Never mind that the school year begins next Monday, Aug. 16. Class is already in session for Manteca Unified student-athletes. On-campus athletic fields were abuzz Monday as teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section kicked off the 2010-11 school year with the first official day of practices for the fall sports season, which includes cross country, football, girls golf, boys soccer, girls tennis, girls volleyball and water polo. Ripon High got a head start to the school ...
Billy Bear Carpenter's first shot at motocross racing would have been the last for a lot of kids.
With two tournaments remaining in the Northern California PGA Junior Golf Tour season, Kyle Harman wanted to get some additional work in before his summer vacation ends and his collegiate career begins at Simpson University.
Paul Lyons had reason to believe there was a future for him as a distance runner. That was before he toyed with the hurdles last summer while training with the Modesto-based Central Valley Roadrunners Youth Track and Field Club. Distance running is now a thing of the past. Lyons qualified for this week's USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships at Hughes Stadium on the campus of Sacramento City College. He competes in the ...
Demetrius Snaer isn't the fastest sprinter on his team, but he holds his own. Oh, and he's the coach. The men's track and field coach at Modesto Junior College and Manteca native proved that he's got a little something left in the tank last weekend in the USA Track and Field Masters Championships at Sacramento State's A.G. Spanos Sports Complex. Competing in the 35-39-year-old division, Snaer, 35, won gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter ...
LATHROP - Earning his first Junior Golden Gloves Nationals championship belt was the crowning achievement of Matthew Guerrero's young boxing career last summer.
Anyone looking to join a competitive youth baseball team in the area doesn't have to look far.
Manteca Cowboys president Eddie Lopez thinks there is room for another youth football team in town.
RIPON - It took years to get the Ripon Sea Lions to to this point. Last year, the recreational swim team, which has been around since the 1960s, captured its first-ever Mid-Valley Swim League championship and is days away from repeating. This Saturday and Sunday at Pitman High in Turlock, the Sea Lions can complete their second straight undefeated season. Considering how dominant the team has been, in both invitational and tri-meet competitions, chances of ...
They took different paths to reach the same destination. Justin Friend made it professional baseball first and took the more conventional road: two years of JUCO ball, and one at an NCAA Division-I school. Longtime buddy and former teammate Ryan Fleckenstein made sure Friend was one of the first to know once he did. They were one of the most formidable pitching tandems around in their final year at East Union High, as Fleckenstein and ...
It took one big swing from Conner Johnson of Tracy American's 11-year-old all-star team to erase an early 2-0 Spreckels Park lead.
LATHROP - After giving up an unearned run in the top of the first, Northgate Little League all-star pitcher Estevon Salazar got all the offense support he needed in the bottom half at Mossdale Park Wednesday.
SALIDA - Manteca Little League's major-division team yielded only 13 runs and managed to play the complete six innings in its 13-0 loss to Tracy American Tuesday at Downtown Salida Ballpark.
Brittany LaMar has been behind the dish for the East Union Lancers for the past three seasons. Not only has she been in charge of one of the area's best pitching staffs since her varsity debut as a freshman three years ago, LaMar has also hit. And hit a lot. LaMar closed out her junior season leading the area in several offensive categories, making her the Bulletin's 2010 Softball MVP. Statistically, LaMar's junior year was ...
Ripon High's unprecedented four-year run between 2007-10 in girls soccer wouldn't have been possible without the influx of talent that poured into the program.
Manteca High seniors Alex Laurel and Billy Sharmoug were both selected to the Sacramento Valley Chapter's National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame All-Sac-Joaquin Section football team.
STOCKTON - The Cordova boys basketball team is still undefeated – barely
The growing pains continued for East Union on Wednesday, when 20 turnovers kept them from getting over the hump against host Riverbank in a 41-38 loss.
Alex Laurel has broken Manteca High records and won championships in his ongoing breakthrough senior season.
Sierra regrouped at halftime after a rough-and-tumble start to its nonleague affair with visiting Stagg on Tuesday.
East Union's first-year boys basketball coach Ryan Tarr will finally get to conduct a practice session tonight after his Lancers were in competition mode in six of the last seven days.
Jim Agostini refuses to use youth as an excuse.
Sierra was unable to recover from a slow start in its 57-52 loss to Golden Valley in Merced this past Saturday.
Are you ready for some more football?
STOCKTON - Rain. Running clock. Ring.
Jacob LeDon is arguably the best player that few outside of Manteca High's football team know about.
Olivia Vezaldenos and the East Union girls basketball team started the season with a bang Thursday in Modesto.
Brandon Dabney hopes to be the speed bump that slows down the lightningrod receiver nicknamed "Wheels."
Three area wrestling teams had rough season-opening duals Wednesday night.
LATHROP - Lathrop High's boys basketball team showed flashes of how good it can be under first-year head coach Nathan McGrath in Tuesday's 60-36 victory over Stagg.