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men’s soccer



Saturday night

The Napa Sporting SC men’s soccer team will host San Leandro United in its United Premier Soccer League opener at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at American Canyon High School’s Wolf Den Stadium.

The team’s other home games at ACHS are on April 7 against Redding, and May 12 against East Bay, both also with 6:30 p.m. starts. At Justin-Siena’s Dodd Stadium, Napa Sporting will host Victory on March 24, Oregon on April 28, and San Jose on June 16, all with 7 p.m. starts.

Its road games are March 17 at Visalia, March 31 at San Francisco, April 14 at Chico, April 21 at Nevada, May 26 at JASA of Redwood City and June 2 at Dynamos. Actual venues are to be announced.

There is a Conference Cup on June 23, playoffs June 30, July 7 and July 14, another Conference Cup on July 21, and Regional Playoffs on July 28.

Middle school basketball teams in Napa tournament

American Canyon Middle School has one of 10 girls teams and one of 12 boys teams in the 52nd annual Dan Clark Tournament taking place this week at Justin-Siena High School in Napa. The tournament began Monday and wraps up Sunday.

Local fighters in Vallejo MMA show


Fighters from across Northern California are gearing up for intense, hard-hitting competition at the Bay Area Combat North Bay Face-Off, an amateur mixed martial arts event scheduled Saturday, March 10 in McCormack Hall at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first fight is set for 6 p.m.

Bay Area Combat will hold two title belt fights. In one main event, Vallejo’s Anthony Beal faces Gilroy’s Freddy Rodriguez for the 155-pound lightweight title belt. Both fighters will come in with 2-3 records. Beal trains at Rapacon’s Martial Arts, a gym owned by an American Canyon family.

The co-main event will feature Danville’s Joseph Kropschot against Huntington Beach’s Noah Christie in the 185-pound middleweight division. Kropschot is 4-0 and ranked No. 2 in California, while Christie is 3-0 and ranked 14th in the state.

Building up to the main events will be 13 matches featuring fighters from MMA gyms throughout Northern California.

Three of those fighters are from Napa Valley MMA – Diego Lopez, who is 3-2 and ranked 14th in California, and Jeff Hermann and Mark Vargas, who will be making their fighting debuts.

Two others train at Napa’s Main Street Martial Arts, Jorge Carrasco (0-1) and Eugenio Garcia, who will make his fighting debut.

“We have scheduled action-packed fights from the premier top athletes in Northern California,” said promoter Steve Barnett, who plans to have two more shows at the fairgrounds this year. “It is a show you don’t want to miss.”

The event is sanctioned by the California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization. It is sponsored in part by the U.S. Army, Suncoast Awning and Ride-On-Motorcycles, which will also be sponsoring the Multiple Sclerosis “Fight for Cure,” a nonprofit.

Tickets are $40 for general admission and $70 for ringside seats. For tickets and sponsor opportunities, call 287-8457. Visit or BayAreaCombat on Facebook for more information.

Shannon Lemieux Aquatics Day April 14

The 14th annual Shannon Nicole Lemieux Memorial Aquatics Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Vintage High Aquatics Center.

“The Shannon” is a fundraiser, mainly for high school aquatics athletes from American Canyon, Calistoga, Justin Siena, Napa, St. Helena and Vintage who have been invited to compete against each other for fun. There will be a synchronized swimming performance, water polo and diving exhibitions, a cannonball contest, and fun coed swimming relays such as the hilarious costume, T-shirt and “floatie” relays.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids age 12 and younger. There will be a silent auction and a snack shack with lunch items.

All proceeds benefit the Shannon Lemieux Memorial Scholarship Fund, which to date has awarded $104,000 in scholarships to deserving graduates from all participating schools.

Call Dan or Lori Lemieux at 255-7818 for more information.

Kids 4 Soccer clinics start April 26

Parent Advocates 4 Youth Sports, a 501©3 nonprofit working to better youth experience in sports in Napa and Solano counties that has offered Kids 4 Golf since 2016, will offer Kids 4 Soccer skills clinics at American Canyon High School from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 26, May 26 and June 23.

The clinics will be coached and instructed by local high school and junior college coaches, including American Canyon girls head coach Travis Behn and Vanden High School head coach Dan Blankenship. Visit to register or for more information.

NVGFA softball signups under way

The Napa Valley Girls Fastpitch Association is taking online signups and is also looking for volunteers to help with coaching, keeping score, or in other ways behind the scenes. Visit at for more information.

Paid umpires are also needed. Email Cathy Sapata at or or call 486-9945 for more information.

Evolve Volleyball session March 11-29

The Evolve Volleyball club will hold a prep session for 8- to 14-year-olds Thursdays and Sundays from March 11 through March 29.

Visit or for more information.

Baseball umpires needed; meeting Sunday

Baseball umpires are needed for the 2018 Napa Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken, Joe DiMaggio Baseball, St. Helena Senior Little League and the Napa Valley Baseball Club American Legion seasons. Games begin in April.

Umpires will receive training both in the classroom and on the field. These are paid positions. Umpires need to be age 15 or older and have baseball knowledge.

The first meeting will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at Silverado Middle School’s east fields. Those interested should contact Steve Meyer at or 312-0188.

Napa Valley Swim Team accepting new members

The Napa Valley Swim Team is currently accepting new members, ages 6-18, for its year-round competitive swimming program.

Memberships are available for all levels of the program and less experienced swimmers are welcome. NVST offer several new choices with once and twice per week options with its Novice ($60 and $75 per month) and Junior Varsity ($80 and $100 per month) programs.

Prospective swimmers should be able to swim at least 25 yards of backstroke and freestyle with side breathing.

The Napa Valley Swim Team is a nonprofit USA Swimming program.

For more information or to arrange a placement evaluation, call 257-7946 or email

NVST is on Facebook and its website is