Manteca Baseball Club's run toward a Mattingly World Series berth ended Wednesday at Beyer High in Modesto, but it was an impressive run nonetheless.
DANVILLE - The game fittingly ended with two spectacular diving grabs in left field.
Demitrius Snaer went out with a bang.
DANVILLE - Manteca Little League's 9-10-year-old all-stars hadn't faced a pitcher they couldn't hit until Monday.
The Ripon Sea Lions' reign continues, as the longtime program clinched its third straight conference title in the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships Saturday at Oakdale High.
TRACY - Chris Johnson isn't used to opening up the playbook this soon.
Four Mantecans representing Tiger Aquatics competed in the Adam Szmidt Memorial Pacific Swimming Junior Olympics Championships July 7-10.
TRACY - Zach Chamberlain got the final out of Manteca Little League's 15-5 victory over Tracy American with a nice throw from the third-base side of the infield.
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.
RIPON - Ripon Christian is still queen of Southern League volleyball.
Southern League champion Ripon Christian capped regular-season action Thursday with a 2-1 win over visiting Gustine. The victory is the seventh straight for the Knights (12-1-1 SL, 19-4-1 overall).
RIPON - The Ripon boys water polo team had shredded Valley Oak League competition leading up to Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale against Sonora, winning each contest by no less than seven goals.
Help is on the way for East Union and Weston Ranch, and just in time for their Week-9 Valley Oak League tussle at Dino Cunial Field.
Ripon can forget about that over-the-top pre-league schedule that led to its 1-4 start.
Mahir Pepic asked Manteca High head coach Rick Cuevas to bark out his time while nearing the 2-mile mark at the Eagal Lakes Resort 3.1-mile course.
Ripon showed no drop off with reserves getting ample playing time in Wednesday's three-game rout (25-11, 25-15, 25-12) of visiting Modesto Christian.
Manteca held its own against Central Catholic and nearly forced a fifth set in a 25-19, 13-25, 21-25, 24-26 Valley Oak League loss Tuesday in Modesto.
Ripon Christian secured the outright claim to the Southern League championship with Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Denair.
Vista del Lago and Christian Brothers players took turns taking pictures with their prizes on the 18th green at Manteca Park Golf Course.
Ripon had two golfers finish in the top 10 in Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament held at Micke Grove Golf Links, but both played their final round of the season.
It all comes down to Wednesday's winner-take-all Valley Oak League finale between cross-town foes Manteca and East Union.
East Union lined up in victory formation on its own 5, down 35-21 in the final seconds of its intra-city duel at Sierra's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Sealy McAdams and Elizabeth Tolbert's last two matches in Thursday's Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament held at East Union had entirely different endings.
Alyssa Burch hosted another block party at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Thursday.