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Publication Date: Friday, December 31, 2004

Sports Wrap Sports Wrap (December 31, 2004)

Eagles make the most of tiring schedule

The Los Altos boys basketball team completed its exhausting preseason with a victory over Hillsdale and losses to Gunn and Silver Creek.

After a first-round loss to eventual champion Fremont in the Fremont Sunnyvale Holiday Tournament, the Eagles defeated Hillsdale 64-58 in overtime in consolation play on Dec. 20. Sophomore center Brett Perrotta's 21 points led Los Altos, which avenged a 22-point loss to the Knights two weeks earlier.

Completing a grueling stretch of 12 games in 16 days, the Eagles then lost to Gunn 72-50 and Silver Creek 64-33 the next two nights.

Los Altos (5-8) begins El Camino Division play at Cupertino on Jan. 4.

Spartans split recent games

The Mountain View boys basketball team continued its preseason with a split against two former El Camino Division opponents. The Spartans, now in the upper De Anza Division, fell to Cupertino 60-47 on Dec. 21 after managing only nine points in the fourth quarter. Junior forward Terrence Willis led Mountain View with 17 points.

Mountain View defeated Lynbrook 59-45 the next night with 18 points from senior center Dustin Johnson.

The Spartans (7-5) host Saratoga on Dec. 31 at 1:30 p.m. in their preseason finale. All proceeds from the gate and concession stands will go toward the ongoing medical care of Kathleen Davey, wife of Saratoga coach Mike Davey, who has a severe brain injury.

Mountain View begins league play at Gunn on Jan. 4.

Lancer girls successful in preseason

Continuing their dominant preseason, the St. Francis girls basketball team defeated Redwood 50-32 on Dec. 21. Junior center Rebecca Tratter scored 14 points, and senior forward Kim Mooney posted 13 points.

St. Francis then routed The King's Academy 80-58 the following night, outscoring their opponents 28-4 in the fourth quarter. Junior guard Cynthia Curley scored a game-high 25 points, and Tratter and Mooney finished with 22 and 18 points, respectively.

St. Francis (6-1) hosts Mitty on Jan. 5 to begin West Catholic Athletic League play.

Boys team falters in fourth-quarter play

With a couple of lackluster fourth-quarter performances, the St. Francis boys basketball team lost to San Benito and Woodside.

Despite leading San Benito by seven points entering the final period on Dec. 21, the Lancers fell 60-56. Senior guard James Bisordi led St. Francis with 15 points.

In another frustrating contest, the Lancers were outscored 21-13 in the fourth quarter en route to a 62-52 loss to Woodside the next night. Senior guard Brady Fuerst scored 21 points.

After hosting its own tournament on Dec. 28-30, St. Francis (4-4) begins West Catholic Athletic League play at Mitty on Jan. 4.

Soccer tryouts for girls

The CYSA Soccer Club is forming a girls under-8/9 team and is interested in finding skilled players born after 7/31/96. Tryouts will be held Jan. 8, 13 and 22. For more information, contact Joe Bassi at 576-0988 or by e-mail at [email protected]

The CYSA Class 3 girls under-13 soccer team, the MV-LA Screaming Nightmares, will hold tryouts Jan. 8-9. The team is looking for experienced players born between 8/1/91 and 7/31/92. If interested, contact coach Joseph Chalhoub at (408) 910-4752 or by e-mail at [email protected]

-- Scott Campbell

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