Los Altos, Mountain View tie in boys & girls soccer

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Mountain View High’s Amit Hod, left, battles Los Altos High’s Amir Issa for the ball in Friday’s league game.

In what Mountain View High boys soccer coach Jim McGuirk described as a “very defensive game,” his Spartans played host Los Altos to a scoreless tie Friday.

“We had two (scoring chances) – that’s it,” said McGuirk, whose team is now 1-0-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 7-1-2 overall. “One free kick that went off the post and then one breakaway that just slid past the post.”

The coach added that the rival Eagles also had two chances: one early in the game and another toward the end on a free kick that “rebounded to one of their players, but he shot it right at our goalie.”

Two days earlier, Mountain View beat Milpitas 3-0 in non-league action, getting all three goals from Ben Smith. Los Altos fell 3-0 at Homestead that day in league play and is now 1-1-1 in the De Anza and 3-2-2 overall.

Girls soccer

Los Altos played host Mountain View to a 1-1 tie Friday, breaking a five-game losing streak to the Spartans.

Both goals came in the first half of the De Anza Division match. Michelle Odnert scored for Los Altos (assisted by Sarah Stoops) and Maru Lasala scored for Mountain View (Sistine Noel).

The result put the Eagles at 0-1-1 in league and 1-4-3 overall; the Spartans went to 0-0-2 and 4-3-2.

Boys basketball

Trailing by a point at halftime, Los Altos outscored Milpitas 31-16 the rest of the way en route to a 51-35 road win Friday. The Eagles improved to 3-0 in the De Anza Division and 14-1 overall.

After an 0-2 start in the De Anza, Mountain View beat visiting Los Gatos 51-45 Friday. The Spartans (10-5 overall) pulled away with a 21-10 third-quarter run.

St. Francis rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to hand rival Bellarmine its first loss of the season, 46-43 Jan. 7. The visiting Lancers took their first lead in the fourth quarter of the West Catholic Athletic League contest.

Isaiah Kerr led St. Francis with 15 points, the final two coming on free throws in the final seconds, and Harlan Banks had 12 points that included back-to-back buckets in the last minute.

The Lancers followed that with a 94-61 win over Valley Christian Friday, boosting their record to 2-1 in league and 9-3 overall.

Girls basketball

For the first time in seven years, Pinewood won’t go undefeated in the West Bay Athletic League. Host Menlo upset the previously unbeaten Panthers 46-45 in Saturday’s league opener.

The Knights went ahead on a free throw with four seconds left. The Panthers made a 3-pointer as time expired, but the officials ruled that the shot did not beat the buzzer.

The loss dropped Pinewood to 10-1 overall.

Mitty mauled St. Francis 80-43 Friday in the WCAL opener for both teams. Jessica Oakland finished with 12 points to pace the host Lancers (8-5 overall), who trailed 48-24 at halftime.


Mountain View routed rival Los Altos 66-12 in Thursday’s SCVAL El Camino Division opener for both teams. Four Spartans won via pin: Joao Nascimento (113 pounds), Jack Hecht (152), Jared Krawitz (160) and Lance Muir (182). The Eagles forfeited seven weight classes.

Mountain View participated in the Jim Root Invitational Saturday at Prospect, placing seventh out of 36 teams. Individually, Tai Nguyen (132) and Tommy Conaway (195) finished fourth; Hecht, Krawitz and Andrew Pan (126) placed fifth; and Rohan Kumar (106) took sixth.

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