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Wihtol, Long & Davis earn Hot Stove awards

Sandy Wihtol received the Service Award at the recent Santa Clara County Hot Stove Banquet for his 16 years as Los Altos High baseball coach. The annual event recognizes pro, college and high school baseball players from the area. Wihtol, a realtor who stepped down as coach last year, guided the Eagles to their lone Central Coast Section baseball title. “I honestly never thought that I would get back into baseball after my playing days,” said Wihtol, who spent nine years as a pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization. “But that decision I made in the fall of 1996 to help with the local high school kids is one of the best ones I ever made.” Two other local residents were honored at the banquet. St. Francis High graduate Matt Long, a Los Altos Hills native, was named Co-Minor League Player of the Year. He is an outfielder in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization. Mountain View High grad Erik Davis was recognized as the Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He is in the Washington Nationals organization.

Mountain View REI hosts ‘Running Basics’

REI in Mountain View is scheduled to host a free presentation, “Minimalist Running Basics,” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. REI’s Daniel Grillo will introduce this approach to running and discuss the gear, benefits and ideas on how to get started. REI is located at 2450 Charleston Road. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 969-1938 or visit www.rei.com/mountainview.

PONY Mavericks hold tryouts Sunday in MV

The Mavericks – Los Altos-Mountain View PONY Baseball’s under-8 club team, have scheduled tryouts 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Cooper Park in Mountain View. The season runs mid-March through May. Players need to preregister to try out. For more information, visit www.lamvpb.org.

Summer camp sign-ups

Registration for Spartans Sports Camp’s summer program is under way. Directed by Doug Wiersig, the second-year camp is scheduled June 10 through July 26 at Mountain View High. It offers seven sessions of multisport camps (for those entering grades 3-6) and strength and agility camps (grades 6-12) and two sessions of sport-specific camps in basketball, soccer and baseball. In addition, there are advanced camps in girls volleyball and girls water polo, and a boys lacrosse camp. Register by Friday for a $15 discount per session; scholarships are available. Proceeds benefit Mountain View High athletics. To register or for more information, visit www.spartanssportscamp.com.

Special coaches needed

The Special Olympics of Santa Clara County needs coaches for a variety of sports. No prior coaching experience is necessary. For more information and directions to the office, call (408) 392-0170 or visit www.sonc.org.

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