Napa Valley Sports Capsule: Lemieux’s Last Aquatic Day Will Be Held April 2 at Vintage | Sports
The 16th and final aquatic celebration in memory of Shannon Nicole Lemieux is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vintage High Aquatics Center.
“The Shannon” – which returns one last time after being canceled due to COVID-19 concerns for the past two years – is a day of family fun featuring aquatic athletes Justin Siena, Napa, American Canyon, St. Helena and Vintage high schools. There will be synchro, water polo, diving and mixed fun swimming relays, including costume, t-shirt and float relays.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for ages 12 and under. There will be a fabulous silent auction and a snack will be available for lunch. All proceeds will go to the Shannon Lemieux Memorial Scholarship Fund. To date, the fund has awarded $131,500 in scholarships to 263 deserving graduates from all participating schools.
The Shannon Lemieux Memorial Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so every donation is tax-deductible. Its EIN number is 56-2513094.
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For more information, Dan and Lori Lemieux at 255-7818.
Cherry Pie Criterium returns February 21
The Eagle Cycling Club, which had hosted the annual Cherry Pie criterium every year since 1975 until it had to cancel last year’s one due to COVID-19 concerns, is bringing the cycling event back for a 46th year at 8 a.m. on Monday, February 21. at Napa Valley College.
Riders do multiple laps around a 1.1-mile loop in the college parking lot in Napa.
The top three in each men’s and women’s division each receive merchandise and a cherry pie from Napa’s Monday Bakery. The price of the pie comes from the story of the first president, George Washington, who received a hatchet as a gift at the age of 6, felled his father’s favorite cherry tree with it and, when confronted with his dad about it, told him the truth and get dad’s approval.
There are 11 different races based on age group, gender and skill level. The women’s pro race takes place in the morning and the day ends with the men’s pro race. Professional cyclists compete for $500 in prize money in each professional race.
The event is sanctioned by USA Cycling and the Northern California Nevada Cycling Association. This is the first event in the Northern California Junior Race series.
The race director is Stephen Durfee, professor of baking and pastry at the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone, St. Helena.
Yountville Little League taking registrations
Yountville Little League is accepting applications for the 2022 baseball season. The league seeks to field a team in each of its four divisions: “A” is for ages 5-6 with pitching by coaches and hitting a tee; “AA” is for ages 7-8 and has throwing coaches; “AAA” is for ages 9-10 and has throwing players; and Majors is for 11-12 year olds and has throwing players.
Practices start at the end of February and the season runs from March to June. The cost is $125 per child; scholarships and sibling discounts are available. Email [email protected] for a registration form.
The league thanks brand sponsors Kiwanis Club of Yountville, Bardessono Family, Ilsley Vineyards and Ranch Market Too, as well as many other donors, for their support.
The water polo club welcomes 5 to 18 year olds
The Vine Valley Water Polo Club offers programs for athletes ages 5-18 of all experience levels, as well as programs for athletes new to water sports.
The club has forged strong ties in the Napa Valley water polo community.
“I feel like Napa has been in the dark when it comes to high-level water polo,” Vine Valley Water Polo Club founder and general manager Dan D’Angelo said. “We had good clubs with good coaches, but they could never achieve their goals because they struggled to get young players to join early enough. That’s why I created Vine Valley. Giving local athletes a solid water polo foundation not only helps them become happier and healthier, but gives them a tangible head start in a sport that continues to grow and evolve.
Visit vinewaterpolo.com for more information or to register.
Calistoga Little League Online Registrations Open
Calistoga Little League is taking online registrations for players ages 4-14 looking to play tee-ball, baseball and softball in 2022.
Online registration is open until Feb. 20, but Calistoga Little League organizer Brian Fennen said it’s best to register as soon as possible.
Napa Valley Men’s Rugby Club needs players
The Napa Valley men’s rugby club known as the “Wine Thieves” is looking for new signings. The club moved to Northern California Division IV, which is considered a more developmental division designed for teaching and training at higher levels.
The club was established in 2013 and in its nine-year history has already qualified for the domestic semi-finals and quarter-finals of the United States Rugby Division III, in 2016 and 2019, respectively.
For more information, contact player-coach Paul Hughes at [email protected] or 732-6255.
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.