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Pinewood’s Claros signs with San Diego

At an on-campus ceremony Nov. 9, Pinewood School senior Brianna Claros signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at UC San Diego. Claros, a point guard, is a four-year varsity player for the Panthers.

Local tree lots support high school sports

Tree lots benefiting athletics at Mountain View and Los Altos highs, respectively, are open for business. Proceeds from the Spartans Tree Lot go toward purchasing equipment and improving facilities at Mountain View High. Operating hours are 5-8 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends next to the football field at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. For more information, visit spartanstreelot.com. Proceeds from the Los Altos High Tree Lot support the school’s afterschool sports programs and clubs. Operating hours are 4-8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends in the Chase Bank parking lot, 749 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View. For more information visit mvlatrees.com.

SF boys finish 9th at cross-country nationals; MV girls soccer team routs pair of opponents

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St. Francis High’s Aiden Maddison races in the national meet Saturday.

No matter what place they finished, the seven boys from St. Francis High were going to make history Saturday. Not only were they the first St. Francis cross-country team to make the NXN National Championships – these Lancers were also the first Central Coast Section squad to qualify.

So although they didn’t win the meet, the St. Francis seven were pleased with their ninth-place finish in Portland, Ore., where the nation’s top 22 teams ran the 5K course in rainy and muddy conditions.

St. Francis rally falls just short in CCS final

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St. Francis linebacker Joshua Pakola lunges at Serra quarterback Luke Bottari in Saturday’s CCS Open Division II final..

Saturday’s Central Coast Section Open Division II football final came down to bold moves – Serra High made them throughout the game and St. Francis High’s daring attempt at the end came up just short.

After scoring a touchdown on Reed Vettel’s 19-yard pass to Evan Williams with 1:26 left, the Lancers opted for the two-point conversion to pull ahead of the Padres rather than kick the extra point to tie them. Vettel, rolling right with pressure coming, threw a pass to fullback Opeti Fangupo that fell incomplete.

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Tree lot supports Los Altos High sports

The Los Altos High Tree Lot, which raises money for the school’s sports programs, opened last weekend in Mountain View. Last year, the lot raised nearly $20,000 for Los Altos High’s sports programs, according to organizer Jerry Sorensen. The lot is open 4-8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends in the parking lot at Chase Bank, 749 W. El Camino Real, which is near Castro St. For more information, visit mvlatrees.com.

Softball team tryouts set for Saturday

The Silicon Valley Fusion has scheduled tryouts for its 14, 16 and 18 A-level travel softball teams Saturday at the local high schools. Part of Mountain View Los Altos Girls Softball, the tournament teams are slated to begin play in early 2018. To register and for more information, visit svfusionfastpitch.org.

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