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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.

Lancers top familiar foe in CCS final

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St. Francis High’s Darius Thomas drives to the basket in Friday’s CCS Open Division final against league rival Bellarmine.

The St. Francis High boys hadn’t lost to a basketball team from their league all season, and they weren’t about to start now – especially with so much at stake.

With a workman-like win, the Lancers Friday night claimed their first Central Coast Section Open Division championship. They defeated West Catholic Athletic League rival Bellarmine 55-48 in front of a near-capacity crowd at Santa Clara University’s Leavey Center.

After fast start, underdog Pinewood falls flat in second half of CCS title game against Mitty

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Pinewood freshman Hannah Jump scored 11 points in Friday’s final against Mitty.

It was going to take a near-perfect performance to beat one of the best girls basketball teams in the country, and Pinewood School played that way for the first quarter of Friday’s Central Coast Section Open Division final. The Panthers made eight of their first nine shots to lead Mitty by 13 points.

But they couldn’t sustain that level of play against the top-seeded Monarchs, who wore down No. 2 Pinewood with their superior size and depth to win 79-60 at Santa Clara University’s Leavey Center.

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