Panthers' fate: A return to state

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Pinewood’s Gabi Bade dribbles toward the basket in Saturday’s game. She scored 16 points.

Size didn’t matter in the Northern California Division V girls basketball final – experience did.

Defending champ Pinewood School blew out bigger but younger Brookside Christian 61-38 Saturday morning at American Canyon High to advance to the state final for the third time in four years.


St. Francis squeaks by Serra in extra innings

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St. Francis High shortstop Conor Thane comes up with the catch on a line-drive shot up the middle by visiting Serra Friday.

Pinch hitter Erik Benedetti’s bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the St. Francis High baseball team to a 1-0 win over visiting Serra Friday.

The Lancers, bouncing back from a loss to St. Ignatius in their West Catholic Athletic League opener three days earlier, improved to 6-1 overall. Serra slumped to 0-3 in league and 5-5 overall.


Eagles excel in hurdles, relays

Although the Los Altos High track and field team is off to a slow start collectively, several Eagles are excelling individually.

Two boys won multiple events last week – including a hurdler whose time ranks among the Central Coast Section’s best – and a girls relay team set a school mark the week before.


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Spartan scholarship

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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


Pinewood girls move one win away from return to state final

BadeBy Pete Borello
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The Pinewood School girls basketball team dominated only one quarter of Tuesday's Northern California Division V semifinal game, yet that was enough to carry the Panthers to a 54-44 win over Capital Christian.
    Second-seeded Pinewood (28-3) advances to the NorCal final - scheduled 10 a.m. Saturday at American Canyon High - to face No. 1 Brookside Christian (28-4).
    The Panthers - the defending NorCal champs - were in championship form in the first half against sixth-seeded Capital Christian (26-6) of Sacramento. Leading by two after the first quarter, Pinewood outscored the visiting Cougars 24-6 in the second with an array of drives and 3-pointers.
    “We had a great rhythm getting layups and 3s in the first half, which is our tempo,” said coach Doc Scheppler, whose team led 39-19 at intermission.
    The Panthers connected on nine of their 12 shots in the second period, including four 3s. Forward Leeana Bade made four consecutive shots - three drives and a baseline 3 - in the first three minutes.
    “That was definitely one of my best first halves of the whole entire season,” said Bade, who had scored 14 of her game-high 17 points by halftime.
    The 20-point bulge enabled Pinewood to survive a second-half slump in which Capital Christian twice cut the lead to single digits.
Pinewood made only three field goals after halftime, none bigger than Bade's 3-pointer with 3:47 to play. The Cougars had just narrowed the deficit to nine when the senior buried the shot from the right wing, providing the Panthers with their first points of the fourth quarter.
Point guard Marissa Hing split a pair of free throws after a Capital Christian turnover, pushing the lead to 48-35 with 3:12 remaining. Hing knocked down a pair of foul shots in the final minute, and guard Gabi Bade (Leeana's younger sister) made four more to keep the Cougars at a safe distance.
    Hing, who totaled 14 points, is eager to take on Brookside of Stockton in Saturday's NorCal title game. She hasn't forgotten their last meeting - a 60-37 win by Brookside in the NorCal semifinals two years ago.
    “They're a really good team, and they killed us my freshman year,” she said. “This year I think we'll give them a better run. I'm excited for that game.”
     The winner plays the Southern California champ in the state final, scheduled 10 a.m. March 28 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

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.


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