Sports on the Side

Russert rewarded

The Mountain View High School Sports Boosters issued its inaugural scholarship worth $1,000 to Drew Russert. The senior specialized in track and field in his final two years as a Spartan, but also participated in football and basketball as an underclassman. Russert was chosen for his leadership, work ethic and kindness. He will attend the University of Oregon in the fall.

LA’s Li second at CCS

Los Altos High badminton player Albert Li finished second in boys singles at the Central Coast Section individual championships. Monta Vista’s Justin Ma defeated Li 25-23, 17-21, 21-18 in the June 1 final at Independence High in San Jose.


Blach, Egan excel at county meet

Courtesy of Steve Kane
Twenty-two athletes from Blach Intermediate School qualified for last month’s county track and field meet in San Jose. Kneeling, from left: Gabi Joffe, Chloe Olson, Allie Halliday, Aya Kitajima, Amber Fry, Olivia Porat, Josh Rowsey, Annalisa Pao, Rachel Korobkin and Serena Myjer. Standing: Nikhil Weigel, Zach Moran, James Dinneen, Cole Corsiglia, Arun Jog, Ryan Kim, Rohan Kapur, Cindy Barker, Mae Hubel, Alex Sullivan, Nick Sullivan and Douglas Dahm.

Track and field coaches at the two Los Altos junior highs were elated with how their teams performed this spring, and coaches at the local high schools probably share those feelings – many of those runners, jumpers and throwers are headed their way.

Blach Intermediate School and Egan Junior High combined to send 36 athletes to last month’s county track meet in San Jose, returning with 14 medals.


Coach Ecker exits Los Altos, bound for Bakersfield College

Town Crier file photo
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

Courtesy of Heather Rose
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


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