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Marty James

Marty James

The Northwood Elementary School Parent Family Club is accepting tax deductible donations to rebuild a path in memory of Joe Horn, a former student at Northwood, who died on Nov. 25, 2017.Northwood announced on its website,, that thanks to the support of Northwood families and the Napa community, almost $17,000 has been raised for “Joe’s Path.”This “Fund A Need” campaign will celebrate and honor Horn, according to a press release.

Daryl Horn and his youngest son, Joe, an eighth-grade student at Redwood Middle School, and two others died on Nov. 25, 2017 when the vehicle that they were in was involved in a hit-and-run crash in San Pablo. Daryl Horn’s brother-in-law, Troy Biddle, and Daryl’s nephew, Baden Biddle, from Bainbridge Island, Washington, were also killed in the five-vehicle crash, which occurred on Interstate 80 at the San Pablo Dam Road exit.

Joe Horn played seven years of Napa Little League, moving from rookie ball to the majors. He played for the 13U Napa Valley Baseball Club team last year.

“The Horn family spent many hours donating their time to Northwood Elementary School. Joe’s dad, Daryl, was often the emcee at our annual fundraising event. Mom Denise spent countless hours volunteering in classes, chairing the Twilight Auction Event and serving on the Parent Family Club Board as Vice President and President,” according to a press release. “The path will be used by Northwood Elementary School students as well as students from Redwood Middle School who frequently take it to walk home. The fields surrounding the path are used by the Napa community for soccer games and other outdoor events.

“Joe was a student at Northwood Elementary from kindergarten in 2010 until he graduated fifth grade in 2015 and was a current Redwood Middle School student.”

To make a tax-deductible donation to help build Joe’s Path, go to, or make checks out to “Northwood PFC” and drop them off at the school office, 2214 Berks St., Napa.


Jordan Brown of Napa’s Prolific Prep Academy was named to the 2017-18 ALL-USA California Boys Basketball Team, USA Today High School Sports announced.

Brown, a 6-foot-11 senior forward-center who averaged 21.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game for Prolific Prep during this past season, was named to the first team.

Prolific Prep plays a national tournament schedule.

Brown, a transfer from Woodcreek High School-Roseville who attends Napa Christian Campus of Education, has been highly honored. He was named to the 2017-18 MaxPreps High School Boys Basketball All-American Team. He is on the Fourth Team.

He was named to the USA TODAY High School Sports’ 2017-18 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Basketball Team Second Team.

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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