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SF grad Johnson inks lucrative deal with Miami Heat

If Tyler Johnson wasn’t already getting donation request letters from St. Francis High, he surely will now. The 2010 graduate just signed a reported four-year, $50 million contract with the NBA’s Miami Heat.

Not bad for an undrafted shooting guard out of Fresno State who has started only seven games over his two seasons in the league.

Kimyacioglu's unusual road to Rio


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Sebnem Kimyacioglu proudly holds the Turkish women’s national basketball team’s giant-size ticket to the Summer Olympics in Rio.

If this really is the end of Sebnem Kimyacioglu’s decorated career as a basketball player, what a way to go out.

The 2001 graduate of Pinewood School is bound for the Summer Olympics in Rio to play with the Turkish women’s national team.

Los Altos High's McFarlane steps down after successful stint as basketball coach


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Bob McFarlane guided the Eagles to a 63-46 record in his four seasons as coach.

Bob McFarlane, who last year guided the Los Altos High boys basketball team to its first Central Coast Section championship, has stepped down as coach due to other commitments.

“Teaching full time, running a company, serving my family and running a varsity program just isn’t working for my bandwidth, sanity or performance quality in every role,” said McFarlane, a married father of three who teaches physical education at Los Altos and runs a side business, Bald Eagle Sports Camps. “For those reasons, I need to resign as the head coach and want to say thank you for all the years of support by all of the Los Altos community.”

Panthers unable to repeat upset feat


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Pinewood’s Klara Astrom drives to the hoop in Saturday’s game.

After pulling off the biggest upset of the Northern California playoffs to reach the Open Division final, it was evident early in Saturday’s game that the Pinewood School girls basketball team was out of miracles.

The fourth-seeded Panthers struggled to make shots from the start and weren’t able to contain No. 2 Miramonte, which cruised to a 73-40 victory at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena.

Lancers find themselves in big hole early and can't dig out of it against Sacramento


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St. Francis High’s Jenesis Merriman puts up a shot Saturday against Sacramento.

While it may be true most basketball games are won or lost in the fourth quarter, count Saturday’s playoff contest at St. Francis High as one of the exceptions to the rule.

This game was all but over by the end of the first quarter.

St. Francis boys lose close game at No. 2 Modesto

The St. Francis High boys basketball team’s sensational season came to a close with Friday’s loss in the first round of the Northern California Open Division playoffs. The seventh-seeded Lancers fell 54-51 at No. 2 Modesto Christian.

St. Francis, which went undefeated in the ultracompetitive West Catholic Athletic League and captured the Central Coast Section Open Division championship, finished the season 25-3. Friday’s loss snapped the Lancers’ 23-game winning streak.


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