Motorsports, youth basketball/soccer/football/cheer, bocce, Babe Ruth, Hall of Fame

SONOMA RACEWAY’S POPULAR Wednesday Night Drags and drift program has begun its 26th season and will be held every Wednesday evening through Nov. 12. The Valley raceway’s 2014 Big O Tires major events schedule will open with the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival on May 17 and 18, followed by the popular NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend taking place Friday through Sunday, June 20 to 22: the annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals the weekend of July 25 through 27, preceded by the NHRA Division 7 Drag Races July 18 through 20; the IndyCar Series, featuring the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, set for the weekend of Aug. 22 through 24; the FIA World Touring Car Championship, which has been moved up a weekend to Sept. 13 and 14; and the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge on Oct. 4 and 5. For details on 2014 tickets, including the all-encompassing Track Pass and the Buy-Early-and-Save options for all four of the major event weekends, or for general Sonoma Raceway information, call 800-870-RACE (7223), or visit racesonoma.com or ticketmaster.com.


SONOMA STOMPERS PRO baseball team, which is a member of the four-team Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs league, will be holding its first open tryout starting 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at Sonoma’s Peterson Field, 175 First St. W. Pre-registration cost is $100 and day-of registration is $150. To register, contact Pacifics’ director of operations, Tristan Barbieri, at 415-485-1563, with pre-registration ending at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 14.


ST. FRANCIS SOLANO’S CYO basketball program is hosting a second day of playoff games on Sunday, March 9, at Sonoma Valley High School’s Pfeiffer Gym. For more information about St. Francis CYO hoops, contact CYO Athletic Director Nickolai Mathison at 343-1051.


NORCAL ACADEMY BASKETBALL for girls in fourth-through-11th grades are taking sign-ups through March 9, and will hold skill development sessions twice a week beginning March 10, with tryouts for a competitive traveling team also being held. To register or for more details, visit thenorcalacademy.org or call 548-6551.


SONOMA COUNTY ALLIANCE will hold its final free soccer clinic – under the direction of high school varsity coaches, Sonoma County Sol players and high-level Bay Area youth coaches – for all Valley age groups on Wednesday, March 12, starting at 6 p.m. on the Sonoma Developmental Center’s fields in Glen Ellen. For more details, contact scasoccer.com.


VALLEY OF THE MOON Soccer Club is holding a soccer clinic and registration for ages 5-to-16-years-old on Saturday, March 15, with the free clinic running from 10 a.m. to noon, and sign-ups being held all day, at Larson Park on DeChene Avenue in Boyes Hot Springs.


SONOMA VALLEY YOUTH Football and Cheer Junior Dragons online registration is underway for grid ages 6-to-12-years-old, and cheerleaders ages 5-to-12, at sonomajrdragons.net. The season runs from July through November. For costs or more details, contact Tricia Baker at tricialbaker@gmail.com.


SONOMA BOCCE BALL Association will begin its 12 spring leagues on Sunday, March 30, and is taking sign-ups for new and existing members wanting to play in 2014, with openings in the Monday morning league. The membership cost is $20 a person for the year, and anyone wanting to register can contact (John) 938-2101, or (Ginette) 935-3337.


SONOMA VALLEY BABE Ruth Baseball Association is still holding registration for all players 13-to-15-years-old on or before April 30, as well as accepting letters of intent, including a resume of coaching experience, to manage or coach during the 2014 season, with letters forwarded to S.V.B.R., P.O. 2113, Sonoma, CA 95476. Babe Ruth tryouts are slated for 9 a.m. on two Sundays, March 2 and 9. To register or for more details, contact Mario Alioto at 318-6945.


SONOMA VALLEY HIGH School’s seventh annual Dragon Hall of Fame banquet and ceremony will be held for the third straight year at Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive, on Saturday, May 10. For Dragon Hall of Fame ticket information, to make donations or for more details, contact hall of fame committee member and SVHS alumnus Bob Kruljac at 483-1856.