Janelle Travis is averaging 13.6 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore point guard for the Mineral Area College (Park Hills, Mo.) women’s basketball team. Mineral Area is a two-year community college.

Travis, a former Justin-Siena High School star who was the Napa County Player of the Year, is shooting 49.6 percent from the field, 55.8 percent from 3-point range and 96.2 percent from the free-throw line through 14 games for Mineral Area, a National Junior College Athletic Association D-I team.

Mineral Area was led by Travis’ 16 points in a 64-56 win over Sodexo in the Sodexo Classic in Vincennes, Ind., earlier this month.

She scored 18 points Saturday in Mineral Area’s 82-80 win over Iowa Western Community College. Her season high for the year is 19 points.

She started the first six games last year as a freshman at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. She transferred from Army to Mineral Area, a nationally ranked team.

Travis was an All-State and All-Northern California player who scored 1,082 points in two years for Justin-Siena. She graduated from Justin-Siena in 2010 as one of the top players in school history, leading the Braves to their first Marin County Athletic League tournament title. She was the San Francisco Chronicle North Bay Regional Player of the Year and was second-team All-Metro by the Chronicle.

She attended the U.S. Military Academy Prep School in Fort Monmouth, N.J., and as a captain led the team in scoring and assists, playing the point and shooting guard positions.


Taylor Willis started and scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting for the UC Santa Cruz women’s basketball team in a 77-34 win over St. Joseph’s (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in Thousand Oaks on Friday.

Willis, a Napa High graduate, also had three steals, two rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes.


American Canyon High head football coach Ian MacMillan and Wolves’ defensive coordinator Chris Yepson are my guests in January on Napa Valley TV-Channel 28.

The half-hour show, “Register Sports with Marty James,” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. and Mondays at 12 p.m. on Napa Community Public Access Television.

American Canyon (11-2 overall) won the Solano County Athletic Conference title and was 2-1 in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. The Wolves are No. 7 in the final CalHiSports.com Northern California CIF Division II North Bowl Rankings.


The UC Davis men’s golf team, coached by Napa High graduate Cy Williams, ended the fall season ranked No. 50 by Golfstat and Golfweek.

The Aggies start the 2013 spring season in Hawaii, competing in the Amer Ari Invitational at Waikoloa Beach Resort. The tournament will be held Feb. 6-8 at the Waikoloa Kings Course on the big Island.


The Fairfield Daily Republic has named Jason Chatham, the head baseball coach at Rodriguez High-Cordelia and a resident of Napa, as its 2012 Coach of the Year.

Rodriguez went 23-9 overall, winning Solano County Athletic Conference and CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championships.

Chatham is a 1993 Vintage High graduate who grew up in Napa and played baseball for Crushers’ coach Rich Anderson.

Rodriguez went 4-1 in the playoffs, beating Pioneer-Woodland (8-3) and Placer-Auburn (3-2), losing to Placer (2-1), and beating Placer (5-3) and El Camino-Sacramento (3-0).

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

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