Posts Tagged ‘basketball’

Craig Pitti San Marin Memorial

People often contact me and ask me questions about photography, but a couple weeks ago I received an unusual phone call about some of my photographs. A woman found pictures of the 2011 San Marin High School basketball team’s North Coast Section championship season.

She wanted the pictures for a memorial service.

 (bryan farley)

That’s how I learned that San Marin’s basketball coach Craig Pitti died. Craig had been diagnosed with Cancer this September. He died last month. San Marin High School held a memorial service last week.

I attended the memorial and brought my camera.

 (bryan farley)

I taught at San Marin High School during the 2010-2011 school year when SMHS won it’s first section title. For the five year anniversary, I created a photo book and sent it to Pitti. I neglected to include my name, but he responded with a beautiful message that I plan to keep as long as possible. During the playoffs last year, I attended one of San Marin’s games when they played at another one of my former schools.… Read the rest


School and Basketball

This post is about three basketball games that all occurred on March 2nd. I photographed two of the games. The other game was played in 1962.

The San Marin High School Mustangs defeated Bishop O'Dowd 51-46 to advance to the North Coast Section title game on March 2, 2011. San Marin would eventually win their first basketball section title in school history. (bryan farley)

When I was in 5th grade, I remember taking a standardized reading comprehension test. We read a short story about Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points against the New York Knicks. We were asked to categorize the story. Because I knew it was impossible for anyone to score 100 points in an NBA game, I decided that the story was fictional. Of course, Wilt scored 100 points against the Knicks on March 2, 1962 and my distrust of standardized tests was born.

A parent celebrates after San Marin's upset victory against Bishop O'Dowd High School. (bryan farley)

The second story happened five years ago on March 2, 2011. I was teaching at San Marin High School in Novato, California. I had just learned that I was going to lose my teaching position, because the technology department was closing. Our boys basketball team was hosting one of the state’s top teams, Bishop O’Dowd in a North Coast Section semifinal the next night.… Read the rest


San Marin High School Boys Basketball Champions

A Season to Remember

During a blurry eleven day stretch, the San Marin High School Mustangs boys basketball team played four historic games.  During the second game, San Marin won its first North Coast Section basketball title. San Marin lost the fourth game to Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd in the CIF NorCal State Tournament.

Each game was decided in the closing seconds.

I taught at San Marin last year. Making the season more remarkable for me, last year was the only year I taught at the school. Since San Marin and I are about the same age, I feel extra fortunate to have been able to document San Marin sports history. Of all the schools in the North Coast Section, I walked into ….

Photographing the games was special for many other reasons. San Marin is located in a small Bay Area community. Novato, California supports its schools and sports teams, but San Marin had never won a basketball section title.… Read the rest