Sports on the Side

LAHS Pumpkin patch supports sports

The Los Altos High School Athletic Boosters Pumpkin Patch opened last week in the far corner of the student parking lot. Hours of operation are noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends through Oct. 30. Proceeds benefit Los Altos High athletics.

MVHS hosts meeting for parents & coaches

Mountain View High’s parent/coach information meeting for winter sports (basketball, soccer and wrestling) is scheduled 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Spartan Theater. Topics include participation requirements, specifically sports physicals, and online registration. Representatives from the MVHS Sports Boosters and the Positive Coaching Alliance are also expected to speak. For more information, contact athletic director Shelley Smith at 940-4626 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Change is good for Mountain View

Jeremy Noel
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Mountain View High’s Jeremy Noel, above, looks to shoot against Lynbrook.

As the newest member of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, the Mountain View High boys water polo team approached this season without expectations.

“We came in with the mindset of, ‘Let’s test it out and have fun,’” junior Tony Nardelli said of taking on the difficult De Anza a year after winning the SCVAL’s easier El Camino Division. “We didn’t have any pressure or stress – there’s nothing to lose.”

Under new coach and with slew of new starters, Pinewood football team endures growing pains

Eric Burton
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Pinewood quarterback Eric Burton moves out of the pocket in Friday’s game.

Friday’s 44-20 home loss to Anzar guaranteed that Pinewood School will not have a winning season in eight-man football, and new coach Kevin Thorson is OK with that.

“No team I’ve coached has emphasized that we have to win or everything’s a failure – that’s not life,” said Thorson, who took over for longtime coach Matt Irvin. “I just want us to eliminate mistakes and play the best we can – that’s all we ask.”

Donovan sets pace for Los Altos girls at Stanford meet

Naomi Donovan led Los Altos High with a 33rd-place finish in the girls seeded race at the Stanford Invitational cross-county meet.

The senior ran the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 58.30 seconds Saturday. There were 111 runners in her division.

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