STOCKTON - Five Manteca area softball players and two local coaches were part of the winning South softball squad Friday in the 24th Annual High School All-Star Baseball/Softball Classic at Pacific's Bill Simoni Field.
Ripon did something in Friday night's semifinal game against Tracy that it has not had to do in this year's Cal Ripken Central California District 1 10-under Tournament.
You cannot score on an error if you do not make it on base.
RIPON - Ripon came to life in the third inning Wednesday to score six runs and added another four in the fourth inning on the way to a 12-2 four-inning shellacking of Oakdale in the Cal Ripken Central California District 1 10-under Tournament at Veteran's Park in Ripon.
Max Gulart and Chase Stephenson combined to two-hit the Mountain House Braves and lead the Manteca A's to a 10-0 four-inning win Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the District 67 Minor Tournament of Champions hosted by Spreckels Park Little League at Brock Elliott School.
TRACY – Not this time.
When you strike out 13 batters in a five-inning game, you do not need a lot of offense, especially if you hit two home runs. That is what Isaiah Perez did for the Manteca Red Sox in a 10-0 five-inning mercy-rule-shortened contest against the Northgate Blue Jays in the District 67 Majors Tournament of Champions on Sunday at Manteca Little League.
Somebody had to win.
STOCKTON - One pitch, one out, one ball game.
Not even I can defend this one. Since Barack Obama was elected President, he has misstepped many times. I have defended most of those because every step he takes a step he does so with an anchor in the form of the Republican Party pulling him back. The Republicans have attempted to marginalize him since before he took office.
The Red Sox saved their best for last.
With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the sixth Thursday in the Northgate Little League AAA championship tilt with the Nationals, Phillies slugger Tyler Toste hit a towering shot to center field that looked as if it would clear the bases.
Cruz Lopez picked a good time to hit his first home run of the year.
Phillip Leuvano threw four shutout innings of relief Tuesday and Blue Jays teammate Scotty Armstrong had a monster bat in an 11-4 win over the A's in semifinal action of the Northgate majors tournament.
ELK GROVE – After the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field championships no local competitors advanced to the state championships, but one came close.
It is not often that a team has momentum after graduating its core players, but the East Union volleyball team is riding high going into this year's Valley Oak League campaign.
There are some new volleyball coaches west of I-5 this year. Stacia Stricker will assume the reins at Weston Ranch and Pamela Adams is the new coach at Lathrop.
Alyssa Burch, Beth Aschenbrenner, Mildred Perez and Chelsea Bruch were all freshmen during the 2011-2012 volleyball season.
RIPON - The Ripon Knights know how to do more with less.
In 1984, the Delta Rebels were formed as Manteca's second youth football team.
Some youth football teams pattern themselves after the high school they feed. The Ripon Chiefs take that to a whole new level – they are part of a league of feeder teams that will face each other in high school.
Lathrop Jr. Spartans president Jaime Hernandez has a vision.
LATHROP - To borrow a phrase from John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High," the Lathrop Lions are coming home to a place they have never been before.
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.