Mountain View, St. Francis girls to meet in soccer tourney final


The Mountain View High girls soccer team will try to win the Fremont Firebird Classic for the third year in a row when it faces St. Francis – the squad it beat in the previous two finals – Saturday in Sunnyvale. The match is slated to kick off at 6 p.m.

The undefeated Spartans reached the title game by shutting out Menlo-Atherton 5-0 last Saturday night.

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Winter Solstice bike ride set Dec. 21

GreenTown Los Altos’ annual Winter Solstice Night Bike Ride is scheduled 7-9:30 p.m. Dec. 21, starting outside Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 367 State St. The family-friendly, 8-mile ride goes as far as Christmas Tree Lane in Palo Alto and returns to downtown Los Altos by way of Starbucks near Stanford University for hot chocolate. Participants are encouraged to decorate their bicycles with twinkle lights and sing Christmas carols as they admire the holiday lights on the journey. Registration, which is free, begins at 6:30 p.m. For event and registration details, visit eventbrite.com and search “Winter Solstice Bike Ride.”

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.

Los Altos girls basketball, Gunn girls soccer stun Paly

The Los Altos High girls basketball team rallied in the second half to knock off upper-division opponent Palo Alto 54-43 last week.

The visiting Eagles, down seven at intermission, outscored the Vikings 38-20 the rest of the way Nov. 28. Jamie Baum totaled 17 points to lead Los Altos, and Mahika Gupta added 14.

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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.


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