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Marty James

Marty James

Emily Oestreich of the University of Illinois was named as the Big Ten Conference Pitcher of the Week for softball.

Oestreich, a 2015 Vintage High School graduate who is from Napa, had a 3-0 record and 0.57 earned run average in 24 2/3 innings in leading Illinois to the Coach B Classic Championship in Carbondale, Ill., last week.

Oestreich, a junior right-hander, allowed only two earned runs on 10 hits while walking six and striking out 25. She threw two complete games, including a one-hit shutout victory over tournament host Southern Illinois, 5-0.

Illinois won each of its five games in the tournament. In their final game, the Illini beat Northern Illinois on Sunday, 2-1, at Charlotte West Stadium. Oestreich (5-2) made the start and got the win after going four innings and allowing one run (earned) on six hits, walking one and striking out four.

Oestreich transferred to Illinois after two years at Lake Land College of Mattoon, Ill.

She earned National Junior College Athletic Association All-America honors as a pitcher for Lake Land the last two years. She finished her career for Lake Land with school records for wins, strikeouts, starts, innings pitched, strikeouts per seven innings and shutouts.

Lake Land made appearances in the NJCAA Championships the last two years, placing fourth in 2017.

Oestreich was named as a second-team NJCAA All-American in 2017 was a third-team All-American in 2016.

She was named as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American and earned MVP honors of the Great Rivers Conference Tournament in 2016.

Oestreich had a stellar career at Vintage, helping coach Rick Robben’s Crushers to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title – a first for the school – as a sophomore in 2013. Oestreich also played for coach Saanen Kerson at Vintage.

She was a four-time All-Monticello Empire League selection and finished her high school career, posting an 81-12 record and 668 strikeouts.

Oestreich was 33-0 with a 1.50 earned run average in 35 appearances for Vintage in 2013, as the Crushers enjoyed their greatest season in school history. They were 34-1.


Carroll College (Helena, Montana) guard-forward Ryan Imhoff, a senior, was named as the Frontier Conference Player of the Year for men’s basketball.

Imhoff, a Napa High graduate, is averaging 19.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game for Carroll (27-5 overall, 13-5 Frontier Conference), which is on a four-game winning streak.

Imhoff is averaging 32.1 minutes per game and has scored 626 points.

Carroll tied for the Frontier Conference regular-season title by beating Montana Western 82-62.

The Saints won the conference tournament by beating Rocky Mountain College (Mont.), 79-67, and Montana Western, 79-65.

Carroll secured an automatic bid to the NAIA Division I National Championship.


Aaron Shortridge, a Vintage High graduate, started for Cal and got the win on Tuesday as the Bears beat Xavier in a nonconference baseball game, 13-3, at Evans Diamond in Berkeley.

Shortridge pitched two scoreless innings and allowed one hit while striking out one. He faced six batters and threw 26 pitches.


Haley Murphy, a New Tech graduate and former member of the Napa Valley Swim Team, qualified and will swim for UC San Diego at the 2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, March 14-17.

Murphy is a senior captain and is entered as a relay swimmer, UCSD said.

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Executive Sports Editor

Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the