Sports on the Side

Winter Solstice bike ride set Dec. 21

GreenTown Los Altos’ annual Winter Solstice Night Bike Ride is scheduled 7-9:30 p.m. Dec. 21, starting outside Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 367 State St. The family-friendly, 8-mile ride goes as far as Christmas Tree Lane in Palo Alto and returns to downtown Los Altos by way of Starbucks near Stanford University for hot chocolate. Participants are encouraged to decorate their bicycles with twinkle lights and sing Christmas carols as they admire the holiday lights on the journey. Registration, which is free, begins at 6:30 p.m. For event and registration details, visit and search “Winter Solstice Bike Ride.”

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 sports equipment and improving facilities at Mountain View High. Operating hours are 5-8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends next to the football field at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. For more information, visit Proceeds from MVLA Trees, the Los Altos High tree lot, support the school’s sports programs and clubs. Operating hours are 3:30-8 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

Another tough-luck loss for Lancers

 Andre Bishop
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St. Francis High’s Anthony Landphere, above, consoles teammate Andre Bishop after Saturday night’s CCS Open Division II final loss to Valley Christian.

Opeti Fangupo was among the last Lancers to leave the field. With his head down and helmet in hand, the two-way starter plodded toward the locker room at Independence High in disbelief.

Did it really just happen again?

Mtn. View High girls soccer team builds chemistry on and off the field

Allie Montoya
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High freshman forward Allie Montoya controls the ball in last week’s game against Los Altos.

Although smoky skies prevented the Mountain View High girls soccer team from practicing for nine days last month, it didn’t stop the Spartans from improving before their season kicked off.

Most of those days, coach Ivan Bandov gathered his girls indoors for tactical discussions and to play icebreaker games.

Los Altos girls basketball, Gunn girls soccer stun Paly

The Los Altos High girls basketball team rallied in the second half to knock off upper-division opponent Palo Alto 54-43 last week.

The visiting Eagles, down seven at intermission, outscored the Vikings 38-20 the rest of the way Nov. 28. Jamie Baum totaled 17 points to lead Los Altos, and Mahika Gupta added 14.

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