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3rd Boys: Feb 12th 5-6:30pm Buzz
3rd Girls: N/A
4th Boys: Feb 13th 10:30-12pm Buzz
4th Girls: Feb 13th 6:30-8pm Buzz
5th Boys: Feb 13th 9-10:30am Buzz
5th Girls: Feb 6th 10:30-12pm Buzz
6th Boys: Feb 13th 5-6:30pm Morrison
6th Girls: Feb 13th 5-6:30pm Buzz
7th Boys: Feb 6th 10:30-12pm & Feb 13th10:30-12pm Morrison
7th Girls: Feb 12th 5-6:30pm Morrison
7th Girls: Feb 13th 9-10:30am Morrison
8th Boys: Feb 13th 6:30-8pm Morrison
8th Girls: N/A

6th Grade Boys Take Second in Sacramento MLK Tournament

A Piedmont Basketball Foundation team of sixth grade boys nearly ran the table in the SAC sports Martin Luther King weekend tournament in Sacramento last weekend. After wins over tough teams from Napa and Stockton, the Highlanders came up just short in the championship game against the Elk Grove Legends.

The boys started strong with a 37-24 first round win over the Stockton Generals. Thwarted from running their trademark fast break by a very fast Generals team, the Highlanders used a half court zone offense to generate a balanced attack. Nick Desler and Adam Low paced the scoring with 7 points each, and Greg Wick, Spencer London, and Goyo Prospero each contributed 6 points. Nick Pacult hauled in 7 rebounds, and Sam Taylor dished out 4 assists.

Facing a much larger Napa squad, the Highlanders were forced to work the perimeter on offense and dig in on defense to get a thrilling 28-24 win in the semifinal. London lead the scoring with 13 points, including 5 of 6 from the free throw line and a go-ahead jumper with a minute remaining. Pacult added 6 points and came up huge with 12 rebounds against the two tall Napa pivots. Wick and Taylor each had three assists and Joe Deluca’s post defense neutralized Napa’s inside game. Desler made a key steal with eight second remaining and Low made a coast-to-coast lay up three point play as time expired to ice the win.

In the championship game the Highlanders played lock down defense against a quick and large Elk Grove team, but struggled to score in a 32-22 loss. Desler tallied eleven points and Wick added four. Deluca and Low played excellent defense against much larger players. Taylor and London each had two assists, and Prospero and Pacult had 7 rebounds, but the Elk Grove front line controlled the defensive end and prevented any Piedmont second-chance points to take home the championship.

Piedmont Basketball Foundation 6th graders show off their second place medals from the SAC Sports MLK Weekend Tournament
back row:Joe Deluca, Goyo Prospero, Nick Desler, Greg Wick
front row: Sam Taylor, Nick Pacult, Adam Low, Spencer London

2010 MVP 4th Grade Girls

The 4th grade girl Highlanders won the best game ever played this side of the “Catch”. We glided out  of the Tice Valley gym with a 18-16 sudden death overtime victory despite the coaching. There was a new hero every second,Aubrey Wagner’s defense and scoring, Dana  Kumamoto’s play making, the tough defense of Shannon Murphy and Hayden Stone, the pin point passing of Jane Andersen and Kiara Beita and the rugged rebounding of Ivana Xu and Nicole Shoptaugh made for quite a  team victory. We could not be more proud of our Highlanders.

2010 MVP 4th Grade Boys

The 4th grade boys played the “EB Bulldogs Red” on Saturday.  The Bulldogs were a very hard-nosed team that deployed a fiercely aggressive style of play, taking full advantage of the rules that none of the kids foul out of a game.

After falling behind quickly 8-0, the boys regained their composure and clawed their way back into the game and were down 12-9 at the end of the first period.  From there they fought a spirited battle the rest of the way before falling 42 – 29.  The Highlanders figured out pretty quickly that they were playing a much more aggressive style of basketball than they had seen before, and we decided to switch to a zone defense as a way to combat the other team’s speed and quickness.

Led by scoring from Ben Barret and some tough defense by all, they picked up their intensity in the second half, and played a very solid 4th quarter to finish the game strong.”

2010 MVP 6th Grade Girls Purple Team

The Piedmont Basketball Foundation Sixth Grade Girls Highlanders opened its season by winning both of its games last weekend. 

On Saturday, the Highlanders opened the season by defeating Sportstrong 32-19.  The Highlanders were led by strong rebounding and inside scoring from Kelsey Fennel and Cate Selna,  tenacious guard play both offensively and defensively from Maddie Copeland, Rebecca Harris,   and Hana Elabed, as well as strong all around play from both Jane Kingston and Maryse Suppiger. 

On Sunday, the Highlanders won again, this time defeating the Mighty Mites 18-12 in a strong team defensive effort.  Rebecca Harris, Hana Elabed, Kelsey Fennel, Maddie Copeland, Cate Selna, Jane Kingston and Jenny Hosler each played great defense, and soon-to-return point grade Maeve Sullivan provided critical moral support from the sidelines.

2010 5th Grade Boys Win MVP Season-Opener

The Piedmont Highlanders 5th grade boys “purple” squad opened their Power Flight season with a convincing 44-28 win over ASA Basketball of Pleasanton.  Nick Desler led the attack with 11 points and five rebounds.  Nick Pacult and Goyo Prospero each had four points and seven rebounds.  Spencer London added six points and had five steals to spark the Highlanders fast break.  A swarming team defense led by Greg Wick and Daniel Bessolo contained ASA’s quick forwards all game.  Sam Taylor and Zach Moorhead ran a disciplined half court offense that helped the purples control the clock in the second half.

2009 MVP 4th Grade Boys

05/16 Game Fourth Grade Boys Close with Three Game Winning Streak (from coach London)

The Highlanders faced a win-or-go-home game on May 16 and by avenging an earlier loss to Sportstrong 22-18, the fourth grade boys ended the regular season with a three game winning streak that vaulted them into the playoffs.  A balanced team effort saw excellent rebounding from Dillon Heller, Goyo Prospero and Paul Dorskind coupled with strong guard play from Trevor Huffaker, Zach Moorhead and Cato Leist.   Greg Wick led the Highlanders with six points and Prospero added two baskets and a free throw.  Heller and Huffaker played smothering defense to keep Sportstrong from building any momentum in the second half.  Guard Dara Kasrovi had two steals and an assist while Moorhead’s pretty runner on the baseline capped an eight point run Highlander run early in the first half.

5/9 Game Highalnders Edge Bulldogs 26-23 (from Coach London)

The fourth grade boys MVP basketball team edged the East Bay Bulldogs on May 9 26-23.  The defensive battle was won on the boards with forwards Nick Pacult and Sam Somerville each grabbing six rebounds and swingman Greg Wick adding five.  The Highlanders had only seven healthy players and were barely able to hold off a Bulldog rally in the waning moments with excellent ball handling and a controlled offense.  Guards Sam Taylor and Spencer London repeatedly broke the Bulldog press as the clock ran down to preserve the victory.  Taylor had nine points to lead the team.  London had five points and three assists.  Guard Jordan Li added two steals and a blocked shot.

Overtime Win for Highlanders (from Coach London)

Facing a ten point deficit with a little over eight minutes to play, the 4th grade Highlander Boys came roaring back to tie Sportstrong and send their May 2nd game into overtime for a 38-33 win.  Nick Pacult and Gregory Wick provided the defensive pressure that led the comeback.  Pacult notched eight rebounds and Wick forced several key turnovers.  Dara Kasrovi and Zach Moorhead combined for nine steals during the Highlanders second half push.  Paul Dorskind and Sam Somerville also provided strong help defense that neutralized Sportstrong’s slashing guards.  Sam Taylor added six points and four rebounds.  Spencer London contributed eleven points and three assists.

04/19 MVP Game (from Coach London)

The Piedmont Highlanders 4th Grade Boys notched an impressive come-from-behind 29- 26 victory over the Oakland Rebels in MVP Basketball League play on April 19th.  Strong rebounding by Goyo Prospero, Dillon Heller, and Nick Pacult keyed the second half surge, and Jordan Li and Spencer London handcuffed the Rebels’ two incredible guards to hold them scoreless over the last seven minutes.  Sam Taylor and Zach Moorhead ran the offense with poise under constant Rebel pressure, penetrating for critical layups and assists in the seesaw second half.  Trevor Huffaker made two key steals.  Pacult added six points and three assists, all out of double teams to Prospero cutting through the lane.  London’s jumper and free throw with a minute left iced the win.

MVP 5th Grade Girls






5/30 Game (from team reporter Leslie Pannell)

The Piedmont 5th Grade MVP girls made their first appearence this past Saturday in the MVP playoff tourment.  They faced the top ranked team, the Thunder, and had them worried, so worried in fact they made our team switch to “purple” jerseys from silver about half way into the first first half as they claimed to be having problems telling their white from our silver…. in a game they thought would be a pushover win!    The Piedmont team played their best defensive game of the season and looked strong in their ball handling.

Piedmont put its first points on the boards with Malorie Han feeding Rebecca Harris a quick pass for two points.  Hana Elabed then added two more by making two free throws to put us up 4 -2.   Kelsey Fennell collided with a teammate to bruise her knee and left the game for the rest of the half sitting with an ice pack on the side lines.

After the half, some fancing pasing from Rebecca to Maddy Copland and back to Rebecca put another two on the score boards,  Natasha Skov added another two for a total of 8 points.  Caroline James then was able sink a free throw for one point and then later powered a pass to Malorie Han late in the game to give us  our game ending 11 points.

Unfortunately the Thunder came on strong in the second half and had a flurry of baskets to put themselves ahead and ultimately out of reach, winning at 14 – 11.    The Piedmont team played very agressively and was able to keep the Thunder away from the basket and the ball in our hands with multiple players having steals Rebecca Harris 6,  Tina Sieben 3, Maddy Copeland 3 and Maeve Sullivan 3.

05/16 Game 5th Grade Girls MVP Game against the Lighting (from team reporter Sarah)

The Girls 5th Grade MVP team won their final game of the regular season, 25-16, against the Lafayette Lightning.  Rebecca Harris’ two successful foul shots within the first five seconds of the game set the pace for the game.  Kelsey Fennell, Cate Selna and Caroline Welsch were strong on the boards, and the Highlanders disrupted the Lightning’s offense.  The game was close until the last few minutes when key passing and scoring by Maeve Sullivan, Malorie Han, and Caroline James put the Highlanders ahead for good.

5/9 Game (from team reporter Leslie Fennell)

The Bulldogs lived up to their name and played agressive ball, they came up on top with a 16/11 win over the MVP 5th grade team from Piedmont.  Hana Elabed was the hot player of the game, scoring on a pass from Malorie Han, Piedmont’s first basket, she then added another two taking a pass from Kate Selna.  At the end of the first half Piedmont trailed 4/12.  They came off the bench at the half and held the Bulldogs to just two baskets.  Kelsey Fennell added a basket to pull us up two more points then Hana Elabed scored another two on a fast break.    Jane Kingston came up with a basket and Kelsey Fennell added one more point on a freethrow.

5/2 Game (from team reporter Leslie Fennell)

The Piedmont MVP 5th grade girls played the Thunderwolves to a 10 to 16 loss.  Rebecca Harris put us on the board with a basket early in the first half, Natasha Skov added our second basket to give us 4 points in the first half.  Kate Selna added three baskets in the second half and the rest of the team played hard with good defensive moves.  The MVP team played hard but nothing was going in, some one must have forgotten to take the plastic wrap off the hoop for them.

4/26 Game against the ML Pride on  (from team reporter Sarah)

The 5th Grade Highlander Girls MVP team played tough but came up short, 26-9, against the ML Pride. Maeve Sullivan led the offense as point guard and recorded 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 steals. Caroline James scored 4 points and tallied 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Tina Sieben and Natasha Skov also scored and made some key passes and steals. Although the Highlanders did not score many points, every player contributed with either rebounds, steals or passes.

04/18 Game (from team reporter Leslie Fennell)

Perseverance pays off, as well as having it all click!  Piedmont’s 5th Grade MVP team celebrated its first win this weekend with a 20 to 15 final score over their opponents the Lafayette Lightning.

Caroline James, started both halves off with first baskets and ended up the game’s high point scorer with a total of 10 points, followed by Malorie Han with 4 points.  Cate Selna, Kelsey Fennell, with a fastbreak 2 points, and Maeve Sullivan all contributed one basket each. This week’s game featured some well executed offensive plays with Maeve passing to Kelsey and then her finding Caroline open and feeding the ball multiple times to help her capture 10 points.  Maddy Copeland was unusually silent on the scoreboard but more then made up for it with her hallmark defensive moves creating havoc for the other team.  Tina Sieben contributed to the game with some minutes of brilliance as point guard exhibiting her fast on court moves.

4/4 Game (from team reporter Sarah)  

The Highlanders 5th Grade Girls MVP team played hard in a 28-13 loss to the Concord Bulldogs.  In a tribute to Courtney Paris, Cate Selna recorded her first consecutive double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.  Maeve Sullivan also scored.  Caroline Welch contributed 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.  Five steals and another 8 rebounds were added by the rest of the team.

3/28 Game (from team reporter Sarah)  

The Piedmont 5th Grade Girls MVP team played tough against the Danville Thunder but came up short, 15-19.  Facing a fast-paced and smothering defense, the MVP worked hard to run their offense.  Six different players scored.  Samantha Hofherr, Malorie Han and Kelsey Fennell were strong on the boards.  Maeve Sullivan, Rebecca Harris and Maret Sotkiewicz played strong defense.

3/21 Game (from team reporter Leslie Pannell)  

Piedmont’s MVP-5th grade girls started off their season with a success albeit a loss.  They were out scored by the ML Pride team, 25-14.  However this same team held them scoreless in their meeting last year.  Kelsey Fennell was the first to put a score on the boards with the first basket, taking the Piedmont team to a 2-0 lead.  She ended up with 6 points for the game, Cate Selina, added another 6 points and Caroline (Cary)James accounted for the last two points.  Maeve Sullivan and Madison Copland used their quick hands and ball handling skills to steal and generally disrupt the ML Pride’s offense.  Unfortunately the Piedmont team was out matched in shooting as nothing seemed to go in for them and the ML Pride was able to leverage a series of layup shots to pull a head after being only one point a head for a good part of the game.

MVP 6th Grade Girls


5/30 Game Girlzone Breaks Past Highlanders 35-24 in MVP championship playoff game (from team reporter Keating)

In an intense, hard fought game with fouls in the double digits, Piedmont held the lead in nearly all of the 1st half with their extreme defensive pressure.  A 3 point shot by the Girlzone that tied the game at the half (10 -10) started the run of field goals and rebounds that pushed them past the Highlanders.  Clare Keating scored 11, all but 2 in the second half, and played relentless defense with many blocks.  Nina Bessolo scored 8, 4 of them freethrows, with many fast breaks.  Sydney Rennels had 5 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 points.  Lindsey Vaughn made an impressive 3 pointer and had several blocks.  Justine Pelton and Noelle Lautt both came off the bench with assists, and Noelle stole the ball and forced turnovers several times.  The Highlanders ended their winning season wtih a strong show of improvement, fighting spirit and teamwork.

A special thanks to Coach Steve Krohn for his effective coaching and his many invaluable contributions to his team.  Thanks also to Jim Bessolo for his supportive assistance to Steve and the team.













5/17 Game Highlanders Stifle Stampede  40 -4 (from team reporter Keating)

Highlanders easily win in a show of teamwork to end the season with 5 wins and 3 losses.  The Highlanders have clearly improved showing seamless, relentless defense, effective fastbreaks, and patient working of offensive plays.  Sarah Mooney, in her first game back from an injury, scored 6, had 4 assists, and multiple rebounds and steals.  Sydney Rennels also scored 6, had 4 assists, and the most rebounds on the team.  Clare Keating scored 8 points, had 2 assists, and several aggressive, defensive blocks.  Nina Bessolo and Lindsey Vaughn each scored 8.  Julia Ormond scored 4 and rebounded several times.  Kerry Krohn had several assists, and Noelle Lautt rebounded hard and played strong defense.  The Highlanders clearly were having fun and look forward to the championship tournament!

5/9 Game (from team reporter Keating)

In a hard fought, fast game, the Highlanders, with only 6 players, lost to Sportstrong by 8.  The Highlanders played a different game in the first half, with 18 points and numerous defensive rebounds, to end the 1st half 18 – 19.  While the Highlanders played hard and strong, the other teams’ players on the bench were able to sustain the pace and shut down the Highlanders’ offense.  Clare Keating had 8 points, all in the first half, 3 assists, 6 rebounds, and applied great defensive pressure.  Lindsey Vaughn had 6 points, two of them at the buzzer, 8 rebounds, and several blocks and steals.  Nina Bessolo scored 10, 4 of them free throws.  Sydney Rennels scored 4 and rebounded an amazing 12 times.  Noelle Laut played aggressively with several steals and forced turnovers.

5/03  Highlanders Tame Lafayette Bears 43-13 (from team reporter Keating)

Even with the challenge of losing electricity in the Foothill gym, the Highlanders soundly beat the Bears, 43-13.  While the Bears had some great outside shots, one a 3 pointer(!), the Highlanders’ teamwork, execution of plays and strong defense carried the game.  Lindsey Vaughn played well all around, scoring 8 points, having 6 assists and 6 rebounds, and several steals.  Sydney Rennels was consistently strong with 14 points and 6 offensive rebounds.  Clare Keating played tough defense, scored 4 points, had several assists, and 7 rebounds.  Julia Ormond had an impressive 8 rebounds and 3 assists.  Nina Bessolo scored 9, while Kerry Krohn scored 8.  Sarah Mooney joined her team on the bench while healing from an injury from last week’s game – now that’s team spirit!

4/26 Danville Diablos Take Highlanders Down  26 – 24 (from team reporter Keating)

In a hot thriller, the Highlanders barely lose to the Danville Diablos in a close game from beginning to end.  Both teams played tough and aggressively every play.  Sydney Rennels, a shooting powerhouse, scored 10 points under the basket, had 4 assists, and rebounded often.  Lindsey Vaughn, with her usual grace and speed, had the most rebounds for the Highlanders, scored 4, and aggressively stole and blocked multiple shots.  Kerry Krohn, with her consistent drive, scored 8 and had several impressive blocks.  Noelle Lautt had multiple assists and great rebounds, while Justine Pelton had several critical defensive rebounds.  The Highlanders continue to grow stronger as a team every game.

4/18 Game -  Highlanders Stop Stampede 36 – 16 (from team reporter Keating)

In a  strong show of teamwork, the Highlanders won with their strong defense and fastbreaks.  Clare Keating grabbed multiple rebounds, led the team in hustle with multiple steals, assisted many teammates, and scored 8 points.  Kerry Krohn also scored 8 points, made several rebounds and team assists, and blocked multiple shots.  Julia Ormond, Sarah Mooney, and Justine Pelton each scored 4 points, rebounded often, had several assists and great steals.  The Highlanders continue to show the power of a team with contributions from all.

4/19 Game - Girlzone Gives Highlanders First Loss 29 -17 (from team reporter Keating)

In an extremely physical game with record fouls, the Highlanders lose after playing strongly and evenly with Girlzone in the first half.  But Girlzone relentlessly pressured with constant rebounds and steals with point conversions to take the game away.  The Highlanders showed the power of team play with Sydney Rennels scoring 8 points under the basket with multiple assists from Kerry Krohn and Clare Keating.  Showing warrior spirit, Julia Ormond and Noelle Lautt stole the ball frequently and made some critical rebounds, and Clare Keating fought for multiple rebounds.  Kerry Krohn scored 5 points.

3/28 Game Highlanders Outmuscle Sportstrong 30-27 (from team reporter Keating)


In a thrilling, hard fought battle of talent to the end, teamwork pushed the Highlanders to victory.  Sydney Reynolds shone with her numerous rebounds, steals, and 6 points.  Nina Bessolo was all over the court with steals, blocks, assists, and 8 points.  Clare Keating played aggressively with multiple steals and several assists.  Lindsey Vaughn with speed and agility scored 6 points and had several rebounds.  Sarah Mooney and Noelle Lautt both had important defensive steals, rebounds, and forced turnovers.