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Spartans win rousing rivalry game

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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.

Eagles' growing pains on full display

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Los Altos High’s Nolan Brennan drives through a swarm of Fremont defenders in last week’s game.

As the Los Altos High boys are learning – the hard way – the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division is not kind to inexperienced basketball teams.

There’s little margin for miscues in the daunting De Anza – none of the seven teams entered league play with a losing record – and the young Eagles made plenty of them in last week’s 44-26 home loss to Fremont.

MV girls hold on to stun Saratoga

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Mountain View High freshman Kyra Palmbush lays in the ball Friday against Saratoga. She scored a team-high 12 points.

At 6-foot-1, Kyra Palmbush doesn’t look like a freshman – and she didn’t play like one Friday night. She came off the bench to lead the Mountain View High girls basketball team to a 47-43 win over Saratoga.

Palmbush scored a team-high 12 points and blocked three shots in the victory, which boosted the Spartans to 2-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 6-4 overall.

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