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Friday May 10th, 2013

Beat, Pulse, Rhythm, Dance Performances Tonight and Tomorrow Night:  A Real Treat!
Last night I attended the dress rehearsal for our dance program’s annual spring dance performances.  I was, as I am every year, totally impressed with what I viewed.  Beat, Pulse, Rhythm, Dance will be performed tonight and Saturday night in the Performing Arts Center.  The shows begin at 8 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.  The show features a mixture of diverse dance, music, and students.  The choreography evokes a range of emotions as student movement interprets music.  The lighting and sound add the finishing touches to a truly moving experience.  Regular Napa Valley College credit and community education students perform, and their experience levels vary.  And that is a big part of the beauty of the show---each student is stretching a little bit or a lot out of his or her comfort zone to together create something wonderful.

Kelly McCann, Pam Rogers, Erica Angelakos, and Marci Sanchez have again teamed up to produce and direct the show.  Susan Parks is the student assistant director.  Their passion and dedication is mirrored in the student performance.  The four instructors have choreographed many of the twenty numbers, and students have also participated in the process.  Jennifer Ruygt, Jennifer Irby, Marian Wouters, Fernando Espinosa, and Chris Ramirez have contributed time and expertise to the management, technical, and public relations aspects of the production, and they have done a job!

Take it from Kelly, I am not a dance expert.  I am a regular guy who appreciates watching teamwork that produces excellence.  I observed that last night.  We are fortunate at NVC to have fabulous productions and events that emanate from Fine and Performing Arts and all areas of our campus.  This performance is yet another to be appreciated.  So, I encourage you to attend one of the shows this weekend, and bring the family!

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Freshman Softball Player Named to Prestigious Team

Napa Valley College freshman shortstop, Miya Hamilton, has been named to the 2013 NFCA CalJC All-American team.  Miya is one of 18 community college softball players from California who were selected.  The lightening quick and slick fielding Storm infielder finished with a .562 batting average, 47 RBI’s, and 44 stolen bases.  She was selected as the Bay Valley Conference Player of the Year and named to the All-State team.

Napa Valley ended the season with a hard fought 8-7 loss to Shasta College last Sunday.  Shasta was the second seed in the Nor Cal Regional play-offs.  The Storm finished an outstanding season with a 29-13 overall record.

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Storm Softball in NorCal Playoffs at Shasta

The Napa Valley College women’s softball team finished the regular season with a 29-11 overall record and an 18-6 Bay Valley Conference record, good for second place in the conference standings.  The Storm earned an automatic bid to the NorCal Regional Playoffs which begin this Saturday.  The Storm will travel to Redding to face Shasta College in a three game series.  The winner will advance to next week’s Super Regionals.  The Saturday game will begin at 2 on the Shasta College softball diamond.  The first Sunday game will begin at noon, and if the third game is necessary it will begin at around 2.  NVC’s season garnered members of the team individual honors.  Miya Hamilton was named BVC player of the year.  Lauren Sharp and Brittany Jacques each were named first team all-conference.  Demi Gray, Marisa Kaluza, and Venessa Gonzalez were named to the second team.  Miya Hamilton was also awarded All-State recognition.

Baseball ended its season last Thursday with a win against Contra Costa College.  The Storm competed well all season, but dropped a number of one and two run games.  Jordan Grubbs was named second team BVC all-conference.

Men’s golf competed in the very tough Big 8 conference, and the young squad gained some valuable experience.  No Storm golfers will be playing in the NorCal Regionals.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

NVC Women’s Soccer Has First Student-Athlete Transfer


February 26, 2013

NAPA, CA - The Napa Valley College Women’s Soccer program started just two years ago and will see its first student-athlete transfer for soccer this fall.  Stephanie Carrillo joined the Storm in fall 2011 from Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park and will be signing her National Letter of Intent Thursday afternoon with Northern State University, a NCAA Division II University, in South Dakota.  Carrillo was twice recognized by the Bay Valley Conference with first team all-conference honors, and was selected to compete in the 2012 CCCAA Sophomore Showcase where she was spotted by several colleges across the country.

When asked for his comments on Carrillo, NVC coach Brad Williams was enthusiastic about his former captain, “Stephanie has come a long way and developed tremendously as a player and person.  Her efforts on the field and in the classroom have paid off and we are very happy to see her transfer to a high quality program at Northern State.  She has been a great leader and captain for the team, and helped get our program off to a fantastic start.  We are very proud of her and we know that her strength and determination will help her achieve what she has set out to do.  The NVC Storm wishes her the best as she continues her academic studies and soccer career”.

Carrillo played in all 42 of the Storm women’s soccer matches over the past two seasons leaving her with two more years of intercollegiate eligibility.  Her plans include competing right away on the Northern State team as a defender and midfielder.  “I chose Northern State because I knew it would be a challenge moving away from home and playing, but I am looking forward to it” said Carrillo.  Northern State competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference which is comprised of colleges from the Midwest.

The signing ceremony will be held at the NVC Athletics department, 600 building, on Thursday, February 28, at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Final Home Basketball Games Tonight


The Napa Valley College men’s and women’s basketball teams will play their final home games of the season tonight against Mendocino College.  The teams will honor the sophomores before each game.  The women will tip off at 5:30 and the men will follow at 7:30.  The Storm men and women will finish the season this Friday at Los Medanos.

The Storm softball team takes an 8-3 record into play this weekend at Sacramento City College.  The ladies will play Sacramento City and Shasta College.  NVC is coming off of a superb showing in the San Diego City College tournament.  Victories came over San Diego City College and Victor Valley before the Storm lost a close contest to Saddleback.

NVC’s baseball team is 5-4 in the pre-season after taking two of three games from City College of San Francisco last week.  The Storm concludes the pre-season this week with a three game series against Shasta College on Strom Field.  The first game will be on Friday, beginning at 2:00.  Saturday’s action will begin at 11:00 with the first game of a double header.

The men’s golf team played a Big 8 conference golf match on Tuesday in Stockton.  The Storm finished in fifth place.  NVC will be playing at Chardonnay tomorrow.  Santa Rosa and Modesto will be the opponents.

Monday, February 11th, 2013

What a Friday!


Last Friday the Napa Valley College athletic teams swept all of the games played to complete one of the great athletic days in recent memory.  The women’s softball team swept a double header over College of the Redwoods.  Earlier in the week the softball ladies had swept Butte.  The four victories brought the Storm’s record to 5-1.  Also, on Friday the men’s baseball team got a first inning grand slam home run from Eric Peruzzi and rode that to an 8-3 victory over Butte.  The Storm followed that up with a double header split against Butte on Saturday.  Friday night the women’s basketball team came from fourteen points down midway through the second half to defeat Yuba College 62-54.  The ladies played tenacious defense and turned the game around.  Then, the men’s basketball team capped the day off with a 77-76 win over Yuba College, a team previously undefeated in conference play.  The Storm played well throughout the game, fell behind by a point with 20 seconds to go, and then won with two seconds to go on JoVonte Wills’ driving lay in.

This week the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be on the road Wednesday night.  The women will play at Laney and the men will travel to College of Alameda.  Both teams will be at home for the home season finale on Wednesday, February 20th against Mendocino.  The softball team will play DeAnza on Storm Field in a double header tomorrow.  Games are set to begin at 2 and 4.  The ladies will travel to San Diego on the President’s weekend to play in the San Diego City College tournament.  The baseball team will take on City College of San Francisco in single games on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  The Tuesday and Thursday games will be played on Storm Field and will begin at 2.  The men’s golf team will play Big 8 matches on Tuesday and Thursday.  The match on Tuesday is at Chardonnay and begins at noon.  Thursday’s match is in Stockton.

Stop by and watch some action if you get a chance.  You will see some outstanding competition.

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Coaches vs. Cancer this Friday Night


The Napa Valley College men’s and women’s basketball teams will be hosting Yuba College this Friday night.  The evening will be dedicated to Cancer awareness, and our programs will be joining the challenge to find a cure.  Proceeds from admissions and donations at the game will be sent to the state basketball coaches association and combined with contributions from community college athletic programs from all around California.  A check will be presented to representatives of the American Cancer Society during the state basketball play-offs during the Final Four.  We invite you all to join us on Friday night to watch some good basketball and to support the cause.  Game time for the women is 5:30 and the men will follow at approximately 7:30.

The men’s and women’s programs will also be in action this Wednesday on the road.  The teams will travel to Contra Costa College.  Game times are at 5:30 and 7:30.

Men’s Golf is playing in the Stanford Invitational today and will travel to Santa Rosa to play in a four way match with Santa Rosa, American River, and Sierra on Thursday.

The Storm women’s softball team split a double header with Foothill on Saturday, winning the second game after losing the opener.  The ladies will play Butte in a double header tomorrow on the Storm softball field.  Game times will be at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.  On Friday College of the Redwoods will visit NVC to play a double header.  Game times will be at 12:00 and 2:00.

The Storm baseball team took one out of two games in a double header at West Valley on Saturday.  The Storm lost the home opener on Friday.  So, the team will take a 1-2 record into a weekend three game series at Butte College.  The teams will play a single game on Friday and will follow up on Saturday with a double header.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

A Busy Week Ahead---Five Programs in Action


Spring sports begin competition this week.  Baseball, softball, and men’s golf will kick off their seasons.  Men’s and women’s basketball have hit the halfway point of their Bay Valley Conference schedules.  Attached is a basketball media guide, and as soon as the spring guide is completed, we will have it for you.

The NVC men’s basketball team will play Merritt College tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Storm gym.  The women will not play due to the fact that Merritt had to put their women’s program on hold for this year.  On Friday night both the men and women will be on the court in the Storm Gym against Solano.  The women will tip off at 5:30 and the men will follow at 7:30.  The Storm men and women both lost thrillers in their last meetings with Solano, and this Friday night should feature more outstanding competition.  We invite you to come on out and watch some excellent basketball.

The baseball team opens up the season on Friday at 2 p.m. on Storm Field.  West Valley College will visit, and then the teams will meet at West Valley on Saturday for a double header.  NVC’s softball team opens 2013 play on Saturday against Foothill College in Los Altos.  The first game begins at 1:00.  The ladies will play at home next Tuesday against Butte in a double header.  The first game will begin at 3:00.  The men’s golf team opens the season with a match Monday at Stanford.  Teams from all around Northern California annually begin the season at Stanford’s Invitational.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The Napa Valley College men’s and women’s basketball teams will play Los Medanos College tonight in the Storm Gym.  Game time for the women is 5:30, and the men will follow at around 7:30.  Come on out and support the teams!

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Basketball at Home Tomorrow Night

The Napa Valley College men's and women's basketball teams continue Bay Valley Conference play tomorrow night in the NVC gym.  The women are coming off of two straight victories and will host conference leading Laney College at 5:30.  The men are looking to turn their conference season around and will host College of Alameda following the conclusion of the women's game.  The Storm women take a 3-1 conference record into tomorrow night's game and have a chance to move into a virtual tie for first place with a win over Laney.  The Storm men have been competitive in almost every contest this season.  The game against College of Alameda will be competitive and entertaining.  Both the men and the women play Mendocino College on the road this Saturday.

Spring sports begin official practice tomorrow.  Softball, men's golf, and baseball all will be getting ready for competition which will begin during the first week of February.

Tuesday, January 9th, 2013

Bay Valley Conference Basketball Slate is Full
The Napa Valley College men’s and women’s basketball teams opened Bay Valley Conference action last week.  The women got off to a great start with a win against College of Marin.  The started the conference with losses to College of Marin and Merritt.  The women will seek to build on their 1-0 conference mark this week, while the men will work to rebound in three conference contests.

The Storm men and women play tonight, Thursday night, and Saturday night.  Both teams take on Solano tonight at Solano.  Game time for the women is at 5:30, and the men will play around 7:30.  On Thursday night the NVC men and women host Contra Costa College in 5:30 and 7:30 contests.  Saturday night the action moves to Yuba College, and game times are again at 5:30 and 7:30.

Baseball, softball, and men’s golf practices will begin on January 15th.  Each team will open competition in the first week of February.  We will keep you aware of upcoming contests.

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

BVC Basketball Opens in January

The Napa Valley College men's and women's basketball teams are wrapping up pre-season play this week and will be gearing up for BVC action.  The women have won three of their last four games and face Butte tomorrow night at Butte in the last pre-season game.  The Storm women beat Gavilan on Tuesday night.

The men's basketball team dropped a close game to Butte in the Delta Tournament and then lost to Sierra on Saturday.  The Storm have been competitive against very tough pre-season competition.

BVC action begins for both the men and the women on January 2nd against College of Marin.  The games will be played in the NVC gym.  The women will play at 5:30, and the men will follow at around 7:30.  Pre-season results reveal that conference races on both the men's and women's side should be wide open.  Come on out and support the Storm!

Happy Holidays to all of you!  We in the athletic department truly appreciate the tremendous support that we receive from the college community.  We wish you a restful and relaxing season, and may you and your families and friends share all of the peace and joy that the holiday season inspires.

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Women Win First Game

The Napa Valley women's basketball team picked up their first win of the season last week over Sac City.  The ladies won a close, hard fought game, 56-52.  The Storm has played a tough pre-season schedule competitively, and will finish off the pre-season with three games in the next week.  Lassen and Shasta will visit NVC this weekend.  NVC will play Lassen at 5 p.m. Friday and will take on Shasta at 5 p.m. on Saturday.  The Storm will finish up the pre-season with a game at Gavilan on December 18th.

The men's basketball team takes a 3-5 record into the Delta Tournament this weekend.  The Storm lost a buzzer beater to Skyline to open the Skyline Tournament last weekend.  Then, the Storm beat College of the Siskiyous on Saturday, before falling to College of Marin in the consolation final on Sunday.

Conference action will open for the men and women on January 2nd.  The teams will host College of Marin.  The women will play at 5:30, and the men will follow at 7:30.

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

NVC Basketball Gaining Momentum

The Napa Valley College men's and women's basketball team are now fully immersed in their pre-conference basketball schedules, and both teams are showing that they will be well prepared for the Bay Valley Conference schedule.  Bay Valley Conference action opens on January 2nd when the men and women host College of Marin.

The Storm women travel to Sac City tonight for a non-conference contest and are in search of a first victory.  The ladies have competed well against the likes of Ohlone, Las Positas, Shasta, and College of the Redwoods.  NVC has played those teams to a standstill for most of the game, and now are looking for the strong finish that will give them the victory.  The ladies play at home on December 14th against Lassen College and on the 15th in a rematch against Shasta.  Both games begin at 5 p.m.

NVC's men are coming off of an impressive showing in the James Clark Classic last weekend.  The Storm lost to Columbia College by two points in the opener and then claimed the Consolation title with wins over Merced and Chabot.  The men opened the season earlier in November in the San Francisco City College tournament with a competitive loss to defending state champion Fresno City and a close loss to College of Marin.  The Skyline Classic is next up for the Storm.  It will be played this weekend at Skyline College.

Make plans to come out and see the ladies play on December 14th and 15th, and both teams play on January 2nd.  The action is entertaining, and we have two competitive teams to watch and support.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Fall Programs Complete Seasons---Compete Well!
The Napa Valley College men's and women's basketball season has just begun, and the early fall seasons in women's golf, women's volleyball, women's soccer, and men's soccer were just completed last weekend.  The basketball teams will be competing in pre-conference play until their BVC conference openers on January 2nd.  The programs that have completed their seasons competed very well, and a number of individuals garnered post-season honors.

Portia Kenney led the women's golf team to the Northern California Regional.  Portia finished third in the tournament and earned a trip to the state tournament that was played last week in Temecula.  Portia ended the tournament with an 11th place finish.  That finished a year that saw the women's program tie for third in the Big Eight Conference.

The women's volleyball team beat Laney last Tuesday night to finish with a 13-3 Bay Valley conference record which was good enough for a second place tie with Solano.  Solano got the nod to go to the Nor-Cal Regionals because of a four game win over Napa in their first match of the season (NVC defeated Solano in five games in the second match).  Jessica Bruton and Skyler Fate earned 1st team all-conference awards, and Clara Buffham received honorable mention.

NVC's women's soccer team finished third in the Bay Valley Conference with a 6-3-3 record.  Savannah Gobelman was named the BVC defensive most valuable player.  Stephanie Carrillo and Angelica Sotelo earned 1st team all-conference awards, and Marissa Voss and Alex Ortiz were named to the second team.

The men's soccer team defended its Bay Valley Conference championship successfully.  The team was tied with Contra Costa heading into the last conference match.  The Storm defeated College of Marin and Contra Costa tied Yuba.  The outcomes earned NVC the conference title.  West Valley defeated the Storm 4-1 on Saturday in the first round of the Nor-Cal Regionals.  Players receiving all-conference mention for NVC were Ivan Contreras who was named Defensive Player of the Year and 1st team all-conference, and Edward Zacarias, Justin Auvinen, Juan Chavez, Julio Pelayo, Daniel Holochuck, and Gustavo Guzman who were all named to the 1st team all-conference squad.  Fernando Marquez, Andrew Alocer, and Steven Cecilliano were all named to the second team.

Congratulations to all of the athletes and coaches for a job well done this fall.  May everyone who reads this have a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving.  Thank you for your support of our programs.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Playoff Hunt Continues
The Napa Valley College women's golf team will compete in the Nor-Cal Regional Tournament in Sacramento next week.  Portia Kenney, Lynda Donohue, Marie Poole, and Taylor Quilling will represent the Storm in the tournament.  The Storm tied for third in the Big 8 standings to qualify as a team for the playoffs.  The Nor-Cal tournament will determine individual and team qualifiers for the state tournament which will take place the following week in Southern California.

The Storm women's volleyball team beat Solano College in 5 games last Friday night in a hard fought and thrilling match.  The ladies must win the rest of the conference matches in order to snag an outright second place finish and an automatic playoff berth.  Yuba College has not lost in conference, while NVC has lost twice and Solano three times.  Yuba faces the Storm in Yuba a week from tomorrow night.  Every match is crucial, but that match will most likely determine the NVC playoff fate.  If Yuba wins and Solano does not drop another match, then the Storm and Solano would both end the conference season with identical records.  Solano would grab the second playoff spot behind Yuba because of a 4 game win over the Storm earlier in the season which would trump Napa's 5 game win.  The avenue to the playoffs is clear for the Storm:  Win each match.  Contra Costa visits NVC tomorrow night with action beginning at 6 p.m.

The men's soccer team dropped a close 2-1 match to Contra Costa last night in a battle between the BVC's two top teams.  NVC holds a 1 point advantage over Contra Costa in the conference standings, but Contra Costa has three conference games to play and the Storm has two.  If Contra Costa wins the final three games, they will overtake Napa for the BVC title and the automatic playoff berth.  The Storm must win their final two contests and get a little help in order to take a second straight title.  NVC's next action will be next Tuesday at home against Merritt at 3 p.m.

The women's soccer team beat Los Medanos 1-0 on Tuesday and will take on College of Marin in Kentfield tomorrow at 1 p.m.  The Storm will finish up the conference season next week with games against Contra Costa here on Tuesday at 1 p.m. and at Yuba College on Friday.  The ladies currently hold down third place in the conference behind Mendocino and Solano.

The Storm basketball teams are approaching the opening of their seasons.  The men will play in the City College of San Francisco tournament November 9th through 11th.  NVC opens with defending state champion Fresno City College.  The Storm women will open their season in the Sierra College Tournament which runs from November 16th through the 18th.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Storm Fall Athletic Programs Competing Well in BVC and Big 8
Heading into the home stretch, the Napa Valley Storm athletic teams are competing well in all sports.  The women's golf team plays three more Big 8 golf matches before the Nor-Cal tourney and is currently in third place in the Big 8.  The ladies are playing at American River today and will play at Delta on Thursday.

The women's volleyball team has six matches left in the BVC conference season and is 8-2 in conference play.  The Storm plays at Alameda on Wednesday and at Solano on Friday at 6 p.m.  Yuba is in first place and undefeated in conference and Solano sits in second place with one loss.  Storm hopes for another BVC championship come down to these six final matches.

The Storm women's soccer team plays Fresno City in a non-conference match on our soccer field at 3:30 p.m. today.  The ladies are currently 3-2-1 in conference play.  The two losses have come against conference leading Menocino and second place Solano.  The team gets back into conference play on Friday with a 3:30 match at Mendocino.

The men's soccer team is currently in first place in the BVC.  The defending conference champions travel to College of Marin today for a 4 p.m. match and return home for a match on Friday against Yuba at 4 p.m.  Five matches remain in the conference schedule.

Thank you to all of you who supported the 7th Annual Storm Classic Golf Tournament!  We had a great day at Chardonnay, and appreciate the efforts of the Foundation and Office of Community Relations for their outstanding work.  The participation by faculty, staff, administration, the community, the foundation members, the board of trustees, and the college community as a whole was an example of what teamwork is all about.  The tournament was sold out, the course and venue were tremendous, and the fundraising effort was successful.  We appreciate you all!

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Conference Action Continues This Week

The Napa Valley College fall athletic teams continue conference action this week.  The women's soccer team will play a home Bay Valley Conference match tomorrow beginning at 3:30 against Solano.  Then, on Friday the ladies will play a non-conference match at home against Butte College.  The Storm women's volleyball team is 2-0 in conference play and hosts Solano in an important match on Wednesday at 6 p.m.  On Friday the team travels to Shasta College for tournament action.  The men's soccer team opened Bay Valley Conference action with a 2-2 tie against Yuba College Friday, and travels twice this week.  The Storm plays at Contra Costa tomorrow and goes to Mission College for a non-conference match on Friday.  The women's golf team is playing well in the Big 8 Conference.  The ladies will play in Big 8 tournaments at American River and Delta this week.  NVC's Portia Kenney was the medalist in the Big 8 tournament at Butte last Thursday.

We encourage you to come out and watch some of the action this week, and we encourage you to play in the Storm Classic on October 12th.

Have a great week and, remember, Go Storm!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Thank You!

We had an outstanding event Saturday night.  The second Napa Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame honored seven very worthy individuals were inducted during the ceremony.  Thank you to all Board of Trustee members, Foundation members, faculty, staff, administration, and members of the community who attended and/or supported the event.  Thank you to Dr. Ronald Kraft for supporting, attending, and participating in the ceremony.  A tremendous team of people worked diligently to create the special evening which was sponsored by the Napa Valley Tennis Association, the Napa Valley College Foundation, Maroon Wines, Dr. Stephen Franzino, and Frank and Analee Humpert.  The team of Betty Malmgren, Lissa Gibbs, Kathy Baird, Jan Schaefer, Shannon Difilippo, Mike Ronald, Dr. Jerry Somerville, Marty James, Ira C. Smith, Pattie Brown, Lea Ronald, Nadine Wade-Gravett, Frank Humpert, Analee Humpert, Richard Bruns, G.L. Siner, Gary Strommen, Cathy Mathews, Bob Freschi, Melissa Bartholomew, Rick Foley, Nitu Singh, Paul Hull, Steve Ball, and RaeAnn Navarro all participated in making the night special for the inductees, for the athletic department, and for the college.  Lissa, Kathy, and the Napa Valley College Foundation, Betty and the Office of Community Relations again came through with dynamic support.  Great things rarely happen without people pulling together to work for a common goal.  Thank you to all of you who contributed your time, effort, and expertise.

The Storm Classic Golf Tournament will be held at Chardonnay on October 12th.  To register to play in the tournament and/or to be a sponsor, please go to our athletic web site and click on Storm Classic.  You will find a registration and sponsor form.  The event is always fun, and the financial support that we receive allows us to enhance the quality of our athletic program.

This week in athletics our women's volleyball team plays Los Medanos in Antioch at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and comes home to play College of Alameda at 6 p.m. on Friday.  The ladies opened up defense of their Bay Valley Conference title last Friday with a convincing win over Mendocino College.

The women's golf team has performed well in two previous Big 8 matches.  They are playing at Sacramento City today in another Big 8 tourney match and will play at Butte this Thursday.

The men's soccer team played to a 0-0 tie with Ohlone Friday and travels to Delta College today for a 4:30 p.m. match.  The defending Bay Valley Conference champions open conference play here on Friday with a 4 p.m. match against Yuba College.

The women's soccer team is idle this week.  They played a tremendous match last Friday.  The ladies held powerful Santa Rosa scoreless for 75 minutes.  Santa Rosa scored two late goals to win 2-0.  The Storm opens up Bay Valley Conference play next Tuesday against Solano on the Storm soccer field.

Again, thank you for your support.  We look forward to seeing you at events!

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Dear Napa Valley College Community Members:

The academic year has begun and Napa Valley College is humming with activity.  We in the athletic department appreciate the efforts from all of you who are working hard to meet the needs of students and to maintain standards of excellence.  Our athletic seasons kick off next week.  Women's soccer, volleyball, men's soccer, and women's golf will all begin their competition, and we are excited about the success that our teams and athletes will experience on the field and court and about the educations that they will seek in the classrooms.  We are also looking forward to hosting two events this fall that illuminate the spirit of Napa Valley College.  The Athletic Hall of Fame will be held on Saturday, September 15th at the Napa Marriott, and the Storm Classic Golf Tournament will tee off on Friday, October 12th at Chardonnay.

The Hall of Fame will honor seven outstanding individuals.  Mary Georgiana Lyon was one of the pioneers of women's athletics at NVC.  She was a physical education instructor for many years.  Stephen Dodd (football), Dennis Fechter (a three sport athlete), Howard Jamison (a tennis athlete, and NVC coach), Robert Maglione (an outstanding NVC softball coach), Ken Tronstad (a two sport NVC athlete), and Dick Vermeil (a NVC football athlete and coach) all distinguished themselves at Napa Valley College.  They are shining examples of the value of community colleges to the individuals who attend the colleges and to the community as a whole.  The evening will be uplifting and it will inspire us to continue our efforts.  To make reservations for the dinner and ceremony, please check out our website.  Go to www.napavalley.edu, click on the athletic link, and then click on the hall of fame link.  You can also contact the Foundation directly or contact me at 256-4514.

The Storm Classic Golf tournament is a fundraising event that directly supports our programs and our athletes.  Last year the event sold out.  We are anticipating another great turnout this year.  If you are interested in participating through sponsorships and/or playing in the tournament, please visit our website.  Again, go to www.napavalley.edu, click on the athletic link, then click on the Storm Classic link.  If you need more information, call me at 256-4514.

Both of these events allow us to reach out to the community that we serve, and the events bring light to the importance of athletics in the educational process.  In a four year period, 2006-2010, nearly 75% of our sophomore student-athletes transferred to a four year college.  Not all of those athletes continued their playing careers at the four year level, but they continued their educations.  Our athletes must be full time students.  They must take a minimum of 12 units to be eligible during their seasons of sport, and 9 of those units must be in line with their educational goals.  In order to be eligible for a second season of sport, each athlete must have completed 24 units and 18 of those units must have been in line with their educational goals.  Most of our athletes have a goal to move on, and so they take more than the minimum amounts of courses to be eligible.  Statistics reveal that our athletes in general are achieving academic success.  Our goal is to continue to create an environment that will lead an even larger percentage our athletes achieving academic success.  Our goal, also, is to continue to provide a program that will enhance the growth of the individuals involved so that they will contribute to their communities as our hall of fame inductees have contributed.

We thank you for your support of our student-athletes and our programs.  We thank the College Foundation for their partnership in hosting these events.  Come and join us for one or both of these events!

And, remember, Go Storm!

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Napa Valley College Storm baseball team will play Laney College here tomorrow at 2 p.m.  NVC is coming off of a 4-3 victory over Contra Costa College last Saturday.  On Thursday the team will travel to Yuba College for a 2 p.m. start, and they will finish out the week at home again on Saturday against College of Marin at 1 p.m.

The Storm softball team will also travel to Yuba on Thursday to open BVC play.  The ladies will play a double header with the first game slated to start at 1 p.m.  Scheduled games against Lassen College tomorrow have been canceled.

The NVC men's golf team is playing well!  They will play a Big 8 match at Sunset Whitney Golf Course on Thursday.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Season's Final Home Basketball Games Tomorrow

The Napa Valley College men's and women's basketball teams will play their final home games of this basketball season tomorrow night.  The women will take on Los Medanos at 5:30, and the men will play the Los Medanos men at 7:30.  Both the men and the women will travel to Yuba College on Friday night.  Come on out and watch the action tomorrow night!

The men's golf team opened the season at the Stanford Invitational yesterday and the team scores indicate that the Big 8 conference will be competitive this year.  The team plays a Big 8 match in Stockton on Thursday.

The softball team is at Butte today playing a double header.  The Storm travels to Chabot College on Thursday for a single game.

NVC's baseball team will be at home this Friday and Saturday to face Butte College.  Friday's single game begins at 2 p.m.  The teams will square off in a double header on Saturday.  The first game will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Coaches Vs. Cancer a Huge Success

Thank you to all of you who supported last Friday night's Coaches vs. Cancer event.  We had a nice contingent of faculty and staff at the games.  Both games were highly competitive and entertaining, and the Optimist Youth basketball games during the halftimes made the evening extra special.  Over five hundred dollars was raised to fight cancer, and that is the most special part of the evening.

This week basketball continues with away games at Los Medanos on Wednesday and at Solano on Friday.  Both the men and the women play at the same venues.  The women's games will begin at 5:30 on both nights.  The men will follow at 7:30.

The softball team opens up its season at San Mateo on Thursday.  On Saturday the Storm will travel to Foothill to play games against Foothill and Hartnell.

The baseball team opens the season this weekend at West Hills College.  The Storm plays a single game on Friday and follows with a double header on Saturday.

The men's golf team will start its season at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto on Monday.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Napa Valley College Basketball Hosts Cancer Awareness Night

The Napa Valley College men's and women's basketball teams will host Mendocino College in games this Friday night.  The Bay Valley Conference contests will serve as the main event for Cancer Awareness Night.  The California Community College Basketball Coaches Association has set a goal to raise $50,000.00 to donate to the American Cancer Society for research.  Participating colleges from around the state are using one evening during their seasons to help raise the money to meet the goal.  NVC's night will feature a donation container and a portion of the gate receipts will go toward the donation.  Optimist Youth Basketball will provide halftime entertainment during both the men's and women's contests.  The women's game begins at 5:30 and the men's game will follow at 7:30.  The goal is to pack the gym to support our teams, and we know that our fans will want to donate to the cause.  We invite you to join us.  It will be an entertaining evening.

Tonight the men's and women's basketball teams travel to Merritt College for Bay Valley contests.  The women tip off at 5:30 and the men follow at 7:30.

Men's golf, softball, and baseball have all started practice and are preparing for their opening events.  Play will begin for all three programs during the first week of February.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing a lot of people on Friday night!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Napa Valley College men's and women's basketball teams continue Bay Valley Conference play this week on Wednesday and Friday.  Both teams have 1-1 conference records.  The men beat Solano last Wednesday and then dropped a game to Marin on Friday.  The women opened the conference with a loss to Solano and bounced back on Friday with a win over Marin.

Tomorrow night both the men and the women face Contra Costa in the Storm Gym.  The women play at 5:30 and the men follow at 7:30.  On Friday both teams travel.  The women will play at Laney College and begin play at 5:30.  The men travel to Alameda and tip off at 7:30.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Bay Valley Conference action opens tonight for both the Napa Valley College men's and women's basketball teams.  The NVC women will face off against Solano at 5:30 in the Storm Gym.  The men will take on Solano at 7:30.  Come on out and take in the action and enjoy the evening!