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Publication Date: Friday, May 13, 2005

Sports Wrap Sports Wrap (May 13, 2005)

Spartans sweep Eagles

Mountain View earned bragging rights over rival Los Altos by sweeping the year's baseball series. The Spartans 9-3 victory on May 6 marked the third consecutive time they defeated the rebuilding Eagles in the 2005 season.

Will Evenson, Joe Hatasaki, Tommie Bommarito and Dustin Johnson all had multi-hit games for visiting Mountain View, which totaled 14 hits in building a 9-0 lead. Spartans pitcher Jon Warmbrodt effectively snuffed out any chances the Eagles had to get in the game.

Los Altos (3-19, 3-14 De Anza) finally got on the scoreboard in its last at bat, thanks to a three-run home run by Connor McColl. Kyle Tachibana went 2-3 with a double for the Eagles, who managed just six hits.

Mountain View (6-16, 5-11 De Anza) saw its two-game winning streak end with an 18-4 loss at Palo Alto on May 7, while Los Altos rebounded to notch only its third victory by defeating host Cupertino 3-2 on May 9.

With the postseason a distant dream after sub-par campaigns, the Spartans and the Eagles wrap up their seasons with games on May 13. Mountain View visits Milpitas while Los Altos hosts Wilcox.

Los Altos runners up on track

The Los Altos boys capped their strong league season with a second-place finish in the De Anza Division Track and Field Finals on May 5.

The Eagles narrowly lost out on taking the upper division's title. With 91 points, Los Altos fell just short of Los Gatos, which won the championship with 98. After dominating their events throughout the season, it was no surprise that Eric Hersey and Jeff Clark continued their remarkable performances. Hersey won both the 110-meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Clark leaped 6-2 to win the high jump, and also placed second in the triple jump and third in the long jump.

The Eagles 4x400-meter relay team took first in 3:29.94, beating runner-up Palo Alto's squad by more than a second.

After a slow start to its season, the Los Altos girls improved enough to finish fourth in the division finals.

Bria Nelson led Los Altos with a pair of second-place finishes, both narrow losses. The sophomore ran the 400-meter in 57.64, but lost by .03, and posted a time of 25.84 in the 200, but lost by .10. Senior Daphne Owen earned third place in the 800.

With the SCVAL Qualifier held at Los Gatos on May 14, the Eagles have one more chance to fine-tune their performances before the CCS Trials begin at San Jose City College on May 21.

Spartans conquer lower division

Mountain View laid claim to being the top overall track and field program in the El Camino Division with its performance in the division finals on May 4. The host Spartans won the boys competition among seven schools with 98 points and came in a strong third in the girls meet.

The Mountain View boys out-dueled second-place Homestead largely by finishing second in an incredible seven of the fifteen events. Senior Justin Bull was runner-up in both the high jump and triple jump. The Spartans also took second in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Better yet, Robbie Reid came away with a victory in the 800. The sophomore's time of 1:59.47 edged Saratoga's Ken Douglas by .02. Homestead offered a hearty challenge with its sweep of the top-three spots in the shot put, but fell just short with 95 points.

In the girls competition, sophomore Kate Kornegay led the Spartans by winning the 100 hurdles in 16.38. Kornegay also took third in the 300 hurdles.

Mountain View dominated the high jump, with senior Jane Doolittle taking first and sophomores Roni Amsden and Cheryl Kaestner finishing second and third, respectively. Amsden was runner-up in two other events, the long jump and the triple jump.

The Spartans look to maintain their strong performances when taking the field with De Anza Division teams in the SCVAL Qualifiers on May 14. Competing with upper-division athletes will be a good test for Mountain View after proving it stands above the other El Camino Division teams.

Eagle tennis sweeps MV from playoffs

Los Altos drew a familiar opponent to open the CCS Division I team tennis championships. In an unusual opening-round pairing, the Eagles hosted archrival Mountain View on May 4.

Even though Mountain View entered the match with the superior record, there was no doubt that Los Altos had the upper hand that afternoon, as it swamped the Spartans 7-0.

Faced with a brutal quarterfinal match in Bellarmine, the Eagles gave the No. 2 seed all it could handle. Los Altos pushed the undefeated Bells to the limit at Wallenberg Park on May 6, before succumbing 4-3.

Meanwhile, St. Francis defeated Aragon 4-3 in the CCS Division II opening round at Cuesta on May 5. The Lancers (15-5) saw their season end with a 5-2 loss at No. 4 seed Burlingame on May 6.

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