Freshman powers girls to 58-48 win over Eastside Prep

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Freshman Stella Kailahi, with the ball, led the Pinewood School girls with 24 points Friday night.

The Pinewood School girls basketball team found another way to topple Eastside Prep. The Panthers Friday beat their league rival at their own game – thanks to a player from their own neighborhood.

In the 58-48 home win, Pinewood didn’t rely so much on 3-point shooting – outside of Marissa Hing (five of the Panthers’ six treys) – as it did on the post play of Stella Kailahi. The 5-foot-11 freshman scored a team-best 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.


Boys overwhelm Priory 74-43 with balanced attack

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Pinewood’s Ryan Brice drives the lane against Woodside Priory Friday. He scored 13 points.

In their previous meeting, the Pinewood School boys basketball team beat Woodside Priory on a free throw with under a second to play in the Central Coast Section Division V final March 5. This time, Pinewood put away Priory a lot sooner.

Leading comfortably by halftime, the Panthers pounced all over their rival in the third quarter and the rout was on. Host Pinewood prevailed 74-43 Friday night, delighting the majority of the close-to-capacity crowd.


Healthier LA girls soccer team hopes to turn season around

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Allie Crum, right, is one of four seniors on the Los Altos team.

Eight games into the season, the Los Altos High girls soccer team is still getting to know coach Stephen Nichols – and vice versa. Not only is Nichols new to the Eagles, hired in August, he’s missed half of their games due to an illness.

“This is kind of a weird season for me,” Nichols said. “I was really sick for six weeks and was out for two weeks. I wasn’t expecting that. I haven’t been myself, and that’s been difficult.”


Down to six players in second half, LA girls fall to Saratoga in basketball

A lack of players likely led to a lack of points for the Los Altos High girls basketball team Friday night at Saratoga. The Eagles – who began the game with eight players and finished it with six – lost to the Falcons 48-38.

“We played Saratoga even to the half, but just ran out of gas in the second half,” said coach Jaclyn Brode, whose team was outscored 24-14 after intermission.


Sports on the Side

Help for the Dons

The De Anza College alumni baseball game is scheduled 1 p.m. Jan 24 on the Cupertino campus. A social hour (5-6 p.m.) and kickoff dinner (6-8 p.m.) follow at the Hotel Los Gatos. Proceeds benefit the De Anza Field Renewal Project. Tickets to the social hour and dinner start at $50; admission to the game is free. For dinner tickets and more information, visit

Spring sports night

Mountain View High’s Spring Sports Parent Information Night is scheduled 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the school’s Spartan Theatre. The presentation will include a general overview of the spring sports, an introduction of coaches, an opportunity to turn in athletic enrollment forms, information on participation cost, a question-and-answer period and a breakout session with each team. For more information, email athletic director Shelley Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Eagles going through growing pains

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Los Altos High’s Patrick McColl grabs a rebound in Saturday’s game against Fremont. The senior scored a team-high 11 points.

Chalk up Saturday’s 61-47 loss to Fremont as another lesson for the inexperienced Los Altos High boys basketball team.

The Eagles learned the hard way that they’ll need to play with more consistency – and intensity – to beat teams like the upstart Firebirds.


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