MV wins another De Anza crown in girls soccer

Courtesy of Ivan Bandov
The Mountain View High girls soccer team is all smiles Thursday after winning its fourth De Anza Division title in a row.

Make that four league titles in a row for the Mountain View High girls soccer team. The Spartans secured their latest Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division crown with Thursday’s 5-0 rout of Los Gatos.

“It’s always a great accomplishment to win our league, especially with such a great team in Palo Alto competing with us,” said Mountain View coach Ivan Bandov, whose 9-1-2 squad edged 8-0-4 Paly for first place. “Winning the title for our fourth-straight year is terrific, and I’m thrilled for our seniors that they were able to go out this way.”

MVLA honors college-bound soccer players

Shawn Descourouez/Special to the Town Crier
Members of the MVLA Soccer Club who have committed to colleges include, from left, Natalie Brehaut, Audrey Carr, Grace Descourouez, Michelle Feinberg, Natasha Harris, Karissa Hayes, Sofia Jones, Lia Kilgore, Maddie Neidig, Mira Nepomuceno, Emily Pye, Brenda Uribe, Olivia Weeks and Quinne Woolley.

Nearly 100 people filled the Los Altos Youth Center Feb. 12 to celebrate the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club’s class of 2017 college commits.

The 16 seniors who have signed National Letters of Intent include 10 from local high schools: Emily Pye (University of San Francisco) and Quinne Woolley (Whitman College) of Los Altos; Natalie Brehaut (Gettysburg College), Grace Descourouez (San Francisco State), Natasha Harris (San Jose State), Karissa Hayes (University of San Diego) and Maddie Neidig (McNeese State) of Mountain View; Sofia Jones (Santa Clara University), Mira Nepomuceno (DePaul University) and Annika Opsasnick (Cornell University) of St. Francis; and Olivia Weeks (Oberlin College) of Homestead High. All of them have committed to play soccer except for Opsasnick (track and field).

Sports on the Side

AYSO’s spring soccer sign-ups underway

Registration has kicked off for AYSO Region 43’s spring soccer program for ages 4-8 (as of July 31, 2016). A combination of drills and scrimmages, sessions are held Sunday afternoons from March through early May. Students who attend or live near Santa Rita, Covington, Almond, Gardner Bullis, Bullis Charter, Pinewood and St. Nicholas usually play in Los Altos-based Region 43. To register and for more information, visit

MV Fire Drill Run set for Saturday

The second Mountain View Fire Drill 5K/10K Run is scheduled Saturday at Shoreline Park. Registration is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m., the 10K run at 9 a.m., the 5K run/walk at 9:15 a.m. and the kids mile at 10:15 a.m. The race starts and finishes in Lot E of the park, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd. Registration is $12-$40; proceeds benefit the Mountain View Firefighters Random Acts program, which lends a helping hand to those in need. For more information, visit

Pinewood falters in 4th quarter

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Pinewood School’s Jaeden Bailey drives to the basket, defended by Woodside Priory’s Matt Boyle, a Los Altos resident.

Once the momentum swayed Woodside Priory’s way, it seemed there was nothing the Pinewood School boys basketball team could do to stop it.

Priory erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, tying the game with 12 seconds to play on an NBA-range 3-pointer from Ayo Aderboye. The 6-foot-6 junior then made a steal near midcourt and raced to the rim for a dunk with two ticks left, lifting his team to a 58-56 home win.

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