Perfect Spartans face Paly today in girls soccer

The Mountain View High girls soccer team continues to dominate the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, shutting out Saratoga 4-0 and Santa Clara 5-0 last week to remain undefeated.

This week, the Spartans face perhaps the biggest obstacle in their quest to repeat as league champs. In what coach Ivan Bandov called a “big game for us,” Mountain View is scheduled to host Palo Alto 3:30 p.m. today. The Spartans (5-0 league, 13-0 overall) are two points ahead of the Vikings (4-0-1, 8-2-1), the league runner-up last year.

Mountain View boys finally getting healthy after injury-riddled start to soccer season

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Mountain View High’s Winston Shustock pursues the ball in Friday’s game against Fremont.

Reinforcements are on the way for the Mountain View High boys soccer team, depleted by injuries this season. Coach Jim McGuirk said he expects several players back on the field this week.

But will they be returning soon enough to help the Spartans make a playoff push?

Lancers hold on

He scored on several acrobatic drives to the basket, drained a fall-away 3-pointer and converted an inbounds alley-oop, yet the biggest play St. Francis High’s Logan Johnson made Friday against St. Ignatius didn’t involve him taking a shot.

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St. Francis High’s Logan Johnson splits two defenders on the way to the basket Friday. He scored a team-high 18 points in the win.

With the Lancers leading by two points with 1:44 to play, the senior drove the lane – drawing the defense’s attention – and promptly zipped a pass to an open Oscar Pedraza in the left corner. The junior buried the 3-pointer and St. Francis never looked back, winning 63-56 at home.

Sports on the Side

MVHS AD Social set for Saturday night

Mountain View High’s fourth annual Athletic Directors Social is scheduled 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave. The Mountain View High band is scheduled to provide live music. Proceeds will support replacing the athletic department’s failing electric carts. Tickets are $75, which includes food, wine and beer. For tickets and more information, visit

SF graduate Johnson heats up for Heat

NBA player Tyler Johnson, a St. Francis High graduate, scored a season-high 31 points in the Miami Heat’s 117-111 win over the Orlando Magic Dec. 30. The guard shot 12 of 18 from the field, which included a 3-for-4 effort on 3s.

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