Panthers push past Vikings

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Pinewood guard Marissa Hing puts up a shot Saturday against Valley Christian-Dublin. She scored a team-high 14 points.

Beating Valley Christian-Dublin 57-46 moved the Pinewood School girls basketball team only two wins from a return to the state final, though the Panthers’ uneven performance Saturday left coach Doc Scheppler concerned about their chances of getting there.

Host Pinewood (27-3) couldn’t sustain the big leads it built in both halves of the Northern California Division V quarterfinal game. The Panthers’ ill-advised shots and fouls – and turnovers – let the Vikings (27-5) hang around.


Eagles end 5-game skid, beat Homestead, Aptos

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Los Altos High’s Chase Eller, swinging, went 2-for-4 in Friday’s win over Homestead.

Although head coach Donnie Ecker didn’t panic after his Los Altos High baseball team started 0-5, he’s feeling better now that the Eagles have won two games in a row.

“We do have the talent to get this moving in the right direction,” he said. “It’s really just a matter of us simplifying what we’re trying to do in all phases, and getting comfortable with each other.”


Mtn. View off to scorching start in boys volleyball

The Mountain View High boys volleyball team went undefeated in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division last year. It’s probably unrealistic to expect the Spartans to repeat that feat, despite their 3-0 start.

“The SCVAL De Anza is loaded this year,” said coach M. Anthony Chen, who goes by MAC.


Pinewood boys fall to St. Joseph

The Pinewood School boys basketball team kept pace with St. Joseph Notre Dame for a quarter, but the second-seeded Pilots pulled away before halftime of Saturday’s Northern California Division V quarterfinal and prevailed 57-35.

Trailing just 14-11 after the opening quarter, the seventh-seeded Panthers were outscored 18-3 in the second. Host St. Joseph of Alameda carried that momentum into the third quarter, outscoring Pinewood by 12 to take a commanding 52-22 lead.


Sports on the Side

Vieira recognized

De Anza College freshman Nate Vieira, a Los Altos High graduate, was recently named Second Team All-Coast Conference South Division. The 5-foot-8 point guard helped the Dons reach the regional playoffs this season.

Typhoon tryouts

The MVLA Typhoons 98 – an under-15 girls soccer team for players born after July 31, 1998 – invites players to try out this month. The squad is part of the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club. To register and for more information, visit


Murphy's free throw with less than a second left lifts Pinewood boys to 47-46 win over Priory

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Pinewood School sophomore guard Kyle Murphy celebrates making the game-winning free throw in Friday’s victory over Woodside Priory in the Central Coast Section Division V final.

Kyle Murphy’s free throw with .03 seconds left proved to be the final piece of an improbable play that propelled Pinewood School to a 47-46 win over Woodside Priory in Friday’s Central Coast Section Division V boys basketball final.

The play began with 2.4 seconds left when savvy senior guard Greg Naumann – inbounding the ball under his own basket after Priory’s game-tying 3-pointer – heaved the pass into the front court to Murphy. He drove to the basket and drew the foul – to the disbelief of Priory players, coaches and fans anticipating overtime at Notre Dame De Namur University in Belmont.


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