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.
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.
One by one, Jeff Harbison met the tear-drenched faces of his players with a smile and congratulatory embrace for their efforts of a successful season, but one that ended sooner than they had hoped.
Opponents are now thinking twice before stepping into the ring with 14-year-old Vincent Avina.
Three Manteca-area standouts landed spots on the All-Valley Oak League volleyball first team.
Kylie Stevens has spent countless hours on grass, gym floors and tennis courts.
Zak Burden made big plays with his arms and legs, and on the game's final sequence it was he who fittingly punctuated No. 10 Rio Linda's 49-44 upset of No. 2 Sierra in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III quarterfinal at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Ripon Christian is well aware of what it's up against tonight.
Throw seedings out the window, says Sierra coach Jeff Harbison.
Ripon Christian appeared to have an Andrew Brown clone in the form of junior tail back Brian Sytsma.
After anchoring a defense that allowed just six goals in eight Trans-Valley League games, Ripon High senior Emmanuel Sanchez was voted the conference's Defensive MVP in the year-end coaches meeting.
The road to redemption is a long and unfamiliar one for Brooke Riley.
You've seen this movie before: Team of misfits overcomes competitive shortcomings to make the championship and win the respect of all despite losing the big game in the end.
Pacific-bound senior Haley Silva and Ellie Waters are heading back to the CIF State Cross Country Championships in two weeks.
The third time was the charm for Eric Reis and his Manteca High football team.
Tonight marks just the second time that Ripon Christian will square off with Golden Sierra, but the rematch takes place in a different setting with more at stake.
Eric Reis has been known to share stories of Manteca High's grid-iron glory of years past with his players.