SF boys finish 9th at cross-country nationals; MV girls soccer team routs pair of opponents


Lars Eng/Special to the Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Aiden Maddison races in the national meet Saturday.

No matter what place they finished, the seven boys from St. Francis High were going to make history Saturday. Not only were they the first St. Francis cross-country team to make the NXN National Championships – these Lancers were also the first Central Coast Section squad to qualify.

So although they didn’t win the meet, the St. Francis seven were pleased with their ninth-place finish in Portland, Ore., where the nation’s top 22 teams ran the 5K course in rainy and muddy conditions.

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Tree lot supports Los Altos High sports

The Los Altos High Tree Lot, which raises money for the school’s sports programs, opened last weekend in Mountain View. Last year, the lot raised nearly $20,000 for Los Altos High’s sports programs, according to organizer Jerry Sorensen. The lot is open 4-8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends in the parking lot at Chase Bank, 749 W. El Camino Real, which is near Castro St. For more information, visit mvlatrees.com.

Softball team tryouts set for Saturday

The Silicon Valley Fusion has scheduled tryouts for its 14, 16 and 18 A-level travel softball teams Saturday at the local high schools. Part of Mountain View Los Altos Girls Softball, the tournament teams are slated to begin play in early 2018. To register and for more information, visit svfusionfastpitch.org.

SF to face Serra in football final; LA girls start hoops season 1-1

The St. Francis High football team will face a familiar foe in the Central Coast Section Open Division II final – Serra, a fellow member of the West Catholic Athletic League. The third-seeded Lancers (9-3) are slated to play the top-seeded Padres (10-2) 7 p.m. Saturday at Independence High.

The teams last met Nov. 10, when Serra beat host St. Francis 31-21 to claim the WCAL title. The Lancers have since won a pair of playoff games in blowout fashion: 51-27 over No. 6 Wilcox Nov. 17 and 42-7 at No. 2 Aragon Friday.

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MV water polo team makes the grade

The Central Coast Section recently announced that the Mountain View High boys water polo team is among the squads it’s recognizing for excellence in the classroom. The Spartans have won a CCS Fall Season Scholastic Championship Team Award for posting a collective grade-point average that ranks among the top five in their sport. Mountain View, with a fourth-best GPA of 3.6533, will receive a team certificate and individual certificates of commendation.

Skrewts back to practice after tourney success

Rebounding from three close losses at the Golden Bear Invitational the prior weekend, the Mountain View-based Silicon Valley Skrewts quidditch team beat host Stanford twice and split a pair of games against San Jose State Nov. 5. The Skrewts return to their regular weekly open practice 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Rengstorff Park. Anyone interested in joining is welcome; no experience is necessary.


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