George Gardner, a senior at Justin Siena High School, received the Bobby Jones Sportsmanship Award from the Marin County Athletic League for boys golf.
Years ago, the league’s coaches decided that this award was to be given to the MCAL senior golfer who best represents the values of integrity, courtesy, consideration for the players and sportsmanship during his high school career, according to Braves head coach Ray Graziani.
A perpetual trophy will be given to the annual winner and his school will display this trophy during the following year in recognition of his achievement, said Graziani.
In 2006, one of the MCAL’s golf coaches wanted to recognize the intangibles that Justin-Siena senior Jimmy Cacho brought to the game through his love for the game, talent and sportsmanship, according to Graziani.
Players are nominated by their coach. Coaches vote on the award.
“It is a great honor to receive this award, and George deserves it,” Graziani said. “George exemplifies the meaning of this award. His integrity is without question, he has a love of competing and a great respect for those he competes against, and his love for the game is infectious.
“I loved having him play for me and I will miss having him around. George is the most positive person I have ever known, and if you play golf you know how hard it is to be positive all the time.
“He was and is a great example for all those that play with him. In 13 years of coaching high school golf, I have never been more proud of one of my players and have never more honored than when I was able to present this award to George.”
Gardner, 18, is a Napa resident who has played three years of golf for Justin-Siena. He played his freshman year for Archbishop Riordan-San Francisco.
“I was truly honored to receive it,” Gardner said Tuesday.
Gardner played in the No. 1 spot for Justin-Siena.
“It was a great season,” he said. “I really enjoyed it. Some of the best memories of my life.”
Gardner has been playing golf for 12 years and works in the golf department at Silverado.
He plans to attend Napa Valley College.
Van Winden third in USA Volleyball Beach Pairs
Torrey Van Winden of Napa teamed with Emily Sonny to go 5-1 last weekend to finish third at the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Pairs Championship for Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.
Thirty pairs representing 20 colleges played in the tournament, which was held in Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Van Winden, a Vintage High graduate, and Sonny won their pool and advanced to the playoff round after wins over UC Berkeley and Pepperdine.
The Cal Poly team beat UNC-Wilmington 2-0 and Pepperdine 2-1.
Van Winden and Sonny lost in the semifinals to Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss of LSU, 2-0.
The Cal Poly team won the bronze medal with a 21-11, 25-23 win over Florida State’s Tory Paranagua and Vanessa Freire.
Because they finished in the top three, they earn the opportunity to train with Team USA Beach Volleyball, Cal Poly said in a press release.
D2CCA All-Region honors for Maday
Outfielder Kelsi Maday of Napa was named to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-West Region team for the UC San Diego softball team.
Maday, a Napa High graduate, was the California Collegiate Athletic Association Most Valuable Player and a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-West Region Second Team selection.
Maday batted .374 in 54 games. She led UC San Diego in hits (55), stolen bases (30), hit by pitch (9) and sacrifices (14). She was second in average, runs (39), triples (1), home runs (7), RBIs (34), total bases (84), and slugging percentage (.571), according to a story on the school’s website.
High School Varsity Boys Lacrosse
The Napa Force beat Woodcreek of Roseville, 11-9, on Saturday in Pleasanton.
Napa played one of its best games defensively all year.
Napa advances to play in the Gold County Stampede’s league championship game.