Boys cross-country teams shooting for state meet

Lars Eng/Special to the Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Colton Colonna, from left, Los Altos High’s Owen MacKenzie and St. Francis’ Eric Eng head toward the finish line at the Earlybird Invitational in Salinas Sept. 15.

If the recent Earlybird Invitational was any indication, the boys cross-country teams from St. Francis and Los Altos highs are both poised to have another sensational season. The Lancers won the overall boys title and the Eagles finished third Sept. 15 at Toro Park in Salinas.

“We were happy to get back down to Toro Park to see where we’re at and feel out where we stand now,” said St. Francis boys coach Phil Pompei, whose squad won the Central Coast Section Division II title on the course last year. “Expectations are high, and I think we’re on a good trajectory.”

MV freshman Montoya on U.S. national team that claims soccer title

Courtesy of Erin Montoya
Allie Montoya of Los Altos plays in a game for the U.S. Under-15 Girls National Team at last month’s CONCACAF tournament in Florida.

Local soccer standout Allie Montoya helped a young American squad win the Girls U-15 CONCACAF championship last month in Bradenton, Fla. The U.S. Under-15 Girls National Team beat Mexico 3-0 on penalty kicks in the Aug. 13 final.

Montoya, a forward who is a freshman at Mountain View High, was among 18 players selected for the national squad. Most of the players on the other teams in the tournament were born in 2003; the U.S. roster included 14 players born in 2004 and four in 2005, according to a U.S. Soccer press release.

Sports on the Side

Kim takes 2nd place at El Dorado Shootout

Pro golfer Lauren Kim of Los Altos tied for third place at the 2018 Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout, a Symetra Tour event held Sept. 14-16 at the Mystic Creek Golf Club in Arkansas. Kim, a graduate of Los Altos High and Stanford University, shot a 1-under-par 215 over three rounds. She earned $8,555.

Dig Pink Match set for Oct. 9 at LAHS

The girls volleyball teams from Los Altos and Palo Alto highs are co-hosting the seventh annual Dig Pink Match and Bake Sale, scheduled Oct. 9 in the Los Altos High gym. The event aims to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for research and support projects. The JV match between the schools is set for 5:30 p.m. and the varsity match at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free. Attendees may show their support by wearing pink to make it a “pink out” and donate money to the cause at the match or online at For more information, email Kelley Corley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spartans stumble at home

Ken Flax/Special to the Town Crier
Senior Jacob Cortinas, carrying the ball against Capuchino, led Mountain View High in rushing Saturday.

After slumping to 1-3 with Saturday’s 38-32 home loss to Capuchino, the Mountain View High football team seems eager for the fresh start that comes with the opening of league play this week.

“We’re kind of starting over,” said quarterback JD Coyne, whose Spartans will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they visit Gunn 7 p.m. Friday to kick off their Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division slate. “We’ve got to put this loss behind us and go to work for league.”

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