Napa Valley College’s Eric Peruzzi, a sophomore catcher, was named as the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association’s Northern California Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4–10.

Peruzzi, a transfer from Irvine Valley College and the Storm’s cleanup hitter, went 5 for 12 with two home runs, four runs scored and six RBIs. He helped lead the Storm to two wins over 20th-ranked Butte College of Oroville. He hit a grand slam in Game 1 of the series and hit for the cycle in Game 3.

Peruzzi, who went to Laguna Beach High School in Southern California, is batting .250 with a .607 slugging percentage through seven games for the Storm.

Napa Valley continues its nonconference season today at 2 p.m. at home against City College of San Francisco.


Eric Ewig and Scott Campbell of Eric Ewig Physical Therapy are the guests 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.


Ben Ballantine, a starting pitcher for the University of Michigan baseball team, has been named to the Big Ten Conference’s Players to Watch List, the league office announced Tuesday.

Ballantine, a Napa High graduate, made 15 starts for the Wolverines in 2012, striking out 41 batters and recording a 3.98 earned-run average. He was 2-3 in 742⁄3 innings pitched.

He is also on the Michigan Leadership Council for 2013

Ballantine, a senior right-hander, began the 2012 season with a win against West Virginia on Feb. 19, striking out five and allowing three hits and a run in seven innings.

He is scheduled to pitch Friday when Michigan opens its season at UC Berkeley. It’s a 1:30 p.m. start at Evans Diamond. The series continues with games Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.).


The third annual CIF State Girls Wrestling Invitational Championships are Feb. 22-23 at Lemoore High School in Kings County.

At last year’s tournament, a total of 314 female athletes representing 10 CIF Sections statewide participated in the two-day invitational.

There are 14 weight classes, ranging from 98 to 235 pounds. Individual awards will be presented to those finishing first through sixth in their respective brackets. Team awards will go to the champion and runner-up.


Cap Lavin, who along with his family ran the Lavin Basketball Camp for both boys and girls in elementary, middle and high school at Pacific Union College in Angwin, passed away last weekend. He was 82.

The Lavin camps were held over the summertime back in the ’90s.

Lavin played basketball at USF and was inducted into the Dons’ athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. His son, Steve Lavin, is the St. John’s basketball coach.

Cap Lavin was named as San Francisco’s high school player of the decade for the 1940’s. He taught English at Sir Francis Drake High School-San Anselmo and was the curriculum director at Drake and the Tamalpais Union High School District for over 40 years.

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

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