Eagles exceeding expectations

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Los Altos High’s Mahika Gupta puts up a shot against the Spartans’ Stephanie Evanson in last week’s game.

The Los Altos High girls basketball team is off to its best start in more than a decade – and not because the Eagles have played a soft schedule.

Their 5-0 record includes wins over Palo Alto and Mountain View, which both play in the upper division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, and an Aragon squad that reached the Central Coast Section Division II final last winter.

Lancers suffer another 1-point playoff loss

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Senior receiver Evan Williams scored St. Francis’ lone touchdown in Friday’s loss.

For the second week in a row, the St. Francis High football team suffered a one-point loss in the playoffs – only this time, it ended the Lancers’ season.

St. Francis fell 14-13 at Del Oro (Loomis) Friday night in the Northern California Division 2-AA title game. And just like the prior week’s 31-30 double-overtime loss to Valley Christian in the Central Coast Section Open Division II final, the Lancers lost the lead late.

Mountain View, St. Francis girls to meet in soccer tourney final

The Mountain View High girls soccer team will try to win the Fremont Firebird Classic for the third year in a row when it faces St. Francis – the squad it beat in the previous two finals – Saturday in Sunnyvale. The match is slated to kick off at 6 p.m.

The undefeated Spartans reached the title game by shutting out Menlo-Atherton 5-0 last Saturday night.

Eng leads pack of local runners at west regional meet in Walnut

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Five Los Altos residents ran in the championship boys division of the Foot Locker West Regional Dec. 1 in Southern California. Pictured, from left: Rian Lawlor and Adam Sage of Los Altos High, and Eric Eng, Mason Elefant and Colton Colonna of St. Francis High.

The cross-country season didn’t end at last month’s state championship meet for a handful of local boys. Runners from Los Altos and St. Francis highs qualified for the Foot Locker West Regional, held Dec. 1 at Mount San Antonio Community College in Walnut.

St. Francis High senior Eric Eng placed 15th in the championship boys race, which included 221 runners. Running the 5-kilometer course for the first time, the Los Altos resident finished in 16 minutes, 2 seconds. That made him the top finisher from the Central Coast Section.

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