Panthers outpace Priory

Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Pinewood’s Matt Peery lays up the ball in Friday’s win over Woodside Priory. Peery paced the Panthers with 19 points.

While height helps, the Pinewood School boys are proof that basketball is not necessarily a game of inches.

For the second time this season, the undersized Panthers overwhelmed Woodside Priory and its towering tandem of Ayo Aderoboye (6-foot-9) and Emmanuel Ajanaku (6-6).


Youthful Spartans may be rebuilding, but they're striving for CCS playoffs

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High goalie Tag Wilson has four shutouts this season.

In his 27th season, Mountain View High’s Jim McGuirk is among the most experienced boys soccer coaches in the Central Coast Section. This year’s team, however, is among the least experienced he’s coached.

“We lost 17 players from last year’s roster – 10 to graduation and seven for various other reasons,” McGuirk said. “So for the first time in a long time, I truly have a brand-new, rebuilding team.”


Mountain View still unbeaten in girls soccer

The Mountain View High girls soccer team ran its unbeaten streak to 14 games with last week’s 5-1 rout of Milpitas. The visiting Spartans improved to 6-0-1 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 13-0-1 overall.

Laura Carceroni, Natasha Harris, Giulia Martins, Ysa Baluyot and Karissa Hayes scored a goal each for Mountain View. Baluyot registered an assist as well.


Sports on the Side

MV hosts hoops camp

Spartans Sports Camp’s Winter Break Basketball Camp is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 15-19 at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. Mountain View coaches and alumni direct the camp, open to boys and girls in grades 3-8. They will emphasize shooting, ball-handling and defense. Cost is $215, which includes a water bottle, T-shirt and backpack. Scholarships are available. To register and for more information, call 479-5906 or visit

CIF invites applicants

The deadline to apply for the California Interscholastic Federation Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award is Feb. 10. The program honors 22 high school student-athletes for excellence in athletics, academics and character. One male and one female statewide winner will each receive $5,000 as well as a visit to the State Capitol in Sacramento where they will be honored in front of the legislature. Additionally, two winners (one male and one female) from each of the 10 CIF Sections will receive $2,000 each. To apply and for more information, visit


Spartans win rousing rivalry game

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
With Los Altos High’s Nolan Brennan defending, Mountain View High’s Ryan Hammell races toward the basket with the ball.

Saturday’s rivalry game between Mountain View and Los Altos didn’t count in the league standings – the boys basketball teams play in different divisions – but the result may prove to have a positive impact on where the Spartans finish.

“We needed a game like this, and I think the rivalry got us going,” Mountain View senior co-captain Ryan Hammell said after his team’s 58-44 road win. “We haven’t been shooting too well in league games, but tonight was a different story. Hopefully we carry this confidence into our league games and get back up in the rankings.”


Pinewood girls thump Gators

Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Pinewood sophomore Brianna Claros scored 19 points Friday.

This season’s Pinewood School girls basketball team faintly resembles last year’s edition, yet the expectations haven’t changed. The young Panthers are still chasing championships.

And not just a league title – that’s only the start. Pinewood is eying a berth in the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs, comprising only the top eight teams in CCS.


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