Eagles excel at CCS semifinal meet

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Los Altos High’s Thea Mollerstedt, running in an early-season meet, last week qualified for the CCS finals in three events.

After going undefeated in the SCVAL De Anza Division and winning the league meet for the first time, the Los Altos High girls continued their streak of success Saturday at the Central Coast Section track and field semifinals in Gilroy.

The Eagles will be represented in nine events at the CCS finals, slated to start at 4 p.m. Friday at Gilroy High.

Local swimmers shine at state championships

Abbey Liao/Special to the Town Crier
The St. Francis High girls 400 free relay team – clockwise, from top left, Brooke Schaffer, Sydney Harris, Nicole Oliva and Audrey Holden – placed second at CCS and the state meet.

Los Altos High’s Danielle Carter and St. Francis High’s Brooke Schaffer not only competed in the state swimming and diving championships for the fourth year in a row – they also returned from last weekend’s meet with medals in hand.

Carter placed second in the girls 100-yard backstroke, while fellow Los Altos resident Schaffer took second in the 50 and 100 freestyles, plus anchored a pair of relay teams that finished in the top three.

No Open Division for LA baseball; Mtn. View softball wins league title

Two weeks ago, the Los Altos High baseball team looked like a lock to make the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs. A four-game skid followed, however, and – just as coach Gabe Stewart feared – it cost the Eagles an invitation to the top tier of the tournament.

“Due to recency bias, I am not sure if the committee will be able to overlook our recent four-game losing streak and instead focus on the fact we won 21 of our first 22,” Stewart said prior to Sunday’s seeding meeting. “My best guess is that not winning at least one game against Palo Alto, which would have made us (SCVAL De Anza Division) co-champions, and losing against Wilcox in the postseason (league) tourney, is going to hurt us for being selected for the Open.”

Sports on the Side

Trio of local athletes to be honored Monday

Three winter-sport athletes from local high schools will be honored at the 49ers Cal-Hi Sports Report’s end-of-the-year awards banquet, scheduled 5:30 p.m. Monday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The award winners include Mountain View High freshman Allie Montoya (CCS Girls Soccer Player of the Year) and Pinewood School senior basketball players Hannah Jump and Klara Astrom (Co-CCS Scholar Athletes of the Year). For more information on the banquet, call (408) 410-5808.

Mountain View High offers sports physicals

Mountain View High’s annual pre-participation physicals for next school year are scheduled 6-8 p.m. May 23 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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