Los Altos boys basketball team opens league with win

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Town Crier file photo Pinewood School’s Leeana Bade scored 11 points in Saturday’s win over International.

The Los Altos High boys basketball team got its league season off to a promising start, beating host Monta Vista 52-43 last week.

“We came out hot against Monta Vista, firing on all cylinders both offensively and defensively,” coach Bob McFarlane said of the Jan. 2 Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division contest. “We always play hard, but it was the first time all year that we actually executed our offensive sets and got shots out of offense.”

The Eagles, who had a bye Friday, held a 29-11 lead at halftime. Nathan Vieira and Joey Malgesini finished with 14 points each for Los Altos (6-6 overall).

The Eagles are scheduled to visit Santa Clara 7:45 p.m. Friday.

St. Francis split its first two West Catholic Athletic League games, routing Valley Christian 77-43 Jan. 2 and falling 73-62 to Serra Friday.

The visiting Lancers led Valley Christian 60-30 after three quarters.

Host St. Francis fell behind early against Serra and couldn’t recover. Khalil Johnson scored 12 points for the Lancers (6-6 overall).

Pinewood rallied late, but it wasn’t enough to beat King’s Academy, which escaped with a 54-53 road win Friday. The Panthers outscored King’s 17-8 in the fourth quarter, but the Knights made two free throws in the final minute to prevail.

Owen Lewis scored 19 points for Pinewood and Robin Sanders added 15.

The Panthers fell to 0-1 in the West Bay Athletic League and 5-4 overall.

Girls basketball

St. Francis edged Valley Christian 41-38 to open its WCAL slate Thursday. Shelbi Aimonetti tallied 17 points for the host Lancers.

St. Francis routed Notre Dame-Belmont 47-19 Saturday behind 14 points from Kate Hoey. The Lancers improved to 11-2 overall.

Los Altos topped Monta Vista 42-38 in its SCVAL El Camino Division opener Jan. 2. Freshman center Meg Enthoven scored 16 points for the visiting Eagles (8-5).

Pinewood overcame a 15-point deficit after one quarter to beat host International 59-55 Saturday in WBAL play.

Marissa Hing totaled 14 points for the Panthers (10-3 overall), while sisters Gabi and Leeana Bade added 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Girls soccer

Mountain View lost more than a game last week at Los Gatos. Coach Ivan Bandov said the Spartans “unfortunately lost one of our best players (midfielder Allie Gamble) to a serious knee injury. Hopefully she’ll be back by CCS, but that remains to be seen.”

Mountain View bounced back from the 2-0 loss at Los Gatos by clipping visiting Saratoga 1-0 Friday in another SCVAL De Anza Division contest. Alicia De Gues scored in the second half on an assist by Morgan Matthews.

The Spartans, scheduled to visit rival Los Altos 3:30 p.m. today, are 1-1 in league and 8-2 overall.

St. Francis edged host St. Ignatius 1-0 Saturday on a penalty kick by Annie Kingman, improving to 2-0-1 in the WCAL and 7-0-1 overall. Kingman scored both goals in the Lancers’ previous game, a 2-all tie against Presentation.

Boys soccer

Two days after tying Los Gatos 1-all to open SCVAL De Anza Division play, Mountain View skunked Saratoga 5-0 Friday. Brad Bumgarner, who scored the Spartans’ lone goal against Los Gatos, tallied three at Saratoga. Chris Barnes and Alejandro Guerrero added a goal each.

Mountain View went to 7-1-2 overall.

St. Francis played rival Bellarmine to a 3-all tie Thursday in WCAL play. The Lancers’ goals came from Matthew Korpontinos (assist by Kenny Kobetsky), James Prusa (Adrian Gil) and Gabriel McLarnan (unassisted).

The Lancers then fell 1-0 at St. Ignatius Saturday, dropping their record to 2-1-1 in league and 6-1-1 overall.

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