By MARTY JAMES
The Napa Valley College women’s basketball team got a scare the other day when Maira Montañez, a guard out of Calistoga High School, injured her knee.
“She seems to be OK and may play this weekend,” coach Paul DeBolt said Monday.
“We’re all still intact,” added DeBolt, who is in his first season with the Storm. “And we’re still at it.”
It’s the first season of women’s basketball at Napa Valley since the 2017-18 season. With just six players, the Storm went 3-21 overall, 3-13 in the Bay Valley Conference during that season.
Napa Valley was forced to cancel the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons due to not having enough players to field teams. Due to Brian Fonseca resigning as coach and not enough players forced Napa Valley to also cancel the 2018-19 season.
“We’re really starting over,” said DeBolt. “We’re playing to win basketball games. We’re competing to win basketball games.
Paul DeBolt fell in love with the game of basketball the very first time he stepped inside a gym.
He was 8 years old at the time when he took in the sights and sounds of the De Anza High School gym in El Sobrante.
“I fell in love with everything about it – being on the hardwood” DeBolt said. “I love this time of year, when it cools down outside and the days get shorter. It’s basketball season.”
DeBolt’s career in basketball has spanned several decades – starting out when he played at De Anza High, then at Contra Costa College in San Pablo and San Diego State, and continuing for many years as a coach.
“This is a time of year where it’s easy to get excited about basketball,” he said.
As the new Napa Valley College head women’s coach, DeBolt has been very active and busy since the summer, working hard to find players, assembling a roster, doing all he can to resurrect a program that was forced to cancel the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons due to not having enough players to field teams.