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Marty James

Marty James

The parking lot at the Napa Valley College campus will be set up as a one-mile course for the Eagle Cycling Club’s 43rd annual Cherry Pie Criterium on Monday, Feb. 19.The event, offering 16 races throughout the day, starts at 8 a.m. Parking for the event is available off of Streblow Drive. There is no charge for spectators.

Beginning level races are held for juniors, women and men, and include race mentors to help provide in-race coaching, and the Cherry Pie Criterium serves as the first race in the Norther California Junior Race Series, according to a press release.

The highest level women’s race will begin at 10:10 a.m. The highest level men’s race will begin at 4:10 p.m. Organizers are expecting 250 riders.

The Cherry Pie Criterium has been a staple of the Northern California bicycle racing scene since it began in the mid-1970s, according to the Eagle Cycling Club.

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

The event is sanctioned by the USA Cycling Association and Northern California Nevada Cycling Association.

The course has numerous turns and is considered “moderately technical,” according to a press release.

Both men’s and women’s races are held for varying ages and skill levels, the Eagle Cycling Club said.

The top finishers will receive cherry pies. Other prizes will be presented as well.

Velo Pizzeria, Clif Family Winery, Bicycle Works, The Hub bicycle shop and Napa River Velo are providing prize donations for the event, which goes until 5 p.m.

For more information about the Eagle Cycling Club and the race, go to the club website at https://www.eaglecyclingclub.org/

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Joelle Aiello is batting .462 after four games as the starting shortstop for the Valley City State University (North Dakota) softball team.

Valley City State, a small NAIA school, went 4-0 at the Presentation College Dome Tournament in Aberdeen, South Dakota, last weekend.

Aiello was the Offensive Player of the Year on the 2017 All-Napa County team for Vintage High School. Aiello, selected All-Monticello Empire League, batted .425 with a .469 on-base percentage and a .914 fielding percentage.

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Josh Jackson, a Justin-Siena graduate, is averaging 11.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game as a forward for the Phoenix Suns.

Jackson, who played for Prolific Prep Academy of Napa, scored 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting off the bench for the Suns in Wednesday’s 107-97 loss to Utah.

The Suns selected Jackson, who starred at the University of Kansas, with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Jackson was the 2017 Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

Email Napa Valley Register Executive Sports Editor Marty James at mjames@napanews.com, follow him on Twitter at @marty_nvr, or call 256-2223.

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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