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Bragging Rights: Linda McAuliffe

BRAGGING RIGHTS: Linda McAuliffe caught this 40-inch, 29.8-pound striper in the afternoon tide Feb. 17 in Montezuma Slough while fishing with her brother, David Svahn. “I didn't expect much, but it was a beautiful day for a boat ride,” she said. “We threw out trolling lines. I had a Rat L Trap on mine. Not much action until we were ready to pull in and leave, then wham. My brother thought I snagged my line, but I yelled ‘no.’ I knew it was something big. A good fight later, and my brother almost missing with the net – he won't live that down for a while – I had a best day ever.”

Submitted photo

Baseball umpires needed; meeting March 15

Baseball umpires are needed for the 2018 Napa Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken, Joe DiMaggio Baseball, St. Helena Senior Little League and the Napa Valley Baseball Club American Legion seasons. Games begin in April.

Umpires will receive training both in the classroom and on the field. These are paid positions. Umpires need to be age 15 or older and have baseball knowledge.

The first meeting will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at Silverado Middle School’s east fields. Those interested should contact Steve Meyer at coachmeyer or 312-0188.

Shannon Lemieux Aquatics Day April 14

The 14th annual Shannon Nicole Lemieux Memorial Aquatics Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Vintage High Aquatics Center.

“The Shannon” is a fundraiser, mainly for high school aquatics athletes from American Canyon, Calistoga, Justin Siena, Napa, St. Helena and Vintage who have been invited to compete against each other for fun. There will be a synchronized swimming performance, water polo and diving exhibitions, a cannonball contest, and fun coed swimming relays such as the hilarious costume, T-shirt and “floatie” relays.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids age 12 and younger. There will be a silent auction and a snack shack with lunch items.

All proceeds benefit the Shannon Lemieux Memorial Scholarship Fund, which to date has awarded $104,000 in scholarships to deserving graduates from all participating schools.

Call Dan or Lori Lemieux at 255-7818 for more information.

Skyline Swimmers train Sundays at NVC

The Napa Valley Swim Team has a new program for adult swimmers and triathletes, Skyline Swimmers, that meets from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sundays at the Napa Valley College pool.

It is for adult swimmers of all ability levels, whether they want to improve overall fitness, swim just for fun, develop better technique, or train for triathlons or swimming competitions.

The Skyline Swimmers are coached by experienced swim coach and professional triathlete Emily Cocks.

Each workout costs a drop-in fee of $15 (discounts available for multiple sessions) with no monthly fees, ongoing charges, or other commitment.

All attending swimmers must be registered with US Masters swimming or USA Triathlon. Members of masters’ teams and other training groups are very welcome to drop in.

For more information, contact Cocks at For information on any of the NVST youth programs, call 257-7946, email or visit

NVGFA softball signups under way, volunteers and umpires needed

The Napa Valley Girls Fastpitch Association is taking online signups and is also looking for volunteers to help with coaching, keeping score, or in other ways behind the scenes. Visit at for more information.

Paid umpires are also needed. Email Cathy Sapata at or or call 486-9945 for more information.

Sonoma County cycling event May 19

The annual Sonoma County Backroad Challenge on May 19 is a fundraising event with three scenic routes of varying distances and difficulty to appeal to cyclists of every skill level, all starting in Penngrove.

The 100- and 66-mile routes eventually run along Tomales Bay before coming back, and the 37-mile route turns around near Fallon. All three routes are supported with mobile support and gear vehicles and crews. There are also five fully staffed rest stops along the routes for participants to rest, rehydrate and eat. After the ride, participants get to enjoy a festival featuring live music, barbecue and beer.

The Sonoma County Backroad Challenge is administered by the Rotary Club of Petaluma Sunrise. The proceeds from the ride support community groups helping with the ride and the club’s humanitarian projects. Recent and ongoing local projects supported include providing dictionaries to every third-grade student in Petaluma, providing school grants for projects and field trips, and providing nutritious meals to families in need. Recent international projects include building classrooms and providing water sanitation solutions to communities in the Dominican Republic.

Visit for more information.

Napa City Golf Group invites new members

Napa City Golf Group is accepting new members for its 2018 season. The group will play one Saturday a month at Bay Area course and will also play once in Carson City, Nev.

The group, which has been in existence since 1968, includes both men and women and it for golfers who like to see a variety of courses in a mildly competitive social golf experience. Membership is $55 for anyone with an active NCGA card, $19 for junior members, and $65 for those establishing or reactivating their NCGA memberships.

Email Cory Roche at to sign up or for more information.

Casual Tennis Napa plays Tuesdays and Saturdays

Connect with other tennis players – casual, non-competitive, rally, volley, scoreless, just for the fun of it.

Casual Tennis Napa meets Tuesday and Saturday mornings, weather permitting. For the current meeting time and location, check Casual Tennis Napa’s Facebook page or send a message directly to

Napa Valley Swim Team accepting new members

The Napa Valley Swim Team is currently accepting new members, ages 6-18, for its year-round competitive swimming program.

Memberships are available for all levels of the program and less experienced swimmers are welcome. NVST offer several new choices with once and twice per week options with its Novice ($60 and $75 per month) and Junior Varsity ($80 and $100 per month) programs.

Prospective swimmers should be able to swim at least 25 yards of backstroke and freestyle with side breathing.

The Napa Valley Swim Team is a nonprofit USA Swimming program.

For more information or to arrange a placement evaluation, call 257-7946 or email

NVST is on Facebook and its website is

Kids 4 Soccer clinics start April 26

Parent Advocates 4 Youth Sports, a 501©3 nonprofit working to better youth experience in sports in Napa and Solano counties that has offered Kids 4 Golf since 2016, will offer Kids 4 Soccer skills clinics at American Canyon High School from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 26, May 26 and June 23.

The clinics will be coached and instructed by local high school and junior college coaches, including American Canyon girls head coach Travis Behn and Vanden High School head coach Dan Blankenship. Visit to register or for more information.