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Mitty waits until last second to qualify for CCS playoffs

SAN JOSE — Mitty boys basketball coach Tim Kennedy had homework left on Friday night.<p>Left for dead by some after a 2-12 start, including four losses …

Naseem Gaskin scores school-record 44, lifts O’Dowd to league crown

BERKELEY — The story line before the game Friday night was about the league championship.<p>The story line afterward was simple:<p>Naseem Gaskin.<p>The …

NFL

Football fight at Oak Grove High: Jay Braun dismissed as coach

SAN JOSE — Jay Braun is out as football coach at Oak Grove High, a source close to the program said Wednesday and Braun later confirmed.<p>Braun had …

Soccer

High school basketball: 41 years later, Sequoia back on top

MILLBRAE — Ziggy Lauese felt as if he took care of unfinished business.<p>Three years ago as a freshman on the Sequoia boys basketball team, an …

Palo Alto

Basketball: Bellarmine beats St. Francis, wins outright WCAL crown

MOUNTAIN VIEW — In a ceremony before its final regular-season home game Tuesday night, St, Francis honored its seniors, including one of the best …

Mountain View

Football fight at Oak Grove High: Storied program, suspended coach, what next?

SAN JOSE — There were testimonials, both for and against the longtime coach, at meetings the past three months.<p>Yet the future of the Oak Grove High …

San Mateo

High schools: Bay Area college-bound athletes

<i>***FOR UPDATES: Please have your coach, athletic director or school administrator email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com***</i><p><b>List of local non-football</b> …

UC San Diego

Prep basketball rankings: Bay Area News Group boys, girls Top 20

<b>Boys</b><p>No. 1 Salesian (23-1)<br>Previous ranking: 1<br>Last week: 1-0<p>No. 2 Bishop O’Dowd (17-5)<br>Previous ranking: 3<br>Last week: 2-0<p>No. 3 Bellarmine (17-3)<br>Previous …

Extreme Sports

Recruiting: De La Salle star Tuli Letuligasenoa flips commitment

De La Salle star Tuli Letuligasenoa made a recruiting trip to Washington over the weekend and clearly liked what he saw.<p>Two days before the …

College Football

Leland goes from big loss to stunning win against Piedmont Hills

SAN JOSE — The result was so unexpected that even the winning team’s athletic director questioned its accuracy.<p>“Did you actually beat Piedmont?” …

Palo Alto

Football recruiting: St. Francis star Tyler Manoa makes decision

Tyler Manoa, a four-star lineman from St. Francis, announced Saturday that he will play college football at UCLA.<p>The all-Bay Area News Group …

College Football

High school basketball: Pinewood girls hit 19 threes, beat Eastside

<i>(If you’re having trouble viewing this gallery or video on a mobile device, click here)</i><p>LOS ALTOS HILLS — When Pinewood defeated league rival Eastside …

High School Sports

High school basketball: St. Francis runs Mitty out of gym

MOUNTAIN VIEW — UCLA football coach Chip Kelly sat in the stands Friday night at St. Francis to watch four-star recruit Tyler Manoa and the rest of …

College Sports

Notebook: De La Salle football star commits to San Jose State

De La Salle running back/defensive back Kairee Robinson, who helped lead the Spartans to a state championship game last fall, announced this week …

College Football

High school basketball: Mitty ends Bellarmine’s league win streak

SAN JOSE — It was already shaping up to be a special basketball season at Archbishop Mitty, given that its powerhouse girls team is filled with …

College Sports

High school basketball roundup: Serra stuns St. Francis

St. Francis’ quest for a West Catholic Athletic League championship took a hit Friday night.<p>Three days after the Lancers narrowly lost to Bellarmine …

College Sports

High school basketball: St. Francis, Bellarmine ready for showdown

SAN JOSE — Game of the year?<p>It certainly has a chance to be, at least until the next time they meet.<p>Bellarmine College Prep will bring a 22-game West …

College Basketball

High school basketball: St. Francis stays perfect in WCAL

MOUNTAIN VIEW — St. Francis wasn’t at full strength Friday night, with its man in the middle, Tyler Manoa, in Hawaii for the Polynesian Bowl and …

College Basketball

High school basketball: Palo Alto escapes double OT thriller

LOS GATOS — There’s a reason Friday night’s showdown between Palo Alto and Los Gatos felt like a championship game.<p>In their first meeting since last …

College Basketball

Clayton Valley shooting exhibition takes down Las Lomas

CONCORD — Clayton Valley Charter went into the locker room Friday night with a five-point halftime lead against Las Lomas, but Ugly Eagles coach Eric …

College Basketball

High school basketball: Palo Alto holds off Los Gatos

LOS GATOS — The last time Palo Alto lost a league game in girls basketball, it was almost two years ago. To be exact, Feb. 19, 2016.<p>Friday night, Los …

College Basketball

Basketball: BVAL punishes Andrew Hill for leaving game early

SAN JOSE — Andrew Hill girls basketball coach Joanne Winterstein pulled her team off the court during a league game last week at James Lick and left …

MLK Classic: Las Lomas suffers first loss

MORAGA — Perfect no more.<p>Las Lomas brought an undefeated record to the MLK Classic on Monday morning at Saint Mary’s College, a dream start that …

High school basketball: Piedmont Hills wins big again

SAN JOSE — They’re tenacious on defense, fast and long along the perimeter and strong in the post, a terrific combination for comfortably winning …

Kim’s Night: Homestead to honor basketball player who died during game

CUPERTINO — Ramir Nuestro calls it building a “new normal,” life without his beloved daughter, Kimberly, a former Homestead High basketball player …

One of Bay Area’s most respected prep football coaches steps down

Matt Sweeney, who spent 31 years as the football coach at Foothill High in Pleasanton, announced Tuesday that he is stepping down.<p>“I made the …

Prep basketball rankings: Bay Area News Group boys, girls Top 20

<b>Bay Area News Group Top 20</b><p><i>Records through the weekend</i><p><b>Boys</b><p>No. 1 Salesian (15-1)<br>Previous ranking: 1<br>Beat Post Falls 74-61, lost to Bishop Gorman 69-63, …

De La Salle football: Big changes in East Bay Athletic League

Beginning this fall, De La Salle’s football games against East Bay Athletic League opponents will once again count in the standings, and it will no …

High school basketball: Pinewood overwhelms Eastside Prep

EAST PALO ALTO — It’s been almost four years since Pinewood lost to a league opponent.<p>The date was Feb. 22, 2014, when Eastside Prep prevailed in the …