While speaking to a lot of close friends and relatives, they all pretty much can't wait for the New Year to come.
Santa's last name is Hernandez.
Thirty years ago, on December 27, 1979, junior forward Kelly Stewart buried a short jumper with just :03 left to power East Union High's basketball team to a dramatic 46-45 upset victory over previously unbeaten Turlock High in an opening round contest in the 10th annual Oakdale Rotary Holiday Classic at Oakdale High. Stewart led Coach Bill Stricker's EU five with 14 points, while Keith Windham added 13 more. It was Turlock's first loss in 10 outings.
I've been hearing a lot about anglers fishing with barbless hooks.
SACRAMENTO - After a season that put the Manteca Futbol Club's girls under-11 Red Devils team against some of the best teams from all over Northern California, the Red Devils closed out the Norcal State Cup Championship games with a 4-3 victory over the Sacramento United for the championship cup.
My dreams are usually mindless and make about as much sense as Axe commercials.
MORGAN HILL - The Manteca Area Soccer League won its first and only Founders' Cup championship in 1999.
20 years ago: December 16, 1989: East Union High, playing against Beyer High, a team with players 6-5 and 7-0, took the Patriots into overtime before losing 58-56 last night. Armando Avina tried to keep the Lancers in the game with 23 points, including all four EU counters in overtime.
Finding suitable baseball clinics in and around the Central Valley was a challenge for former East Union-standout Justin Friend – forcing him to travel to Sacramento and the Bay Area for the special instruction he wanted.
Eighty years ago, on December 12, 1929, the Lions Club had the pleasure of entertaining as guests at their weekly luncheon meeting at Hotel Manteca the members of the Manteca High football squad, which recently won the Central California High School Athletic League Class B championship by defeating the Elk Grove High team. Coaches Cleetis Brown and Joe Santos, to whom much of the success of the team is due, were also guests. Maurice Tracie, vice-principal of the high school, was also a guest. The members of the championship squad are as follows: Harry Bruton, Jim Barber, John Benincasa, Floyd ...
Every once in a while I run into people who have been reading my weekly columns.
MORGAN HILL - Manteca Area Soccer League's under-14 boys Sporting went 2-1 during the California Youth Soccer Association Founders' Cup this past weekend.
On December 7, 1929, at Elk Grove High School, Manteca High downed the Elk Grove football team in a crushing defeat of 33-0. This gives the Buffaloes first place in class "B" football in Central California. The Elk Grove boys were a fast and tricky team but they could not stand up to the heavy pounding of the Buffalo line. This is the first time in the history of Manteca Union High School that the Buffaloes have won the championship of Central California.
East Union is showing signs of peaking at just the right time.
Chelsea Gray was destined to assist others, whether by pass or by lesson. The former Brock Elliott Elementary School student has succeeded at basketball's highest levels, winning state championships at
The varsity Ripon Chiefs burned the Riverbank Raiders with a balanced attack in their final home game of the regular season and rolled to a 38-9 Motherlode Valley Football League victory.
Manteca Jr. Timberwolves safety Tarnjot Singh saved his team's 14-6 win over the Manteca Chargers with a late-game interception and set up the first Jr. Timberwolves score with an interception on Saturday in varsity Delta Youth Football action at Dino Cunial Field.
Angel Garay returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown and added two more scores to lead the Manteca Jaguars varsity to a 32-6 win over the Atwater Falcons in Cen-Cal action.
The Manteca Cowboys wrapped up the DYSA regular-season campaign undefeated with a 44-0 shellacking of the Atwater Falcons
The Modesto Christian Kingsmen junior varsity downed the Ripon Knights 14-6 in Trans-Valley Youth Football League action.
Moral victories aren't going to get Lathrop any closer to its first-ever postseason appearance, but the Spartans proved to themselves and the rest of the Valley Oak League that they can compete with elite teams in last week's tough-to-swallow 14-12 homecoming loss to Manteca.
The Manteca Cowboys varsity rolled over the visiting Tracy Rampage 46-14 Saturday in DYSA action at Dino Cunial Field.
The Ripon Chiefs varsity team held off a late charge by the Linden Lions to secure a 20-14 win in Motherlode Valley Football League action.
The Manteca Jaguars junior varsity squad had its way in a 60-6 victory over the Los Banos Wildcats.
The Ripon Knights varsity broke open a tight game with 34-unanswered second-half points in a 60-20 win over the Big Valley Sabercats in Trans-Valley Youth Football action.
Mike Garcia returned the opening kickoff for a 70-yard touchdown to set the tone for the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves novice 35-19 win over host Ceres in Delta Youth Football League action on Saturday.
Dezmin Ware stood out on both sides of the ball Sunday to lead the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes varsity to a 32-13 win over the host Merced Cougars in Cen-Cal action at Golden Valley High School.