Reds hire LAHS grad as assistant coach
The Cincinnati Reds last month hired Los Altos High graduate Donnie Ecker (Class of 2004) as the team’s assistant hitting coach. A standout baseball player for the Eagles, Ecker returned to his alma mater as varsity baseball coach in 2013 after four seasons as a minor leaguer. He resigned after the 2014 season and took a development position with the St. Louis Cardinals, serving as a minor-league hitting coach for three seasons. Ecker worked for the Los Angeles Angels’ organization this year in the role of hitting coach for the Triple-A team in Salt Lake.
Local tree lots support high school sports
Tree lots benefiting athletics at Mountain View and Los Altos highs, respectively, are open for business. Proceeds from the Spartans Tree Lot go toward purchasing sports equipment and improving facilities at Mountain View High. Operating hours are 5-8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends next to the football field at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. For more information, visit spartanstreelot.com. Proceeds from MVLA Trees, the Los Altos High tree lot, support the school’s sports programs and clubs. Operating hours are 3:30-8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends in the Chase Bank parking lot, 749 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View. For more information visit mvlatrees.com.
CIF sets deadline for scholarship application
Jan. 22 is the winter deadline to apply for the CIF Spirit of Sport Award, recognizing one male and one female statewide during each high school sports season. Selections are based on exemplary sportsmanship and school/community service and leadership, according to officials from the California Interscholastic Federation, which governs the state’s high school sports. Each winner receives a $1,000 scholarship. Additionally, 60 section winners (one male and one female from each CIF section, in each season of sport) receives a $500 scholarship. For more information, visit cifstate.org.
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