Napa Valley Sports Capsule
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Napa Valley Sports Capsule

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Members of the 1979 Calistoga High boys basketball team are honored at a banner ceremony at Calistoga High last Friday commemorating their North Coast Section Class A Section championship. Pictured, from left to right, are Calistoga High Co-Athletic Director Eric Heitz, Ron Beltz, Rich Phillips and Bud Pochini. The Wildcats finished the 1978-79 year with a 18-9 overall record and upset Clear Lake to win the section title. 

MMA show at Napa Valley Expo Feb. 22

SF Combat, a mixed martial arts promotions firm owned by Napa’s Steve Barnett and Danasabe Mohammed, will hold its next show, “SF Combat Extreme 2,” at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at Napa Valley Expo’s Chardonnay Hall.

Scheduled to fight for the CAMO California State Welterweight Title are Sonoma’s Brady Wiklund, fighting out of NorCal Fighting alliance in Santa Rosa, and Salinas’ Diego Zuria, representing Team Take Flight.

In the co-main event will be Suisun City’s Anthony Beal, of Vallejo’s Asylum Fight Team, and Victor Flores of Urijah Faber’s Ultimate Fitness in Sacramento. Twelve other fights are also scheduled.

“We want to showcase the highest-level competition from Northern California, Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area,” Mohammed said. “Community is very important to us, so we highlight as many local fighters as we can while still maintaining exciting and competitive fights for our loyal fans.” Visit for more information.

Napa Valley Swim Team taking signups

The Napa Valley Swim Team is accepting new members of all ages and ability levels for its year-round program. Whether parents are looking for a positive competitive experience or a wholesome fitness activity for their child, NVST has four experienced and fully certified professional coaches.

The nonprofit USA Swimming team and is the largest, oldest, and most successful swimming program in the Napa community. For more information or to arrange a placement evaluation, visit or call 257-7946. The team also has Facebook and Instagram pages.

Lemieux aquatics meet at Vintage March 28

The 16th annual Shannon Nicole Lemieux Memorial Aquatics Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at the Vintage High Aquatics Center.

“The Shannon” is a day of family fun that includes a synchronized swimming performance followed by water polo, diving, and zany coed swimming relays in which aquatics athletes from all Napa County high schools compete against each other as a break from their rigorous schedules. Most popular are the Costume, T-shirt and Floatie relays.

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

All proceeds benefit the Shannon Lemieux Memorial Scholarship Fund, which over the last 15 years has awarded $121,500 in scholarships to 243 deserving graduates from all participating schools. The fund is a 501©3 nonprofit, so donations are tax deductible. The EIN# is 56-2513094.

For more information, call Dan and Lori Lemieux at 255-7818.

Napa High crab feed Feb. 22

The Napa High School Athletic Boosters will hold its annual “Blue for Gold” crab feed and auction on from 5 to 11 p.m. Feb. 22. It will be the event’s third year at the Generations Room in Yountville Community Hall, 6515 Washington St. It sold out last year and expects 250 to 300 people to return in 2020.

Cost is $85 per person and includes crab, steak and an auction. Tickets are available at and attendees must be 21 or older. The boosters club, a nonprofit, said it 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 all sports at 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. The Napa Boosters contributes to over 800 athletes every year at NHS alone.”

Cherry Pie Criterium cycling races Feb. 17

The Cherry Pie Criterium cycling event, now in its 45th year, will take place on Monday, Feb. 17 in the parking lot of Napa Valley College starting at 8 a.m.

There are 11 different races, based on age group, gender and skill level. The women’s professional race starts at 10:10 a.m. and the day concludes with the pro men’s race at 4:10 p.m.

Professional cyclists will compete for $500 in prize money in each pro race.

The event is sanctioned by USA Cycling and the Northern California Nevada Cycling Association. The top-3 finishers in each race receive a cherry pie from Model Bakery of Napa, in addition to merchandise. It is sponsored by the Eagle Cycling Club of Napa.

The Cherry Pie Criterium is the first race in the Northern California Junior Race Series.

Cyclists make multiple laps around the one-mile course during the criterium.

Races, which open to boys and girls in juniors divisions, and men and women, are held on a 1.1-mile technical course, which has several turns, in the main parking lot of the college. Cyclists and spectators can park their vehicles at NVC by taking Streblow Drive. Sponsors include Velo Pizzeria, Clif Family Winery, BicycleWorks, the Hub, Napa River Velo, Napa Valley Velo, and Napa Valley Bike Tours.

Visit to register. For more information, or to find out about serving as a volunteer, contact

Casual Tennis Napa plays three days a week

Connect with other tennis players casually, just for the fun of it. Casual Tennis Napa meets Saturday mornings, Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings, weather permitting. For the current meeting time and location, check Casual Tennis Napa on Facebook or email

American Canyon has opening for track head coach

American Canyon High School is accepting applications for the position of track and field head coach. Candidates should be experienced in the sport and have coaching experience and a resume of working with student-athletes at the high school level. Applicants will be required to obtain First Aid/CPR, NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching, NFHS Sudden Cardiac Arrest, NFHS Concussion in Sports and Heat and Illness prevention, as well as all other Napa Valley Unified School District requirements.

The season begins in February and ends in May.

The head coach receives a district stipend. Duties include developing a nonleague schedule, conducting daily practice, managing equipment, traveling with team to away games, developing positive relationships with parents and players, attending league meetings, and planning an end-of-season awards and recognition event.

They must have basic knowledge of the character-building aspects of sports, including techniques and methods of teaching and reinforcing the core values comprising sportsmanship and good character. They must have knowledge of the physical capacities and limitations of the age group coached, and have coaching principles related to educational philosophy, adolescent psychology, nutrition, risk management and the rules and strategies of the sport. They will oversee and be responsible for the entire track and field program, at all levels.

Candidates who wish to be considered can apply through The position will be open until filled. Email Jill Stewart at for more information.


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