Napa Stormers Rugby Club holding sign-ups, practices at Napa High School

The Napa Stormers Rugby Club invites everyone in the Napa Valley to join its high school junior varsity or varsity teams.

Practices began Dec. 16 and will resume Sunday, Dec. 30 at the Napa High School turf field. They are held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays. The club hopes to also have evening practices soon, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

The club’s first tournament is Jan. 20 and it will play eight weekend games until March; the schedule will be released in January.

The registration fee is $190 and includes USA Rugby registration and number, game jersey, practice jersey, rugby shorts and rugby socks. Players will need to supply their own cleats. There will be sign-up documentation at the practices.

For more information about practice sites and playing for or sponsoring the Napa Stormers Rugby Club, contact Barend Venter at or 266-4354.

Visit or for general information.

High School Golf Academy starts Jan. 12

Napa Golf Course will offer a three-week program Jan. 12-13, Jan. 19-20 and Jan. 26-27 for high school golfers who wish to improve their games, and develop a competitive edge for the upcoming high school season.

The Napa Golf Course High School Golf Academy will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

The cost is $150 and includes six days of instruction from a PGA professional, on-course instruction, complimentary range balls, a Range Grinder Card ($125 value), five 18-hole rounds of golf anytime, video analysis, and strength training/conditioning.

Call the course at 255-4333 to sign up or for more information.

John’s March Against Stomach Cancer

at Sonoma Raceway Jan. 12

John Cardinale, a long-time employee at Sonoma Raceway who was diagnosed with Stage IV gastric cancer in March 2011, will lead the second annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the raceway.

The fundraiser offers the public a chance to help raise funds for No Stomach for Cancer ( and enjoy a symbolic “march” around the raceway’s 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course.

No Stomach for Cancer is non-profit group that works to increase awareness and education about stomach cancer, provide a support network for affected families and support research efforts for screening, early detection, treatment and prevention of stomach cancer.

The public can participate in the event for a suggested minimum donation of $40, which includes the walk/run around the 2.52-mile road course, a T-shirt and light refreshments following the march.

A shorter, less hilly course will also be available for those who cannot complete the 2.52 miles. The raceway’s Wine Country Winner’s Circle will be available for those who want to take pictures before or after the march. Children and pets are welcome.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the march starts at 10 a.m. No advance donation/registration is required; just show up the day of the event. Only cash and checks will be accepted; checks should be made payable to No Stomach for Cancer, Inc.

For more information, contact Diana Brennan at or 933-3918.

Napa Valley Golf Association seeks players for Northern California tournaments starting in January

The Napa Valley Golf Association, an associate club formerly known as the Napa City Employees Golf Association, is looking for golfers who are interested in playing a year-long schedule of tournaments throughout Northern California in a lightly competitive but fun atmosphere, starting in January.

Tournament locations in 2012 included Silverado Resort, Yocha De-He at Cache Creek, Oakmont Golf Club in Santa Rosa, Aetna Springs in Pope Valley, and courses in the Lake Tahoe and Monterey areas.

Men, women and juniors are welcome, and fees include NCGA membership. Costs for 2013 are $55 for anyone who has an active NCGA membership already or $65 for those who will be newly establishing their handicap.

For more information, send questions to Cory Roche at or call 337-0688 and leave a message.

Napa Junior Lacrosse Club has coach openings

The Napa Junior Lacrosse Club has openings for men and women to coach boys and girls teams at various levels.

Experience with lacrosse is helpful but not necessary. The club seeks as coaches people who have a passion for helping children in a fun activity and can bring their expertise in whatever sport they have coached in the past.

The NJLC offers a full coaches training program through US Lacrosse, as well as mentoring by its experienced staff. Stipends are available.

“If you have coached basketball, football or soccer, and are interested in something new or are already part of the growing lacrosse community and have playing and/or coaching experience, be part of the fastest game on two feet,” the club says. “We are also interested in those willing to learn a new sport and are willing to assist with the teams.”

Contact Bryce Whitlock at or visit for more information.

Registration available for Napa Junior Lacrosse Club

The Napa Junior Lacrosse Club is accepting online registrations for the spring 2013 season.

The following teams still have space available: girls high school, girls U15, girls U13, girls U11, boys U11, boys U9 and boys U7.

Information and online registration is at

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