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Locals help Chapman make school history

Six graduates of local high schools played on this year’s history-making Chapman University football team. The Panthers went undefeated (9-0) in the regular season for the first time and won their first-ever NCAA Division III playoff game (68-65 in triple overtime against Linfield College) before falling to St. John’s University 55-26 in the second round last month. Locals included quarterback Reed Vettel, defensive back Patrick Calcagno and offensive linemen Alex Waddell and Ryan Moles from St. Francis High, along with defensive ends Noah Kjos and Alphonso Barmore from Mountain View High.

Take a hike in the hills on New Year’s Day

The Los Altos Hills Pathways Committee’s New Year’s Day Walk/Hike is slated 1 p.m. today, starting in parking lot 1 at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road. Choose from short, medium and long loops; maps provided. Led by the Los Altos Hills Pathway Committee, the free event will be canceled if it rains. For more information, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov and click the Events/Calendar tab.

Honoring fall's finest

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Local all-leaguers include St. Francis High football player Camilo Arquette, the WCAL’s Sophomore of the Year.

All-league honors were recently awarded to varsity high school athletes who participated in fall sports. Athletes from Los Altos, Mountain View, St. Francis and Pinewood high schools who earned the accolades are listed below.

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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 vintagesoftball.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Soobrian sisters shine at national cross-country championships


Courtesy of Lisa Soobrian
Sisters Lauren, left, and Emily Soobrian stand with club coach Willie Harmatz after winning medals at the AAU National Cross-Country Championships in Nashville.

Local sisters Lauren and Emily Soobrian earned All-America honors for placing in the top eight of their respective age divisions at the AAU National Cross-Country Championships Dec. 7 in Nashville.

Lauren, a freshman at Los Altos High, won the Girls 13-14 4K race with a time of 14 minutes, 30.98 seconds. Emily, a seventh-grader at Egan Junior High, finished seventh in the Girls 12 3K race with a 12:07.87.


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