Marty James

Marty James

Adlee Van Winden has started the 2017 volleyball season for Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in a big way.

Van Winden, a junior outside hitter who is from Napa, was named as the Big West Conference Player of the Week and the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week after leading the Mustangs to three wins at the season-opening Northern Illinois Holiday Inn Invitational last week.

Van Winden, a Vintage High School graduate, was named tournament MVP after recording 46 kills, 19 digs and four service aces.

Cal Poly had wins over Dayton (3-0), High Point (3-0) and NIU (3-0).

She is joined on the Cal Poly team by her younger sister, Torrey Van Winden, a sophomore outside hitter and a graduate of Vintage High.


Lauren Purdom had four kills, three solo blocks and seven points for the Pacific Union College volleyball team in Thursday’s season-opening 3-0 loss to host Sonoma State in Rohnert Park.

The scores in the nonconference match were 25-18, 25-16, 15-11.

Morgan Spencer (three kills, five points), Amanda Loeffler (five kills, seven digs, five points), Hannah Clarke (seven set assists, four digs), Chace Rogers (five digs), and Tiana Whittington (three set assists) also contributed for Pacific Union.


Robert Exum of Napa deadlifted 661 pounds and took first place in both the open and masters divisions at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters West Coast Open Bench Press and Deadlift Championships.

The powerlifting meet was held last week at the Marriott Hotel in Rancho Cordova.

Exum competed in the open and masters 47-53 age group/242-pound weight class.

It was also the heaviest deadlift of the contest.


It’s been a very good summer for the Sonoma Stompers, who became the first team in the history of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs to reach 50 wins in a season.

Sonoma and the Vallejo Admirals were scheduled to play Friday in the championship game at Peoples Home Equity Ballpark in Sonoma.

New to the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs in 2018 will be the Napa Silverados.

The independent league, based in Northern California, was founded in 2013 and also includes the San Rafael Pacifics and Pittsburg Diamonds.

Each of the teams plays an 80-game schedule, with the season running from June through August. Forty of those games are home games.

Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs is not affiliated with major league teams.

For more information about the Napa Silverados, go to

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Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the