Napa Valley Sports Capsule: Three Schools Dominate ACE Athletics Girls Hoops | Sports


The Napa County Board of Education’s after-school enrichment program got off to a busy start to its spring athletics season, offering boys’ soccer and girls’ basketball to students at all four public colleges in Napa: Harvest, Redwood, River and Silverado.

Over 250 students participated in the spring season, which ended in May.

Each team played three games during the regular season and then competed in a seeded tournament.

A different school won in each year of the women’s basketball tournament.

For the sixth year, Silverado finished first, Harvest second and Redwood third.

In seventh grade, it was River who finished first, Silverado second and Harvest third.

For the eighth year, Harvest placed first, Redwood second and River third.

In March, ACE Athletics entered eighth-grade boys’ and girls’ basketball teams in the Dan Clark Basketball Tournament at Justin-Siena High School.

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The Harvest girls had a small squad of just seven players, two of whom had never played organized basketball before, but saw Luna Aguilar Loera make the all-tournament team.

The players had such a great time playing with coach Joe Donohoe – weeks after he finished coaching his sixth consecutive Vintage High School women’s varsity basketball team and decided to quit as head coach of the Crushers – who the majority of them signed to play with ACE again.

That same team went on to claim first place in the eighth-grade ACE Tournament, prompting the parent of one of its players to remark, “Coach Joe was stellar and we would love to see him again. Very positive and encouraging experience with him.

Donohoe told the Register in the story of his resignation as coach Vintage, “I work with the ACE program a lot. I told them “I work 90 hours a week right now, so I don’t have a lot of time”. But if you can’t find someone, I will. They couldn’t find anyone, so I did. We had three or four hour-long practices. They were just starting their season when all the private schools were at the end of theirs. But we ended up going 3-3 in tournaments, and in the Dan Clark tournament we only had five players. It was really fun.

“It’s really rewarding to see the reaction of children when they do something they weren’t sure they could. I spent two weeks with this group of young girls, many of whom were just starting to play basketball. It was really fun and it was good timing.

The ACE boys football season was long overdue for Napa middle schoolers, with registration forms filling out just hours after opening. This year, ACE decided to hold the football season in the spring rather than the fall in hopes of not having to cancel games due to the pandemic. In a post-season survey by ACE, 89% of parents of boy footballers believed their children’s skills had improved throughout the season.

For the sixth-grade split, Silverado placed first, Redwood second, and Harvest third.

In seventh grade, Silverado placed first, Harvest second, and Redwood third.

For eighth graders, Redwood took first place, Harvest second, and River third.

Battle at the Stables boxing event on July 16

The Al Amanecer Boxing Club of Napa and Rancho Uva Blanka Stables present the inaugural battle during the Stables Amateur Boxing event at 2 p.m. July 16 at McCormack Hall at the Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Dr. , Vallejo.

The indoor event will feature over 20 amateur fights. General and VIP seating are available. Food vendors will be on site and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. There will be free off-street parking.

General admission includes seating in the stands with on-site off-street parking and is $25 presale or $30 at the door for adults, or $10 for children under 18. Presale ends at 5 p.m. on July 13.

Two VIP options are available. A VIP individual ticket is $50 and includes access to non-reserved seating at ringside tables for prime viewing and food runners. A VIP table costs $500 and seats eight people. It includes everything that individual VIP tickets offer at a reserved table at ringside plus eight tickets per table for a drink of your choice and a designated server to help you with food purchases; no queue for food. VIP tickets are only available in advance: sales end at 5 p.m. on July 6.

Basketball Camp 707 from July 18 to 21

Basketball Camp 707 for boys and girls ages 8-14 is holding its first session this week, but will be back July 18-21 at St. Apollinaris Catholic School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.

The camp, led by Tony Prescott and David Granucci, focuses on skill development, team building and competition. Skills taught should include shooting, ball handling, footwork, individual movement, team attack and defensive techniques.

Visit to register or email [email protected] for more information.

Fundraising for a boxing club via Amazon

Al Amanecer Boxing Club, a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide fitness and wellness education to Napa-area youth, recently registered as a designated charity on AmazonSmile. This charity arm of Amazon allows people who shop on the website to have 0.5% of their purchase directed to a charity of their choice. It does not add any fees for the buyer.

“It may seem like a small amount, but it adds up and can make a huge difference for us,” the gymnasium said in a press release. “For example, so far in May, between shopping for the gym and his personal needs, coach (Jesús) Solís has generated $37 for the club. Our coaches and office staff are volunteers, and the fees are used to cover our rent, utility and equipment costs.

The club asks the community to consider shopping at AmazonSmile – which offers the same products and prices as – by visiting and designating Al Amanecer Boxing Club as their charity.

Al Amanecer Boxing Club’s mission is to provide young people with a supportive educational environment where they can learn not only boxing technique, strategy and physical conditioning, but also discipline, respect, commitment, effort and responsibility. The club is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

For more information, visit the club at 988 Lincoln Ave., email [email protected] or call (808) 209-9931.

Justin-Siena has an opening for women’s golf head coach

Justin-Siena is seeking a female golf head coach for the 2022-23 school year. The school competes in the Vine Valley Athletic League and the North Coast Section. Applicants must be committed to building a loving and inclusive community and developing holistic growth in student-athletes. The position is part-time and comes with a competitive stipend. Some consideration for a full-time position may be determined based on qualifications. Head coaches report directly to the athletic director.

The successful candidate will articulate a vision for a successful girls’ golf program that aligns with the core principles of a Lasallian school. The head coach is expected to lead the program in all phases including practice planning, conditioning, strategy and tactics, directing staff and assistant coaches, planning and monitoring from the budget.

The girls golf program will be active from August 2022 to November 2022. The Head Coach takes responsibility for being a positive role model/mentor for the students and as a representative of Justin-Siena. Preferred qualifications are three or more years of successful coaching experience, a bachelor’s degree, an understanding of CIF regulations and guidelines, a demonstrated ability to lead others, and effective communication and organizational skills.

To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume, contact information for three references, a statement of coaching philosophy, and a job application (found in the Jobs section of the Justin-Siena website at to Assistant for Student Services Ms. Alejandra Alvarado-Basulto at [email protected]

The selected candidate must pass a pre-employment background check. Justin-Siena is an AA/EO/Title IX employer. School policy prohibits discrimination based on the following legally protected characteristics: race, color, sex, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, orientation sexual or any other basis protected by applicable federal or state law.

For more information, visit or contact athletic director George Nessman at [email protected] Review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled.

Casual Tennis Napa plays Tuesdays, Saturdays

Tennis players can connect with their peers for fun when Casual Tennis Napa meets on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, weather permitting. Email [email protected] for the current meeting time and location.

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