Pinewood girls reach Open semis; St. Francis routs LA in DII quarters

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Meghan McDermott, shooting, scored nine points in her final game for Los Altos High.

Pinewood School girls basketball coach Doc Scheppler and his standout point guard, Marissa Hing, don’t lack for confidence – and with good reason. Their team improved to 25-2 with Friday’s 54-31 victory over Presentation in the Central Coast Section Open Division quarterfinals.

Pinewood may be seeded fourth, but Scheppler believes his Panthers are capable of winning this toughest division of the playoffs.


Top seeds toppled: MV, SF girls soccer teams ousted in quarters

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Los Altos High goalie Carrie Wendelken makes a save against Mitty in last week’s CCS Division II playoff game. The host Eagles lost the match 1-0 on penalty kicks.

Those who envied the girls soccer teams from Mountain View and St. Francis highs for landing the top seeds in the Central Coast Section Division I and II playoffs, respectively, probably aren’t doing so anymore.

The Spartans (10-3-6 overall) and Lancers (14-6-1) were both upset in Saturday’s quarterfinals by teams seeded eighth in their divisions. Mountain View lost 1-0 to Santa Teresa (11-6-5), while St. Francis fell by the same score – in overtime – to St. Ignatius (13-5-5).


MV girls falter in fourth, lose playoff game to Paly

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Jayme Hughes scored 15 points for Mountain View Saturday, tying Karen Kauffman for team-high honors.

A fourth-quarter comeback Saturday by Palo Alto slammed the brakes on the Mountain View High girls basketball team’s season.

The third-seeded Vikings beat the No. 6 Spartans 57-54 Saturday in the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals at Gunn.


Mtn. View, St. Francis boys soccer teams make quick exits from playoffs

The second-best season in program history ended sooner than expected for the Mountain View High boys soccer team.

The fifth-seeded Spartans were stunned by No. 12 Andrew Hill 3-2 last week in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs.


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Los Altos takes title

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Los Altos High’s Joey Malgesini puts up a shot against Milpitas Friday. He scored a game-high 25 points in the Eagles’ 55-46 win.

The Los Altos High boys basketball team was in no mood to share Friday night.

Refusing to split the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division title with Milpitas, the focused and energetic Eagles topped the Trojans 55-46 to conclude the regular season.


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