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Gabriela Lua and Noel Briones are the recipients of the NAIA Champions of Character award for Pacific Union College basketball, PUC and the California Pacific Conference announced this week.

Lua is a 5-foot-7 sophomore guard on the women’s team and went to Rio Lindo Adventist Academy in Healdsburg. Lua is from Sacramento.

“Throughout the season, Lua has exhibited integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership, and has personified the spirit of both Pioneers athletics and Pacific Union College as a whole,” PUC said on its website.

Briones is a 6-foot senior guard-forward for the Pioneers and is from Hayward. Briones previously attended Chabot College-Hayward.

“I am so proud of Noel and cannot think of a better person to represent PUC and our men’s basketball program with this award. He really is the perfect example of our Champions of Character values and has been such an important piece for us in establishing our standards as a program over these past two seasons,” Pioneers head coach Greg Rahn said on the PUC website.


Mike Clark and Molly Towey are the guests of the KVON “SportsVine” on Saturday.

The hour-long show, hosted by Duey Green and Charles Kennedy, starts at 9 a.m. on KVON-1440 AM.

The show is re-aired the following Wednesday at 10 a.m. each week on KVON.

This week’s show will focus on the 52nd annual Dan Clark Tournament, which is sponsored by St. John the Baptist Catholic School. Twelve boys teams and 10 girls teams will play in the eighth-grade basketball tournament, March 5-11 at Justin-Siena High School’s Clark Gym.

There are four boys games on March 5 starting at 4 p.m.

There are four girls games on March 6 starting at 4 p.m.


Josh Jackson, a rookie guard-forward, scored a career-high 29 points on 9-of-16 shooting in 40 minutes Wednesday to help lead the Phoenix Suns to a 110-102 win over Memphis.

Jackson, a Justin-Siena graduate who played two years for Prolific Prep Academy of Napa, was in the starting line-up and also had seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks.

“I just think he’s starting to feel a lot more comfortable and understanding the NBA game,” Suns head coach Jay Triano said at “He’s been great for the last two months.”

Jackson was also 10-of-13 from the free-throw line.

The previous season-best for Jackson was a 23-point performance on Feb. 4 against Charlotte.


Joe Canepa is batting .319 (15-for-47) with eight doubles, three home runs and 19 RBIs for the Santa Rosa Junior College baseball team, which is off to a 9-3 start.

Canepa, a Vintage High graduate who plays first base, also has a .618 slugging percentage.

Juan Lopez-Rios, a Vintage High graduate, is batting .270 (10-for-37) with a double and four RBIs.

Damon Neidlinger, Santa Rosa’s head coach, is a Napa High graduate.

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