Napa Sporting SC opens men’s soccer season at ACHS March 10

The Napa Sporting SC men’s soccer team will host San Leandro United in its United Premier Soccer League opener at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at American Canyon High School’s Wolf Den Stadium.

The team’s other home games at ACHS are on April 7 against Redding Royals FC, and May 12 against East Bay FC Stompers Juniors, both also with 6:30 p.m. starts.

At Justin-Siena’s Dodd Stadium, Napa Sporting will host California Victory FC (Petaluma) on March 24, Southern Oregon Starphire FC (Ashland) on April 28, and Real San Jose on June 16, all with 7 p.m. starts.

Its road games are March 17 at Visalia, March 31 at San Francisco, April 14 at Chico, April 21 at Nevada, May 26 at JASA (Redwood City) and June 2 at Dynamos FC (San Ramon). Road game venues and times are to be announced.

There is a Conference Cup on June 23, playoffs June 30, July 7 and July 14, another Conference Cup on July 21, and Regional Playoffs on July 28.

Prolific Prep Academy putting on free basketball clinic March 10

Prolific Prep Academy, based in Napa, is putting on a free basketball clinic Saturday, March 10 at Grace Church of Napa Valley, 3765 Solano Ave., Napa.

The clinic is from 9 to 11 a.m.

Those in second through sixth grade go from 9 to 10 a.m.

Those in seventh grade through high school go from 10 to 11 a.m.

Youths are asked to each bring their own basketball.

Cobra Demo Day at Napa Golf Course March 10

Cobra Demo Day at Napa Golf Course is March 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Napa Golf Course is located at Kennedy Park.

Free club fittings will be provided.

Club fitting appointments are preferred in advance by contacting David Knox, Napa Golf Course’s PGA Director of Instruction, at davidknox@pga.com.

Wine tasting, silent auction to benefit NVC women’s soccer program April 27

The Napa Valley College women’s soccer program is putting on a wine tasting and silent auction as a fundraising event on April 27, from 6-10 p.m in the NVC Performing Arts Center. The event is in conjunction with NVC’s 75th anniversary.

Tickets are $40 each. Each ticket includes a 2018 special commemorative wine glass, a tasting selection of 5-plus Napa Valley wines, and an opportunity for silent auction participation.

Current participating donors are Vermeil Wines, Belle Glos, Benessere Vineyards, Keever Vineyards, Jam Cellars, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, Synergy Medical Fitness Center, Clif Family Winery, and NVC DAS.

Live music will be provided.

Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ will cater the evening by providing the small bites and appetizers to pair with the wines.

The event sponsors are NVC DAS and Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ.

Vermeil Wines, Belle Glos, Benessere Vineyards, Keever Vineyards, Jam Cellars, The Culinary Institute of America, Synergy Medical Fitness Center, Clif Family Winery, Charles Woodson Wines, 1839 F.C., Ranch Markets, Trefethen Family Vineyards, and Pine Ridge Vineyards are participating donors.

The event webpage: https://www.napavalleysoccer.com/wine-tasting-and-auction/

Local fighters in Vallejo MMA show March 10

Fighters from across Northern California are gearing up for intense, hard-hitting competition at the Bay Area Combat North Bay Face-Off, an amateur mixed martial arts event scheduled March 10 in McCormack Hall at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first fight is set for 6 p.m.

Bay Area Combat will hold two title belt fights. In one main event, Vallejo’s Anthony Beal faces Gilroy’s Freddy Rodriguez for the 155-pound lightweight title belt. Both fighters will come in with 2-3 records. Beal trains at Rapacon’s Martial Arts, a gym owned by an American Canyon family.

The co-main event will feature Danville’s Joseph Kropschot against Huntington Beach’s Noah Christie in the 185-pound middleweight division. Kropschot is 4-0 and ranked No. 2 in California, while Christie is 3-0 and ranked 14th in the state.

Building up to the main events will be 13 matches featuring fighters from MMA gyms throughout Northern California.

Three of those fighters are from Napa Valley MMA – Diego Lopez, who is 3-2 and ranked 14th in California, and Jeff Hermann and Mark Vargas, who will be making their fighting debuts.

Two others train at Napa’s Main Street Martial Arts, Jorge Carrasco (0-1) and Eugenio Garcia, who will make his fighting debut.

“We have scheduled action-packed fights from the premier top athletes in Northern California,” said promoter Steve Barnett, who plans to have two more shows at the fairgrounds this year. “It is a show you don’t want to miss.”

The event is sanctioned by the California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization. It is sponsored in part by the U.S. Army, Suncoast Awning and Ride-On-Motorcycles, which will also be sponsoring the Multiple Sclerosis “Fight for Cure,” a nonprofit.

Tickets are $40 for general admission and $70 for ringside seats. For tickets and sponsor opportunities, call 287-8457. Visit bayareacombat.com or BayAreaCombat on Facebook for more information.

Evolve Volleyball session March 11-29

The Evolve Volleyball club will hold a prep session for 8- to 14-year-olds Thursdays and Sundays from March 11 through March 29.

Visit evolvevbnapa.weebly.com or naparec.com for more information.

Baseball umpires needed; meeting March 11

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@sbcglobal.net or 312-0188.

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