Local Report

North Bay Basketball Academy K-3 league starts Jan. 7

North Bay Basketball Academy will hold a Sunday instructional and recreational league for kindergartners through third-graders from Jan. 7 through Feb. 18, with practices from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Napa Boys & Girls Club, 1515 Pueblo Ave.

There will be a coed division for grades K-1 and another for grades 2-3. There will be a maximum of 8 teams per division, each having seven to 10 players.

Each session will begin with a 45-minute practice that focus on the fundamentals of ball handling, shooting and offensive footwork, and conclude with 45-minute games.

League director Tony Prescott and former high school varsity and junior varsity coaches will oversee instruction. The cost is $175 and is due Jan. 6. Each player will receive a jersey at the first session.

Visit bit.ly/2nhZ8f5 to register or for more information.

Napa Valley Baseball Club tryouts Jan. 13

The Napa Valley Baseball Club will hold a tryout for all 13-and-under boys who would like to play this season. The tryouts will be held at Vintage High School varsity field from 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, and are open to all players who were born on or after May 1, 2004 and live in the Napa or Yountville areas.

Prospective players or their parents should email the team at nvbc2018@gmail.com to be put on the tryout list and to receive the necessary paperwork via email.

The NVBC is in its 11th year fielding competitive teams based at at the Veterans Home of California’s Cleve Borman Field in Yountville.

Napa High School Crab Feed and Auction Feb. 24

“Blue For Gold: An Evening To Support Napa High Athletics” is scheduled from 5 to 11 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Heritage Room at Yountville Community Hall, 6515 Washington St., Yountville.

There will be crab, steak and an auction. Tickets are available at nhsathleticboosters.org and are $85 per person. Attendees must be 21 or older.

The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Napa High Athletic Boosters, who look to continue a tradition of excellence for some 800 student-athletes on 42 teams in 20 sports.

The nonprofit strives to “foster amateur athletic competition and sportsmanship and to develop the youth of today into good citizens of the future by providing spirit, enthusiasm, model behavior and financial support for the total athletic program of Napa High School. Youth sports not only provide a healthy outlet for the youth of Napa, it contributes to the values of self-esteem, self-confidence, and teamwork for the youth of Napa.”

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 Tyren Sillanpaa 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.

John’s March Against Stomach Cancer at Sonoma Raceway Jan. 20

Sonoma Raceway will open its 12-turn road course to walkers and runners as it hosts John’s March Against Stomach Cancer on Saturday, Jan. 20. The seventh annual event will support the fight against one of the leading causes of cancer deaths worldwide.

John’s March, which has raised more than $90,000 over the past six years, benefits No Stomach For Cancer, a global advocate for stomach cancer awareness, early detection, treatment and prevention (nostomachforcancer.org), and enjoy a symbolic “march” around the raceway’s 2.52-mile road course.

The event is named in honor of the raceway’s longtime spokesman John Cardinale, who passed away in 2013 after a two-year battle with the disease, becoming one of nearly 723,000 people who will die from stomach cancer in the world each year.

Participants and donors are encouraged to raise awareness and increase their impact by registering and creating a John’s March team page at crowdrise.com/johnsmarch2018. Registration is $40 per person and includes a T-shirt and light refreshments afterward.

For those looking for more of challenge, 5K and 10K race distances will be also marked with timers. A shorter, less hilly course will be available for those who do not wish to complete the full 2.52-mile circuit. Children and pets are welcome, but not scooters or skateboards. Participants can bring pictures of loved ones affected by gastric cancer to share on the Warrior Wall, which will honor those affected by the disease.

Registration the day of the event begins at 7:30 a.m. and the March begins at 9 a.m. Advance registration is not required. For more information, contact Diana Brennan at dbrennan@sonomaraceway.com or 707-933-3918.

American Canyon High has coaching openings

American Canyon High School is looking to fill the positions of boys tennis head coach, assistant swim coach and assistant track and field coach for the 2018 spring seasons.

Those interested can go to edjoin.org to apply or call Athletic Director Melissa Shimer at 707-652-1413 for more information.

Justin-Siena needs head coach for swimming

Justin-Siena, a Catholic high school in the Lasallian tradition, invites applications for the position of varsity swimming head coach.

The successful candidate will articulate a vision for a successful swim program that aligns with the core principles of a Lasallian school. The coach is expected to lead the program in all phases, including practice planning, conditioning, strategy and tactics, directing the staff, assistant coaches, scheduling and budget oversight, and embrace the responsibility of being a positive role model/mentor for students and as a representative the school.

This is a coaching-only position with a stipend as compensation. There are stipends for assistants available as well. The 2018 season officially runs from February through May. A team organizational meeting and preseason conditioning will be in January.

Preferred qualifications are three or more years of successful coaching experience, a bachelor’s degree, an understanding of CIF bylaws and guidelines, a demonstrated ability to lead others, and effective communication and organizational skills.

To apply, email a letter of interest, resume, contact information for three references, and a statement of coaching philosophy to Debbie Skillings at dskillings@justin-siena.org. Paperless applications are appreciated.

For more information, visit justin-siena.org or contact athletic director George Nessman at gnessman@justin-siena.org.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position is open until filled. The selected candidate must pass a pre-employment background check. Justin-Siena is an AA/EO/Title IX Employer.

Napa High needs swim coach, boys tennis coach

Napa High School is seeking applicants for head boys/girls swim coach and head varsity boys tennis coach for the 2017-18 school year and beyond. Candidates should be experienced in the sport, have coaching experience and a resume of working with student-athletes at the high school level. Napa High School desires to select coaches who are committed to developing young athletes in and out of the water and on and off the court. Each position comes with a stipend. Applicants must visit edjoin.org to apply. The seasons begin in February and run through the end of April, however, some offseason activities are expected.

Interested applicants should contact Athletic Director Thomas Sims at thomas_sims@nvusd.org or 707-253-3840.

Justin-Siena has baseball coach openings

Justin-Siena Baseball invites applicants for paid stipend and volunteer coach positions. Positions are open for JV head coach as well as varsity assistant for the right candidate.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic leader of student-athletes with a strong baseball background and a working knowledge of strength and conditioning, which is already under way. They must have the ability to fulfill, honor and uphold the school’s mission, assist and support in academic work as needed, pass a background check, and have ability to be certified in first aid. The commitment is for 4-6 days a week, with the season beginning Feb. 5 and running through early June. Stipend pay is commensurate with experience and commitment.

For more information, contact head coach Jeremy Tayson at jtayson@justin-siena.org or call (707) 331-8752.

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