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Help for the Dons

The De Anza College alumni baseball game is scheduled 1 p.m. Jan 24 on the Cupertino campus. A social hour (5-6 p.m.) and kickoff dinner (6-8 p.m.) follow at the Hotel Los Gatos. Proceeds benefit the De Anza Field Renewal Project. Tickets to the social hour and dinner start at $50; admission to the game is free. For dinner tickets and more information, visit

Spring sports night

Mountain View High’s Spring Sports Parent Information Night is scheduled 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the school’s Spartan Theatre. The presentation will include a general overview of the spring sports, an introduction of coaches, an opportunity to turn in athletic enrollment forms, information on participation cost, a question-and-answer period and a breakout session with each team. For more information, email athletic director Shelley Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Eagles going through growing pains

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Los Altos High’s Patrick McColl grabs a rebound in Saturday’s game against Fremont. The senior scored a team-high 11 points.

Chalk up Saturday’s 61-47 loss to Fremont as another lesson for the inexperienced Los Altos High boys basketball team.

The Eagles learned the hard way that they’ll need to play with more consistency – and intensity – to beat teams like the upstart Firebirds.


Mtn. View girls soccer squad rolls into league

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Los Altos High guard Katie Munro scored six points in last week’s loss to Hillsdale.

The Mountain View High girls soccer team kicks off league play this week with a mound of momentum, having won five of its six games to start the season.

“The girls had a solid preseason and are getting better each day,” said coach Ivan Bandov, whose team won the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division last year. “Preseason was crucial for us this year with so many young kids, but they are gaining experience fast.”


From an Eagle to a Cardinal

Town Crier file photo
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

Courtesy of Alex Falk
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.”


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