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Marty James

Marty James

J.L. Sousa, Register

Parvathi Shanker of Napa won the girls 16 singles title of a recent U.S. Tennis Association-Northern California tournament.

Shanker had wins over Oviya Kumaran of San Ramon in the quarterfinals 6-3, 6-1, Kate Lee of Concord in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-2, and Eliza Bates of Lafayette in the final, 6-1, 7-5.

Zdenek Zahradnicek of Napa won in the quarterfinals of a National Tennis Rating Program men’s 4.0 singles match, 6-2, 6-1 over Adam Burke of Oakland.


Harris Barton (football), Matt Cain (baseball), Brandi Chastain (soccer), Tim Hardaway (basketball) and John McVay (football/distinguished service) have been selected as the inductees for the 39th annual Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame Enshrinement Banquet on May 21 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

Each year, the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (BASHOF) prepares a ballot and solicits votes from media outlets in the Bay Area, according to a press release. There are three ballots: contemporary (after 1980), veteran (prior to 1980) and distinguished service. From the results of the ballots, 4-5 new inductees are selected annually.

Through 2017, there have been 170 persons inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.

BASHOF is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1979 by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s Sports Committee and Lou Spadia, a former president of the San Francisco 49ers.

Jim Landis and Dick Vermeil were new nominees on the ballot this year.

Landis, a Napa resident who passed away on Oct. 7 after a three-plus-month bout with lung cancer, was a five-time Gold Glove outfielder who played 11 years in the major leagues. He was among a group listed as veteran nominees.

Vermeil, a Calistoga native and Super Bowl-winning coach, was on the ballot for contemporary nominees. Vermeil coached football at Napa Valley College and at UCLA. He was a four-time NFL Coach of the Year. He is in the NVC Athletic Hall of Fame.

BASHOF has donated over $4 million to youth sports programs throughout the Bay Area. BASHOF’s youth fund distributes sports-equipment grants to youth organizations in 11 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma.

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


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