Fri05292015

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Pinewood tabs Dean as boys basketball coach


The Pinewood School boys basketball program has enjoyed quite a bit of success in recent years, but new coach Ola Dean is shooting for more.

“Pinewood basketball is going to make some noise,” said Dean, hired May 11 to replace Mani Messy.

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Leagues honor local basketball, soccer players

All-league honors were recently awarded to varsity high school athletes participating in winter sports. Athletes from local schools who earned accolades are listed below.

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Newly hired hoops coach plans to pick up the pace at MV


While it’s too soon to tell if the Mountain View High boys basketball team will play better under new coach Kevin Mack, expect the Spartans to at least play faster next season.

“I bring an up-tempo, fastbreak style,” said Mack, hired April 16. “I like to play pressure defense to create turnovers and get more possessions.”

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Fujii hired to coach Mtn. View girls

Richard Fujii has been named girls varsity basketball coach at Mountain View High. He replaces longtime coach Judy Auclair, who retired after the season.

In a press release issued Friday, athletic director Shelley Smith said Fujii “has a wealth of basketball coaching experience and is excited to continue to build a tradition of excellence here at Mountain View. It was very clear during the interview process that Rich has the passion and desire to make a positive contribution in support of our student-athletes.”

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Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls


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St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader goes on a fast break in the CCS Division II final. The senior point guard scored eight points in the Lancers’ NorCal semifinal loss to Dublin last week.

Senior Daisha Abdelkader won’t realize her dream of getting back to the state final, but her St. Francis High girls basketball team got closer than many people expected.

Shaking off their late-season struggles to win a Central Coast Section crown and regional quarterfinal game, the Lancers bowed out of the playoffs in the Northern California Division II semifinals last week.

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Eagles' historic run ends


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Los Altos High’s Patrick McColl puts up a shot against San Marin in last week’s regional playoff game. He scored 13 points.

The Los Altos High boys basketball team, which rallied from a pair of double-digit deficits on the way to its first Central Coast Section title, wasn’t able to repeat the feat in the regional playoffs.

The Eagles came awfully close, though.

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