Foothill finishes among elite 8 in men's basketball

The Foothill College men’s basketball team entered the postseason as the 17th seed in the Northern California playoffs and exited as one of the top eight teams in the state.

The Owls knocked off three higher-seeded squads – including No. 1 Fresno City – to reach the elite-eight round for “only the second time in recent memory,” coach Matt Stanley said.


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Spring sports camps

Spartans Sports Camp is offering five-day basketball and tennis camps over spring break next month. Sessions are scheduled 9 a.m. to noon April 6-10 at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. The tennis camp is open to boys and girls in grades 4-8; the basketball camp is for boys and girls in grades 3-8. Cost is $195 per camp. To register and for more information, call 479-5906 or visit the camp’s website at

All-Century voting

The California Interscholastic Federation, which governs the state’s high school sports, recently announced that voting for the CIF Winter All-Century Team has begun. All-Century Team nominations were accepted online during the past school year; former student-athletes who demonstrated significant athletic contributions in CIF sports were eligible to be nominated. The list of nominees includes wrestler Bernie Olmos, a 1967 graduate of Mountain View High. Winter honorees will be revealed in March and acknowledged at their respective sport’s CIF state/regional championships. To vote, visit and click “100th anniversary.”


Eagles soar to new heights

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Los Altos High players Kyle Cumagun, from left, Simon Heck and Patrick McColl celebrate winning the Central Coast Section Division II final Saturday at Santa Clara University.

With his team trailing top-seeded Leland by 13 points at intermission, Los Altos High boys basketball coach Bob McFarlane told his players that Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division II final could go one of two ways.

“I remember what I said walking out of halftime,” McFarlane recalled. “‘I said, ‘Well, we’re either going to make the greatest comeback in history and make incredible school history, or we’re going to get rolled here.”


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.


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