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Classic Sports Racing Group returns to Sonoma Raceway for season opener this weekend

The Classic Sports Racing Group will open its 52nd race season at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday and Sunday with the David Love Vintage Races.

The event will bring more than 300 historic and vintage cars to the facility, including classics such as Formula Fords, Trans-Am, and production cars and sports cars principally from the 1950s through the 1980s. Spectators can also expect names like Ferrari, Porsche, Maserati, Lotus, Cooper and Lola to fill the paddock for an incredible display of cars.

The event features eight race groups, including three special Run Groups, each of which are part of a race series for the types of cars from the 1950s and early 1960s for which CSRG was founded a half a century ago.

The USRRC Group 4 for Sports Racing and eligible Production and GT cars will kick off its inaugural season during the event with some of the most beautiful sports racing cars from the mid- to late ‘60s. Additionally, more than 50 drivers will relive intense Formula Ford racing in the second round of the Formula Ford Crossflow Cup Championship, which includes some of the closest racing ever.

The third Special Group is part of the John Morton Cup, a four-race series created for small sedans from the '60s & '70s. Named after the dominant driver and champion of the Trans-Am Under 2.5 Challenge, John Morton, the series has two classes, the Heritage Group and the CSRG Touring Cars class.

The event is named in honor of David Love, a longtime Bay Area resident and CSRG co-founder who passed away in 2013. Love was a racer like few others. He began racing in the 1950s with a series of Porsches, Morgans and even Formula Junior. He later purchased the car with which he was most often identified, a 1958 Ferrari Testarossa, which he raced virtually uninterrupted from the '60s through the '90s at West Coast vintage events.

This weekend’s event will feature practice and qualifying on Saturday, with main events slated in each of the eight race groups on the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course on Sunday. Spectators will get full access to the cars, drivers and mechanics in the paddock.

For the spectator, this is a chance to do some time travel back to the '50s, '60s and early '70s to see the evolution of race car design and development among some of wine country’s most scenic settings. Fans can also enjoy an array of delicious food, wines and local craft beer.

Gates open at 8 a.m. each day. Admission is $25 per day or $40 for a weekend pass, which includes parking, as well as access to the paddock and all spectator areas. The David Love Vintage Races is a family-friendly event. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free. Kids are invited to sit in some of the race cars and get an up close look at the vintage machines.

The racing group will return to Sonoma Raceway Oct. 4-6 for the 16th annual CSRG Charity Challenge, which benefits Speedway Children’s Charities.

Visit csrgracing.org for more information on the Classic Sports Racing Group or lovememorialraces.com for more on the David Love Memorial Races.

Kids 4 Golf Youth Tour tees off April 13

The first tournament of the 2019 Kids 4 Golf Youth Tour is scheduled to tee off at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at Chardonnay Golf Club.

There will be nine tournaments in all, culminating with the 2019 Youth Tour Championship at Silverado Resort & Spa on Aug. 7.

The other tournaments will be at 2 p.m. April 27 at Cypress Lakes, at 2 p.m. May 11 at Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park, at 2 p.m. May 18 at Paradise Valley, at 12:30 p.m. June 12 at Cypress Lakes, at 12:30 p.m. June 26 at Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park, at 12:30 p.m. July 17 at Paradise Valley, and at 12:30 p.m. July 31 at Chardonnay.

Visit kids4golf.org for more information.

St. Helena High Athletic Hall of Fame nomination deadline April 22

The nomination window is officially open for the St. Helena High School Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2019.

The deadline for nominations is April 22.

Individuals can be nominated in three categories: athlete, coach, and special category.

To be eligible as an athlete, he or she must have graduated 10 years ago (2009 or earlier) and have participated in at least two interscholastic sports as an undergraduate.

To be eligible for coach, he or she must have coached at least one interscholastic athletic team at SHHS and been employed or contributed services as a coach for at least five years.

To be eligible in the special category, he or she must have participated in an activity that brought honor and positive recognition or contributed in some substantial way to the SHHS athletic department. Additionally, all nominees must have lived an adult life that did not discredit the school or community. It is the responsibility of the nominator to provide the correct name, current address, telephone, and graduation class of the nominee or, if deceased, the next of kin with address and telephone number. The nominator must also provide accurate accomplishments of nominee (i.e. years played or coached, sports played or coached, awards won, records set, leadership awards, scholastic awards, scholarships, etc.). Documentation must also be provided and may be in the form of newspaper articles, yearbooks, coaches or teammates’ letters, copies of certificates or any other proof of statement. Please limit documentation to 10-20 pages. There is also a $20 nomination fee.

For more information about the Hall of Fame or nomination process, contact SHHS athletic director Tom Hoppe by phone at 967-2757 or email at thoppe@sthelenaunified.org.

Joe DiMaggio Baseball signups April 28

Tryouts for Napa Valley Joe DiMaggio Baseball will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at Dub’s Sports, 3259 California Blvd., in Napa. Signups will also be taken at the tryouts, which will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Justin-Siena High School.

Napa has one team that will play about 25 games in the competitive summer league, which was founded in 1972. Players cannot be 20 years old before Aug. 1, 2019.

Each player should bring a copy of his birth certificate and $300 to sign-up. Those under the age of 18 will need a parent’s signature. Those not selected will be given a full refund. All returning players must sign up. Games begin after Memorial Day weekend and will culminate with the state tournament in late July or early August. Games are usually played on Wednesdays with three games on the weekends.

Half of the games will be at home, and played at the Veterans Home of California’s Cleve Borman Field in Yountville or at Justin-Siena. Other teams include Lake County, Vacaville, Sheldon, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova and Pleasant Grove. Napa will sponsor a 4th of July Tournament July 3-7, showcasing 16 teams from throughout the Bay Area.

Questions may be directed to Player Agent John Hagan at john.f.hagan@comcast.net or 707-328-1353, or to President Rick Romero at rick7romero@gmail.com or 707-294-0878.

Napa High School Athletic Hall of Fame accepting nominations through April 30

The Napa High School Athletic Hall of Fame Foundation is accepting nominations for its 2019 class.

Individuals may be nominated in one of three categories: athlete, coach and special.

To be eligible as an athlete, an individual must have graduated from Napa High at least 15 years ago (2004 or earlier), participated in at least one interscholastic sport as an undergraduate, and lived an adult life that did not discredit the school or the community.

To be eligible as a coach, an individual must have coached at least one interscholastic athletic team at Napa High, been employed by or contributed services to Napa High as a coach for at least five years, no longer be active as a coach at Napa High, and lived an adult life that did not discredit the school or community.

To be eligible in the special category, an individual must have participated in an activity that brought honor or positive recognition to the athletic department of Napa High, contributed in some substantial way to the improvement of Napa High athletic programs, and lived an adult life that did not discredit the school or the community.

Nominations are open through April 30. There is a $20 fee for each nomination. To obtain a nomination form, or for more information, contact Carol Stein at (707) 226-5090 or csstein@pacbell.net.

Visit napahighhof.org for more information.

Vintage High Athletic Hall of Fame accepting nominations through May 3

The Vintage High School Athletic Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the 2019 class.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, May 3.

Individuals may be nominated in one of the three following categories: athlete, coach, or special/other.

To be eligible for induction as an athlete, an individual must have graduated from Vintage High at least 15 years ago (class of 2004 or before), participated in at least one interscholastic sport at a varsity level while a student at Vintage High, and lived an adult life that did not discredit the school or the community.

To be eligible for induction as a coach, an individual must have coached at least one interscholastic team at Vintage High, been employed by or contributed services to Vintage High for at least five years and no longer be a coach at VHS, and lived an adult life that did not discredit the school or the community.

To be eligible for induction in the special/other category, an individual must have participated in an activity that brought honor or positive recognition to the athletic department at Vintage High, contributed in some substantial and significant way to the improvement of the Vintage High athletic program, and lived an adult life that did not discredit the school or the community.

The cost per nomination is $25. Checks are payable to Vintage High School Athletic Hall of Fame Foundation.

Nominations are to be mailed to Vintage High School, 1375 Trower Ave., Napa, CA 94558, Attention: Vintage High Athletic Hall of Fame.

For more information, contact Cam Neal, president of the Hall of Fame committee, via email at cneal@nvusd.org.

Swing for Supplies Golf Tournament May 3

The eighth annual Swing for Supplies Golf Tournament, scheduled Friday, May 3 at Eagle Vines Golf Club, will help teachers provide kids with school supplies. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch. The shotgun scramble event starts at 12 p.m.

The entry fee of $145 includes the round of golf, lunch, golf balls, dinner, auction, reception, prizes and more. Visit teacherresourcecenter.org to register and pay online, or mail a check payable to TRCNB to 1370 Trancas St. #195, Napa, CA 94558.

Corporate and tee sponsorships are available. For more information, call 707-815-7132.

Free football camps at Santa Rosa JC on May 4, 11

The Santa Rosa Junior College Football Academy will offer free football camps, which are available to seventh graders through seniors in high school. No experience is necessary.

The camps include all positions, including special teams.

A skills camp is May 4. Registration at 8:30 a.m. is followed by a welcome/introduction at 9 a.m., positional field work at 9:10 a.m., and a barbecue at 12 p.m.

An offensive line/defensive line camp is May 11. Registration is at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by a welcome/introduction at 2 p.m., positional field work at 2:10 p.m., and a barbecue at 5 p.m.

Players are asked to bring cleats, running shoes and water.

The Santa Rosa JC football coaching staff consists of head coach Lenny Wagner, Vic Amick, Todd Little, Giuliano Cattaneo, Scott Tabor, Dante DePaola, Martin Tevaseu, Myron Williams, Nick Hill, Quinten McCoy, Jake Hilliard, JR Deatherage, Marcus Blackshear, Jose Salazar, Stephan Jenkins, Natu Hezchias and Mousa Hussary.

Bill Nunes Memorial Crusher Classic Golf Tournament May 11

The Vintage High School Athletic Booster Club’s 25th annual Bill Nunes Memorial Crusher Classic Golf Tournament is Saturday, May 11 at Chardonnay Golf Club.

There is a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

The cost is $600 for a foursome and there is a $150 cost per single.

A reception and awards dinner will be held starting at 6 p.m.

The cost for dinner-only is $50.

To purchase tickets online, go to vintageboosters.com.

For more information, contact Sandy Rody, chairperson of the tournament, at sandy.rody@stjoe.org.

Two-day golf and wine experience May 14-15

A two-day Napa Valley golf and wine experience is May 14 and 15 at Chardonnay Golf Club.

The program includes:

* Pros 2 Go golf instruction at the practice facilities at Chardonnay Golf Club.

* Lunch in The View Bar and Grill.

* Golf at Chardonnay Golf Club each day after lunch.

* Personalized Cobra Golf club fitting using a TrackMan Golf-Launch Monitor.

* $500 retail value of Cobra credit toward a custom-fit equipment order.

* Private wine tasting experience at Falcor Winery.

David Knox (PGA) and Susan Briske (LPGA) are the Pros 2 Go instructors and club fitters.

The cost is $1,495 per person.

To register, call David Knox at (916) 533-4108.

Warriors Basketball Camp at Justin-Siena June 10-14

Session VI of the 2019 Warriors Basketball Camp is June 10-14 at Justin-Siena High School, the Golden State Warriors announced.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Warriors Basketball Camp, which will have 33 camp sessions at 23 Bay Area locations this summer. Registration for all general summer camp sessions and special overnight sessions is available at Warriors.com/camps.

Over the last 20 years, over 250 guest appearances have been made by Warriors players and coaches at various camps sessions.

Attendance in Warriors Basketball Camp has topped over 4,000 boys and girls in each of the last two summers.

General sessions focus on individual skill development, the importance of fundamentals and the development of a healthy team attitude for boys and girls, ages 7-15, of all skill levels and abilities.

For complete details on Warriors Basketball Camp and to sign-up online, visit warriors.com/camps or call (510) 986-5310.

Casual Tennis Napa plays three days a week

Connect with other tennis players casually, just for the fun of it. Casual Tennis Napa meets Tuesday mornings, Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings, weather permitting. For the current meeting time and location, check Casual Tennis Napa on Facebook or email casualtennisnapa@comcast.net.

Napa SIR plays golf weekly at local courses

Along with bocce, bike riding and camping, Napa SIR (Sons in Retirement) Branch 149 offers weekly golf weekly at local courses. Contact Larry Yost, the director of golf for Area 7 SIRs, at (707) 492-6078 or lyost48@aol.com for additional information.

Napa City Golf Group taking signups

The Napa City Golf Group is accepting new members for 2019. The group has been in existence since 1968 and plays monthly tournaments at a variety of courses.

All play levels are welcome to enjoy some lightly competitive fun. Annual dues are $65, with $19 rates for juniors. Courses played last year included Silverado Resort and Spa, Rancho Solano Golf Course, Eagle Vines Golf Club, Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, and one in Carson City.

Contact Cory Roche at three-putts@att.net for more information, or send fees to P.O. Box 3704, Napa, CA 94558.

Napa Valley Swim Team taking signups

The Napa Valley Swim Team is currently accepting new members for its year-round program - swimmers of all ages and ability levels, competitive and noncompetitive. The club is offering an introductory special for the summer. From May 1 through July, monthly dues will be half off for new members, with a further discount for swimmers registering for the entire three months; the first week of August will be free of charge. The offer excludes the Tadpole program.

The club will hold open placement evaluations and registration for new swimmers from 5 to 6 p.m. April 26 at the Napa Valley College pool. For more information or to arrange a placement evaluation on another date, email napavalleyswim@yahoo.com or call 257-7946. The NVSTis a nonprofit USA Swimming team and has existed for over 60 years. Visit its pages on Facebook and Instagram or at napavalleyswim.com for more information.

Head coaches needed at Justin-Siena

Justin-Siena is seeking head coaches for its water polo and cross country programs during the 2019-20 school year. The Braves compete in the Vine Valley Athletic League and the North Coast Section. Candidates must have a commitment to building a loving, inclusive community and to developing holistic growth in student-athletes.

The position is part-time and comes with a competitive stipend. However, some consideration for a full-time position may be determined based on qualification. The water polo and cross country seasons begin in August and last through October.

The successful candidate will articulate a vision for a successful program that aligns with the core principles of a Lasallian school. Further, it is expected the head coach will lead the program in all phases, including practice planning, conditioning, strategy and tactics, directing the staff and JV coaches, scheduling, and budget oversight.

Head coaches report directly to the Director of Athletics, and must embrace the responsibility of being a positive role model and mentor for students and as a representative of Justin-Siena High School.

Preferred qualifications are three or more years of successful coaching experience, a bachelor’s degree, an understanding of California Interscholastic Federation bylaws and guidelines, demonstrated ability to lead others, and effective communication and organizational skills.

To apply, email a letter of interest, resume, contact information for three references, a statement of coaching philosophy, and employment application (found at justin-siena.org under Career Opportunities) to Debbie Skillings, Assistant for Student Services, at dskillings@justin-siena.org.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position are open until filled. The selected candidate must pass a pre-employment background check. Justin-Siena is an AA/EO/Title IX Employer.

Visit justin-siena.org and/or contact Athletic Director George Nessman at gnessman@justin-siena.org for more information.

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