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    Welcome to the final Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys athlete of the week poll of the 2021 spring sports season. Each Monday for the past eight weeks, we have provided a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allowed you, the reader, to vote for the winner. With only a handful...
    Bay Area News Group Top 15 (Mercury News & East Bay Times) No. 1 Pinewood (17-0) Most recent ranking: 2 After six consecutive losses in the CCS Open Division final, the past five to Mitty, Pinewood rallied from 12 points behind to beat Mitty in this spring’s Open final and complete a perfect season. No. 2...
    Bay Area News Group Top 15 (Mercury News & East Bay Times) No. 1 Campolindo (15-0) Most recent ranking: 1 Went undefeated against a heavyweight schedule that included Salesian, Archbishop Riordan, Bishop O’Dowd and De La Salle despite its top player, junior Aidan Mahaney, missing much of the season because of injuries. No. 2 Archbishop Mitty...
    SAN JOSE – Archbishop Mitty junior right-hander Tristan Fox knows he can rely on his defense whenever he finds himself in pressure situations. Things were no different Saturday. “I just trusted my defense,” Fox said. “All year they’ve been making plays for me.” Fox was the beneficiary of three groundball double plays and a terrific catch in...
    SAN JOSE – Lydian Li said a quiet message to herself Saturday as she stepped up to the free-throw line with the Lynbrook girls basketball team holding a slim lead over St. Francis late in the fourth quarter of the Central Coast Section Division 2 championship game. “Honestly, I was scared,” Li said. “But I was like, ‘I’ve done...
    CCS boys  Division III No. 2 Burlingame 43, No. 1 Santa Cruz 39 Burlingame didn’t appear to be much of a threat to Santa Cruz’s 19-game winning streak when it fell behind 8-1 in the first quarter. But the Panthers outscored the host team 17-7 for the rest of the half, then held on to capture the Division III...
    SAN JOSE — Homestead coach Matt Wright made his way back onto the court after the trophy presentation Saturday night. He had to spend a few minutes with the opposing player who simply would not leave the hot and charged up Piedmont Hills gym without a championship. Jordan Martinez made 10 shots from beyond the 3-point arc — some...
    CCS boys basketball Open Division Friday’s final No. 1 Archbishop Mitty 69, No. 2 Archbishop Riordan 63, OT Division I YEARBOOK: Check out our best photos from unprecedented prep sports year Saturday’s final No. 2 Piedmont Hills 75, No. 8 Homestead 64 Division II Saturday’s final No. 1 St. Francis 61, No. 6 Wilcox 46...
    MENLO PARK — Was it more satisfying for Aidan Braccia to lead Sacred Heart Prep to a championship in an enrollment-based division than to compete and lose against the top competition in the Open Division? “No — and yes, at the same time,” answered Braccia, nobody more equipped to answer the question than the junior who drained 26 points...
    SAN JOSE — What could have been time for despair was comforted by words of wisdom. What looked like a championship slipping away under a sea of big-time shots by Archbishop Riordan sophomore King-Njhsanni Wilhite was merely a hiccup along the path to victory. Archbishop Mitty celebrated its second consecutive Central Coast Section Open Division boys basketball championship...
    With 40.6% of the vote, Archbishop Mitty right-hander Tristan Fox is the Bay Area News Group’s boys athlete of the week for May 31-June 5. Fox, a 6-foot-4 junior, pitched 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball as the Monarchs defeated Valley Christian 3-2 in the WCAL championship game. He made nine starts this spring and posted a 1.64 ERA...
    With 49.3% of the vote, San Leandro basketball’s Geriah Bradley is the Bay Area News Group’s girls athlete of the week for May 31-June 5. Bradley, a 5-foot-4 sophomore, helped snap the Pirates out of a two-game skid with a game-high 22 points as San Leandro doubled up Alameda and then some, 76-32. St. Francis softball junior Jessica...
    CCS boys basketball Division I No. 2 Piedmont Hills 68, No. 3 Santa Clara 58 Senior guard Jordan Martinez poured in 35 points and nailed seven 3-pointers Thursday, leading Piedmont Hills to a convincing victory over Santa Clara. The Pirates (17-5) will host No. 8 seed Homestead on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Division I title game....
    It would be hard to blame Homestead boys basketball coach Matt Wright if he was thinking about dinner during his team’s victory over Mountain View in the Central Coast Section semifinals Thursday night. Wright was supposed to be at a wedding rehearsal dinner in Lake Tahoe at the very moment his team was playing. His own rehearsal feast....
    It would be hard to blame Homestead boys basketball coach Matt Wright if he was thinking about dinner during his team’s victory over Mountain View in the Central Coast Section semifinals Thursday night. Wright was supposed to be at a wedding rehearsal dinner in Lake Tahoe at the very moment his team was playing. His own rehearsal feast....
    CCS boys basketball Open Division Wednesday’s semifinals No. 2 Archbishop Riordan 66, No. 3 St. Ignatius 65 No. 1 Archbishop Mitty 88, No. 5 Half Moon Bay 63 Friday’s final No. 2 Archbishop Riordan (14-3) at No. 1 Archbishop Mitty (16-1), 7:30 p.m. Division I Thursday’s semifinals No. 2 Piedmont Hills 68, No. 3...
    CCS boys basketball Open Division Wednesday’s semifinals No. 2 Archbishop Riordan 66, No. 3 St. Ignatius 65 No. 1 Archbishop Mitty 88, No. 5 Half Moon Bay 63 Friday’s final No. 2 Archbishop Riordan (14-3) at No. 1 Archbishop Mitty (16-1), 7:30 p.m. Division I Thursday’s semifinals No. 3 Santa Clara (12-3) at No....
    CCS baseball Division I Saturday, June 12 quarterfinals No. 6 Aptos (15-2) at No. 3 Valley Christian (21-9), 1 p.m. No. 7 Saint Francis (16-11) at No. 2 Palo Alto (20-4), 1 p.m. No. 5 Los Gatos (17-5) at No. 4 Live Oak (17-2), 1 p.m. No. 8 Junipero Serra (21-3) at No. 1 Archbishop...
    SAN JOSE — Half Moon Bay boys basketball coach John Parsons went into the locker room Wednesday night hoping that the break would cool off Archbishop Mitty’s shooting. Mitty coach Tim Kennedy, his team on top by four points, went into halftime looking for more defense. By the end of the third quarter, it was clear how this...
    CCS softball playoffs Open Division Wednesday’s semifinals No. 2 Notre Dame-Salinas 7, No. 6 Pioneer 6 No. 1 St. Francis 9, No. 4 Aragon 1 Thursday’s final No. 2 Notre Dame-Salinas (16-2) at No. 1 St. Francis (25-0), 4 p.m. Division I Wednesday’s semifinals No. 3 Westmont 12, No. 7 Live Oak 2...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Rory Kenneally thought he’d won the game. In coach Jason Greenfield’s eyes, Kenneally’s 3-pointer as time expired should have sent St. Ignatius to its first CCS Open Division final. But a hundred feet away, on the opposite baseline, after officials added 1.1 seconds back on the block, Riordan center Mor Seck and St. Ignatius center Ethan...
    SAN JOSE — At this time of year, Sue Phillips is usually in full summer mode. The longtime Archbishop Mitty High coach would be getting ready for basketball camps and well into the AAU season. But as with everything else amid the pandemic, this year is different. Wednesday, Phillips guided her team to its sixth consecutive trip to...
    Welcome back to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) prep roundup. Here’s the best of Tuesday’s action in Central Coast Section basketball: CCS boys basketball Division I No. 8 Homestead 59, No. 1 Independence 50 Homestead picked the right time to play its best basketball. Tied 40-40 after three quarters on the road Tuesday against...
    CCS boys basketball Open Division Wednesday’s semifinals No. 3 St. Ignatius (12-6) at No. 2 Archbishop Riordan (13-3), 7 p.m. No. 5 Half Moon Bay (21-3) at No. 1 Archbishop Mitty (15-1), 7:30 p.m. Division I Tuesday’s quarterfinals No. 3 Santa Clara 48, No. 6 Palo Alto 43 No. 2 Piedmont Hills 59, No. 7...
    CCS boys basketball Open Division Wednesday’s semifinals No. 3 St. Ignatius (12-6) at No. 2 Archbishop Riordan (13-3), 7 p.m. No. 5 Half Moon Bay (21-3) at No. 1 Archbishop Mitty (15-1), 7:30 p.m. Division I Tuesday’s quarterfinals No. 6 Palo Alto (11-8) at No. 3 Santa Clara (11-3), 7 p.m. No. 7 Menlo-Atherton (5-6)...
    CCS softball playoffs Open Division Today’s quarterfinals No. 6 Pioneer (13-5) at No. 3 Los Altos (12-1), 4 p.m. No. 7 Archbishop Mitty (13-5) at No. 2 Notre Dame-Salinas (15-2), 5 p.m. No. 5 Branham (19-2) at No. 4 Aragon (14-2), 4 p.m. No. 8 Hillsdale (15-6) at No. 1 St. Francis (21-0), 4 p.m....
    CCS boys volleyball Division I final After losing the first set Saturday, Bellarmine fought back to beat Los Gatos 22-25, 25-21, 25-14, 25-23 and capture the Central Coast Section Division I championship. Junior outside hitter Moses Wagner had 20 kills and senior Robin Liu had 50 assists for the Bells. Bellarmine coach Tyler Hinz said he felt “pretty...
    OAKLAND — Lou Richie was standing outside the Bishop O’Dowd gym, eating a postgame meal catered by the mother of one of his program’s all-time great players, Ivan Rabb. The Dragons had just won a fifth consecutive basketball game to close their pandemic-shortened season, rallying Saturday from eight points behind in the fourth quarter to defeat University-San Francisco 59-57. ...
    CCS boys volleyball Division I final No. 3 Bellarmine def. No. 1 Los Gatos 22-25, 25-21, 25-14, 25-23 Division II final No. 1 St. Francis def. No. 2 Monta Vista 25-15, 25-18, 25-18  Division III final No. 3 Harker def. No. 4 Prospect 25-11, 25-14, 25-18 CCS boys basketball Open Division Friday’s quarterfinals No. 3...
    Welcome back to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) prep roundup. Here’s the best of Friday’s action in boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball: Girls basketball No. 1 Archbishop Mitty 80, Capuchino 29 Olivia Williams scored 17 points, all but six in the first quarter, to lead five-time defending CCS Open Division champion Mitty to...
    SAN JOSE — Half Moon Bay had complete control of this Central Coast Section boys basketball playoff game against Bellarmine on Friday night but needed a defensive stand in the final seconds to advance. “That was a stressful one,” coach John Parsons said after his team escaped with a 71-68 victory that moved the Cougars into an Open Division...
    CCS boys basketball Open Division Friday’s quarterfinals No. 3 St. Ignatius 54, No. 6 Serra 46 No. 5 Half Moon Bay 71, No. 4 Bellarmine 68 No. 1 Archbishop Mitty 79, No. 8 Palma 40 No. 2 Archbishop Riordan 70, No. 7 Priory 60 Wednesday’s semifinals No. 3 St. Ignatius (12-6) at No. 2...
    SAN JOSE — First-time visitors to the gymnasium at Archbishop Mitty High School might be a little bit star-struck after they enter the building. The ceiling has more championship banners than the old Boston Garden and one end of the gym has giant posters of several school legends such as Aaron Gordon and Kerri Walsh-Jennings. Members of the Capuchino...
    In a close, three-way race, Heritage softball sophomore Mikayla Garrison is the Bay Area News Group’s girls athlete of the week. Garrison, who collected 37.1% of the vote, played a key role in Heritage’s BVAL tournament title. She drove in two runs with a double in the bottom of the sixth as part of a come-from-behind win over Freedom...
    Mitty-Pinewood 5.0? Could we be in for a fifth round of Mitty and Pinewood for the CCS Open Division title? It’s certainly possible after the region’s top two girls basketball powers were once again seeded in the Open’s top two slots. They have faced off for the CCS Open championship in five of the past six years. The COVID-19...
    Open Division: Defending champs seeded No. 1 This will be a Central Coast Section basketball tournament like no other, and not only because it is being held in the final weeks of spring. With players and coaches limited to two spectators each because of the pandemic, the atmosphere will no doubt be muted as play gets underway this weekend. “I...
    CCS girls basketball Open Division Friday, June 4 quarterfinals No. 6 Menlo (4-4) at No. 3 St. Ignatius (12-4), 4 p.m. No. 7 Palo Alto (14-5) at No. 2 Pinewood (14-0), 7 p.m. No. 5 Priory (9-3) at No. 4 Valley Christian (6-3), 7 p.m. No. 8 Capuchino (10-0) at No. 1 Archbishop Mitty (11-1),...
    CCS boys basketball Open Division Friday’s quarterfinals No. 6 Serra (6-5) at No. 3 St. Ignatius (11-6), 7:30 p.m. No. 5 Half Moon Bay (20-3) at No. 4 Bellarmine (7-6), 7 p.m. No. 8 Palma (9-0) at No. 1 Archbishop Mitty (14-1), 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s quarterfinal No. 7 Priory (14-1) at No. 2 Archbishop Riordan...
    Student-athletes in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League won’t have a postseason this spring after its Board of Managers on Thursday affirmed its decision to pull out of the Central Coast Section playoffs. The board voted unanimously to maintain the decision at a special meeting Thursday morning after discussing the possibility of opening up CCS playoffs for the 15...
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