Success for Spartans

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Mountain View High players gather to congratulate one another after edging Palo Alto 3-2 in Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division I final.

With a youthful soccer team plagued by injuries from the start of the season, coach Ivan Bandov wondered in November whether his Mountain View High girls were capable of making it to the Central Coast Section final – let alone winning it.

Saturday morning at Valley Christian, the strong-willed Spartans removed all doubt by fending off Palo Alto 3-2 in the CCS Division I title game.


Rebounding from regular-season woes, Lancers paste Presentation in CCS final

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St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader puts up a shot against Presentation Saturday.

The St. Francis High girls basketball team got its groove back just in time for the playoffs, riding the wave all the way to the Central Coast Section Division II championship.

Bouncing back from losing nine of their last 10 games in the regular season, the third-seeded Lancers defeated top seed Presentation 58-46 Saturday in the final at Santa Clara University.


Pinewood can't hold late lead versus Irish

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Dejected Pinewood players Stella Kailahi, left, and Gabi Bade walk off the court as Sacred Heart Cathedral celebrates the win.

A Pinewood School girls basketball team accustomed to winning playoff games let one slip away Friday night at Santa Clara University.

The Panthers lost the lead in the last 16 seconds of the Central Coast Section Open Division final and missed out on two chances to regain it, enabling Sacred Heart Cathedral to eke out a 48-46 win.


St. Francis done in by last-second free throws

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St. Francis High’s Curtis Witt takes a jump shot Friday. He led the Lancers with 13 points.

In a split second, St. Francis High’s elation turned to deflation Friday night at Santa Clara University.

Serra’s errant 3-pointer in the last second of the Central Coast Section Open Division boys basketball final seemed to clinch the win for the Lancers, whose fans reacted with a roar loud enough to drown out the referee’s whistle for a foul on the shot.


Pinewood boys fall to Priory in hoops semi; SF soccer teams ousted in same round of CCS

Call it playoff payback. Woodside Priory – which fell to Pinewood on a last-second free throw in last year’s Central Coast Section Division V final – rallied from a 24-point halftime deficit to beat the top-seeded Panthers 50-47 in last week’s semifinals.

Four-time defending champ Pinewood scored the first 15 points March 4 at Santa Clara High and led 34-12 at intermission. Fourth-seeded Priory began its colossal comeback with a 13-3 third-quarter run and outscored Pinewood 25-10 in the fourth.


LA baseball team jumps on Matadors early

Scoring early and often, the Los Altos High baseball team routed Monta Vista 9-3 last week in non-league play.

The visiting Eagles put up seven runs by the third inning of the March 3 game.


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