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Giants hire LA grad to coach hitters

The San Francisco Giants recently announced that Los Altos High graduate Donnie Ecker has been hired as one of the team’s hitting coaches. Ecker (Class of 2004) coached the Eagles for two seasons. Since resigning from that job in 2014, he served as an assistant coach at Bakersfield College, worked in the St. Louis Cardinals’ player development department, was the Triple-A hitting coach for the Los Angeles Angels and last season was the assistant hitting coach for the Cincinnati Reds.

Adult softball league welcomes players

The Vintage Softball Club of Santa Clara County, a slow-pitch league for men and women age 50 and over that includes Los Altos residents, seeks new members for 2020. Founded in 1987, the club offers year-round Saturday and weekday leagues – along with Monday nights in spring/summer – open to all skill levels. Some players are novices, most are intermediate and a few are in the Senior Softball Hall of Fame. A bat and glove are required. The annual membership fee is $50-$100. To register and for more information, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Los Altos High seeks coaches

Los Altos High seeks head coaches for varsity boys golf, junior varsity badminton and varsity girls golf. To apply and for more information, call athletic director Michelle Noeth at 960-8857 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MVHS hosts youth basketball camp

Spartans Sports Camp’s annual Holiday Basketball Camp is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Thursday through Monday at Mountain View High School, 3535 Truman Ave. Open to boys and girls in grades 3-8, the fast-paced camp focuses on honing shooting, ball-handling and defensive skills. Registration is $275 for all five sessions or $60 per day; cost includes T-shirt, water bottle and backpack. To register and for more information, visit

CIF offers scholarships to high school seniors

The California Interscholastic Federation, which governs the state’s high school sports, is accepting applications for the 2020 CIF Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards. The awards are aimed at “college-bound seniors whose academic and athletic careers have been truly exemplary and whose personal standards and accomplishments are a positive model for others,” according to the CIF website. The CIF will award $5,000 scholarships to two state winners and $1,000 scholarships to 20 section winners. The application includes writing an essay. The deadline is Feb. 20. To apply and for more information, visit

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