Bragging Rights: Bob Mason

Bob Mason, left, caught and released this 65-inch sturgeon on Captain Bill Hogburg's boat earlier this year on the Napa River.

Ken Drake photo

Sonoma Raceway 2018 tickets on sale

Tickets for major events at Sonoma Raceway are available, including the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (June 22-24), Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series (July 27-29) and Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series season finale (Sept. 14-16).

By purchasing tickets well in advance of events, fans can secure the best seats at the best prices.

Race day tickets for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 start at $49. Camping around the facility, which has sold out the last two years, is another popular option, as is the Pre-Race Pass for that Sunday morning.

During the NASCAR and IndyCar weekends, children age 12 and younger will be admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket on Friday and Saturday of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend, as well as all three days of the Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend. NASCAR race-day tickets for children are $10 with the purchase of an adult ticket.

The 2018 Track Pass includes tickets to all major events, an exclusive track lap day in your car, season-long VIP parking, a NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Pass, an IndyCar weekend Garage and Pit Pass, an NHRA Thunder Alley pass and plenty of additional benefits. It offers more than $1,000 worth of tickets and VIP access passes for just $379.

The calendar also includes the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival (June 1-3); NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel (July 20-22); and the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge (Oct. 5-7). Children 12 and under are admitted free all weekend to each of these events.

Also on he calendar are the MotoAmerica Series Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma (Aug. 10-12) and SCCA National Championship Runoffs (Oct. 16-21).

For tickets or more information, visit sonomaraceway.com/events or ticketmaster.com or call 800-870-7223.

Solano’s four-week baseball camp starts Jan. 7

Solano Community College baseball camp will host its four-week baseball camp starting Jan. 7. Falcons head coach Scott Stover will direct the program in conjunction with the U.S. Baseball Academy. Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to seven players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. For more information, visit usbaseballacademy.com or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

North Bay Rebels 12U baseball tryouts Jan. 7

The 12-and-under North Bay Rebels, a competitive spring and summer tournament baseball team, needs players to fill out its 2018 roster. Tryouts for new players are scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at the American Canyon High junior varsity softball field. Those interested in trying out should first fill out a player registration form at goo.gl/n7odHe.

The Rebels are looking for boys from American Canyon, Benicia, Vallejo, Napa, Fairfield and surrounding areas who are player age 12 (born between May 1, 2005 and April 30, 2006) and are hard working, skilled and interested in continued learning and improvement. Highly skilled, mature players considered players age 11 (born between May 1, 2006 and April 30, 2007) will also be considered. The team is looking primarily for well-rounded players who can play multiple positions.

The team is currently on break and will being playing again in mid-February. Visit nbrebels.org for more information on the team or email acnbrebelsbaseball@gmail.com or call 234-7251.

Casual Tennis Napa at two locations

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, at two different locations. For current meeting time and location, check postings on Casual Tennis Napa’s Facebook page or send a message directly to casualtennisnapa@comcast.net.

Skyline Swimmers training 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 emilycocks@gmail.com. For information on any of the NVST youth programs, call 257-7946, email napavalleyswim@yahoo.com or visit napavalleyswim.com.

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 napavalleyswim@yahoo.com.

NVST is on Facebook and its website is napavalleyswim.com.

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