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MVHS grad leads U.S. to FINA crown

Under the guidance of Mountain View High graduate Adam Krikorian, the U.S. women’s water polo team last month won the FINA World Cup title for the third time in a row. Team USA beat host Russia 8-5 in the Sept. 9 final. Krikorian, a Mountain View native, has coached the team since 2009.

Dig Pink Match slated Tuesday 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 Tuesday in the Los Altos High gym. The event aims to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for research and compassionate 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 giving.side-out.org/campaigns/14445#. For more information, email Kelley Corley at kelley.corley @yahoo.com.

It's all Eagles in this one

Dale Simms
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Los Altos High’s Dale Simms outruns a Lynbrook defender.

Winning in blowout fashion can cause cockiness, and that’s something the Los Altos High football team will try to guard against as it prepares for Friday night’s game at Santa Clara.

“We don’t want to get overconfident and slack off in practice thinking that we’re all that,” senior Ben Parker said after the Eagles thumped Lynbrook 50-0 Saturday. “But this wasn’t really a real game; this was kind of just for fun.”

Los Altos girls water polo team gets defensive in 10-3 league win over rival Mountain View

Cynthia Yee
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Los Altos High’s Cynthia Yee passes the ball over Mountain View’s Allison Halliday. Yee scored five goals in the Eagles’ win.

In their first meeting since last fall’s Central Coast Section Division I final, the Los Altos High girls water polo team routed rival Mountain View 10-3 Sept. 18 in league play.

Up 3-2 after one quarter, the defending CCS champion Eagles outscored the visiting Spartans 7-1 the rest of the way.

Boys cross-country teams shooting for state meet


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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.”


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