Sports Capsule

2013-04-19T21:26:00Z Sports CapsuleRegister staff Napa Valley Register
April 19, 2013 9:26 pm  • 

Napa Golf Course instruction continues Saturday

Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park offers the following programs. Call the pro shop at 255-4333 for more information.

• Juniors “Next Level”

The “Next Level” classes will be targeting the intermediate junior who would like to improve to a more competitive level. Course management and strategy will be emphasized while building on a strong fundamental base. Students will have the opportunity to play golf on the course depending on their grasp of the game. This class is a great class to get prepared for high school golf.

The fee is $125 for the five one-hour classes, which include advanced instruction and on-course training on etiquette and course management. The instructor is PGA professional Drew Kuehl.

The last session will be April 20 to May 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. each Saturday.

• Ladies Night Out

This has been the most popular clinic at Napa Golf Course for years. Attendees will enjoy a more relaxing atmosphere of learning and wind down at Jack’s Bar and Grille with some wine and cheese after an hour of instruction from the professional staff. This class is for the beginner or the novice that is looking to improve their game.

The fee is $89. Students must be age 21 or older. The instructor is PGA professional Tom Sims. This class has been offered for the past six years.

The sessions will be June 3 to July 1, and July 15 to Aug. 12, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. each Monday.

• Individual Instruction

With PGA professional Tom Sims, individual instruction is $55 for 45 minutes, $250 for five 45-minute sessions, or $350 for 10 sessions.

With PGA professional Drew Kuehl, individual instruction is $50 for 45 minutes, $225 for five 45-minute sessions, or $325 for 10 sessions.

A junior’s individual lesson is $25 for 45 minutes, or a playing lesson with six holes for $90.

Bill Nunes Memorial Crusher Classic Golf Tournament April 22

The 19th annual Bill Nunes Memorial Crusher Classic Golf Tournament, one of the four major fundraisers that support the Vintage High School athletic program, is Monday, April 22 at Napa Valley Country Club. The tournament is sponsored by the Vintage Athletic Booster Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising much needed funds for the athletic program.

The tournament, available to four-person teams with a scramble format, has a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The early bird special is $600 for a foursome, $150 for a single.

After April 2, the cost is $700 for a foursome, $175 for a single.

The cost includes green fees and cart, use of the driving range, an 11 a.m. buffet lunch, beverages on course, a reception and awards dinner.

The cost for the reception awards dinner-only, which starts at 6 p.m., is $50 per person.

Checks are to be made payable to Crusher Golf Classic. Credit card payment can be faxed to 253-6920, attention: Cam Neal. Entries are to be mailed to Crusher Classic, Attn: VABC, 1375 Trower Ave., Napa, CA 94558.

For more information, call Robin Jankiewicz at 738-7224 or email

Napa Little League golf fundraiser April 26

The fifth annual Napa Little League Tee, Wine & Dine, the major fundraiser that supports Napa Little League, is Friday, April 26 at Vintner’s Golf Club & Lakeside Grill in Yountville. The tournament is dedicated to raising much-needed funds for youth in the community.

Check-in is from 10:30 a.m. to noon, with driving range and a putting contest, followed by a noon shotgun start. The cost is $130 per person and includes green fees, cart, use of the driving range, beverages on the course, wine reception and dinner after the tournament.

There will also be a live and silent auction.

The cost for the wine reception and dinner only, which starts at 5 p.m., is $45 per person.

Space is limited. To sign up, contact Dan D’Angelo at or 738-0498. Checks can be made payable to Napa Little League.

Justin-Siena needs assistant cheerleading coach, applications reviewed April 26

Justin-Siena High School, a CIF Division IV member of the Marin County Athletic League, invites applications for the position of assistant varsity cheerleading coach. General administrative oversight will be received from the varsity Head cheerleading coach. Salary will be determined commensurate with education and experience. The position will begin on or before May 1, 2013.

This person will be responsible for assisting the head cheerleading coach in the areas of practice/game planning and management, the academic success of the student athletes, and general program administration of the cheerleading team.

The successful candidate must have at least two years of successful coaching/playing experience and a bachelors degree is preferred. In addition, the candidate must be able to work as a team member, be self-directed and serve as good will ambassador for Justin-Siena athletics. The selected candidate must be of good moral character with conduct consistent with the school code of conduct.

To apply, send a letter of interest (include statement of coaching philosophy), curriculum vitae/resume, and contact information for three references to: Justin-Siena High School, Athletics Department, 4026 Maher St, Napa, CA 94558; or email to:

The position is open until filled with review of applications beginning April 26. For more information and to download an application, visit the website at or call 255-0950, ext. 655.

The selected candidate must pass a pre-employment background check. Justin-Siena is an AA/EO/Title IX employer.

Joe DiMaggio League baseball sign-ups April 28

Sign-ups for the 2013 Napa Valley Joe DiMaggio Baseball league, a competitive summer baseball league that was founded in 1972, are on Sunday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Justin-Siena High School varsity baseball field.

The league will have two teams with each team playing at least 25 games. Players can not be 20 years old before Aug. 1, 2013. Tryouts will be announced at a later date. Players should bring a copy of their birth certificate and $150 to sign up.

Those not being selected will be given a full refund. The league will also sponsor a scholarship to a graduating senior who has played at least two years including their senior year.

Scholarship applications can be requested by emailing Steve Meyer at with a deadline of May 10. All returning players must sign up. Games begin Memorial Day weekend and will culminate with the World Series, July 20–24.

Games are usually played on Wednesdays with three games on the weekends. Games will be played at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, Justin-Siena High School and Napa High School as well as half the games on the road. Other teams include Ukiah, Clear Lake, Esparto, Winters, Vacaville, Vallejo, Fairfield, Larkspur and Sheldon.

Once again, the league will be sponsoring the Keith Connelly 4th of July Tournament that showcases 16 teams from throughout the Bay Area and Nevada. Any questions can be directed to Johnnie Hagan at 257-0430.

Pacifics, Admirals to have second open tryout April 28

The San Rafael Pacifics and the Vallejo Admirals have announced their second open tryout scheduled for Sunday, April 28 at Albert Park in San Rafael. The Pacifics and first-year Admirals, as well as other teams in the Pacific Association, are still looking to fill roster spots.

Pacific Association Commissioner Mike Marshall, Pacifics manager James Frisbie, the Admirals manager, in addition to other professional scouts who have been invited to the tryout, will conduct the tryout.

The tryout will begin at 8 a.m. at Albert Park in downtown San Rafael. Players should expect to show off their defensive and offensive skills, and pitchers will have the opportunity to showcase their pitching ability during bullpen sessions and in an afternoon intrasquad game. Player signing and spring training invitation announcements will be made immediately following the conclusion of the tryout. The tryout will end at 5 p.m.

Pre-registration cost is $100 and day-of registration is $150. The tryout is open to all players but is recommended that those who wish to participate have exhausted amateur eligibility and have previous pro or college experience.

This tryout is open for viewing to the general public, and the Pacifics will be selling 2013 season ticket plans.

To register, contact the Pacifics front office at 415-485-1563 or email

Sonoma Raceway’s 13th annual High Speed Blood Drive April 29; donors get “hot lap” beforehand

Community members and race fans alike can enjoy the ride of a lifetime and help save lives during the 13th annual High Speed Blood Drive at Sonoma Raceway on Monday, April 29.

The raceway will partner with the American Red Cross and the Blood Centers of the Pacific on this blood drive, which will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at the raceway.

Since 2001, the High-Speed Blood Drive has generated nearly 1,100 pints of blood, and each pint can be used to save up to three lives.

Donors will get their hearts pumping with a high-speed “hot lap” around the 12-turn road course before giving blood.

Donors will ride along with a professional instructor from the Simraceway Performance Driving Center in an official raceway vehicle. 

“I’ve been coming out for four years and I really enjoy helping out this great cause,” said Rodeo’s George Scollard, who attended last year’s drive. “The kicker is getting the hot lap. It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done.”

To make an appointment to donate blood at the raceway and for information on donor eligibility, go to or (sponsor code “racesonoma”).

All donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent) and bring a valid photo ID.

For more information, contact Diana Brennan at or 800-870-RACE (7223).

NHS Athletic Hall of Fame nominations taken through April 30

The Napa High School Athletic Hall of Fame Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2013 class. The nomination period has been extended to April 30.

To be eligible as an athlete, an individual must have:

• Graduated from Napa High at least 15 years ago.

• Participated in at least one interscholastic sport.

• Lived an adult life that did not discredit the school or the community.

This is the 17th year of the Napa High Hall of Fame, which is made up of a combination of athletes, coaches and special category inductees. To date, there are 133 members of the Hall of Fame.

This year’s dinner will be held on Oct. 12 at Embassy Suites Hotel.

Nomination forms and more information are available at the HOF website at or by contacting Carol Stein at or 226-5818.

Swing for supplies at golf tournament and fundraiser May 3

Teacher Resource Center of the North Bay invites the community to swing for supplies at its second annual golf tournament and fundraiser Friday, May 3 at Eagle Vines Golf Club.

The event tees off at 11 a.m. with the putting contest and lunch. The shotgun start is at 1 p.m.  

Funds raised will enable the all-volunteer, community-based, nonprofit organization to continue its mission of providing all public school teachers in Napa County with basic classroom supplies free of charge, in order to enhance their students’ learning environment and creative experiences. Visit to find out more about the organization.

The $125 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, bucket of range balls, putting contest, 19th Hole Appetizer Reception, awards, prizes and silent auction.

To register, visit or send a check to TRCNB at 446 S. Jefferson St., Napa, CA 94559. TRCNB depends on in-kind, monetary and recycled donations to support its mission. Monetary donations can be sent to 446 S. Jefferson St., Napa.

Email with questions about the tournament.

Fifteenth Annual Cinco de Mayo Golf Classic May 3

The 15th Annual Cinco de Mayo Golf Classic — the only fundraising event in Napa Valley to be exclusively dedicated to the needs of farmworkers — will be held Friday, May 3 at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa.

Organized by the Napa Valley Farmworker Committee and the Cinco de Mayo Committee, funds raised by the Cinco de Mayo Golf Classic are used to improve farmworker housing, healthcare and education.

Traditionally held on the Friday before Cinco de Mayo (May 5), the Golf Classic features a continental breakfast, mid-morning margaritas and taquitos from Compadres Rio Grille; a raffle, golf prizes, souvenirs and a luncheon featuring Fifi & Seve’s (of Cocina Severiano’s) Mexican cuisine.

The 2013 Classic will be topped off with an auction of golf and wine-related items led by Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd.

The Cinco de Mayo Golf Classic provides funds for a number of vital projects at Napa County’s three publicly owned or leased Farmworker Housing Centers that are not covered in the County’s Farmworker Housing operational budget.  

These include items such as commercial kitchen equipment, beds, lockers, landscaping supplies, as well as health and social services including dental assistance, work assistance and leadership training. Farmworkers pay $12.50 per night to stay at the Centers, which includes a shared room and three meals each day except Sunday. Each Center has 60 beds.

Organizations and individuals who wish to sponsor or register for the tournament are encouraged to do so as soon as possible as space is limited to 144 golfers.

Packages are as follows:

• Double Eagle: $1,500 — four golfers, cart, continental breakfast, margaritas, lunch, tee prizes and tee sign with sponsor’s name.  

• Eagle:  $750 — two golfers, cart, continental breakfast, margaritas, lunch, tee prizes and tee sign with sponsor’s name.

• Tee Sponsor:  $100 — tee sign with sponsor’s name

• Single players: $185 — includes lunch.

Fifi & Seve’s Mexican post-tournament luncheon (for non-players):  $35

To register for the Cinco de Mayo Golf Classic, send checks payable to St. Helena Catholic Church-Golf (tax ID# 94-1279814) to Jack Neal, 1151 York Lane, St. Helena, CA, 94574, or contact Jack Neal at or 967-8038.

Napa High School dance department’s ‘Bringin’ It Back!’ starts May 3

“Bringin’ It Back!,” presented by Napa High School’s award-winning dance department and featuring the spiritleaders’ competition routines, is May 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m., and May 5 at 2 p.m. in the Napa Valley Unified School District Auditorium (2425 Jefferson St.).

Jazz dancers, Latin rhythm, breakers and the 28-time national champion spiritleaders will take part.

There are no pre-sale tickets. Doors open a half-hour before performances.

Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students. It’s free for those age 5 and under.

Meanwhile, tryout registration packets are now available for the 2013-14 Napa spiritleader team. Packets can be picked up in the dance department.

For more information, check out their web site under athletics on the NHS home page or e-mail director Hollie Schmidt at

Free informational social for all parents of incoming Vintage High athletes May 4

The Vintage High School Athletic Booster Club is inviting all parents of incoming freshman Vintage High athletes to a free social gathering. All parents of incoming prospective athletes are invited and encouraged to join current Vintage administrators, coaches, and parents for an adult social at the Moose Lodge. The event will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 5-9 p.m.

If your child is an incoming freshman and is considering being active and involved in athletics during the 2013-2014 season, take advantage of this opportunity to meet Mike Pearson, Vintage’s principal, Cam Neal, the Crushers’ athletic director, and new head football coach Kyle Hofmann, along with many other Crusher coaches and parents who currently have children active in Vintage High athletics.

This evening will be a casual affair and is for adults only. A barbecue dinner will be served. Beer and wine as well as non-alcoholic beverages will be offered.

RSVP’s are encouraged. To RSVP to this event, contact Robin Jankiewicz at 738-7224 or by email,

This event is being hosted by the Vintage High School Athletic Booster Club.

North Bay Elite FC soccer tryouts continue May 10

The North Bay Elite Futbol Club, a Division I soccer club with players representing Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties, will hold tryouts at the following locations and times:

• U15-U19 girls at Solano Community College, Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

• U15-U19 boys at Solano Community College, Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

• U15-U19 girls at Fairfield’s Laurel Creek Park, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m. to noon

• U15-U19 boys at Fairfield’s Laurel Creek Park, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 1 to 3 p.m.

Visit to register online.

For more information, email Mani Salimpour at or call the club’s hotline at 646-7520.

Napa Saints youth football, cheer sign-ups May 11

Celebrating 41 years in the Napa Valley and two national cheer titles, Napa Saints will hold sign-ups for their 2013 season from 10 a.m. to noon May 11 at the Napa Little League fields at Garfield Park.

Registration is $100. Visit for forms or more information about joining or coaching.

Babe Ruth 16-19 division seeks baseball players; season starts May 15

Napa Babe Ruth’s 16-19 age division is looking for players who are interested in playing a 21-game schedule season plus playoffs. The season starts May 15, with single games on Wednesdays and doubleheaders on Sundays. Contact Frank Villanueva at to register or for more information. Visit the Document Center at or email for registration forms.

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