Marty James

Marty James

Idaho State will recognize Kacie Burnett, who ended her senior season of softball for the Bengals as the 2017 NCAA batting champion, at Saturday’s Big Sky Conference football game in Pocatello, Idaho.

Idaho State faces UC Davis in a Big Sky Conference game at Holt Arena. It’s the final home game of the season for Idaho State.

Burnett, a Vintage High School graduate who played center field for the Bengals, batted .487 in 45 games. Burnett, who is from Napa, had 75 hits, with 15 doubles, five triples, two home runs, 23 RBIs, 25 stolen bases and 38 runs scored. She also had a .688 slugging percentage, according to NCAA.com.

Burnett was named as the 2017 Big Sky Conference Player of the Year.

She is the only player in Big Sky history to receive first-team all-league all four years, according to the Idaho State website. She is a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association second-team All-Pacific Region player.

Burnett was twice named to the USA Softball Preseason Watch List.

She completed her Idaho State career with a school-record for runs scored (217), hits (320), triples (20) and stolen bases (116).

Her .460 career batting average ranks as the ninth-best in NCAA softball history.

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Bob Garske is the guest of the KVON “SportsVine” Saturday. The hour-long show starts at 9 a.m. on KVON-1440 AM.

The show is re-aired the following Wednesday at 9 a.m. each week on KVON.

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Vintage High graduate Scott McCarron concludes the PGA Tour Champions’ 2017 season at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Nov. 10-12 at Phoenix Country Club in Arizona.

It’s the third tournament of the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs.

McCarron is second in the Charles Schwab standings. He has four wins and has been second in the standings 17 of 25 weeks.

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It was senior night for the Pacific Union College volleyball team on Tuesday, with the Pioneers losing at home to Simpson University (Redding), 3-2, at Pacific Auditorium in Angwin.

Pacific Union (5-12 overall, 4-7 California Pacific Conference) was led by Amanda Loeffler (19 kills, 25 digs, two block assists, 20 points), Morgan Spencer (16 kills, 13 digs, 16 points), Lauren Purdom (11 kills, two solo blocks, two block assists, 14 points), Karisa Carlson (seven kills, two solo blocks, two block assists, 11 points), Kristen Murray (six kills, two block assists, eight points), Lydia Earles (six kills, six points), Hannah Clarke (19 set assists), Tiana Whittington (34 set assists, 10 digs), and Chace Rogers (27 digs).

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 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