Marty James

Channel 2’s Ibanez to headline Babe Ruth Opening Day

2013-03-25T22:46:00Z Channel 2’s Ibanez to headline Babe Ruth Opening DayMarty James Napa Valley Register
March 25, 2013 10:46 pm  • 

NOTES AND QUOTES for a Tuesday in the Napa Valley:

KTVU Channel 2 Sports Director Mark Ibanez will be the keynote speaker for Napa Babe Ruth League Opening Day ceremonies on April 6 starting at 10 a.m. at Silverado Middle School. The program takes place on the major division field.

The Sea Cadet color guard will present the colors and a barber shop quartet from Napa High School will sing the national anthem.

The Napa Active 20/30 Club has donated a bike to be raffled off.

League sponsors and teams will be recognized at the event.

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Desiree Anderson of Napa and Ryan Johnson of St. Helena each placed in a Junior Tour of Northern California event over the weekend at Windsor Golf Club in Sonoma County.

Anderson, a Napa High senior, had rounds of 87 and 82 for a 169 total, tying for 16th place in the girls championship flight in the Spring Series II event.

Johnson, who is from St. Helena, tied for 22nd in the boys championship flight, shooting 74-82 — 156.

One hundred and seventeen juniors participated across the four flights with a champion crowned in each one.

The Junior Tour of Northern California will continue the 2013 season with a visit to Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton for Spring Series III April 1-2.

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Justin-Siena graduate Brett Wallace homered as the Houston Astros beat the Florida Marlins, 4-1, on Sunday at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla.

The exhibition game was called in the fifth inning due to rain.

Wallace’s home run to left-center field was his third of the spring.

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New Napa High volleyball coach Heather O’Neill is the guest of the KVON “SportsVine” on Saturday.

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

O’Neill is a 2006 Vintage High graduate and played three years on the varsity team. She is a 2008 Napa Valley College graduate and played two years for the Storm. She graduated from Sonoma State in 2011, earning a degree in mathematics. She got her state teaching credential in secondary education last year.

O’Neill, a Napa native, coached the Vintage JV team for five years and is a coach in the Evolve Volleyball program, which is affiliated with USA Volleyball and the Northern California Volleyball Association.

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Dr. David Goodwill, a Napa dentist, started his 2013 racing season out well in Madera on Saturday night.

Goodwill drove two cars: his own sprint car and the Arata brothers’ midget.

He qualified fastest, won his heat race and the 30-lap main event in the Stork’s Garage midget.

He qualified fourth-fastest in the Bailey Brothers’ sprint car. He went on to finish second in his heat race and won the 30-lap main event.

“We had just a great night,” Goodwill said. “It was awesome.”

Goodwill next races at Stockton’s 99 Speedway on April 13. He’ll race the midget car that night.

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Livermore and California District 57 Little League have been selected as the hosts for the inaugural Intermediate Little League World Series, to be held July 30 through Aug. 5.

Ten teams from around the world — one local host team, five more U.S teams and four international teams — will travel to Livermore for 19 games, culminating with the championship game on Aug. 5, which will be broadcast on ESPN.

Livermore and Northern California District 57 Little League were selected over other districts, cities and states that were all vying to host this global event.

The Intermediate Division began as a two-year pilot program, before becoming an official division in 2012.

Players ages 11-13 are eligible to play in this Intermediate baseball league, which features a 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot bases.

Little League Baseball was founded in 1939 in Williamsport PA.

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

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