Sierra Canyon clamps down on Panthers

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Pinewood’s Annika Decker drives on Salesian’s Angel Jackson in the NorCal Open Division final. Decker scored a team- and career-high 17 points in Saturday’s state final loss to Sierra Canyon.

What Pinewood School achieved this season – making it to the state Open Division girls basketball championship game for the second straight year – is unprecedented.

While the Panthers will surely look back at this feat with pride one day, it seemed the furthest thing from their minds as they faced the media a few minutes after Saturday’s 69-51 loss to Sierra Canyon in the state final at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center.

McGraw brothers lead Nueva hoops team to its best season

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Nueva School’s Connor McGraw, left, and older brother Kyle of Los Altos Hills run toward the front court.

For Los Altos Hills residents Kyle and Connor McGraw, Nueva School’s 2018-19 boys basketball season wasn’t just special because their team had its most successful campaign in program history. It also provided the brothers the rare opportunity to play together.

“It was great playing with him,” Kyle said of Connor. “It was one of the first times; I usually just get to practice with him.”

Local resident scores winner for Menlo girls in soccer final

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Menlo High sophomore Stella El-Fishawy, right, outruns two defenders for the ball.

Los Altos resident Stella El-Fishawy couldn’t have chosen a better game to score her lone goal of the postseason.

Three minutes into the Central Coast Section Division I girls soccer final, the sophomore made what proved to be the game-winning goal in Menlo School’s 1-0 victory over Christopher Feb. 23 at Fremont High.

Eagles top Spartans in baseball league opener

The Los Altos High baseball team committed four errors in Friday’s game against rival Mountain View, yet that didn’t stop the Eagles and starting pitcher Ryan Baum from beating the rival Spartans.

Behind Baum’s complete-game performance, host Los Altos prevailed 5-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division opener for both squads. The senior struck out five and didn’t surrender any walks; the one run he allowed in the first inning was unearned.

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