TRACY - No passing scrimmages, no passing tournaments, no camps.
TRACY - Tracy American made big plays on defense, and Spreckels Park struggled to execute the simple ones.
TRACY - Ryan Bergman more than made up for his own mistakes and others made by his teammates.
TRACY - Pitching depth is imperative in double-elimination tournaments.
TRACY - Jordan Eakes got Northgate Little League's major all-stars going by crushing a home run to straightaway center off the first pitch delivered by Tracy American ace Conner Johnson in the third inning.
Coaches put little stock on 7-on-7 passing scrimmages, and for good reason.
Dylan Hodges was three outs away from a complete-game, mercy-shortened victory for Northgate Little League's 11-year-old all-stars Monday at Neil Hafley School's Bassi Field.
Manteca Little League's minor-division all-stars surged into the District 67 Little League Tournament quarterfinals with two wins this past weekend in Tracy.
Matt Burrows has a big arm.
She is as comfortable with a racquet in her hands as she is a soccer ball at her feet.
Thirteen meet records fell at the Hughson Sea Dogs Invitational Saturday, and nine of the new marks belong to area swimmers.
The fifth time was the charm for Amy Haapanen.
The Manteca Little League Brewers earned their third title of the season Saturday at Las Palmas Ball Fields in Patterson.
The 2011 season was one of many memorable moments for East Union High junior Steven Gigli, the Bulletin's All-Area Baseball MVP.
LATHROP - The everyday grind of an NBA coach was evident in the tired red eyes of Scott Brooks Friday at Lathrop High, where over 50 kids took part in the Manteca Unified School District Basketball Camp this week.
Jeff Harbison put his full trust in his players.
Sierra hasn't had a losing record since 2005, Jeff Harbison's first year as the school's head football coach, and advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in five of the last six years.
That stunning loss to Orestimba appears to be in the rear-view mirror for Ripon Christian.
Ripon hadn't played a match away from familiar Stouffer Field in nearly three full weeks until it traveled to Hilmar on Thursday.
Ripon avenged a previous loss and put itself in a good position to return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with Thursday's 164-174 win over Linden at Jack Tone Golf Course.
The Southern League race has quietly developed into an intriguing one.
Pay no mind to Lathrop's record.
East Union is showing signs of peaking at just the right time.
Ripon Christian was shut out in the second halves of its first two Southern League games - a closer-than-it-needed-to-be 21-20 win over Orestimba followed by a 15-14 heartbreaker at Le Grand.
Ripon Christian visited Delhi on Tuesday and avenged its only Southern League loss with a 1-0 victory that keeps the Knights atop the standings.
Ripon overcame serving errors and a game Hughson squad in a Trans-Valley League road match Wednesday.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves' novice football team rode the legs of Elijah Cota in Saturday's overtime 25-19 victory over their cross-town rival Chargers.
Escalon got one step closer to clinching the Valley Foothill League's North Division championship Tuesday after beating second-place Ripon 160-175 at Escalon Golf Course.
Weston Ranch beat East Union at its own game in a duel between the Valley Oak League's hottest teams Monday at Dino Cunial Field.
Coming off a tough five-game loss to rival Escalon, Ripon bounced back nicely with Monday's 25-13, 25-10, 25-23 sweep at Modesto Christian.