Boys overwhelm Priory 74-43 with balanced attack

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Pinewood’s Ryan Brice drives the lane against Woodside Priory Friday. He scored 13 points.

In their previous meeting, the Pinewood School boys basketball team beat Woodside Priory on a free throw with under a second to play in the Central Coast Section Division V final March 5. This time, Pinewood put away Priory a lot sooner.

Leading comfortably by halftime, the Panthers pounced all over their rival in the third quarter and the rout was on. Host Pinewood prevailed 74-43 Friday night, delighting the majority of the close-to-capacity crowd.


Eagles going through growing pains

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Los Altos High’s Patrick McColl grabs a rebound in Saturday’s game against Fremont. The senior scored a team-high 11 points.

Chalk up Saturday’s 61-47 loss to Fremont as another lesson for the inexperienced Los Altos High boys basketball team.

The Eagles learned the hard way that they’ll need to play with more consistency – and intensity – to beat teams like the upstart Firebirds.


Owls getting a lot out of a little

In a typical season for the Foothill College women’s basketball team, coach Jody Craig wouldn’t be satisfied with a 7-4 start and No. 8 ranking in Northern California.

But this isn’t a typical season. Craig had just a few weeks to put a team together.


Pinewood poised for another title run

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Pinewood’s girls basketball team is receiving contributions from several new players, including freshman Stella Kailahi, above.

Complacency shouldn’t be a problem for the defending Division V state champion Pinewood School girls basketball team. Coach Doc Scheppler has raised the rim for his Panthers, at least metaphorically.

“Doc has really high goals for us – he wants us to go to the Open Division state – and I think we have a chance,” senior point guard Marissa Hing said of the playoff division comprising the state’s top teams, regardless of school size. “It’s good to have a challenge, but Division V would be a challenge, too.”


Foothill women open basketball season with 87-25 dismantling of visiting Hartnell

The Foothill College women’s basketball team tipped off its season with an 87-25 thumping of Hartnell Saturday.

The host Owls scored 47 points in the first half and surrendered only 10 points in the second half.


Tyler Johnson: From hills to Heat

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Shooting guard Tyler Johnson, a St. Francis High graduate from Mountain View, signed with the Miami Heat last week.

Signed by the Miami Heat as an undrafted free agent last week, rookie Tyler Johnson faces an uphill battle to make the NBA. Good thing the Mountain View native is somewhat of an expert when it comes to conquering hills.

As soon as Johnson returned from Fresno State – where he played basketball the past four seasons – the St. Francis High graduate began running the rugged sand hills of San Francisco as part of his summer training regimen. He took them on almost every day.


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