Mountain View, St. Francis girls to meet in soccer tourney final

The Mountain View High girls soccer team will try to win the Fremont Firebird Classic for the third year in a row when it faces St. Francis – the squad it beat in the previous two finals – Saturday in Sunnyvale. The match is slated to kick off at 6 p.m.

The undefeated Spartans reached the title game by shutting out Menlo-Atherton 5-0 last Saturday night.

Eng leads pack of local runners at west regional meet in Walnut

Lars Eng/Special to the Town Crier
Five Los Altos residents ran in the championship boys division of the Foot Locker West Regional Dec. 1 in Southern California. Pictured, from left: Rian Lawlor and Adam Sage of Los Altos High, and Eric Eng, Mason Elefant and Colton Colonna of St. Francis High.

The cross-country season didn’t end at last month’s state championship meet for a handful of local boys. Runners from Los Altos and St. Francis highs qualified for the Foot Locker West Regional, held Dec. 1 at Mount San Antonio Community College in Walnut.

St. Francis High senior Eric Eng placed 15th in the championship boys race, which included 221 runners. Running the 5-kilometer course for the first time, the Los Altos resident finished in 16 minutes, 2 seconds. That made him the top finisher from the Central Coast Section.

Sports on the Side

Winter Solstice bike ride set Dec. 21

GreenTown Los Altos’ annual Winter Solstice Night Bike Ride is scheduled 7-9:30 p.m. Dec. 21, starting outside Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 367 State St. The family-friendly, 8-mile ride goes as far as Christmas Tree Lane in Palo Alto and returns to downtown Los Altos by way of Starbucks near Stanford University for hot chocolate. Participants are encouraged to decorate their bicycles with twinkle lights and sing Christmas carols as they admire the holiday lights on the journey. Registration, which is free, begins at 6:30 p.m. For event and registration details, visit and search “Winter Solstice Bike Ride.”

Local tree lots support high school sports

Tree lots benefiting athletics at Mountain View and Los Altos highs, respectively, are open for business. Proceeds from the Spartans Tree Lot go toward purchasing sports equipment and improving facilities at Mountain View High. Operating hours are 5-8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends next to the football field at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. For more information, visit Proceeds from MVLA Trees, the Los Altos High tree lot, support the school’s sports programs and clubs. Operating hours are 3:30-8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends in the Chase Bank parking lot, 749 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View. For more information visit

Another tough-luck loss for Lancers

 Andre Bishop
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Anthony Landphere, above, consoles teammate Andre Bishop after Saturday night’s CCS Open Division II final loss to Valley Christian.

Opeti Fangupo was among the last Lancers to leave the field. With his head down and helmet in hand, the two-way starter plodded toward the locker room at Independence High in disbelief.

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