From an Eagle to a Cardinal

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Donnie Ecker, who coached and played baseball at Los Altos High, has taken a player development position with the St. Louis Cardinals.

An erstwhile Eagle will soon be a bird of a different feather.

Former Los Altos High baseball coach Donnie Ecker recently told the Town Crier he’s accepted a player development position with the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball.


LA grad Campitelli honored for diving

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Los Altos High graduate Austin Campitelli, right, holds the Eastern College Athletic Conference Women’s Diver of the Meet Trophy she won Dec. 7 in East Meadow, N.Y. She is pictured with teammates Nia Sorgente, left, and Ashlie Pankonin.

New York University freshman Austin Campitelli of Los Altos last month was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Metro Women’s Diver of the Week.

The Los Altos High graduate swept the 1-meter (268.85 score) and 3-meter (296.70) six-dive competitions, as well as the 1-meter (459.60) and 3-meter (492.70) 11-dive events at the ECAC Championships, held Dec. 5-7 at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.


Sports on the Side

Voillier voted POY

St. Francis High senior goalie Benoit Voillier has been voted the 2014 Central Coast Section Boys Water Polo Division I Player of the Year by the coaches. He made 10 saves in the Lancers’ win over Gunn in the Nov. 21 CCS final.

All-Century voting

The California Interscholastic Federation, which governs the state’s high school sports, recently announced that voting for the CIF Winter All-Century Team has begun. Nominations were accepted online during the past school year; former student-athletes who demonstrated significant athletic contributions in CIF sports were eligible. The list of nominees includes wrestler Bernie Olmos, a 1967 graduate of Mountain View High. Winter honorees will be revealed in March and honored at their respective sport’s state/regional championships. To vote, visit and click “100th anniversary.”


TC's top 10 sports stories of 2014

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The Los Altos girls volleyball team reached the NorCal Division II final for the second straight year.

It’s been a banner year for local prep sports – literally. Banners recognizing league, section, regional and even state championships won by teams or individuals in 2014 will soon hang in area high school gyms.

The Town Crier honors several of these champions as part of its annual top 10 sports stories of the year.


Locals rise in the fall: Varsity all-league lists chock-full of area athletes

All-league honors were recently awarded to varsity high school athletes participating in fall sports. Athletes from local schools who earned such accolades are listed below.

Los Altos High Football Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division


St. Francis High names Tony Kunkel head coach of girls track and field team

St. Francis High recently appointed Tony Kunkel head coach of the girls track and field team.

“We are very excited to have Tony Kunkel as our new head girls track coach here at St. Francis High School,” Director of Athletics Michael Pilawski said. “Tony’s passion for the sport and our school as well as his leadership abilities will surely continue the great success of the program.”


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