Coach Ecker exits Los Altos, bound for Bakersfield College

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Donnie Ecker spent two seasons as head coach of the Los Altos High baseball team.

Like so many recent graduates, Donnie Ecker is headed off to college – albeit for a slightly different reason.

Ecker last week announced his resignation as head coach of the Los Altos High baseball team – a position he held for two seasons – to take an assistant coaching position with Bakersfield College.


Mountain View hires Winn as girls volleyball coach

Coach Dave Winn wasn’t going to leave Palo Alto High – where he took the girls volleyball program to new heights – for just any job. But when the position at Mountain View High became available due to M. Anthony Chen’s resignation, Winn couldn’t resist applying for it.

The coach lives within walking distance of Mountain View High.


Great Grizzly Fun Run draws hundreds to Hills

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Participants take off from the starting line at the Great Grizzly Fun Run, including Olympian Brad Hauser, front left. Hauser, a Gardner Bullis parent who helped organize the race, competed in the 5,000-meter run at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia.

More than 200 people participated in the inaugural Great Grizzly Fun Run, a 5-kilometer run/walk hosted by Gardner Bullis School in Los Altos Hills.

Children and adults took part in the May 31 event – some of them in or pushing strollers – and several brought along their dogs. The Gardner Grizzly mascot made an appearance as well.


Sports on the Side

Hing, Bade honored

Pinewood School’s Marissa Hing and Leeana Bade last month were named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Girls Basketball Team for Division V. Hing, a 5-foot-2 point guard, was also named Division V State Player of the Year for her performance as a junior. Bade, a 5-foot-10 forward, graduated in June. The pair helped the Panthers claim the Division V state championship in March.

Red Star registration

Registration is open for Red Star Soccer Academy summer training programs. Weeklong full, half-day and two-hour programs are offered to boys and girls ages 7-14 through July at Los Altos’ Grant Park. Cost is $130-$295; scholarships and financial aid are available. To register and for more information, call 380-0099 or visit


Super Sarah

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Sarah Robinson, pictured winning the 3,200 run at CCS, set the Gunn High record in the race at the state meet.

Scorching conditions didn’t stop Gunn High runner Sarah Robinson from setting a scorching pace at last weekend’s state track and field meet.

The Los Altos Hills resident won the 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes, 44.25 seconds and placed second in the 3,200 with a school-record time of 10:12.40 in the finals at Buchanan High in Clovis, where the temperature nearly hit triple digits Saturday.


Eagles catcher Wilber headed to UC Davis

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Max Wilber is headed to UC Davis as a recruited walk-on.

Max Wilber will soon make the transition from Eagle to Aggie.

The Los Altos High catcher, who graduated Friday, is headed to UC Davis as a recruited walk-on baseball player.


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