Rangers salute fallen soldier before games

Courtesy of Laura Orella
The Rangers, a Majors team from Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League, pose with the parents of fallen solider Will Sigua at his memorial rock in Purissima Park. Before each game, the players touch the rock for inspiration and to honor Will, killed while fighting in Iraq in 2007. Front, from left: Ethan Lowe (kneeling), Jack Starkey, Brock Susko, Aidan Witte, Spencer Wood, Philip Martin, Matthew Waldbusser and Matthew Leong (crouching). Standing: Ben Sigua, Jackie Sigua, Will Schoppet, Jeffrey Taylor, Bill Witte, Brian Wood, Kyle Pena, Miles Bader, Lou Pena and Ken Leong.

When it comes to sports, it’s sometimes hard for kids to remember that winning isn’t everything.

But the Rangers – a Majors division (ages 11-12) team from Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League – are reminded of that before each game, thanks to a fallen soldier from Los Altos Hills whose legacy and love of baseball lives on at Purissima field.


Local triathletes escape Alcatraz

Courtesy of Marathon Photo
Robert McGrath of Los Altos placed 13th in the men’s 55-59 division at the June 1 triathlon.

Nine local residents completed the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon June 1 in San Francisco.

The annual event features a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to shore, an 18-mile bike ride and an 8-mile run through San Francisco.


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.


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