Devin Whitmill, a defender, returns for her junior year of soccer at Whitworth University of Spokane, Wash.

Whitworth will open the season on Sept. 2 at Wheaton College (Ill.).

Over the last two years, Whitworth has posted a combined record of 32-7-1, twice finishing in second place in the Northwest Conference.

Whitmill started 18 games last year for Whitworth, an NCAA-Division III school, playing defender on the right side. Whitworth had the 29th-ranked defense nationally, with 12 shutouts.

Whitmill is a Napa High School graduate.

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Napa Valley Physical Therapy Center’s Rob Brandon, who is the new trainer at American Canyon High School, will be the guest of the “KVON SportsVine” Saturday.

The hour-long show, hosted by Terry Simpkins, Charles Kennedy and Mark McLeod, airs from 9 to 10 a.m. on KVON 1440 AM.

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Sacramento State’s Max Alvarez is No. 1 in the TopDrawSoccer.com “College Players to Watch” Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Top-20.

Alvarez was among five Sacramento State players to make the list. The Napa High graduate had a spectacular freshman season as the team’s leader in goals and points. He earned second-team All-Freshman honors by Soccer America and second-team All-MPSF recognition.

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The University of Redlands volleyball team, which has Miranda Sanderson of Napa, received the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award last month for its success in the classroom and on the court.

Upon completion of the 2009-10 school year, the 20 members of the Bulldog volleyball program owned a team cumulative grade-point average of 3.495.

Redlands was one of 75 NCAA Division III schools to attain this year’s accomplishment.

Sanderson went to Vintage and is an outside hitter.

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Three players from CIF Sac-Joaquin Section schools — Viliami Moala of Grant-Sacramento (defensive tackle), James Sample of Grant (safety) and Brandin  Cooks of Lincoln-Stockton (wide receiver) — have been named preseason All-Americans by SuperPrep.

All-Farwest prospects from the Sac-Joaquin are Jordan Perkins of Lodi (running back), Faigame Lope of Grant (defensive end), Jimmy Laughrea of Rocklin (quarterback), Raymond Nelson of Modesto Christian (tight end), Jordan Richards of Folsom (wide receiver), Darryl Paulo of Grant (linebacker), Robert Ash of Cosumnes Oaks-Elk Grove (defensive end), Brian Clay of Wood-Vacaville (cornerback), Tyler Trosin of Folsom (running back) and Haran Piggee of Galt (running back).

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The 2010 Cal Football Preview show will debut on Comcast SportsNet California Friday at 10:30 p.m.

After the show’s Aug. 20 debut, it will replay on CSN California on Aug. 21 (12:30 p.m.) and Aug. 24 (7:30 p.m.).

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In a preseason vote of coaches in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, the nationally-ranked Sonoma State men’s soccer team has been selected to win the North Division for the seventh consecutive season. The coaches also recognized the Seawolves as the favorites to claim the 2010 CCAA Championship Tournament title that will be held at Warrior Stadium on the campus of Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock on Nov. 5-7.

Sonoma State finished the 2009 season with a 14-5-4 overall record and a 10-3-3 mark in conference play.

E-mail Napa Valley Register Executive Sports Editor Marty James at mjames@napanews.com or call 256-2223.

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