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News Archives 02-03 school year, Sept 1 .. Dec 30 2002
Newest at the top, oldest at the bottom.

Mitty Classic - Girls' Varsity Basketball

  • Day 1 - Dec 26 The Varsity Girls dominated their first game in the Mitty Classic, playing Leland High to a comfortable 66-45 win. The team played strong both inside and outside, and took away the game with their trademark three pointers. Leland had no answer for forward Katy Digovich, and guard Stacie Roshon sank 5 three-pointers in the win.Don't miss the game photos! The girls play again at Mitty Fri 27 at 3:30.
  • Day 2 - Dec 27 The Varsity Girls narrowly prevailed, 52 - 49, vs Presentation High School. At the end of the first half, the score was 29 - 24 and 3rd quarter 44 - 40. Katy scored game high of 23 points, and the team scored 7 3-pointers. The next game is Sat Dec 28 at 5:30 at Mitty.
  • Day 3 - Dec 28 Pinewood dominated their third game vs Soquel, leading by 12 at half time and extending their lead through the second half to win 63-34. Pinewood 'played every play' with equal intensity, even with a commanding lead, and continued to get steals and fast breaks and sink 3-pointers till the clock ran out. They play Mitty for the Championship on Monday Dec 30 at 7 pm.
  • Day 4 - Dec 30 Championship Game
    After a close first half, which ended with Pinewood down by 2, Mitty took advantage of several Pinewood errors, and took away the game in the third quarter. The final score was 72-41 in Mitty's favor.

Presentation Tournament - JV Girls' Basketball (photo highlights)

  • Day 1 - Dec 26 The JV girls started their tournament strong, winning 59-46 over Sacred Heart Prep. Coach Sarah Mattern said the team played 'perfect defense' in the first 3 quarters. The offense worked great together and stayed calm even when Sacred Heart went on a dangerous run in the fourth quarter closing the lead from 20 to 9, and with big baskets from several players pulled Pinewood back solidly into the lead. The girls played a great game all around and will be back in the Presentation gym Friday at 6:30 to play arch-rivals Mitty.
  • Day 2 - Dec 27 This game was, as Coach Sarah told the girls, an excercise in developing mental toughness. The team lost to Mitty and will play for fifth place at 3:30 Saturday 28th in the Presentation gym.
  • Day 3 - Dec 28 Mental toughness is what the doctor orders for the JV team, as they let the game slip away from them and lost 43-42. They plan to come back fighting when league games begin in January.

Mitty Classic - Varsity photos, Dec 26

Coaching! Tipoff Score! Defense!
Freethrow Motion Panther Attack! Score2 !
Defense 2 Elevate! Perfect speed is being there Get low on D
Stop the drive! Point guard Trapped! Not there!
Jump shot Score 3 Score 4 Thunder!
3 on 1 - even odds Get low Stop! What defense?

Presentation Tournament - JV photos, Dec 27

Warmup Win the tip Work the ball Defense
Feed it in Offense Freethrow Drive
Put it up Block out Panther attack Low on D
Fast break      


Nike Invitational - Tournament of Champions! High School Varsity Girls Basketball

"The Nike/Chandler Tournament of Champions is universally regarded as America's finest high school basketball event. Over 1,000 student/athletes competing for 72 teams from 22 different states will converge on Phoenix, Arizona for three days of competition that will help decide the 2002 National Championship." - from the tournament website.

  • Dec 19 - Day 1 In the opening round of the Tamika Catchings division (the tournament has 9 divisions with 8 teams in each), Pinewood overcame Archbishop Carroll 69-63. All the girls played hard in a tough game. Katy, Lizzy E., and Daniella all scored in the double digits, with Katy scoring a game high of 22 points, and the team played through double overtime to pull out a hard-won victory.
  • Dec 20 - Day 2 Pinewood fought hard but lost to Brea Olinda - 51, Pinewood - 43. We started the fourth quarter tied, but lost momentum. Brea Olinda had two tall post players over 6', and applied strong pressure with their guards. At the end Doc appeared happy with the way the team played!
  • Dec 21 - Day 3 Pinewood came in fourth in their division, losing to Centennial - 59 to 51. It was tied at the half, and Pinewood was down just 2 points at start of 4th quarter. Reports indicate it was a great experience, playing against top national teams! More details of each game are available here.

Sports Roundup Dec 19

High School Girls Soccer team lost to Kings Academy. At break the team needs to come to the gym for holiday treats and a quick, but important meeting.
The boys’ varsity basketball team beat San Fransisco Waldorf

Sports Roundup Dec 18

High School boys JV basketball lost yesterday, but the varsity team won 51 to 48.

HS Girls' Basketball vs St Ignatius

The Varsity girls won convincingly vs St Ignatius in a 59-36 game. The team came out strong, and was up by 7 at half time, but really put the game away in the third quarter and continued to pull away in the fourth quarter. The team played its usual aggressive defence and fast-paced offense. Katy Digovich had game-high point total honors with 28.

The JV girls played hard, but lost 39-50 to a tough St Ignatius team.

Sports Roundup Dec 13

Junior High Boys VB basketball team won by the score of 38 to 28.
The girls varsity soccer lost to Redwood Christian yesterday.
The boys’ JV lost 31 to 42 yesterday to Kings.
The Boys’ Varsity won their first league game by the score of 49 to 42…Congratulations!!!!!

Sports Roundup, Dec 12

  • Junior High Girls Soccer lost a tough game to Menlo.
  • Junior High Boys basketball VA team lost to St. Simon.

JH boys basketball B team beat St Simon!, Dec 12

The Junior High Basketball "B" team beat St. Simon #6 on Wednesday, December
11th 52-41.

The Junior High "B" team are on a winning streak. They beat St. Simon #4 38-28, on Dec 12..
The team played great offense and defense all night with both Alan Wong and
Parker Fields scoring 3 3-point field goals, and great rebounding from Michel
Nofal, Albert Hong, and Billy Low. Accurate free throw shooting from Michel
Nofal and Billy Low also greatly helped the Pinewood Panthers. -by Bryan Wong

Junior High "B" team beat St. Simon #2 on Sat Dec 14, 44 to 39..

Coach Refs Last second instruction! Out Play! Out Wit!
Panther Attack Drive in! Shoot! Shoot again!
Go Team! Set up the play! My House! Layup style!
Layup again! My rebound! Take it!  

Gift of Reading Drive results

Interact is proud to announce that Pinewood collected more than 400 books during the Gift of Reading Drive held last week. Gift of Reading is a program that collects new or like-new books and distributes them to under-priviliged children at the holidays, and to family literacy programs. Thanks to all who participated!

Sports Roundup, Dec 11

  • JV Boys basketball lost a close one yesterday and the Varsity Boys won by 3, vs Greenfield HS. Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to November’s Student Athletes of the Month. Anne Yeh for her accomplishments on the Girls Tennis team and Ryan Morishige for his performance on the Cross Country team.

JH boys basketball B team beat Resurrection!, Dec 11

The Junior High Basketball "B" team beat Resurrection Monday Dec 9! Pinewood
played with great team work. In the first period the score was 7-2, 2nd
period it was 23-6, 3rd period it was a dashing 25-13, and the final score
was a triumphant 45-23. Everyone on the team made a field goal. Key shooters
for the night were Parker Fields with a total of 20 points and Billy Low with
8 points. Great defensive rebounds by Michel Nofal, Albert Hong and Acuta

Athletes of the Month - Anne Yeh & Ryan Morishige, Dec 11

Anne Yeh


ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Anne was the captain of the tennis team, won the coaches’ award, and was nominated to receive the 1st Team All-League Award. Anne also qualified for the CCS individual tournament with partner Mele Pelea. The team made it as far as the Quarterfinals, where they lost in three sets to a tough doubles team.

COACH’S COMMENT: “ Anne has been a dedicated and valued member of the tennis team for four years. Through the years not only has she become a fundamentally sound and competitive doubles player, she also became a leader and great example to the younger players. We will miss her next year!”

Ryan Morishige


Accomplishments: Ryan came in as a freshman and worked incredibly hard during the season. He consistently placed in the top third of every race as a VARSITY runner (placing in the top five if he had been able to run JV). He qualified for CCS as an individual runner (runners far slower than Ryan qualified simply because they were on a team), and ran a competitive race for us. He is also a solid student and a talented artist.

Coaches Comments: Ryan is a disciplined and competitive runner. He will only improve over the years and considering his success as a freshman, he will continue to thrive in this sport. Aside from his accomplishments in Cross Country, Ryan is also a kind and unique person - he kept us laughing throughout the season.

Pinewood vs Mitty, Varsity and JV

Pinewood played Mitty in two close, hotly contested games this evening. The Varsity girls, playing their perennial arch-rivals, fought strong through an exciting, tough,and physical game. The lead changed several times in the course of the game, but ended in a narrow loss, 57-62.

The JV girls played their Mitty counterparts in a see-saw game that brought out the best in every player, and pulled out a 54-45 win in the fourth quarter.


Sports Roundup, Dec 10

The Junior High Varsity B basketball team beat Resurrection yesterday.

HS Girls Basketball Varsity team loses to Mitty, 57 - 62. Our JV team defeated Mitty JV 54 - 45.

Sports Roundup Dec 9

The varsity boys basketball team lost on Saturday to Menlo. They finished in 4th place in the Pinewood Invitational.
CONGRATULATIONS to the JV Girls Basketball team…they beat Mountain View high in the championship game of the Mountain View basketball tournament. Great job!!!! Details below.

HS Girls Basketball - JV sweeps Mtn View Tournament, Dec 7

The Champions!

The Girls JV basketball team, coached by Sarah Mattern, exhibited Pinewood's trademark flair and style to defeat Mission San Jose (54 - 34), Saratoga (53 - 14), and Mountain View HS (58 - 25) and emerge as the champions of the Mountain View Tournament! The team really gelled during this tournament, and with some terrific plays, typical Pinewood speed, aggressive offense and high pressure defense, as well as an outstanding level of team play, defeated their opponents convincingly to win the Tournament. Go Panthers!


HS Boys Basketball - Pinewood Invitational, Dec 6

12/5/02 Scores

Pinewood 44 Menlo 50
Menlo-Atherton 76 Anzar 43
Fresno Christian 56 Evergreen 39

Sports Roundup, Dec 5

Junior High Girls Soccer lost yesterday 1 to 3, to St. Nicholas.

Sports Roundup, Dec 4

  • JV girls basketball lost their game, to St. Francis, 68 - 62.
  • Soccer won 2-1 at ND San Jose.
  • Boys B-Ball lost to Menlo in a close match


Sports Roundup, Dec 3

  • High School Girls Soccer lost yesterday 0-5.
  • High School Boys JV Basketball lost yesterday 50-37.
  • Junior High Girls Soccer lost 0-5.


Sports Roundup, Nov 21

  • Junior High boys Varsity B basketball team plays today at Kings Academy, 4:45 PM.


Sports Roundup, Nov 20

  • High school girls basketball came out strong for their first scrimmage against Presentation yesterday.
  • Junior high girls soccer lost 3-0 to St. Joseph Cupertino yesterday.
  • Junior high boys VB lost to St. Joseph Atherton.

Senior of the Month, Nov 19

This month we are honoring a senior who is involved in everything and still does it at 100%. She is pleasant. She is upbeat. She is dedicated and she always does her best. She is a great example for compassion and responsibility. She did a great job organizing and executing the multicultural week, and she put together a very special assembly. She is awesome. Congratulations Lizzie Evans!

Sports Roundup, Nov 19

  • High School Girls Soccer lost yesterday by the score of 0 to 5, vs Sacred Heart Prep.
  • Junior High Boys VA Basketball lost yesterday, vs St. Joseph Atherton.

Sports Roundup, Nov 18

  • The Girls Tennis played a very competitive match on Friday and lost to St. Francis 5 to 2. We would like to congratulate every member of the team and thank them for an exciting season!
  • Junior High Boys VA Basketball lost on Saturday.
  • Yana Belyaeu and Ryan Morishige ran extremely competitive races at the CCS Cross-Country meet on Saturday. Congratulations!

Pinewood Debate weekend!, Nov 18

The Pinewood debate squad had a GREAT weekend Nov. 16-17 at Pinole Valley High
School. The teams of Ashley Ocampo & Albert Wang and Jeffrfey Bien & Mark
Fertlemeister made it to the junior varsity quarter-finals with identical records of
4 wins and 2 losses. Adrienne Ho & Mark Jansen went 3-3 and Eric Crites & Marshall
Seaman were 2-4. Albert Wang also took 5th place as outstanding debater in the JV

In other debate news, Mr. Schiechl has announced that he will be taking signups for
the Spring semester from high school students wishing to go into Lincoln-Douglas
debate (1 on 1). No prior experience is required.

Jr. High Boys Basketball JVB defeats St. Nicholas!, Nov 16

With teamwork, energy, and spirit, our team defeats St. Nicholas 45 - 37, on Sat morning. Game photos follow.

The Coach Psych up St. Nicholas Drive
Airborne Shooter Fastbreak Freethrow My Ball!
Not Enough! Panther Attack Shoot! Wide open!
Intimidator takes two! Unstoppable! Whack!  

Pinewood Open House, Nov 16

Photos from Pinewood's annual open house for prospective parents and students.

Greeters Mingle in the library Exhibits Conversation
Textbooks Math Math Class Don't be late
Recess! Instructions Music Caught by the principal!
Freespeach! Science Students Physics!


Sports Roundup, Nov 14

  • The Girls Tennis team won yesterday by the score of 6 to 1. They advance to the quarterfinals this Friday at 2:30PM. Good luck and keep it up!
  • Yana Belyaev and Ryan Morishige have qualified for CCS!!! Their meet is this Saturday, November 16 at Toro Park in Salinas at 12 noon. We wish them good luck!!!
  • Junior High Girls Soccer team lost 4 to 0 yesterday, against St. Joseph Atherton.

Jr. High Boys B Basketball loses to St. Martin, Nov 14

The Junior High "B" team had a tough defeat of 32-55 on Tuesday, November
12th against St. Martin in Sunnyvale. Parker Fields and Alan Wong were
Pinewood's main shooters with Parker shooting 14 points and Alan shooting 10
points. Other point contributors were Derek Jayson, Mike Spiritos and Albert
Hong. Our key rebounders were Acuta Kadambi and Albert Hong. Alan Wong had
5 steals throughout the game. St. Martin had height and great shooting
against Pinewood, but we'll get them next time.

Jr High Boys Basketball defeats SJ Mtn View, Nov 14

On Monday, November 11th, the Pinewood Jr. High "A" Boys Basketball team
faced off against St. Joseph Mountain View. The score was close during the
first half and previous grudges from the football season came up between
some players from both sides. Even though St. Joseph had a center who
weighed well over 150 pounds he still could not outplay Pinewood's center
Nick Fraioli. During the second half, the Pinewood team started lengthening
out their lead shutting down St Joseph's offense and using fast breaks to
score many points. In the end St. Joseph Mountain View suffered a bitter
loss. All the Pinewood players contributed to the win whether it was Paul
Eichler with a three pointer to shift the momentum, or Tyler Mosher sinking
a barrage of shots from all over the court, scoring a total 17 points. The
whole team combined to score 43 points while St. Joseph only scored 34. This
win shows a successful season coming for the Jr. High "A" Boys Team.

~Daniel Perry- 11/13/02

They're going down Play perfection Psych up! Read 'em and weep

Photos from JVB Jr High Boys Nov 2 against Menlo

Teamwork Take it Block


Pinewood Girls Cross Country goes to CCS, Nov 13

Yana Belyaev placed 55 out of 98. Her score was 27:00 minutes for the run on
Thurs Nov 7. Yana advances to CCS! Yana is coached by Patty Welze.

Jr High basketball VB team plays St Martins, Nov 13

The Junior High boys VB team lost to St Martins with a score of 32 to 55.

Jr. High basketball Boys VA win! Nov 12

The Junior High Boys VA Basketball won last night with a score of 43 to 34, against St Joseph Mountain View.

Pinewood at CCS tennis, more, Nov 11

The girls tennis team has made it to CCS playoffs. For those who are not familiar
with CCS, it stands for Central Coast Section, they are the high school sports
association for our area. It is a huge deal to make CCS and we (Pinewood) have been
seeded 5th out of 20 teams. Please take a moment to congratulate the girls and
coaches and hopefully you will all show your support by attending a playoff match or
just wishing them good luck.

Our first playoff match is this Wednesday at Gunn High School at 2:30PM. Because we
do not have 7 courts, we can not host any matches here at school. We are the home
team for the match on Wednesday, we do not know who we play yet.

I know the girls will play awesome behind the
greatest tennis coaching staff alive (Corinne and Whitney) so you will be in for a
good story!

Thank you again and congratulations to Corinne, Whitney, and the rest of the team!!!!!!
Michele Tabarez
Athletic Director

Volleyball vs Fremont Christian, Nov 8

Fremont Christian vs Pinewood at Fremont Christian:

(Fremont Christian vs Pinewood)
Game 1: 11-15
Game 2: 15-12
Game 3: 15-13
Game 4: 15-10
Fremont Christian won 3-1.

Pinewood Kill Leaders: Anna Tracy 20 Kills
Brett Smith-Hams 18 Kills
Julie Nakamoto 15 Kills; 4 Solo Blocks

Pinewood League Record: 5-5
Pinewood Overall Record: 6-10

Sports Roundup, Nov 8

The cross-country team rocked the coyote hills meet yesterday despite rain and lightning. Yana Belyaev qualified for CCS! The boys were neck and neck: for 3 miles, Ryan Morishige ran a 21:58, Ben Wilson a 21:59, Timmy Egan a 22:01, and Ali Ebrahim a 23:37. Because we were rained out, the boys are waiting for CCS qualifiers to be announced, but we have a great shot at it. Congratulations Cross-Country!!

Pinewood at CCS girls tennis, Nov 8

For the individual CCS competition, Pinewood singles and doubles teams defeated Redwood Christian and Fremont Christian teams. This meant that Elizabeth Ashby and Jackie Tsui were to play each other at Pinewood to decide who would be sent as the singles representative for the CCS individual singles competition to be held during Thanksgiving break week. Mele Pelea and Anne Yeh were to play Bette Edwards and Marina Nekhendzy to decide who would go as the individual doubles team. Elizabeth defeated Jackie 6-0, 6-0. Mele and Anne defeated Betre and Marina by default. Elizabeth and Anne and Mele will compete at the CCS level during the Thanksgiving break. Pinewood will also compete at the CCS team level. All singles and doubles players will compete against teams representing other leagues. The determining rounds and the dates of play will be decided at the coaches' meeting to be held November 9.

Congratulations Pinewood Women's Tennis!

Jr High Boys' basketball vs Menlo

On November 2nd was the Junior High “B” Team first basketball game against Menlo School. With their brand new uniforms on and determination and enthusiasm they were ready. It was a close game in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd periods until the 4th period when Menlo made a free throw and a couple of baskets.

It was a great team effort by all but we lost our first game 18-27.

Kings Academy edges out Pinewood Volleyball, Nov 5

Game 1: 11-15
Game 2: 15-6
Game 3: 13-15
Game 4: 15-7
Game 5: 12-14

Pinewood loss 2-3

Pinewood Kill Leaders: Brett Smith-Hams 13 Kills
Anna Tracy 18 Kills

Pinewood League Record: 5-4
Pinewood Overall Record: 6-9

Junior Varsity also played Kings Academy and lost, with scores of 15-12, 11-15 and 10-15.

Sports Roundup Nov 4

  • Varsity Volleyball WON on Friday vs St Lawrence - 15 to 0, 15 to 4 and 15 to 2. Details below.They have their home match tomorrow here at 3:30PM. Seniors Brett Smith Hams, Anna Tracy, Kristen Micthell, and Laurel Shiba will all be recognized for their accomplishments!
  • JV Volleyball won their match too!
  • Junior High boys basketball teams lost on Saturday vs Menlo


Pinewood volleyball sweeps St. Lawrence, Nov 2

Pinewood had a great match and took the match in 3 games:

Game 1 15-0
Game 2 15-4
Game 3 15-2

Pinewood won 3-0

Pinewood Kill Leaders: Julie Nakamoto 7 Kills
Anna Tracy 7 Serving Aces

Pinewood League Record: 5-3
Pinewood Overall Record: 6-8

Swim Team, Nov 2

Pinewood junior high and elementary students participated in the San Jose Catholic Athletic League Swim Meet at Sacred Heart. Photo here.


The Lighter Side of Math, Nov 2

Did you know Math could be funny? To find out what's so amusing about Math, visit the inaugural edition of the Features page courtesy of Ms Tipps' freshman/sophomore Algebra II Adv class.


Athletes of the Month - Darren Weiss and Mele Pelea

Darren Weiss


ACCOMPLISHMENTS: He has been nominated for MVP of the soccer team and holds above a 3.0 GPA.

COACH’S COMMENT: “ Darren comes to every practice, and works hard without complaining about fatigue or injury. Without Darren anchoring the defense, the team would have had more goals scored on us. He has the attitude of a real athlete.”

Mele Pelea


ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Mele finished the season with a personal record of14-2. She also placed 1st at the prestigious Santa Catalina tournament.

COACHES COMMENTS: “ Mele has been a valuable member of the varsity team for two years. Her hard work and dedication has developed up her into a top junior player.”

Sports Roundup Oct 30

  • Tennis competed in the league qualifying individual CCS tournament yesterday. Liz Ashby, Jackie Tsui, Mele Pelea, Betty Edwards and Marina Nekhendzy all won their matches and they will play championship matches on Friday at Pinewood.
  • Boys Varsity Soccer lost yesterday 6 to 3, to Sacred Heart Prep.


Pinewood Volleyball loss to Redwood Christian, Oct 30

Pinewood had a tough loss to Redwood Christian on Tues Oct 29.

Redwood Christian vs Pinewood (home vs visitors)
Game 1: 8-15
Game 2: 12-15
Game 3: 15-12
Game 4: 15-7
Game 5: 8-15

Redwood Christian won 3-2.

Pinewood Kill Leaders: Anna Tracy 22 Kills; 5 Solo Blocks; 4 Aces
Brett Smith-Hams 12 Kills
Kristin Mitchell 5 Aces

Pinewood League Record: 4-3
Pinewood Overall Record: 5-8

Sports Roundup Oct 29

Tennis won again 7 to 0 yesterday, they finished their season with a 14 and 2 record. Today they will be competing in the league qualifying individual CCS tournament. Good luck!

Freshman family picnic, Oct 6

On Sunday Oct 6, the freshman class had a potluck family picnic organized by parent liason Susan Flesher and her family. It turned out to be a wonderful way for the families to get to know each other. The kids staked out the nearby basketball court and volleyball area, far enough from the parents to not appear to be related :) but close enough to make a run on the food when the time was ripe. The parents, meanwhile, had several hours to get acquainted and also managed to get first crack at the picnic fare! It was dark when we packed up, and everyone felt they had made new friends and caught up with old ones - definitely a great idea for next year's freshman class to consider.

This is the place Check out the class action More class action
Group left Group right the usual suspects
Parents had to be invited Fun could be had anyway More parents


Weekend Sports Roundup Oct 28

  • Tennis won a huge match on Friday 4 to 3, vs St. Ignatius. They have another tough match today at Menlo Atherton.
  • Both JV and varsity volleyball lost on Friday, vs Valley Christian. Their next match is tomorrow at Redwood Christian.
  • High School Boys Basketball your official practice begins TODAY at 4:30PM.

Debate team at University of the Pacific, oct 25-26

Oct 28 - The debate team of Mark Jansen & Vikram Kumar went 3-2-0 at the Univ. of the Pacific
tournament on Oct. 25-26 missing the quaterfinal round by points. Adrienne Ho &
Maya Vallabhaneni were 1-4-0 as were Ashley Ocampo & Albert Wang in difficult
rounds. Coach Scott Schiechl expressed his satisfaction with the team's first
experience in a state-wide invitational tournament. The next event will be Nov.
16-17 at Pinole Valley High School.

Sports Roundup Oct 26

  • We would like to congratulate Stanley Huang on the flag football team for receiving the MVP award and Billy Low for being recognized as the most improved player on the team. Great job!
  • Tennis won yesterday vs Redwood Christian


Pinewood Students receive awards from Johns Hopkins Talent Search

Oct 27 - Catching up on some news from the summer - The following Pinewood students received SAT awards for Seventh & Eighth Grade at the Johns Hopkins University Talented Youth Award ceremony by scoring higher than the average college-bound twelfth-grade student on the SAT1 in Mathematics and Verbal: Crystal Huang, Achuta Kadambi, Ellen Lathrop, Derek Lim, Michel Nofal, and Tim Wang.


Volleyball - Pinewood vs Valley-Christian Dublin, Oct 25

Pinewood does not prevail :-(. Scores: 15-9, 8-15, 7-15, 8-15
Pinewood 1- Valley-Christian Dublin 3

Pinewood league record 4-2
Pinewood overall record 5-7

Pinewood kill leader: Flesher (6)

Sports Roundup Oct 24

  • Flag football had their last game of the season yesterday…they lost 12-7.We congratulate everyone who played for an exciting time!
  • Today, Seniors, Jackie Choy and Anne Yeh from the tennis team will be recognized for their dedication over the last four years to the girls tennis program. Come see as the tennis team plays their last home match of the regular season.
  • Varsity Volleyball has a match today here at Pinewood at 3:30. It is only a varsity match so make sure and arrive on time!

Oct 24, Girls Varsity Volleyball defeats St. Lawrence

Game 1: 15-2, Game 2: 15-10, Game 3: 15-3

Pinewood won 3-0

Pinewood Kill Leaders:

  • Brett Smith-Hams 5 Kills; 4 Aces
  • Anna Tracy 12 Kills; 3 Aces
  • Kristin Mitchell 6 Aces

Pinewood League Record: 4-1
Pinewood Overall Record: 5-6

Pinewood Girls Tennis sweep!

Friday, October 18: tennis meet against Notre Dame San Jose, a good

Results: All singles, Lejla Hodzic, first, Mele Pelea, second, Jessica Goldband, third, and Liz
Ashby , fourth, won their matches - a singles' sweep.
Doubles, Anne Yeh and Jackie Tsui, first, won their match as well. The meet
score: Pinewood 5 - Notre Dame 2.

In the Santa Catalina Invitational Tournament, Pinewood came in third.

The only losses in the eleven meets to date have been to Monta Vista, a
close loss, and to Palo Alto.

Plans for Pinewood's CCS competition have been under way as a very
successful season draws to a close. An upcoming meet against Menlo Atherton
High School should be a good challenge. The last real competition before
CCS possibilities will be against St. Ignatius.


Sports Roundup Oct 22

  • Tennis won yesterday with a score of 4 to 2, the next match is today at Fremont Christian.
  • We would like to congratulate the girls junior high softball team for a great season, Stacey Balter and Brittney Shaw were selected to play in the junior high all-star game on Thursday…good luck!



Oct 19, Jr. High Flag Football vs St. Joseph's Cupertino

On October 19, the Pinewood Flag Football team went to face off with St.
Joseph's Cupertino. This game promised to be a tough one for both sides. The
game started normally with a few miscues by both teams. On two consecutive
drives Pinewood had chances to move up the field and score but dropped balls
led to punting the ball to the other team.

Pinewood played well on defense
but just could not quite match up with the six-foot quarterback. As the
second quarter wound down the St. Joseph's quarterback took a bootleg run
to the left; as Pinewood's running back, Stanley Huang, went for the tackle
the quarterback spun and barreled right over Stanley without any attempt to
get out of the way. Stanley was hurt and after the half, he was carried away
to the hospital on a stretcher. Stanley ended up with a mild concussion and
was able to recover. Pinewood was down one player so they had to play with
eight players instead of usual nine. With the St. Joseph's team up eighteen
to seven, this posed as a large problem for Pinewood's team. Pinewood gave
as much effort as they could the second half to make up for Stanley's loss
but in the end they were defeated, the final score was: St. Joseph's- 30
Pinewood- 14.
~Daniel Perry




Weekend Sports Roundup, Oct 21

  • Varsity Boys’ Soccer won their game on Friday with a score of 3 to 2, vs Redwood Christian.
  • There is a mandatory girls’ high school soccer meeting WEDNESDAY at break in Mr. Tezlaff’s class room. If you are not present at the meeting the coaches will assume you are not interested in playing. If you can not make the meeting please talk to the coaches prior to the meeting.
  • 7th and 8th grade girls that are planning on playing soccer this winter, your first practice will be on Monday, October 28th at 3:30 to 5:30, make sure and plan to be there.


Athletes of the Month:
Oct 8 - The athletic department would like to congratulate Brett Smith-Hams and Vikram Kumar for being the student athletes of the month. You can find their pictures and a write up on them in the hallway bulletin board. Congratulations!!

Vital Statistics:

Brett Smith-Hams: Volleyball/Senior/Co-Captain/Outside Hitter/ 14 kills in 9 games

Vikram Kumar: Soccer/Senior/Forward/4 goals in 1 game

Sports Roundup Oct 18

  • Both JV and Varsity volleyball teams won last night. JV volleball won their their first win of the season won in 2 games. 15 to 2 and 15 to 2.
  • Varsity also won in straight games, 15 to 6, 15 to 5 and 15 to 12. Congratulations!!!
  • Thank you for all of our fans that came out yesterday to support the tennis team. They won with a score of 5 to 2.


Girls Varsity Volleyball, Pinewood vs. Fremont Christian on Oct 17

Pinewood dominates, 3 - 0. Game 1: 15-6, 2: 15-5, 3: 15-12

Pinewood Kill Leaders: Brett Smith-Hams 12 Kills
Julie Nakamoto 9 Kills
Anna Tracy 9 Kills

Pinewood League Record: 3-1
Pinewood Overall Record: 4-6


Sports Roundup Oct 16

  • JV Volleyball lost yesterday 9 to 15 and 2 to 15.
  • Varsity Volleyball beat Valley Christian in a tight match of 15-1, 13-15, 15-13, 16-14.
  • Boy’s Varsity Soccer tied yesterday 3 to 3, while the JV team won their match with a score of 2 to 0.
  • Girl’s tennis won 7 to 0 yesterday.
  • Junior High Flag Football lost to St. Joseph Atherton 26 to 20.

Faculty triumphs in flag football!

Oct 11 - Experience won over youth, as the Pinewood faculty beat the seniors 24-18. Fan turnout was high on both sides, though considerable crossover support was noted.. Surprise star cum English and Film Studies teacher Coert Voorhees scored two touchdowns, and word on the street is that the students are already plotting next year's return engagement.


Girls Varsity Volleyball, Kings Academy vs. Pinewood on Oct 15

Pinewood triumphs, 3-1. Game 1: 15-1, 2: 13-15, 3: 15-13, 4: 16-14.

Pinewood League Record: 2-1
Pinewood Overall Record: 2-6
Pinewood Kill Leaders: Anna Tracy 13 Kills; Daniela Roark 6 Kills;
Kristen Mitchell 7 Aces


Weekend Sports Roundup Oct 15

  • JV Volleyball lost on Friday, 8 to 15 and 1 to 15. Next game: King's Academy
  • Boys varsity soccer team lost on Friday 4 to 1, they play today here at 3:30PM.

Sports Roundup Oct 11

Cross-Country had their first league meet on this past Wednesday. Here are the results…Ben Wilson and Timmy Egan ran the 2.8-mile run in 18:08, while Ryan Morishige ran it in 18:50 and Ali Ebrahim came in at 23:35. For the girls, Yana Belyaev ran the 2.8-mile run in 21:48. Great job!

Girls tennis won, the score was 7 to 0. Make sure and plan to attend next week’s match on the 17th, free ice cream for everyone who attends.

We want to hear from you!

Do you play a sport? Are you a member of one of the many cool Panther clubs? Or are you a Pinewood parent with a child engaged in one of these activities? The student web site wants to hear from you! Send us details/photos/highlights of a particularly thrilling game... or debate... or performance...or... We welcome any and all additional tidbits, writeups and color about the many activities that are part of Pinewood's student life. Click the Submissions tab in the left hand Navigation bar to find out how to send it in. Look forward to hearing from you!

Note: All photos will be moved to the web page for that activity when they are removed from the News page, so at the end of the season, we hope to have a mini photo album online for each activity.

New and Improved - Sports schedules on-line!

Schedules for all the fall sports and Varsity/JV winter sports are now online. Click on the Sports tab in the left hand navigation bar, then click on the particular sport. Note the 'Updated mm/dd/yy' entry at the top of the schedule - this matches the 'Update date' on Ms Tabarez's posted schedule.

Going forward, sports schedules will be available online before the season starts. Your trusty news page will announce availability for each sport as it gets posted.

Debate Schedules online

Schedules for the Debate team are online, and are updated regularly as needed. Students and parents, remember to send the exciting details of the intellectual thrust-and-parry to the student web site for publication. Click the Submissions tab in the left hand Navigation bar to find out how to send it in.


Girls Varsity Volleyball dominates Redwood Christian, Oct 8

Game 1: 15-3
Game 2: 12-15
Game 3: 15-11
Game 4: 15-6

Pinewood won 3-1.

League Record: 1-1
Nonleague Record: 2-6

Kill Leaders: Tracy 15 Kills; Smith-Hams 11 Kills


Weekend Sports Roundup Oct 7

  • Varsity Volleyball won 2 games and lost 3 in the Gilroy volleyball tournament this past weekend.
  • The JH flag football team chalked up another victory this weekend against St. Joseph’s of Mountain View. Despite injuries the team held on for a 20-13 victory.

Sports Roundup Oct 4

Both the JV and Varsity Volleyball teams lost a tough match to Mt. View yesterday. The Varsity team plays in the Gilroy Tournament at 8:00 tomorrow (Sat.)

Pinewood Varsity Volleyball vs Mountain View, at Pinewood Oct 3

Game 1: 6-15
Game 2: 15-12
Game 3: 14-16
Game 4: 8-15

Pinewood lost 1-3.

Pinewood League Record: 0-1
Pinewood Overall Record: 1-6
Pinewood Kill Leaders: Smith-Hams 11 Kills; Tracy 13 Kills

Sports Roundup Oct 3
  • The Junior High Flag Football played a tough game yesterday against Resurrection. Despite being oversized and overpowered the team kept their composure and battled fiercely in a 21-20 loss. Coach Eivers says the team "played like champions."
  • Girls’ Tennis lost yesterday in a tough match to Monta Vista. Final score 2 to 5.
  • Volleyball lost 1 game to 3 games yesterday vs Valley Christian. See News article
  • After having the bases loaded 3 innings, the junior high softball team lost a close one yesterday to St. Joseph Atherton. Good job girls!



Sports Roundup Oct 2

Girls’ Tennis won their match yesterday against Fremont Christian.

Volleyball vs Valley Christian

Valley Christian won 3-1. Game 1: 7-15, Game 2: 16-14, Game 3: 11-15, Game 4: 2-15

Pinewood's league record is now 0-1, overall record is 1-5

Pinewood kill leaders: Brett Smith-Hams 13 kills; Anna Tracey 11 Kills

Jr High Flag Football vs King's Academy (photos moved to flag football page)

Sept 25 - The Junior High Flag Football team evened up their season record to 1-1 with a
victory over King's Academy on Tuesday. The defense helped dominate the field with
a safety and 3 interceptions and the offense capitalized on these turnovers by
scoring 8 touchdowns both on the ground and in the air. The final score: Pinewood
55 - King's 12.

Player Daniel Perry has provided a first-person account of this exciting game, together with game photos -
On Tuesday, September 24, the Junior High Flag Football Team played a game
against Kings Academy. This was the first time Pinewood had ever played
Kings Academy in Flag Football and this was Kings Academy's debut year in
the sport. Even though the Kings Academy team had more than twice as many
players as Pinewood, there was no challenge for the ten outstanding pinewood
players. Every player on the Pinewood team contributed to the win including
Paul Eichler leading the team at quarterback, Stanley Huang with his
incredible speed at Running Back and Tyler Mosher at Receiver catching long
passes for touchdowns. In addition, Micah Hecht and Daniel Perry at the
Tight End positions helped lead the team downfield by blocking and catching
some short passes. There were also many great defensive plays such as Parker
Fields' interception that finished off Kings Academy's hopes for a comeback.
These great contributions to the team ended up in the blowout score, 55 to
12. This shows that the Junior High Flag Football Team will most likely
fulfill their goal of having a very successful, competitive season, even
against the toughest teams. ~Daniel Perry

Flag Football v St Nicholas

Sep 24 - The jr high flag football team played St Nicholas last Friday, Sep 20. Pinewood played valiantly with 8 players throughout the game (9 positions on the field). The final score was 25-13. The team stopped St Nicholas' first drive with an interception in the endzone by Paul Eichler. He tried to run it out of the endzone and was tackled on the 2 yard line. On the ensuing drive Micah Hecht scored a 58 yard touchdown on the 60 yard field! The team's second touchdown came in the 4th quarter with a with a 25 yard pass play to Stanley Hua.

Debate squad scores victory!

Sep 24 - The Pinewood varsity debate squad scored a fourth round victory over Saratoga on Saturday. Congratulations to Ashley Ocampo and Albert Wang for their fine effort.

This Saturday both the varsity and jv squads will be competing in the 3rd Annual Harker Invitational.



Freshman Election Results In!

Sep 20 - Although the Freshman Class elections lacked the drama of hanging chads and butterfly ballots, the results were duly certified and are now official. Congratulations to Jeffrey Bien, Class President; Mehruss Abdollahi, Vice President; Kate Della Bona, Activities; Varoon Bose, Sports; and Miriam Zouzounis, Publicity. All the candidates worked very hard, as was evident from creative highlights such as Jeffrey Bien's Mountain Dew-style commercial and presidential candidate Alissa Flesher's Mission Impossible presentation.


Girls' Varsity & JV Volleyball lose close games to Cupertino

Sept. 20 - The varsity and JV volleyball teams both lost close matches to Cupertino (varsity 2-3, JV 0-2). Both teams played great games. See their schedule for information on their next match. Varsity games results 4-15, 10-15, 16-14, 15-13, 13-15.

Game highlights: Smith-Hams 6 kills, Nakamoto 8 kills, Anna Tracy 15 kills.
Overall Record 1-4


Girls' Varsity VolleyBall wins 4-1 v Fremont High!

Sep 18 - Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball team - they beat Fremont High 4-1. Game results 13-15, 15-3, 15-12, 15-5.

Game highlights: Kristin Mitchell - 14 ace serves, 7 kills; Brett Smith-Hams - 6 kills; Daniella Roark - 5 kills; Anna Tracy - 11 kills



Boys' Soccer Teams play Redwood Christian

Varsity boys' soccer lost 0-1 to Redwood Christian, while the JV team went 1-2.



Girls' Varsity VolleyBall goes 2-3 v Woodside Priory

Sep 12 - Game results 15-17,15-7, 2-15,16-14, 11-15. Game highlights: Brett Smith-Hams 7 kills; Anna Tracy 7 kills, 7 solo blocks; Stephanie Cirigliano - 3kills; Kristin Mitchell - 1 kill; Julie Nakamoto - 2 kills; Daniella Roark - 1 kill; Alissa Flesher - 1 kill




2002-03 New Student Application and Jan 15 deadline

Sep 4 - Applications for NEW K-12 students will be available mid-September. The application due date is Jan 15. More information for Upper Campus admissions is located on the Admissions pages of the web site. Please contact the specific campus office for details.



Get Updates on Sports Schedules via Email

Sep 4 - Game schedules will be sent home with athletes the first week of school and will be posted on the web. Schedules often change due to weather, conflicts, or other reasons. Revised schedules will be given to athletes and changes will be posted on the school bulletin boards, and every effort will be made to keep the web site up to date. If you are interested in receiving an updated sports schedule via email, please email Michelle Tabarez at with your full name, email address, and sport you would like updates on. Please feel free to call or email the Athletic Office anytime to verify game times and locations.




New! Pinewood Chamber Players

Aug 30 - Check out the new Pinewood Chamber Players - If you have one or more years experience playing a woodwind or brass instrument, and want to play and perform with your friends from school, this is the club for you.



Corinne Mansourian and Whitney Wood will be returning to coach the High School Girls' Varsity and JV tennis teams. Practice begins Monday, August 26th at 2:30 pm.


Cross Country

Patty Welze will be coaching Varsity Cross Country for both boys and girls. Practice starts Tuesday, September 4th at 2:30 pm.