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March 1, 2011 > CSD, FC, Milpitas postseason update

CSD, FC, Milpitas postseason update

By Gary van den Heuvel

Basketball season came to an end for California School for the Deaf's boys and girls teams at last week's North Coast Section playoffs.

For the boys, the 2011 campaign ended on an exciting yet bittersweet note, as the No. 9-seeded Eagles played a spirited second half, but lost the Division V game in overtime to St. Vincent de Paul by a score of 57-55. CSD trailed by 10 at the half but came out like gangbusters in the third quarter, rallying to take a one-point lead into the fourth. St. Vincent sent the game to overtime, and outscored the Eagles 4-2 in the extra period.

Romel Thurman was lights out for CSD in the loss, leading all scorers with 24 points. Carlos Lopez scored 10 and Steven La added eight for CSD. Mike Meiswinkel led St. Vincent with 13 points.

"They played a great opening half, but we overcame in the second half," said CSD head coach Oskar Schugg, who was proud of his team's performance. "Our season ends with the third best record in school history." The Eagles finished the year with a record of 18-9, 8-2 in the Bay Counties League.

CSD's girls squad traveled to Convent of the Sacred Heart High School and came out of the gate with a 9-2 run. Unfortunately, Sacred Heart's gunners were too much for the Eagles, hitting six 3-pointers in the second and third quarters while on their way to a lopsided 60-34 win. CSD freshman Darriyan Thomas hit double figures in rebounds with 11 boards.

"They are to be commended for making the playoffs, winning WSBC, and finishing second in the BCL tournament," said head coach Debbie Ayres after the defeat.

Fremont Christian High School saw similar results for their boys hoops teams in Division V play. The No. 15-seeded Warriors ran into a buzz saw against University-San Francisco, losing 94-64 in their first round match. Fremont Christian's No. 12-seeded girls team finished the season with a 20-5 record after a 68-34 defeat by Hoopa Valley in their first round contest.

In Central Coast Section action, Milpitas High School's boys basketball team, who started the season by losing eight of their first 10, finished with a 13-10 record following a 64-58 loss to Gilroy High School.

Moving from the gym to the pitch, the Milpitas boys soccer team ended their year with a 2-0 loss to Palo Alto, who had beaten the Trojans earlier in the season. A hand ball called in the box in the 60th minute led to Palo Alto's first goal, which was barely missed on a dive by goalie Zach Ebright.

The game was the final one for seniors Ramiro Ceja, Andrew Shin and Martin Lopez. Daniel Galvan, Daniel Shak, Tri Le, Adrian Arenas, Raul Medina and goalie Ebright were all cited for outstanding defensive play for Milpitas.

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