Mountain View High hires Panos to coach varsity girls soccer team

Diane Mazzoni/Special to the Town Crier
Jeff Panos, shown coaching the boys soccer team at Serra High, is the new girls soccer coach at Mountain View High, where he also teaches AP Chemistry and AP Environmental Science.

When Jeff Panos left his position as boys soccer coach at Serra High after the 2017-18 season, he planned to take a break from being a head coach. After serving as an assistant coach for Mountain View High’s varsity boys team last season, however, he changed his mind.

“I told myself I would only take on a new endeavor if the fit was absolutely eye-popping to me,” said Panos, a head coach for 20 years. “Mountain View girls (soccer) is something that I’ve always been aware of because of their success. And as I was assisting Jim (McGuirk) this past year, I would look over from the sideline and kind of see how they were doing ... and I thought to myself, ‘You know, this would be a really good fit if the door opened.’”

Pompei adds girls cross-country coach to list of responsibilities at St. Francis High

Coach Phil Pompei will be pulling double duty at St. Francis High in the fall.

The school announced this month that Pompei, the Lancers’ boys cross-country coach since 2013, also will take over the girls squad next season. He replaces longtime girls coach Roberta Chisam, who is retiring at the end of this school year and moving out of the area, according to St. Francis officials.

Sports on the Side

Several local teams make the grade

Nine local varsity teams have won Central Coast Section 2019 Spring Season Scholastic Championship Team Awards for earning one of the five highest collective grade-point averages among all schools competing in that sport this season. The Mountain View High boys volleyball (3.5180 GPA) and St. Francis High gymnastics (3.5379) teams ranked second in their sports; Mountain View’s boys tennis (3.6890) and gymnastics (3.072) teams took third; Mountain View’s badminton (3.6330) and boys lacrosse teams (3.2370) finished fourth; and St. Francis’ boys golf (3.3330), boys lacrosse (3.2091) and boys track and field (3.2869) teams placed fifth. The squads will receive team awards and individual certificates from the CCS, which instituted the awards in 1985.

AYSO Region 43 kicks off registration

Registration has opened for AYSO Region 43’s fall soccer season. The Los Altos-based region is for boys and girls born in 2006-2015. Students from Santa Rita, Covington, Almond, Gardner Bullis, Bullis Charter, Pinewood, St. Nicholas and Egan schools usually play in Region 43. AYSO has six philosophies: everyone plays, player development, positive coaching, good sportsmanship, balanced teams and open registration. Pay registration fees by Monday to receive a discount. To register and for more information, visit

Eagles repeat last year's feat

Courtesy of Sarah Wallace
The Los Altos High gymnastics team commemorates its CCS championship after last week’s meet. Front, from left: Coaches Sarah Wallace and Sydney Fong. Middle: Emilie Enser, Emma Tsao and Courtney Krauss. Back: Noor Tadros, Makeda Yezala, Kylie Molina, Allison Bricca, Roosa Uusitalo and Alexa Hamlin.

When the gymnastics season started, coach Sarah Wallace was confident her Los Altos High team had what it took to repeat as Central Coast Section champion. Last week, the Eagles proved her right.

Los Altos earned a score of 148.750 May 15 at Gymtowne Gymnastics in South San Francisco, where Homestead (146.900) was the runner-up for the second straight year. Mountain View placed third (143.350) and St. Francis finished fourth (142.900) in the six-team meet.

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