I walked onto the football field for the first time as a player in 1968 and walked off for the last time as a coach in 2002. In 1998 I started sports writing with a focus on youth sports and have been doing so more or less ever since – for one paper or another.
Well, football is next – finally.
VALLEY SPRINGS - It was just not meant to be for Northgate.
VALLEY SPRINGS – Willy Segura pitched two shutout innings for Northgate before taking his defensive prowess to the infield Sunday where he made three spectacular plays at shortstop to help lead Northgate to a nail-biting 11-9 win over Turlock American in the Section 6 Little League 9-10 Year-Old All-Star Tournament at Duke Powers Field hosted by Foothills Little League.
STOCKTON – Nearly 100 young athletes from ages 5 to 18 participated in an NFL-style combine Saturday at Weston Ranch High School put on by Elite Training Academy.
A marathon game marred by controversy left a sour taste in the mouths of the Spreckels Park Senior players, as Turlock National came from behind to eliminate them 5-4 in nine innings in consolation action of the Little League Section 6 Senior All-Star Tournament on Monday at Linden High.
TRACY - The Spreckels Park Junior All Stars are about to find out what heat is all about.
After sending 11 players to the plate in the third inning Spreckels Park appeared to have a commanding 10-run lead until Sunrise-Stockton scored seven runs in the fifth inning and when the dust settled Spreckels Park held on for a 22-10 win in second-round action of the Section 6 Junior All-Star Tournament on Sunday against at Monticello School hosted by Tracy Little League.
Spreckels Park sent more batters to the plate in the fourth inning Saturday the Turlock National did in the first three innings combined on the way to a 13-2 Spreckels Park win in opening-round action of the Little League Section 6 Senior All-Star Tournament on Saturday at Linden High.
Tracy American A took advantage of five walks and a number of wild pitches and passed balls in the fourth inning to put up seven runs The rally was the difference in a 10-4 consolation win over Manteca in the District 67 9-10 All-Star Tournament hosted by Northgate Little League.
What a difference a day makes.
The Northgate A 9-10 All-Star team is getting some time off.
The job of a leadoff batter is to get on base and score, and Manteca leadoff batter Chase Stephenson did that in all of his five plate appearances Thursday to help lead his team to a 21-7 quarterfinal win on Bassi Field in the District 67 9-10 All-Star Tournament hosted by Northgate Little League.
STOCKTON - Spreckels Park defeated Tracy 6-1 Wednesday in the championship game of the Little League District 67 Senior All-Star Tournament hosted by Weston Ranch Little League.
Lathrop was eliminated from the Little League District 67 9-10 All-Star Tournament on Tuesday in a 10-0 four-inning contest by Tracy American A on Bassi Field at Northgate Little League.
Taylor Bays can serve. And she can dig, too.
Scoring was at a premium Saturday when the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior novice squad locked up with the Tracy Jr. Bulldogs, who prevailed 6-0 in Delta Youth Football League action.
R.J. Tisdell racked up nearly 150 all-purpose yards to lead the Lathrop sophomores to a 36-0 win over host Weston Ranch to open the Valley Oak League campaign on Friday.
The Manteca freshmen embarked on a 16-play, six-minute drive late in the fourth quarter Thursday capped by a 1-yard scoring plunge by Michael Frisby to defeat Central Catholic 14-13 in the Valley Oak League opener at Guss Schmiedt Field.
TRACY – Sierra remained undefeated Friday and opened the Valley Oak League campaign with a 55-20 shellacking of host Kimball at Don Nicholson Stadium.
STOCKTON - After a scoreless first half Weston Ranch hit two goals in a minute early in the second half and went on to a 3-1 Valley Oak League soccer win over visiting Lathrop.
STOCKTON - There are close volleyball matches and then there was the Valley Oak League duel between visiting Manteca and Weston Ranch.
Mason James averaged more than 10 yards per carry for East Union High in a Lancers ground game that racked up 275 yards in a 37-0 non-league win for Johansen on Friday.
A long wait did not bother the Lathrop High freshman football team on Thursday.
RIPON - The hole was just too deep for Ripon's volleyball team to climb out of.
Sonora found out the hard way that it does not pay to give the Manteca soccer team second chances.
The Lathrop freshmen gave up two first-quarter touchdowns on interceptions Thursday to Bradshaw Christian's Marina Altamura and Altamura scored on a long run early in the second quarter to lead the Pride to a 19-6 non-league win over the Spartans at Bennie Gatto Field.
The Lathrop sophomores never trailed in a 33-6 win over visiting Liberty Ranch in non-league action Friday night at Bennie Gatto Field.
RIPON - Dani Erdelatz came up big for Ripon Christian on Wednesday night.
There is domination and then there is Ripon High sophomore football domination.