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Eagles shine at track meet

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Los Altos High’s Max Wilber hit two home runs last week.

The Los Altos High track and field team “put forth a number of impressive performances across all divisions” at Saturday’s Christopher Garlic Invitational, according to head coach Dave Barth.

Daniel Yeager placed second in the boys 110-meter hurdles (15.40 seconds) and high jump (6 feet, 4 inches) at the meet, hosted by Gilroy High. Konrad Niemic finished second in the 800 run, clocking a personal-best 2:03.28. Arthur Bogdanovich came in fifth in the boys 400 dash (52.85).

Lauren Jacob led the girls, placing second in the 1,600 run (5:13.90). Sarah Wobber “ran well” in the 400 dash, Barth said, taking seventh.

Palo Alto swept Mountain View in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division meet March 21, beating the Spartan boys 88-33 and the girls 74-58.

Mountain View had a pair of double-winners: Kolisa Nhlapo (girls 100 and 300 hurdles) and Kevin Bastoul (boys 1,600 and 800 runs).


Los Altos last week split its third home-and-home series in league this season – this time with Homestead – then dropped a non-league game against Aptos.

The Eagles (7-6 overall, 3-3 in the SCVAL De Anza Division) opened the week by edging host Homestead 7-6 with three runs in the top of the seventh March 20. Catcher Max Wilber started the rally with a leadoff homer, cutting the Eagles’ deficit to 6-5. Patrick McColl drew a seven-pitch walk, advanced to second on Chase Eller’s walk and went to third on a ball in the dirt. On a double steal, McColl – who hit a two-run single earlier in the third – slid under the tag at home plate to tie the game. Steven Lee then hit a hard grounder – misplayed at shortstop – that allowed Eller to score from second.

Steven McLean relieved winning pitcher Daniel Orozco in the bottom of the seventh and set down the Mustangs in order.

Homestead avenged the loss Friday, beating the host Eagles 8-4. Wilber smacked another homer and finished with two hits. Orozco took the loss.

Saturday, Los Altos fell 4-1 at Aptos, which scored all its runs in the third on three hits and two errors. Wilber and McLean hit doubles for the Eagles; Orozco took the loss in relief.

Wilcox blanked Mountain View 7-0 Friday in SCVAL De Anza Division action.

Daniel Wray had two of the Spartans’ four hits in the away game.

Mountain View dropped to 2-4 in league and 4-9 overall.

Boys volleyball

Mountain View continued its winning ways last week. The Spartans (16-0) captured the Willow Glen Tournament Saturday, defeating the host team 25-18, 20-25, 15-8 in the final.

Junior Jake Stuebner was voted tourney MVP.

Earlier in the week, Mountain View swept King’s Academy 25-18, 25-10, 25-16 in an SCVAL De Anza Division match behind a productive night from Logan Allen (eight kills, three aces and 10 assists).

Los Altos earned its second win of the season by sweeping Wilcox March 20. The host Eagles – in their inaugural season – prevailed 25-7, 25-19, 25-23.

Freshman outside hitter Dave Stien led Los Altos with 10 kills and senior middle blocker Ian McColl added seven. Freshman setter Nathan Smith notched 34 assists.

St. Francis fell to rival Bellarmine in straight games March 19. The visiting Bells prevailed 25-23, 27-25, 25-23. Avery Aylsworth tallied 11 kills for the Lancers, who dropped to 5-1 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 9-3 overall.

Girls lacrosse

With a balanced effort, St. Francis routed Leland 18-3 March 19 in SCVAL action.

“We played as a team, so (there were) many leading scorers,” said coach Jessica Paige, whose Lancers improved to 4-0 in league and 5-0 overall.

Boys lacrosse

Los Altos beat Gunn 11-8 March 21, getting five goals from AJ Guralas. Dave Huffman had 11 saves for the Eagles (3-0 league, 4-3 overall).


Los Altos lost twice to Palo Alto last week in league play, shooting 219 both days. Paly shot 198 March 18 at the Los Altos Golf & Country Club and 186 the next day at Palo Alto Muni.

The Eagles slumped to 3-2-1.

Los Altos Hills resident Andrew Buchanan earned medalist honors in Menlo’s 191-227 victory over Crystal Springs March 20 at Palo Alto Muni. The senior shot a 5-under-par 31, recording five birdies.


Los Altos is off to an 0-2 start in the SCVAL De Anza Division, but coach Stefaan Lodge is confident his team will have a successful season.

“We are having some problems getting used to the level of play in the upper division, as we moved up from the El Camino at the end of last year,” he said. “But we have a motivated team that is not afraid of hard work on the practice courts, and I feel that once we work through our teething problems we will be considered a contender in the upper division.”

After opening league with a 25-5 loss to Lynbrook March 14, the Eagles fell 18-12 to Milpitas March 19. Los Altos sophomore Louis Hinnant won at No. 1 boys singles both days.


In the Eagles’ 8-7 home win over Los Gatos March 19, Tianna Vasquez had two hits – including a double – and drove in three runs. Lizzy Beutter earned the win, improving to 4-2-1.

Los Altos improved to 3-0 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 6-2-1 overall.

Athena Bolin notched her first win of the year as Mountain View topped visiting Lynbrook 4-1 March 20 in SCVAL El Camino Division play.

“Her skillful pitching got her out of jams,” said Spartans coach Dave Campbell, who noted that Lynbrook left five runners on base.

Bolin surrendered three hits and struck out two batters in five innings of work. Sophomore Reanna Lancaster pitched the final two frames, striking out five of the six batters she faced.

Freshman Katie Moran had two hits for Mountain View, including a triple, and drove in a pair of runs. Junior Jordana Bischoff belted a double, drove in one run and scored another.

Boys tennis

Host Los Altos routed rival Mountain View 7-0 March 18 in non-league play, winning all but one match in straight sets.

Anthony Bello triumphed 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.

A day later, the Eagles defeated Lynbrook 4-2 (one match did not finish due to darkness and rain) in SCVAL De Anza Division action.

The Eagles improved to 6-0 in league and 10-1 overall.

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