After closing out an impressive high school career as the Bulletin's 2009 Soccer Defensive Player of the Year, Gabriel Lopez is continuing with his soccer aspirations, competing this season with the Des Moines Menace of the Premier Development League in Iowa.
The ill-effects of a heart-wrenching Sac-Joaquin Section playoff loss to Casa Roble is something of the past for the Manteca Buffaloes. Now the squad is poised to make a run at the Valley Oak League championship, and hopefully make a return trip to the section title game in the process.
STOCKTON – One program is trying to defend a piece of a league title for the first time in school history.
TRACY – The Northgate junior all-stars had reeled off three consecutive victories to put themselves in position to win one of their final two games for the District 67 championship, now Northgate is forced to win the finale after dropping Saturday's meeting with the Tracy National junior all-stars 5-3 at Monticello School.
LATHROP – For the second consecutive game the Spreckles Park 9-10-year old all-star squad tired to play catch up, but the Tracy American "A" all-stars would not surrender, holding on for an 8-4 win and bringing the Spreckles Park postseason to an end.
LATHROP – It was almost like the Spreckles Park 9-10-year old all-star team had no way of continuing its season, after looking overmatched and trailing Northgate Little League 4-0 with only nine outs remaining.
LODI – Zac Carrillo managed to hold a potent Lodi All-Star team in check over six innings, but the Manteca 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars could not muster enough offense to support his effort, falling to Lodi 5-2 in the Central California District 1 elimination semifinal Thursday at Kofu Park.
The Northgate Little League Junior all-stars bounced back after forfeiting a five-run lead with a seven-run fifth inning to cruise past Tracy National 16-10 Tuesday at Sierra High.
Standing 5-foot-6, it would be hard to see Matt Barber as the big man on campus. But if you ask anyone on the Manteca Buffaloes' 20-man roster and they will tell you there was no bigger Buffalo than Barber.
After putting together a strong showing during the California Judo Championships in San Francisco in May, three of the Manteca Judo Club standouts are looking to put their talents on the national stage during the 2010 United States Junior National Championships in Irvine this weekend.
Setting up the East Union Band Boosters fireworks stand was no cakewalk for John Golden and his team of volunteers.
LODI – The Manteca 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Star team opened up their Central California District 1 State Qualifier Tournament with a convincing 11-1 mercy-rule shortened victory over the Ripon All-Star team Thursday at Kofu Park.
This weekend will mark the beginning of the 2010 District 67 All-Star Tournament for area little leaguers picked to participate in three different age divisions. Manteca, Northgate, Weston Ranch, and Spreckels Park Little Leagues will begin action over three different locations.
The mission to remain the best golfer in the Valley Oak League drove East Union's Kyle Harman to his third consecutive Bulletin All-Area Golfer of the Year honor.
When it was all said and done, Sierra High's Zach Holmstrom left an undeniable mark on the Timberwolves' swimming program. Sure the boys squad could not fend off challengers for the coveted Valley Oak League title, but sometimes victories are not always measured with championships.