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Spartans secure division title in boys basketball

In two years, the Mountain View High boys basketball team has gone from worst to first in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division. The Spartans clinched the title with Friday’s 48-46 win at second-place Saratoga.

“Winning league is definitely a huge accomplishment for this group, seeing how far they have come the last two years,” said coach Kevin Mack, who last season took over a team that went 1-11 in league the year before. “So credit to our players for all they have put in, and they definitely earned this.”

Coach cites St. Francis seniors' leadership as key to soccer team's success this season

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St. Francis High’s Mira Nepomuceno is one of six seniors on the soccer team, which sits in first place in the WCAL.

Based on its sparkling 12-3-2 record and first-place standing in the ultracompetitive West Catholic Athletic League, the St. Francis High girls soccer team isn’t short on strengths. But one attribute stands out from the rest, according to coach Dawn Hill.

“It’s the senior class and how well they have made the team come together,” she said. “This is probably the closest team we’ve had my whole time here.”

Pinewood falters in 4th quarter

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Pinewood School’s Jaeden Bailey drives to the basket, defended by Woodside Priory’s Matt Boyle, a Los Altos resident.

Once the momentum swayed Woodside Priory’s way, it seemed there was nothing the Pinewood School boys basketball team could do to stop it.

Priory erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, tying the game with 12 seconds to play on an NBA-range 3-pointer from Ayo Aderboye. The 6-foot-6 junior then made a steal near midcourt and raced to the rim for a dunk with two ticks left, lifting his team to a 58-56 home win.

Sports on the Side

State basketball finals moving to Golden 1

The state high school basketball championships are changing sites this year – but not cities. The finals for all six divisions, boys and girls, are moving from Sleep Train Arena to the new Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. The games are scheduled March 24 and 25. For more information, visit cifstate.org.

St. Simon looks to refresh Schram Field

St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos is raising funds to renovate Schram Field. The goal is to raise $60,000 by Sunday. The athletic field is named after Joe Schram, who served as a coach and athletic director at the school for 35 years. For more information, call 968-9952.

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