Atherton stars in Spartans' win on Senior Night

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Kate Atherton scored five goals in Mountain View’s 11-7 win over Palo Alto Thursday.

Thursday was Senior Night for the Mountain View High girls water polo team, so it only seemed appropriate that a senior led the Spartans to their 11-7 league victory over Palo Alto.

Mountain View coach Drew Enlow said Kate Atherton “proved too much to handle” for Paly. The team captain scored a game-high five goals and drew four ejections.

49ers honor Mtn. View's Austin as High School Player of the Week

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Mountain View High senior Jai Austin was named the San Francisco 49ers High School Player of the Week after the Spartans’ 21-20 homecoming victory over Hillsdale in double overtime.

Mountain View High football standout Jai Austin was recently named the San Francisco 49ers High School Player of the Week.

The senior halfback/defensive back was selected for his leadership and week six performance against Hillsdale, a team the Spartans edged 21-20 in double overtime Sept. 30. Austin rushed for 40 yards, caught two passes for 10 yards and recorded six tackles in the homecoming game, played under temporary lights at Mountain View.

Donors dig deep to fight cancer

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The Los Altos High girls varsity volleyball team.

The Los Altos High varsity girls volleyball team and junior-varsity squad joined forces with the Palo Alto High volleyball program Thursday night for the 2016 Dig Pink Rally to fight breast cancer.

People who attended the varsity and JV matches between the schools were encouraged to donate money to the Side-Out Foundation, a nonprofit charity that raises awareness and funds for the treatment of the disease. Through onsite donations, bake-sale proceeds and fundraising websites, the rally raised $5,200, according to Dig Pink Chairwoman Debbie Chen, which exceeded last year’s total by more than $2,000.

Sports on the Side

Tee off for MVLA

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club has scheduled its third annual MVLA Golf Classic Nov. 7 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club. The fundraiser begins with registration (11 a.m.), followed by a shotgun start (noon), a wine and cocktail reception (5 p.m.) and dinner (6 p.m.). Proceeds pay for the fields, coaches and the nonprofit club’s financial-aid program. Cost is $275. To register and for more information, visit

Pumpkins for sports

The Los Altos High School Athletic Boosters Pumpkin Patch is scheduled to be open noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends through Oct. 31 in the student parking lot, 201 Almond Ave. Proceeds benefit Los Altos High sports.

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