The Napa Junior Girls Softball League begins its 2013 season with Opening Day ceremonies on Saturday morning at the league’s complex, located at the Napa Valley Language Academy and next door to the Napa Premium Outlets.

Festivities start at 9 a.m. and include a raffle, featuring two drawings for bicycles. Jessi Gibson is the guest emcee and Tori Langfit will sing the national anthem.

This year, the league has added a 6-and-under division to its 8U, 10U and 12U divisions. There are 220 players, ages 5 to 12, in the league. There are 19 teams with corresponding Napa sponsors.

Games start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The last games of the day begin at 2:30 p.m.

The NJGSL has partnered with Positive Coaches Alliance to provide a foundation for supportive leadership, coaching and parenting seminars for the volunteers and parents of the league.

The spring season ends on May 22. Will Valentine is the league’s president.


Quinn Hirsohn of Napa High and Vintage’s Emily Oestreich and Alex Swanson are the Family Drug Athletes of the Week for Feb. 25-March 10.

Hirsohn, a sophomore who plays tennis, was 5-0 at the California Tennis Classic and started off the Monticello Empire League season by winning three straight matches.

Oestreich, a sophomore on the softball team, had three wins at the Danville Tournament and won four games at the Victory Preseason Tournament.

Swanson, a junior who is on the swimming team, had first-place finishes in the 50 and 100 freestyle events and swam on the winning 200 and 400 medley relay teams in the first meet of the season.

In the second meet of the year, Swanson won the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke and also swam on first-place 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.


Kourtney Davidson has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Pacific Union College and play volleyball for the Pioneers in the fall.

Davidson was a three-year varsity player at Golden Valley High School-Merced. As a junior, she received Central California Conference honorable mention. As a senior, she was first-team All-CCC and was named to the Merced Sun-Star All-Area team.

She has played for the Rage Volleyball Club of Ripon and has experience as an outside hitter and middle hitter.

“I am thrilled to have Kourtney join our squad next fall,” coach Brittany Brown said on the Pioneers’ web site Wednesday. “She clicked really well with our current players, and is on board with where the program is going. I can see her bringing depth and experience to our front row offensively, and as a seasoned blocker.”

Davidson has the ability to play all three front row positions. She plans to join Pacific Union’s nursing program.

“I am excited to attend PUC and compete on their volleyball team,” said Davidson. “I am hoping to make an impact on the volleyball team on and off the court. I get along with everyone and can’t wait to make PUC and the volleyball team a part of my family.”


Bryce Lombardi, a right-hander, pitched two scoreless innings of relief for University of the Pacific in the Tigers’ 11-3 nonconference baseball loss to No. 24 Oklahoma State Tuesday at Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Okla.

Lombardi, a Napa High graduate, retired six of seven batters in the fourth and fifth innings. He allowed one hit.


Jeff King finished third is this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. It’s a 1,000-mile race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.

King, a St. Helena High graduate, is a four-time winner of the race. He makes his home in Denali, Alaska.

Mitch Seavey won the Iditarod, crossing the finish line in Nome with 10 dogs at 10:39 p.m. Alaska time Tuesday. Seavey’s race time was nine days, seven hours and 39 minutes.

For the win, Seavey gets $50,400 and a 2013 pickup truck.


The finals of the World Baseball Classic will begin in San Francisco at AT&T Park, home of the two-time world champion San Francisco Giants, on Sunday, March 17 and conclude with the championship game on Tuesday, March 19.

Individual tickets for all three games in San Francisco can be purchased at or by calling 877-4SFGTIX. Tickets can also be purchased at any Giants Dugout store or at the ballpark.

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

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