NOTES AND QUOTES for a Wednesday in the Napa Valley:
Now in its seventh year, the Napa Junior Lacrosse Club has 12 teams and 230 players.
This is up from 180 participants last season.
The Napa Force plays a winter and spring schedule and is a member of the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association.
Opening Day for Napa Junior Lacrosse is Feb. 23 at Justin-Siena High School. The Napa Sheriff’s Activities League is a major sponsor of the Napa Force.
Napa’s Devin Caldwell played second base, was 1 for 3 with three putouts and had one assist for the San Jose State softball team in a 1-0 loss to Oregon State Sunday in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
The season-opening event is hosted by Arizona State.
Shannon Rankin scored six points on 3-of-6 shooting and had two rebounds in 13 minutes for the San Francisco State women’s basketball team in the Gators’ 73-58 California Collegiate Athletic Association win over visiting Cal State Stanislaus Saturday.
Rankin is from Napa.
The Symetra Tour, the official developmental tour of the LPGA, enters its 33rd season in 2013. The Symetra Tour schedule features 15 events, including the season-opening $100,000 VisitMesa.com Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club, to be played Feb. 22-24 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.
Napa’s Emily Talley tied for 59th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in December and qualified to play on the Symetra Tour.
This year marks the second time in the Tour’s history that the top-10 Symetra Tour players on the season-ending Volvik Race for the Card standings will earn fully-exempt LPGA Tour status for the following year.
Talley played golf at Justin-Siena High School and was an honorable mention All-American at the University of Colorado.
She plays and practices at Napa Valley Country Club and Silverado Resort and Spa.
In 2010, she was the CU Female Athlete of the Year.
Fourteen coaches from around the state have been named as 2012-13 Model Coach Award winners by the CIF. Now in its 12th year, the CIF Model Coach Award program is designed to recognize coaches who have served as positive role models in their schools and communities.
The 14 winners, nominated through their local CIF Section office, will receive an award and be honored at their sport’s state championship or at an event of the recipient’s choosing.
This year’s winners are Calvin Armstrong, Calexico High, football/track and field; Lori Becker, Escondido High, volleyball/basketball; Diane Brouhard, Hamilton High-Los Angeles, softball; Josh Davenport, Notre Dame High-Belmont, basketball; Sonia Gonzales, Lemoore High, golf; Steve Heskett, Portola High, football; Mike Janda, Bellarmine College Prep-San Jose, football; Wilson Labasan, Carson High-Los Angeles, tennis/basketball; Darin Lasky, Exeter High, soccer/track and field; Christine Lockhart, Pleasant Valley High-Chico, swimming; Michael Morris Rio Linda High, football/track and field; Jana Osgood, Downey High-Modesto, cross country/track and field/volleyball; Matt Sandora, Andrew P. Hill High-San Jose, volleyball; and Leandrea Slayton, Liberty High-Bakersfield, volleyball.
Changing direction for the first time in its eight-year history, the 2013 Amgen Tour of California is an eight-stage professional cycling stage race that will travel south to north May 12 to 19 on a 750-mile course.
Beginning with a circuit in Escondido, the route will run through 13 official host cities and include a first-time finish at the top of Mount Diablo, the 3,864-foot peak in the East Bay.
The race’s last stage will begin along San Francisco Bay and continue across the Golden Gate Bridge, finishing in Santa Rosa.
The Amgen Tour of California, a Tour de France-style cycling road race, draws top cyclists from the ranks of Olympic medalists, Tour de France competitors and world champions.
Stage 7 on May 18 is from Livermore to the summit of Mount Diablo. It’s a 93-mile stage.
The eighth and final stage is on May 19, starting at the Marina Green in San Francisco and finishing at Third Street and Santa Rosa Avenue in Santa Rosa.
The stage length is 86.2 miles.
The winner of the Amgen Tour of California will be honored at a special awards ceremony in downtown Santa Rosa.
For more information, visit www.AmgenTourof California.com.
Email Napa Valley Register Executive Sports Editor Marty James at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-2223.