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Los Altos gymnastics team opens season with win

Coach Shannon Thoke has good reason to be optimistic about her Los Altos High gymnastics team, which won its season opener last week.

The Eagles graduated only one senior last spring and boast “three new varsity freshman who should significantly help our depth, which was an issue last year,” Thoke said.

Several gymnasts contributed to the 138.05 points Los Altos scored in the March 27 home victory over Half Moon Bay (124.60) and Mountain View (97.05).

The Eagles didn’t win any events, but they had three girls finish among the top five all-around: Kelli Yamaguma (third, 34.45 points), Erin Wooley (fourth, 34.20) and Megan Schmiesing (fifth, 33.90).

Mountain View’s Elaine Silverman took second with a 37.05.


Mountain View is tied for second in the SCVAL De Anza Division, beating Fremont and Cupertino after winning the Los Gatos Invitational last week. Brandon Yeh shot 77 in the tourney to finish third for the Spartans (4-1-1).

Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills led Menlo to a win over Gunn and Palo Alto March 26, shooting 70 at Palo Alto Muni for co-medalist honors.

Boys tennis

Los Altos edged Lynbrook 4-3 March 26, a day after falling by the same score to Monta Vista in De Anza Division play.

Mountain View won two of its three SCVAL El Camino Division matches last week to go to 6-2 in league and 8-5 overall.


Pinewood enjoyed a two-win week, beating Lincoln 7-3 and Woodside Priory 4-1 on the road. The Panthers went to 5-3 overall.

Owen Lewis had two hits in each game. Alex Nelson drove in three runs against Lincoln. Dylan Dreyer pitched a complete game in earning the win versus Priory and struck out seven batters.

Mountain View swept Gunn last week by scores of 15-7 and 2-0. The Spartans improved to 4-4 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 6-10 overall.

Track and field

Despite getting swept by Palo Alto March 26, Los Altos coach Dave Barth said his team produced “some great overall marks” in the closely contested De Anza Division meet.

The boys dominated the distance events, with Konrad Niemiec winning the 800-meter run, Alex Carr the 1,600 and Andreas Godderis the 3,200.

Danny Yeager won all of his events: the long jump, high jump, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

The boys 4x100 and 4x400 relays ran second-place times of 44.16 seconds and 3:32.54, respectively, to rank among the top 10 in CCS.

For the girls, Claire Bowie claimed the 800, Lauren Jacobs won the 3,200 – with her time of 11:07.10 ranking second in CCS – and the 4x400 relay also took first.

Gunn decisively swept host Mountain View Thursday in De Anza Division action, winning all but four events. The Titans prevailed 85-42 on the boys side and 87-40 on the girls side.

The Spartans’ wins came from Kevin Bastoul in the boys 1,600 and 800, Amy Lynch in the girls 800 and the girls 4x400 relay.

Boys volleyball

Los Altos split its two matches last week, following a sweep of Santa Clara with a five-game loss to Cupertino.

Ian McColl posted 10 kills, four blocks and seven digs in the win; David Stein added 11 kills and 14 digs. Alex Blackburn had 24 kills and 17 digs in the loss.


Saturday proved to be a busy day for Los Altos (9-6-1 overall). The Eagles beat Evergreen 7-4 in the Charlie Miguel Tournament, then routed Milpitas 11-4 in the Wilcox Tournament.

Lizzy Beutter earned the win against Evergreen, helped by a Marialena Ahern grand slam. Ahern won the second game; Natalie Hollenbaugh had three hits.

Visiting Mountain View pasted Pinewood 15-0 March 27 in non-league play. Spartan Athena Bolin struck out eight batters.

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