LA girls take down Fremont 44-28

Mahika Gupta
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Los Altos High’s Mahika Gupta drives to the basket in Friday’s game against Fremont. The senior scored 12 points in the win.

The Los Altos High girls basketball team’s Senior Night might as well have been called Mahika Gupta Night, because she’s the sole senior on the squad. After being honored in a pregame ceremony, the center played an integral role in the Eagles’ 44-28 victory over Fremont Friday.

Gupta scored 12 points – including the game’s first and last baskets – in Los Altos’ SCVAL El Camino Division finale.

LA boys toppled by Paly 56-46

Friday’s 56-46 home loss to Palo Alto concluded a 2-10 league season for the Los Altos High boys basketball team, but – thanks to a 9-3 record outside the SCVAL De Anza Division – the Eagles are bound for the playoffs.

The Central Coast Section tournament is a fresh start for Los Altos, given a week to prepare for Friday’s first-round game against an opponent to be determined at today’s seeding meeting.

MV's first female wrestler notches first victory

Nhiem Nguyen/Special to the Town Crier
Paris Harrell is all smiles after winning her first match Jan. 31.

Although Paris Harrell is the first and only girl to wrestle for Mountain View High, she doesn’t think of that when she’s on the mat.

“You are more focused on surviving during wrestling – and pushing your way through it – than you are actually focused on your opponent’s gender,” she said.

Local soccer teams eye playoffs

Friday’s 5-1 home win over Saratoga kept the Mountain View High boys soccer team’s playoff hopes alive, and it will likely take winning today’s regular-season finale to turn those hopes into reality.

“It’s looking like (tonight’s) game at Santa Clara may be for a playoff spot,” said coach Jim McGuirk, whose Spartans are 3-3-5 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 6-6-7 overall. “We can’t apply without a win or a tie because we would be under .500. A win or tie would give us a chance at making the playoffs as an at-large team.”

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