Archer takes aim at Olympics after making ODP Pacific Zone Youth Team

Los Altos resident Archer Sauer, shown playing water polo for Homestead last fall, recently made the Olympic Development Program’s Pacific Zone Youth Team.

Los Altos resident Archer Sauer has started on the path to his dream of making the U.S. men’s Olympic water polo team. The Homestead High sophomore recently made the Olympic Development Program’s Pacific Zone Youth Team.

Acceptance in the program is highly selective; only 14 boys in each zone, comprising 22 counties, make the cut each year.

MV girls lacrosse off to strong start under new coach

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Mountain View’s Rachel Hurst, right, is among the team’s leading scorers.

Mountain View High girls lacrosse coach Tim Kirkendall may not be an expert on the sport – he’s never played the game or even coached it before this season – but he knows a good team when he sees it.

“I believe we’re good enough to compete with anyone,” he said. “The girls know the game, and the way they’ve been playing has been remarkable.”

Eagles on track to win league

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Los Altos High’s Thea Mollerstedt races in the 100-meter hurdles Thursday against Milpitas. She won that event and 300 hurdles.

Even with some of its top competitors taking the day off to be ready for the Stanford Invitational, the Los Altos High track and field team had no trouble beating Milpitas Thursday.

The Eagles’ boys and girls squads dominated the home meet, each improving to 3-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division.

Sports on the Side

MVLA soccer players attend national camp

Three players from the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club participated in the U.S. U14 Girls National Training Camp that wrapped up earlier this month in Norco. The girls – Allison Montoya, Leah O’Brien and Charis Toney – are all members of MVLA Barcelona ECNL, an under-14 team.

LAHS Color Run set for next month

The fourth annual Los Altos High School Color Run, a fundraiser for the athletics program, is slated April 28 on the campus. A color run features checkpoints along the route at which the participants are sprinkled with colored powder. Three events are scheduled: the Community 5K Fun Run (featuring music and prizes; families and strollers welcome) at 5 p.m., the Quad Festival (food and children’s games) at 6 p.m. and the High School 5K Costume Run (music and prizes; high school students only) at 7 p.m. Registration fees are $30 for adults, $20 for high school students, $10 for children 6-13 and free for ages 5 and under. To register and for more information, visit

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