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League standing in flux, but MVHS boys soccer team is CCS bound

While the Central Coast Section playoffs are a certainty, the Mountain View High boys soccer team enters this last week of the regular season unsure of where it will finish in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

“We will qualify for CCS at this point for sure but could still finish anywhere from first to fourth in league, depending on our last two games,” coach Jim McGuirk said after the Spartans’ 4-0 rout of Palo Alto Feb. 12.

Mountain View entered Friday’s home game against Cupertino, played after the Town Crier’s deadline, in second place with a 5-2-3 league record. The Spartans (11-3-4 overall) are slated to visit Homestead at 5 p.m. today to cap De Anza Division play.

Against Paly, Mountain View jumped to a 3-0 lead by halftime. By game’s end, four Spartans had goals: Ben Smith, Ciaran Hernon, Amit Manor and Ilan Karchmer.

Los Altos remained in third place in the De Anza after beating Los Gatos 3-1 Feb. 12. Jimmy Dessouki had a goal and an assist for the Eagles; Amir Issa and Gael Lopez added a goal each.

The road win boosted Los Altos’ record to 5-2-4 in league and 7-3-6 overall.

Girls soccer

St. Francis scored a pair of second-half goals to defeat Sacred Heart Cathedral 2-0 Feb. 12. The host Lancers improved to 5-2-2 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 11-2-4 overall.

Girls basketball

Pinewood shot 43% from 3-point range in a 56-42 home win over Sacred Heart Prep Feb. 11. The Panthers made 12 of 28 shots from beyond the arc in the West Bay Athletic League game.

Annika Decker scored 15 points and Courtni Thompson added 11 for Pinewood, which led 33-23 at halftime. The victory boosted the Panthers’ record to 8-1 in league and 20-2 overall.

Los Altos slipped to 5-5 in the De Anza with last week’s 47-35 home loss to Los Gatos. The Eagles (10-12 overall) trailed 23-13 at halftime of the Feb. 11 game.

Mountain View proved no match for first-place Homestead in last week’s El Camino Division contest. The Mustangs jumped to a 15-4 lead in the first quarter en route to a 56-42 victory Feb. 11.

Mountain View dropped to 6-4 in league and 14-7 overall; Homestead improved to 10-0 and 19-1.

Boys basketball

Up only two at halftime, Los Altos pulled away from Los Gatos in the third quarter to prevail 63-43 Feb. 12. The host Eagles outscored the Wildcats 21-6 in the third. Los Altos went to 8-2 in the De Anza and 19-3 overall.

St. Francis entered the fourth quarter with an eight-point lead at Serra, but the Padres rallied for a 67-61 WCAL win Feb. 11. Serra outscored the Lancers 23-9 in the final stanza.

St. Francis dipped to 6-6 in league and 14-8 overall.

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