Lucas Euser and the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team have finished riding Malaysia’s Tour de Langkawi.

Euser, a Napa cyclist, was 18th in stage 5 of the race. The event offered both sprint and mountain stages.

Euser makes his home in Boulder, Colo. He joined the UnitedHealthcare Team this year following a three-year stint with Team SpiderTech powered by C10. He graduated from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and joined the pro tour level in 2008 with the Garmin-Slipsteam team.

Last year, he tied for first in the KOM Quebec City Gran Prix UCI World Tour, was second in the KOM Tour of Utah UCI, sixth in stage 5 at the Tour of Utah, and eighth in stage 2 at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

The UnitedHealthcare team is racing in Europe through the end of March.


Coach Tom Bonfigli leads Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa (29-3 overall), which is ranked No. 2 in the Division IV boys poll, into the 32nd annual CIF State Basketball Championships.

Newman, the No. 1 seed in Northern California, has a first-round bye and will host No. 8 Corning (27-2) or No. 9 Arcata (24-7) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in a Div. IV game.

Bonfigli is a former Justin-Siena coach.


Taylor Crowder, a junior guard from American Canyon, is averaging 4.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game for the Salesian-Richmond girls basketball team. The Pride (26-6 overall) is No. 6 in the Top 20 rankings going into the CIF State Basketball Championships.

Crowder transferred after her sophomore year at American Canyon High.

Salesian draws a first-round bye and will face Sacred Heart Prep-San Francisco or Anderson on Saturday in the Northern California Division IV playoffs.


Noelle Roldan scored four points in 13 minutes Saturday for the Dominican University of California women’s basketball team in the Lady Penguins’ 78-66 loss to Academy of Art at the Conlan Center in San Rafael.

Roldan is a Napa High graduate.


Becki Heimbigner played second base Sunday for the Toledo softball team and had three assists in the Rockets’ 10-1 five-inning loss to Loyola-Chicago in the final game of the Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.

Heimbigner is from Napa.


The fourth-seeded Cal State San Marcos women’s basketball team, coached by Napa High graduate Sheri Jennum, was eliminated from the Association of Independent Institutions Tournament by top-seeded Robert Morris (Ill.), 65-62, on Saturday at Neal Baisi Athletic Center on the campus of West Virginia Tech in Montgomery, W.Va.

The Cougars defeated No. 5-seed Morris College (S.C.) in the quarterfinals, 86-50, on Friday.


The Oakland Athletics and the city of Mesa, Ariz., have reached a 20-year agreement for the team to train in the East Valley city, beginning in February 2015. The A’s, who also hold two five-year options that could extend the contract to 30 years, will conduct workouts at Fitch Park and play their spring training games at Hohokam Stadium, the current home of the Chicago Cubs. Fitch Park and Hohokam Stadium are scheduled to undergo $20 million in renovations next year.

The Cubs will vacate Fitch Park and Hohokam Stadium at the end of 2013, which will allow the city of Mesa to upgrade the facilities in 2014.

This marks the second time Oakland has trained at Fitch Park and played its Cactus League games at Hohokam Stadium, as the team previously called Mesa its spring home from 1969-78.

The A’s have been at Phoenix Municipal Stadium and Papago Park since 1995.

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

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