MV baseball team beats Bellarmine, makes CCS final

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James Hoyt threw a two-hitter in Mountain View High’s 2-0 win over Bellarmine in the CCS Division I semifinals Thursday night.

Mountain View High pitcher James Hoyt lived up to his nickname Thursday night.

“We call him ‘Big Game James,’” head coach Kris Mims said of the junior, who pitched the 10th-seeded Spartans to a 2-0 win over No. 6 Bellarmine in the Central Coast Section Division I semifinals. “He’s definitely a gamer who likes to compete.”

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Several local teams make the grade

Nine local varsity teams have won Central Coast Section 2019 Spring Season Scholastic Championship Team Awards for earning one of the five highest collective grade-point averages among all schools competing in that sport this season. The Mountain View High boys volleyball (3.5180 GPA) and St. Francis High gymnastics (3.5379) teams ranked second in their sports; Mountain View’s boys tennis (3.6890) and gymnastics (3.072) teams took third; Mountain View’s badminton (3.6330) and boys lacrosse teams (3.2370) finished fourth; and St. Francis’ boys golf (3.3330), boys lacrosse (3.2091) and boys track and field (3.2869) teams placed fifth. The squads will receive team awards and individual certificates from the CCS, which instituted the awards in 1985.

AYSO Region 43 kicks off registration

Registration has opened for AYSO Region 43’s fall soccer season. The Los Altos-based region is for boys and girls born in 2006-2015. Students from Santa Rita, Covington, Almond, Gardner Bullis, Bullis Charter, Pinewood, St. Nicholas and Egan schools usually play in Region 43. AYSO has six philosophies: everyone plays, player development, positive coaching, good sportsmanship, balanced teams and open registration. Pay registration fees by Monday to receive a discount. To register and for more information, visit

MV baseball team advances to semis at expense of LA

The last two years, the Mountain View High baseball team’s season ended with a loss to rival Los Altos in the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals. The 10th-seeded Spartans returned the favor Saturday, edging the No. 2 Eagles 6-5 in the same round at Fremont High.

“It took us three years, but we finally got them,” Mountain View coach Kris Mims said. “But it wasn’t easy. They’re the defending champs and won 22 games.”

Sports on the Side: MV Open, sports physicals, soccer registration and more

MV Open wraps up Monday at Cuesta

The 51st Mountain View Open Tennis Tournament concludes this weekend at the Cuesta Park Tennis Center. The USTA-sanctioned event, which began with preliminary rounds last weekend, features four divisions: men’s open singles, women’s open singles, men’s open doubles and mixed open doubles. Total prize money is $3,500. Admission is free. Matches are scheduled all day Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday for the finals. For more information, call 967-5955 or visit

Mountain View High offers sports physicals

Mountain View High’s annual pre-participation physicals for next school year are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Thursday at PT Works, 794 Altos Oaks Drive, Los Altos. Cost is $35. For more information, email Mountain View athletic director Shelley Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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