Darlene Ah-Mau Kempin

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Darlene Ah-Mau was a multi-sport player at Napa High, contributing to the success of the basketball, volleyball, and track teams as well as the softball team in her senior year. Ah-Mau was a varsity volleyball player for three years, helping her team to the MEL championship in 1982 and earning All-League and All-County honors in both her junior and senior years as both a setter and an outside hitter. She also excelled in track and field, qualifying for the section meet as a sophomore and junior. She finished third in the 330 yard low hurdles at the MEL meet in 1983, going on to the section finals. She also ran the 120-yard low hurdles, high jumped and was a member on the speedy 440-yard relay team. Ah-Mau started her high school basketball career while still a ninth grader at Ridgeview Jr. High School, joining the 1980-81 MEL championship team the end of her freshman J.V. season. She earned All-County honors her junior year on the 1982-83 championship team, with a 9.5 point scoring average and a sound floor game. In her senior year, Ah-Mau was named to the Fairfield Invitational All Tournament team. She then went on to lead Napa High to another MEL championship, increasing her scoring average to 11.0 points and was named the MEL Most Valuable Player of the Year. She was a repeat selection to the All-County Team and headed up the Vallejo Times Herald 1983-84 All-Region Girl’s Basketball team. Another highlight of her senior year was scoring two touchdowns in Napa High’s 18-0 Powderpuff Football victory over cross-town rival Vintage. An untimely knee injury in the basketball playoffs her senior year prevented Ah-Mau from continuing at the collegiate level, but she went on to discover tennis, a sport in which she continues to complete in U.S.T.A. League play.