said.

The coach added that “Boden Sirey comfortably won the freshman boys race in an outstanding time of 11:46 for the 2.1-mile course.” Sirey’s effort helped the freshmen boys place second.

Girls volleyball

Mountain View won the Watsonville Tournament for the third year in a row, beating Notre Dame-Salinas 25-11, 25-9 in Saturday’s final. The Spartans swept Pacific Collegiate, Gilroy and Everett Alvarez earlier in the day.

Coach Dave Winn said “all members made contributions” to the tourney victory.

Kiana Manson and Cate Schiller totaled 23 kills each, Nicole Guibord notched 14 kills and Logan Winn added eight kills and 49 assists. Manson also posted 11 blocks. In addition, Andi Turner had eight aces and Audrey Moir recorded 29 digs.

“The tourney provided a nice confidence builder as we head into league play at the end of this week,” said Winn, whose undefeated team (7-0) is scheduled to visit Palo Alto 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

St. Francis won its second tourney of the young season by beating Aragon 25-19, 25-21 Saturday in the final of the Chris Chandler Tournament at Menlo.

The Lancers (13-0 overall) defeated Hillsdale, Lynbrook and Menlo earlier in the day.

Host Los Altos fell to Presentation in straight sets Thursday. Naomie Cremoux tallied 11 kills for the Eagles (3-4), while Katie Kishton contributed 21 assists and three aces in the non-league loss.

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