NOTES AND QUOTES for a Monday in the Napa Valley:
UCLA’s Dominic Giovannoni had the meet of his life, recording five new lifetime bests in the 10 events during the men’s decathlon at the Texas Relays last month.
Giovannoni was sixth out of 22 competitors and his 7,558-point total is a 366-point improvement over his previous best, moving him up to No. 7 on UCLA’s all-time top-10 list.
The Napa High School graduate had some big breakthroughs in the two-day meet, which was held at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. His vault and hurdle time each netted him over 900 points, the first time he’s ever been over 900 points in any event.
He had lifetime best marks in the 110 hurdles (third place, 14.55), 100 meters (ninth, 11.06), 400 meters (fifth, 49.94), pole vault (second, 16-0), and discus (second, 141-2).
Giovannoni also placed in five other events: shot put (second, 45-11 3/4), long jump (sixth, 22-11), javelin (13th, 157-3), high jump (14th, 5-11 1/4), and 1,500 meters (15th, 4:49.74).
UCLA’s Tatum Souza, who is also from Napa, finished seventh in the women’s heptathlon with 5,288 points out of 20 competitors. The Napa High graduate had one lifetime best, running the 200 meters in 25.41 for a 12th-place finish.
She also placed in the shot put (third, 44-5 3/4), javelin (seventh, 121-1), 100 hurdles (ninth, 14.12), long jump (17th, 17-5 1/2), and high jump (19th, 5-1 3/4).
The 86th annual meet had more than 6,000 total entries — a combination of high school, college, university and pros — with more than 200 colleges represented. Forty states and nine countries were represented.
Souza ranks ninth nationally and Giovannoni is seventh in the country for the outdoor season.
Trinity Prep’s Jordan Franklin, a junior point guard-shooting guard who averaged 35.5 points per game, is among the nominees for the 34th annual CalHiSports.com All-State boys basketball team.
Franklin was the Napa County Player of the Year, as selected by the Napa Valley Register, and the Northern Pacific Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player.
The undefeated Vintage High softball team is No. 9 in the latest CalHiSports.com Top-20 state rankings.
The Crushers are 17-0 overall and 5-0 in the Monticello Empire League.
Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa, which went 32-4 and finished second in the CIF state Division IV tournament under coach Tom Bonfigli, is No. 31 in the final CalHiSports.com state boys basketball top-40 rankings.
Bonfigli is a former Justin-Siena head coach. Newman is No. 9 in the final Division IV rankings.
Bonfigli, who has won two Northern California Div. IV titles, is now No. 18 on the all-time wins list for boys basketball coaching in the state. He has 657 career wins.
Salesian-Richmond, which was 29-8, is No. 5 in the final CalHiSports.com state Division IV girls basketball rankings.
Taylor Crowder of American Canyon is a guard for the Pride, the state runner-up.
Jason Schmuhl of Windsor Golf Club, Ray Otis of CordeValle (San Jose), and Greg Wenzel of Washoe County Golf Course (Sparks, Nev.) tied for first place, each player shooting 4-under par 68 at the 2013 Northern California PGA Pro Series 4 last week on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa.
Brian Schaffer of Silverado tied for fourth with a 70 and Jason Boldt of Vintner’s Golf Club in Yountville tied for 35th with a 75.
The Northern California Section is one of the 41 designated Sections of the PGA of America. There are over 1,100 PGA professionals and apprentices at over 500 golf facilities in Northern California and northwestern Nevada.
Senior Ben Ballantine of Napa threw 32⁄3 scoreless innings of relief for the host University of Michigan baseball team, but the Wolverines lost their Big Ten opener last month to Minnesota, 3-1, at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.
Ballantine, a Napa High graduate, allowed just one hit, struck out three and walked two. He faced 14 batters and threw 51 pitches, 31 for strikes.
Two Napa players, Kevin Alfaro and Kyle Cuddy, played well in recent U.S. Tennis Association-Northern California tournaments.
Alfaro went 2-0 in men’s 45 singles, beating Steven Miller of Modesto, 6-0, 6-0, in the semifinals and Myomyint Kyaw of South San Francisco, 6-3, 6-0, in the finals.
Cuddy won two matches in a National Tennis Rating Program men’s 4.5 singles event, beating Isaiah Cox of Stockton in the semifinals, 7-5, 6-1, and Will Ross of Elk Grove in the quarterfinals, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (11).
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