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Haley Van Dyke leads Campolindo girls into state final

Van Dyke was dropped off for practice with the Lafayette Lightning AAU eighth-grade team, a team started by Thoms six years earlier. Within five minutes, Thoms — son of the former Raiders defensive tackle — assured [Read entire story]

Logan battles back for OT win over Palo Alto

Down 13 late in the third quarter Saturday, the James Logan-Union City boys basketball team drew from its long- and short-term memory. The result was a 65-61 overtime victory over Palo Alto at Santa Clara University [Read entire story]

Mitty girls win NorCal Open title

The Monarchs (28-2), ranked fourth in the country by MaxPreps.com, put on a clinic Saturday against defending Division 4 state champion Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa, showing off their long bench and many skills in a 78-54 [Read entire story]

Moreau Catholic’s Damari Milstead has risen to occasion

Moreau Catholic-Hayward senior Damari Milstead called it “brutal.” Coach Frank Knight had trouble sleeping and considered a leave of absence. The Mariners, winners of 75 games over the previous three seasons, [Read entire story]

St. Mary’s High girls advance to final after strong finish

In a microcosm of its season, the St. Mary’s-Berkeley girls basketball team started slow but finished fast Tuesday. The Panthers fell behind 32-16 in the second quarter, but used their superior quickness, offensive [Read entire story]

Mission tops St. Ignatius in NorCal Division 3 semifinals

Jayden Forston’s floater bounded high off the rim and 6-foot-2 Niamey Harris leaped high to send the ball straight down. Considered one of the greatest all-around athletes in the history of the San Francisco Section, [Read entire story]

Mission, St. Ignatius in playoff spotlight

St. Ignatius boys basketball coach Rob Marcaletti poured over the stat sheet late Saturday night and found it familiar. Brandon Beckman, a 6-foot-3 All-West Catholic Athletic League junior guard, had drilled eight [Read entire story]

Mitty downs St. Joseph Notre Dame in open division contest

The inside work of 6-foot-5 junior Riley Grigsby (22 points) and 6-6 senior Mike Diaz (16 points), plus four three-pointers and 14 points from 6-3 sophomore Joseph Vaughn carried the sixth-seeded Monarchs (18-10), who at [Read entire story]

Tamalpais on rise heading into Northern California tourney

While pandemonium and celebrations were occurring all around them, third-year Tamalpais-Mill Valley boys basketball coach Tim Morgan and his team gathered near the free-throw line Saturday at St. Mary’s College. The [Read entire story]

De La Salle edges Dublin for NCS Division 1 title

Pratt, a 6-foot-3 junior forward, followed in Udenyi’s missed floater in the lane to score with 1.6 seconds left, lifting third-seeded De La Salle-Concord to a 53-51 North Coast Section Division 1 championship win over [Read entire story]

This weekend’s top high school basketball games

All section finalists have already qualified for the Northern California playoffs, but winning a section crown is special. There will be 25 championship games played Friday and Saturday at various Bay Area venues. The [Read entire story]

Mitty shuts down St. Ignatius in CCS Open semis

Four quick three-pointers by St. Ignatius and a 14-10 deficit raised the ire of Mitty coach Tim Kennedy. A quick timeout, stern talk and 15-0 run later, Mitty was on its way to a 59-51 Central Coast Section Open [Read entire story]

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Riordan bounced from playoffs

A night after the West Catholic Athletic League swept boys basketball’s top division of the Central Coast Section in quarterfinal play, two WCAL squads were derailed in CCS Division 3 action Saturday at St. [Read entire story]

Mitty boys handle Serra in CCS opener

With his brother watching from the stands, Mitty’s Kyle Peterson elevated his game Friday night and the Monarchs might have played their best contest of the season. The senior guard scored a season-high 23 points as [Read entire story]

Sophomore fill-in paces University in Div. IV win over Fortuna

Sophomore fill-in paces University in Div. Charley Moore, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, replaced injured starter and second-leading scorer Max Fried and scored a career-high 20 points and had eight rebounds Wednesday, leading [Read entire story]

Antioch gets back at rival Deer Valley after Friday’s defeat

Antioch boys basketball coach Andrew Riva looked as if he’d just finished a marathon. Especially an elimination game, which host Antioch won 81-72 in a wild back-and-forth North Coast Section Division I first-round [Read entire story]

Palo Alto boys team discovers value of 1 game

Palo Alto boys basketball coach Peter Diepenbrock had a feeling his team’s Feb. 4 gameat Menlo-Atherton would be big, and the 58-46 loss turned out to be the deciding factor in the Vikings not making the Central Coast [Read entire story]

Salesian boys rally to beat St. Patrick-St. Vincent

The third-ranked Salesian-Richmond boys basketball team fought back from double-digit deficits in the second, third and fourth quarters to pull out a 66-63 overtime Tri-County Athletic League Rock Division playoff [Read entire story]

Sacred Heart Cathedral gets powerful boost from IImar’I Thomas

San Francisco’s top girls basketball player from last season, Sacred Heart Cathedral’s IImar’I Thomas, could have coasted her senior year. With a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati already signed, the [Read entire story]

Reasons to love Bay Area high school basketball

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some reasons I am smitten with the high school basketball season: Sharing the glory: Most of the top teams have a different leading scorer every night: The boys of [Read entire story]