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Los Altos grad shines as Georgetown diver

Los Altos High graduate Riley Fujioka (Class of 2017) was named Big East Diver of the Week last month. During the week of Jan. 14-20, the Georgetown University sophomore won the 1- and 3-meter women's diving events versus Drexel with career-high scores of 282.07 and 293.93, respectively.

Local water polo club opens youth sign-ups

Registration for NorCal Aquatics’ spring session of youth water polo is now open. For boys and girls ages 8-14, the session is slated to run Feb. 25 through May 1 at Los Altos High. Practices are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; youth league games are set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9, March 30, April 6 and April 27. Los Altos High varsity water polo coaches Seth and Katie Tasman serve as directors of NorCal Aquatics. Registration is $625. To register and for more information, visit

Spartans tighten grip on 1st place

Jailen Daniel-Dalton’s dazzling dunk was just another example of how the Mountain View High boys basketball team has elevated itself above the rest of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division this season.

The junior’s windmill jam early in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game punctuated a 56-34 win for the Spartans, whose defense and 3-point shooting overwhelmed second-place Cupertino.

Eagles need strong finish to make section playoffs

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Los Altos High senior Harry Allen, surrounded by Mountain View players Jan. 4, scored the game-tying goal in last week’s rematch.

The Central Coast Section soccer playoffs are only two weeks away, and the Los Altos High boys find themselves in a tenuous position when it comes to earning an invitation.

With four games left in the regular season, the Eagles are amid a crowded field of teams vying for one of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division’s three automatic playoff berths. While only three of the seven teams in the division have more wins than the two Los Altos has, the Eagles sit in sixth place due to the four losses and two ties on their record.

MV girls fall at Cupertino in basketball

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Mountain View’s Kyra Palmbush, left, faces Cupertino’s Sahana Krishnamurthy. Palmbush scored 17 points Friday.

Slicing a 13-point deficit to four in the closing seconds of the third quarter, the Mountain View High girls basketball team seemed to seize the momentum. But with one improbable shot, Cupertino snatched it back.

Guard Sayesha Chaudhary banked in a 3 from well beyond the arc, barely beating the third-quarter buzzer. It ignited a 14-2 run for the host Pioneers, who prevailed 55-40.

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