NOTES AND QUOTES for a Thursday in the Napa Valley:
Mike Gibson of Napa will start at left guard on the offensive line for the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s NFL regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. It’s a 1:15 p.m. kickoff at Qwest Field in Seattle, with Fox-Channel 2 carrying the game.
Coach Pete Carroll named Gibson — a third-year player who was All-Pacific-10 Conference Honorable Mention for UC Berkeley — as a starter on Monday. Gibson is No. 1 on the Seahawks’ depth chart at the left guard position and came back from a concussion that he suffered in training camp to start a preseason game against Minnesota last month.
In a homecoming of sorts, Gibson played for Seattle in last week’s exhibition game against the Raiders at the Oakland Coliseum, as family and friends welcomed him back to the Bay Area.
Gibson was a sixth-round pick by Philadelphia in 2008 who was on the Eagles’ practice squad to start the 2009 NFL regular season. He was put on injured reserve with a shoulder injury as a rookie, but returned in 2009 and played in each of the Eagles’ four preseason games, starting the finale.
He was signed by Seattle last October and put on the team’s active roster. He played in three games, facing Tampa Bay, Green Bay and Tennessee. It was the first regular-season action for Gibson, who called last year’s season a building block.
He was the winner of the Ken Cotton Award as Cal’s most courageous player.
Gibson was All-Bay Valley Conference and an All-American at Solano. At Napa High, Gibson was a Second-Team All-State player, the Monticello Empire League’s Lineman of the Year and was All-Metro.
Kelsey Scanlon, a sophomore for the Emerson College (Boston) volleyball team, was named to the All-Tournament team as the Lions repeated as Wheaton College Invitational team champions for a second straight season.
Emerson went 3-0 in last week’s tournament in Norton, Mass.
Scanlon, a Justin-Siena graduate, had 20 digs and six service aces in Emerson’s 3-1 win over Wheaton. Overall, she played in eight games and had 10 kills, six errors, and 48 attempts. She also had four set assists, eight service aces, 29 digs, a block solo and a block assist.
Carol Stein and Don McConnell of the Napa High School Athletic Hall of Fame Foundation will be the guests of the “KVON SportsVine” Saturday.
The hour-long show, hosted by Terry Simpkins, Charles Kennedy and Mark McLeod, airs from 9 to 10 a.m. on KVON 1440 AM.
The 14th annual Napa High Athletic Hall of Fame awards dinner, honoring Darci Lewis (Class of 1995), Bob Herlocker (coach, 1985-2010), Mike Brown (coach, 1980-2009), and Glenn Hughes (special category), is Oct. 9 at the Embassy Suites Hotel.
The cost of the dinner is $55 per person. The no host cocktail reception will start at 6 p.m., with the dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Reservations can be made by calling 226-5818, e-mailing email@example.com, or by mailing your information to the Foundation at 575 Lincoln Ave., Room 300 B, Napa, CA 94558.
Reservations and payment are due by Sept. 30.
Rex Stults, Steve Meyer and Andy Szmidt will be the broadcast team for coverage of Justin-Siena’s football home opener Friday against Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep-San Francisco at Dodd Stadium.
KVYN-99.3 FM will carry the nonleague game, with air time at 6:45 p.m. Stults will do the play by play, Meyer provides color commentary, and Szmidt will handle statistics.
Fehlandt Lentini will enter the Sonoma State Athletic Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies on Oct. 2 in Rohnert Park.
Lentini, a transfer from Napa Valley College, was a two-year star for the Sonoma State baseball team. Lentini got his career under way in 1998, batting .309 and stealing 15 bases. Following a two-year absence from the team, Lentini returned in 2001 and really made a name for himself. Turning in perhaps the greatest single season in school history, Lentini established school records for batting average (.427), hits (117), doubles (23), triples (10), and runs (89) that still stand to this day.
SSU’s all-time leader in career batting average (.385), Lentini was a first-team All-American in 2001. He was also the West Region and California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year during his senior campaign. Following the 2001 season, Lentini was signed by the Houston Astros, an organization he played with for several years before taking his career to the independent leagues, where he still plays.
Ed Beaulac, Patricia Carrillo and Tim Walsh will also be honored for their athletic excellence and contributions to the history of Sonoma State athletics.
The program takes place at the Green Music Center on the Sonoma State campus. For ticket information or more details, contact Megan Christensen at (707) 664-2750 or visit sonomaseawolves.com.
E-mail Napa Valley Register Executive Sports Editor Marty James at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-2223.