Silverado Resort & Spa is putting on a tennis carnival to benefit Napa Big Brothers and Big Sisters on Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The day includes a Wilson demo court, a fast serve contest, target hitting, “Beat the Pro,” games and prizes. It is for skilled tennis players and kids alike. No prior tennis experience is necessary.

There is a suggested donation that participants can make to Napa Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

To register, email Katie.Dellich@pbitennis.com or call 257-5541.


The 2013 Joe DiMaggio North Bay baseball season begins Saturday as St. Helena Masons face Raneri & Long/Mark Coleman Insurance at 2 p.m. at Justin-Siena High School.

On Sunday, the River City Outlaws meet Raneri & Long/Mark Coleman Insurance in a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. at Justin-Siena.

St. Helena Masons play a doubleheader on Sunday against the Tri-County Gamblers starting at 11 a.m. at Winters High School.


Ted LeMasters of Napa is batting .267 through 11 games for the Las Vegas Train Robbers of the Pecos League. It’s an independent professional baseball league that operates in cities in desert mountain regions throughout New Mexico, western Texas and southern Colorado.

LeMasters, a Napa High School graduate, has two home runs and seven RBIs. He played two years for the University of San Francisco, starting for the Dons in left field and graduating in 2012 with a degree in sociology.

Each of the teams in the Pecos League — Alpine Cowboys, Raton Osos, Roswell Invaders, Santa Fe Fuego, Taos Blizzard, Trinidad Triggers, White Sands Pupfish, and Las Vegas Train Robbers — plays in cities that do not have major or minor league teams and is not affiliated with either. The Pecos League is a wood bat league that is home to high-altitude baseball where the average elevation is 4,870 feet. The Pecos League operates in towns with populations of under 70,000.


UCLA senior Dominic Giovannoni placed in two events at the NCAA Track and Field West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas last week.

Giovannoni, a Napa High graduate, was 40th in the men’s pole vault (16-3/4) and 42nd in the 110-meter hurdles (14.76).

It’s now on to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., for Giovannoni, who has qualified in the decathlon. UCLA will have 10 entries, including Napa’s Tatum Souza, who has qualified in the women’s heptathlon.

The NCAA Championships are June 5-8 at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.


Former Vintage High head football coach Dave Shipp is the guest of the KVON “SportsVine” on Saturday.

The hour-long show, hosted by Terry Simpkins, Mark McLeod and Charles Kennedy, airs from 9 to 10 a.m. on KVON 1440 AM.

“We will be doing a tribute to him for his years of coaching and teaching in Napa and the local area,” said Simpkins. “We hope to have former athletes and students call in to honor him for all he did.”

Callers can reach KVON at 255-5866.

Shipp was the Crushers’ coach from 1989 to 1993 and 2011-2012. He is also a former athletic director.

Shipp’s history with Vintage football goes back to 1978 when he was an assistant for receivers and defensive backs on a Crusher team that won the Monticello Empire League title and were semifinalists in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section AAA playoffs.

He was also formerly the head coach at St. Patrick/St. Vincent of Vallejo and Justin-Siena. He won a Catholic Athletic League title at St. Patrick’s and captured the Sac-Joaquin Section title at Justin-Siena.


Napa Valley players have been active and successful in U.S. Tennis Association-Northern California events.

In novice boys 12 singles, Cole Geschwender of Napa beat Nathaniel Zapata of Vallejo (6-1, 6-1) in the quarterfinals.

Bryce Burnham of Napa beat Nathaniel Zapata of Vallejo (8-3) and Geschwender beat Burnham (6-1, 4-6, 10-8) in the semifinals.

In the finals, Burnham beat Rudy Quan of Lincoln (8-6).

In novice boys 14 singles, Rowan Hayward of Benicia beat Douglas Collins of St. Helena in the semifinals (6-0, 6-2).

Stuart Miller of Napa won in the quarterfinals of men’s open singles, beating Jon Freudenberger of Sonoma.

Email Napa Valley Register Executive Sports Editor Marty James at mjames@napanews.com or call 256-2223.

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