Sports on the Side

Sports camp starts next week at MVHS

Spartans Sports Camp, a nonprofit organization run by Mountain View High coaches and student-athletes, has scheduled its summer program Monday through July 28 on the school campus. There will be multi-sport, weeklong sessions for boys and girls in grades 2-7, sport-specific sessions for grades 2-9, color guard camp for grades 3-9 and cheerleading camp for grades pre-K-8. All proceeds benefit Mountain View High’s athletic department. To register and for more information, call 479-5906 or visit

MROSD hosts hike at Rancho preserve

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s Scenic Aerobic Hike I is scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 14 at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, which borders Los Altos and Cupertino. Docents Katherine Ken, Fran Keeler, Huey-Shin Yuan and Louise Casey are slated to lead the 4- to 6-mile moderately paced hike on some of Rancho’s many trails. There is no fee to participate. For more information, visit

Eagles outlast Chargers in semis

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Max Higareda played an integral role in Los Altos High’s CCS semifinal win over Wilcox Thursday. He had three hits and scored two runs – including the game-winner in the eighth.

It took the Los Altos High baseball team eight innings and some heroics from one of its quietest batters of the day to defeat Wilcox 4-3 in the Central Coast Section Division I semifinals Thursday at San Jose Municipal Stadium.

Ryan Baum – 0-for-3 before his final at-bat – saved his best for last, hitting a walk-off single to score Max Higareda and send the seventh-seeded Eagles to Saturday’s championship game against No. 1 Westmont (played after the Town Crier’s press deadline).

Top-seeded St. Francis stunned in semifinals

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St. Francis High’s Curtis Reitmeir, left, and Cameron Allen go for the block against Galileo in the first round of the NorCal playoffs.

The St. Francis High boys volleyball team – ranked fifth in the nation and the top seed in the Northern California Division I playoffs – has encountered few opponents good enough to make the Lancers pay for their mistakes.

They faced such a foe in Thursday night’s NorCal semifinals, and fourth-seeded Roseville turned many of those mistakes into points that enabled the visitors to pull off a four-set upset. The Tigers took down St. Francis 26-24, 16-25, 25-17, 25-18.

SF softball team in CCS final; LA swimmer places 11th at state

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Los Altos High sophomore Danielle Carter swims the 100-yard back stroke at the state meet.

With last week’s playoff victory, the St. Francis High softball team moved a win away from its first Central Coast Section title in the sport.

The sixth-seeded Lancers held on for a 4-3 win over No. 7 Santa Teresa May 24 in the CCS Open Division semifinals at PAL Stadium in San Jose. St. Francis (23-7) was scheduled to return to PAL Saturday, after the Town Crier’s press deadline, to face No. 4 Mitty (21-6) in the final. The Lancers last reached the championship round in 1997.

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