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It was a rough weekend for go-kart racer Anthony Toscano at the 2018 IKF Grand Nationals in Fresno. The Napa High junior got into a multi-kart crash on the first lap of his heat race Sunday, forcing him to start from dead last. He went on to gain 13 positions with his banged-up kart and finish in 11th place.

“Not quite the finish we were hoping for,” said his father, Ramon Toscano, “but when you have to start from the very back, it’s tough to get up there against this type of competition. It’s part of racing, though. You have to be able to accept the good with the bad. He did great, considering the circumstances. It’s way better to have a banged-up kart and finish off the podium than a banged-up son.”

This is Toscano’s last season as a Junior 2 Driver and with only a few races left this season, he will now focus on moving up to the Senior class for the coming year.

Napa Valley Baseball Club tryouts Oct. 13

The Napa Valley Baseball Club will hold tryouts for players ages 13-14 at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at Cleve Borman Field in Yountville. The tryout at the Veteran’s Home of California ballpark will have sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders combined. Email Mike Odell at for more information.

Rugby players, sponsors needed for new NVC team

Napa Valley College seeks players and sponsors for its new rugby team, which will play Sevens tournaments Sept. 29 at the University of the Pacific, Oct. 6 at Santa Rosa Junior College’s For Peet’s Sake Field, and Oct. 13 at CSU Monterey Bay.

The team will then play in a Northern California league that includes Cal Maritime Academy, CSU Monterey Bay, Humboldt State, the Saint Mary’s College “C” team, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University, the University of the Pacific, and the University of San Francisco.

For more information, call coach Dave Loomis at 415-272-5426 or coach Paul Hughes at 707-732-6255.

Junior league at Napa Golf Course Oct. 7-Nov. 11

Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park will offer a league for players age 7-15, an introduction to golf, from Oct. 7-Nov. 11. The Napa Junior Golf League will consist of a managed group practice with instruction from David Knox, Napa Golf Course’s PGA director of instruction on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, as well as nine holes of team golf each Sunday afternoon.

The number of teams in the league and players per team will depend on overall participation levels. A league parent/child orientation meeting will take place at Napa Golf Course at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, to review league rules and logistics, as well as assign parent volunteers, assistant coaches and determine volunteers for match snacks.

Experienced junior players will take part in a two-person scramble format of play. Each Junior Golf League participant will receive a league-issued golf shirt, golf cap, and bag tag.

The cost is $275 per junior player. The maximum league size that the golf course can accommodate this fall is 36 junior players. Group practices, after 4 p.m., are scheduled for Oct. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30, and Nov. 1, 6 and 8. On-course matches, with a 3:30 p.m. start time, are scheduled for Oct. 14, 21 and 28. On-course matches, with a 2:30 p.m. start time, are scheduled for Nov. 4 and 11.

To sign up, email or call (916) 533-4108.

Casual Tennis Napa plays Saturdays and Tuesdays

Connect with other tennis players, casually and just for the fun of it.

Casual Tennis Napa meets Saturday and Tuesday mornings, weather permitting. For the current meeting time and location, check Casual Tennis Napa’s Facebook page or send a message directly to

Skyline Swimmers meet Mondays, Wednesdays at NVC

The Napa Valley Swim Team offers a program for adult swimmers and triathletes, the NVST Skyline Swimmers.

The group is for adult swimmers of all ability levels, whether they want to improve overall fitness, swim just for fun, develop better technique, or train for triathlons or swimming competitions. It convenes from 6 to 7:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Napa Valley College pool.

Skyline Swimmers are coached by experienced swim coach and professional triathlete Emily Cocks.

Each workout has a drop-in fee of $10, or a monthly fee of $60. All attending swimmers must be registered with US Masters swimming.

Email Cocks at for more information on the Skyline Swimmers. For information on any NVST program, email or call 257-7946, visit or find NVST on various social media sites.

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