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Marty James

Marty James

Jennifer Chang took the first-round lead, shooting a 6-under-par 66 on the North Course, as the Silverado Showdown began Sunday at Silverado Resort and Spa.Chang has a two-stroke lead and highlights a group of six players who broke par in the opening round. The North Course is a par-72, 6,202-yard layout.

Jiyoon Jang of Cal and Mika Liu of Stanford are tied for second place after shooting rounds of 68.

Hira Naveed of Pepperdine is alone in fourth place after carding a 70.

Tied for fifth, each at 71, are Bianca Pagdanganan of Arizona and Patty Tavatanakit of UCLA.

Southern California has the lead in the team division at 2-over 290.

Southern Cal is followed by Arizona (292), UCLA (292), Cal (293), Stanford (294), Texas (295) and Washington State (299).

The Silverado Showdown , a major college women’s golf event that is co-hosted by Oregon and Colorado, continues Monday and Tuesday among the 17 teams in the field. Nine teams from the Pacific-12 Conference are entered, including a UCLA squad ranked No. 1 in the country by golfstat.com and No. 2 by golfweek.com, and two-time defending tournament champion Stanford.

Also entered are Arizona State, UNLV, Northwestern, Pepperdine, Purdue, San Jose State, Tulane and Wisconsin.

Chang, a freshman at USC, is from Cary, North Carolina and was a two-time prep All-American. She won four state championships, from 2014-17.

Kathleen Scavo of Oregon is tied for 51st after opening with a 77. Scavo is a Justin-Siena High School graduate.

The Silverado Showdown is a spring-season event and comes prior to the Pac-12 Championships, scheduled for April 22-24 in Seattle.

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CIF North Coast Section and Sac-Joaquin Section softball teams are listed in the Cal-Hi Sports State Top 20 rankings released on April 4.

Foothill-Pleasanton (7-0) is No. 4, Amador Valley-Pleasanton (7-0-1) is No. 7, Freedom-Oakley (6-0) is No., 13, and Sheldon-Sacramento (4-1) is No. 19.

Concord (4-2), Elk Grove (6-3), Granite Bay (6-0), James Logan-Union City (7-2) and Oakdale (10-0) are among teams on the bubble.

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Kathleen Schafle, a sophomore attacker from Napa, scored two goals to help the host UC Davis womenโ€™s water polo team to a 9-8 Big West Conference win over UC Irvine at the Schaal Aquatics Center on Saturday.

Schafle is a Vintage High graduate.

Email Napa Valley Register Executive Sports Editor Marty James at mjames@napanews.com, follow him on Twitter at @marty_nvr, or call 256-2223.

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Executive Sports Editor

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