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Publication Date: Friday, April 01, 2005

Sports Wrap Sports Wrap (April 01, 2005)

St. Francis strong at Stanford meet

Led by a pair of juniors, Ben Sitler and Kyle Mills-Bunje, the St. Francis boys track-and-field team enjoyed a strong performance at the Stanford Invitational on March 25-26.

Sitler placed sixth in his section of 25 in the 1-mile run with a time of 4:23.41 and followed that by running the 3000-meters in 8:50.60, good for fourth in his section of 24. Mills-Bunje excelled in the long jump, finishing second among 33 contestants with a leap of 22-02.75. He also tied for sevent in the high jump (28 contestants), with a leap of 6-2.

Senior Oliver Plattner led the St. Francis sprinters with a second-place finish in a heat of nine runners in the 100-meter preliminaries with a time of 11.30. A pair of Lancers, junior Ben Sheehan and sophomore Casey Roche, tied for fifth place among 30 competitors in the pole vault with jumps of 14-6.

The St. Francis boys relay teams also excelled, winning the 4x400-meter in a heat of five teams and finishing second among nine teams in the 4x100-meter relay preliminaries.

Stanford meet challenges LA, MV

The Los Altos boys finished strong in the two hurdles events. Senior Evan Nottage earned third place (of nine contestants) in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.81, while sophomore Eric Hersey placed third in a heat of eight in the 110-meter hurdles preliminaries at 15.51.

The Los Altos "A" team placed second among nine teams in the boys 4x400-meter relay.

In the girls competition, St. Francis sophomore Natasha Barthel tied for second in a contest of 28 in the pole vault at 12-00.

For Mountain View's squad, sophomore Kate Kornegay placed fifth in a heat of eight runners in the 100-meter hurdles at 17.15.

The Los Altos girls earned three fifth-place finishes. The Eagles relay team ran the 4x100 preliminaries in 51.58 among seven challengers. Junior Alicia Yanez finished the 100-meter preliminaries in 13.28 in a heat of nine, while senior Daphne Owen ran the 400-meter hurdles in 71.13 in a section of eight.

St. Francis and Mountain View compete in the St. Francis Invitational on April 2, while Los Altos travels to the Oakland Relays the same day.

Spartan volleyball on a winning streak

After a slow start, Mountain View's boys volleyball team has come roaring back with a strong showing in the Leland Charger Classic. The Spartans are on a roll after league victories over Wilcox and Saratoga, and now have a winning streak of seven matches.

After falling 23-25, 21-25 to a strong St. Francis squad in the opening round of the Charger Classic on March 19, Mountain View reeled off victories against Scotts Valley, Seaside and St. Ignatius, and avenged its earlier loss to Fremont. The Spartans took the Silver Division Championship with a 25-22, 25-20 victory over Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Mountain View (7-3 overall, 2-2 league) continued its strong play by dominating Wilcox at home on March 22. Senior outside hitters Brian Azzapardi and Mike Giron and senior setter Sidney Kim paced the team's effort.

The Spartans then notched their first road victory in the league season at Saratoga on March 24. Giron recorded 10 kills in the 25-22, 25-23, 25-8 win, while senior middle blocker Danny Bishop had seven kills and two blocks.

Mountain View hosts Fremont on April 7.

Spartans edge Wilcox in extra innings

The Mountain View baseball team evened its De Anza Division record at 2-2 with a 3-2 extra-inning triumph over defending league champion Wilcox on March 25.

Spartans pitcher Jon Warmbrodt held down the Chargers offense by throwing seven innings of two-hit, two-run ball.

Junior A.J. Rossi relieved Warmbrodt and posted two scoreless innings, while receiving help from a standout defensive play. In the top of ninth inning, the Spartans executed a flawless relay to nail the potential go-ahead run at the plate.

Senior Dustin Johnson scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on junior Jason Marshalla's slow roller.

Mountain View went on to defeat St. Mary's (Stockton), 12-6, the following day at the Serra Knights of Columbus Tournament.

The Spartans (4-6 overall) host Monta Vista on April 1 and Los Altos on April 4.
-- Scott Campbell

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