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Marty James

Marty James

Napa’s Andrew Talansky will captain the Cannondale-Drapac squad at the Criterium du Dauphine, which began on Sunday in Saint-Etienne, France, slipstreamsports.com reported. It’s an annual cycling road race in the Dauphine region.

“I have always enjoyed Dauphine. It fits nicely in the build up towards July, but really it’s a great race in its own right. I think it’s always an exciting week and I’m looking forward to heading back,” Talansky said.

Talansky was 22nd in Sunday’s 106-mile race that began and ended in Saint-Etienne.

Talansky finished third overall after the seventh and final stage of the Amgen Tour of California last month. Talansky was 16th in the final Stage 7 and was 36 seconds behind in the overall standings.

The 575-mile Tour de France-style cycling road race is held over seven days, featuring the world’s top professional cycling teams.

It’s a UCI WorldTour race and has a field that includes Olympians, Tour de France contenders and world champions.

“We really enjoyed the race and built some positive momentum heading into the summer,” Talansky said. “If we can carry that mentality, that way of racing into the remainder of the season, I have no doubt we will be successful. I’m feeling good physically and mentally.”

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Will DeBoard, the Director of Communications for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section since 2009, has been promoted to the position of assistant commissioner, effective July 1, SJS Commissioner Mike Garrison announced last week.

DeBoard will continue is his current role as the Section’s media liaison as well as other expanded roles in playoffs and transfer eligibility. His promotion was presented by the SJS Executive Committee at the April Board of Managers meeting and was approved unanimously.

DeBoard, 44, has been a part of the Sac-Joaquin Section staff since May 2009, when he was hired to the new position of director of communications.

“Will has been a huge asset to this organization; he’s served as its director of communications with professionalism, passion, dedication and leadership,” Garrison said in a press release. “His expertise in the field of high school athletics, combined with his extensive knowledge of the historical background of the SJS provides our organization with an invaluable quality. We look forward to his continued contributions to the Sac-Joaquin Section in his expanded role.”

DeBoard covered high school sports for The Modesto Bee for 17 years, during which time he won several national awards, including the James Madison Freedom of Information Award.

DeBoard becomes the third assistant commissioner in Section history.

The Sac-Joaquin Section oversees high school athletics for 198 schools and 225,000 students. Its geographic boundaries stretch from Merced in the south, Grass Valley in the north, Napa to the west and the Nevada state line to the east.

The Section is the second largest of California’s 10 athletic sections.

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Parvathi Shanker of Napa won in the semifinals of a U.S. Tennis Association-Northern California event last week, 6-3, 6-2 over Erin Warenski of Lafayette in girls 16 singles.

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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