Pinewood girls overwhelm Notre Dame-SJ

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Freshman Akayla Hackson, grabbing a rebound for Pinewood, scored 10 points off the bench against Notre Dame-San Jose.

In Friday’s 76-30 dismantling of Notre Dame-San Jose, the Pinewood School girls basketball team provided more evidence that it will not only be tough to beat this season but for years to come.

The host Panthers – who have lost just once all season and remain undefeated in league – received stellar efforts from their experienced starters and strong support from their freshmen.


Pinewood boys rally to clip King's in overtime

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Pinewood’s Ryan Brice shoots over King’s Academy’s Anthony Sabel in Friday’s game. Brice scored 16 points, including four in overtime.

The Pinewood School boys basketball team didn’t panic after blowing an 11-point lead in the third quarter – or even after allowing King’s Academy to tie the game in the final second of regulation Friday night. The host Panthers persevered, dominating overtime to prevail 57-48.

“We’ve been in these situations all year long,” said coach Mani Messy, whose team has played three overtime games and six decided by five or fewer points. “We used our experience, and that helped.”


Mountain View boys rout Fremont in soccer

In a triumphant return from injury, Brad Bumgarner led the host Mountain View High boys soccer team to a 7-0 flogging of Fremont. The senior striker scored four goals Friday.

Bumgarner – sidelined for three weeks with an ankle injury – provided a “huge lift for the team,” coach Jim McGuirk said.


Eagles extend winning streak to 13 games

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Los Altos High senior guard Kelly Hamamoto averages nearly six steals per game.

The Los Altos High girls basketball team entered this week having won 13 consecutive games, surely the program’s longest such streak in decades. The Eagles (15-3 overall) haven’t lost since Dec. 10.

Is there a secret to their winning ways?


Sports on the Side

Wrestling with success

Blach Intermediate School eighth-grader Austin Sonnentag recently won league and section titles in wrestling. Undefeated in the 175-pound class during the regular season, his lone loss of the year came at the hands of the county champion.

LL softball sign-ups

Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League is registering players for girls T-ball and softball. The spring season is open to girls ages 5-12. New and experienced players are welcome. To register and for more information, visit


Second-half surge powers Eagles past Spartans 53-38

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Los Altos High’s Daniel Rosenbaum shoots over Mountain View High’s Joey Williams in last week’s league game.

With each game, the Los Altos High boys basketball team looks more like the team to beat in the SCVAL De Anza Division. The Eagles’ biggest obstacle may be the Eagles.

“We’ve got the opportunity in front of us and we can play with anybody,” said coach Bob McFarlane, whose team is off to a 5-0 start in league. “It’s just a matter of almost getting out of our own way at times and focusing on the team and what the team’s trying to accomplish.”


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