Marty James

Napa Little League Opening Day ceremonies are Saturday

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2013-03-07T00:00:00Z Napa Little League Opening Day ceremonies are SaturdayMarty James Napa Valley Register
March 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Opening Day ceremonies for Napa Little League baseball, which is in its 29th year, are Saturday at 9 a.m. at Garfield Park. The program takes place at Volunteer Field.

There are 52 teams with 630 players this year. The regular season starts on Saturday and finishes with city championship games on June 8.

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Owen Trethewey to Louie Canepa.

The league consists of 10 majors teams (ages 9-12), 12 minor “A” teams (ages 9-11), 11 minor “B” teams (ages 8-10), 11 rookie teams (ages 6-8), four adult challenger teams, and four challenger teams.

Napa Little League has made improvements to the Royce Hall Complex over the winter to include new sod and new dugouts.

There are 26 board members, including President Terri Duban-Orona, who also serves as the player agent and secretary on the District 53 board. Mike Raymond and Jacob Ray are Little League vice presidents.

The District 53 Tournament of Champions will start on June 15 and the All-Star Tournament will begin on June 29

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New Vintage High School head football coach Kyle Hofmann is the guest of the KVON “SportsVine” on Saturday.

The hour-long show, hosted by Terry Simpkins, Mark McLeod and Charles Kennedy, airs from 9 to 10 a.m. on KVON 1440 AM.

Hofmann left his job after six years as an assistant at Centennial High of Peoria, Ariz., where he was the special team’s coordinator and the Coyotes’ secondary coach, to lead Vintage’s program. At Centennial, he was part of two state championship teams. Last year’s squad lost in the state finals to Ironwood Ridge of Tucson, 27-3 at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium.

The Coyotes have been to the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Division II state semifinals nine years in a row.

Hofmann started his coaching career at Mountain Ridge High in Glendale, Ariz., spending six years on the Mountain Lions staff.

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John Nakano shot a 5-over-par 77 to win the Napa Valley Open, a Golf Channel Am Tour Bay Area event, at the Chardonnay Golf Club on Saturday.

Paxton Song was second, shooting a 79.

Leon Mendes won the Vallejo Classic, firing a 79 at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in February. Mark Steppan (80) was second and Nakano (81) was third.

The Golf Channel Am Tour is managed and operated by Golf Channel. As the largest amateur tour in the country, Golf Channel Am Tour consists of more than 800 tournaments in 60 local chapters nationwide, providing players with professionally-run golf tournament experiences and access to play at some of the best and most challenging courses. Golf Channel Am Tour provides golfers of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to compete in local, regional and national tournaments at top facilities and golf destinations nationwide.

As part of an annual membership, golfers have the opportunity to play in any of the 800-plus Am Tour-sanctioned local championships nationwide, 36-hole regional championships, and qualify for the Golf Channel Am Tour’s National Championship.

StoneTree Golf Club in Novato will host the Marin County Players on April 20.

The Bay Area Tour Championship is Aug. 17 and 18 at Silverado Resort and Spa’s North and South Courses.

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

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