Eagles need strong finish to make section playoffs

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Los Altos High senior Harry Allen, surrounded by Mountain View players Jan. 4, scored the game-tying goal in last week’s rematch.

The Central Coast Section soccer playoffs are only two weeks away, and the Los Altos High boys find themselves in a tenuous position when it comes to earning an invitation.

With four games left in the regular season, the Eagles are amid a crowded field of teams vying for one of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division’s three automatic playoff berths. While only three of the seven teams in the division have more wins than the two Los Altos has, the Eagles sit in sixth place due to the four losses and two ties on their record.

MV girls fall at Cupertino in basketball

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Mountain View’s Kyra Palmbush, left, faces Cupertino’s Sahana Krishnamurthy. Palmbush scored 17 points Friday.

Slicing a 13-point deficit to four in the closing seconds of the third quarter, the Mountain View High girls basketball team seemed to seize the momentum. But with one improbable shot, Cupertino snatched it back.

Guard Sayesha Chaudhary banked in a 3 from well beyond the arc, barely beating the third-quarter buzzer. It ignited a 14-2 run for the host Pioneers, who prevailed 55-40.

Sports on the Side

SFHS senior Grizelj chooses St. Mary’s

Mia Grizelj, a senior on the St. Francis High girls basketball team, recently accepted an athletic scholarship from St. Mary’s College. The Lancers’ 6-foot-1 center is the team’s second-leading scorer and top rebounder this season.

Little League sign-ups for spring season start

Registration for the 2019 Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League spring season is open. The league offers baseball (open to boys and girls ages 5-14) and softball (girls grades K-3) leagues. The season begins in March. To register and for more information, visit losaltoslittleleague.com.

Panthers send a message

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Pinewood’s Hannah Jump lays up a shot in Friday’s victory over Menlo. The senior scored a game-high 35 points.

Friday night, the Pinewood School girls basketball team seemed to silence any talk of Menlo challenging the Panthers for supremacy in the West Bay Athletic League this year. If the Knights are indeed gaining ground on Pinewood, it’s by inches – not feet.

The Panthers dismantled Menlo 75-36 to break the first-place tie between them. The game was close for a quarter, but host Pinewood – which routed the Knights by 39 and 47 points last year – pulled away in the second period and the lead ballooned from there.

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