A car fire on the Sonora bypass forced me to shoot my buddy Nate in the back of the head with the infrared laser on my rangefinder on Friday.
The cards were stacked against Manteca Futbol Club's under-18 Extreme in the Soccer by the Bay Tournament Aug 22-23.
Sierra Downum scored twice and assisted Samantha Kinard's goal to lead the Manteca Area Soccer League's under-14 Blizzards to a 3-1 victory over Liverpool Saturday at Woodward Park.
The Manteca Area Soccer League's under-12 Crushers booked their second straight shutout in a 3-0 win over Chivas at Woodward Park Saturday.
The junior varsity Delta Rebels opened the Delta Youth Football League season with a hard-earned 14-6 victory over the Lathrop Titans at East Union High Sunday.
SALIDA - The combination of stout defensive play and its ground-and-pound attack did the trick again for the Manteca Cowboys' varsity squad, which rolled to a 28-0 victory over the Modesto Titans Saturday at Salida Middle School.
RIPON - Marcus Clark's 25-yard touchdown reception from Marcus Patterson completed the Ripon Chiefs' second-half comeback that culminated into a 26-20 victory over the visiting Modesto Rams in Trans Valley League varsity action Saturday.
If you're like me you're probably wondering when this summer will finally end.
Salida's Mike Beeler seemed to play second fiddle throughout last Saturday's 60-lap Western Late Model feature at Stockton's 99 Speedway, but he eventually ended up with the last laugh.
If you are under that age where you stop looking back and have that tingle for the good ole' days and have been watching the clean fundamentals of the Little League World Series, you most certainly have daydreamed.
The Manteca Rangers Under-11 soccer team took second place at the Pacifica United Coast Cup last weekend. The Rangers picked up wins of 5-3, 2-1 and 4-1 before falling in the title round to Elk Grove.
RIVERBANK - Matthew Wilkerson set the tone with a 60-yard touchdown jaunt on the game's first play from scrimmage, as the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes' varsity squad rolled to an easy 28-0 season-opening victory over the host Modesto Patriots in Trans Valley League action Saturday at Riverbank Sports Complex.
Cynthia Randall totaled three goals in United's two-win opener of the Manteca Area Soccer League season Saturday at Woodward Park.
Eduardo Avalos and Franklin Guardado were two of a kind during the under-14 boys Sporting's 4-2 victory over the Lobos Saturday at Woodward Park.
SONOMA - Scotsman Dario Franchitti (No. 10 Target Ganassi Racing) used his starting position on the pole to maximum advantage by leading wire-to-wire for the victory in Sunday's IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Sonoma on the tough 12-turn, 2.303-mile road course at Infineon Raceway.
VALLEY SPRINGS - It was just not meant to be for Northgate.
TURLOCK – Jack Gioffre pumped his fist following his victory in the 50-yard freestyle and then sought the hand of his closest competitor.
VALLEY SPRINGS - Northgate took advantage of multiple Linden miscues and laced four hits to put up seven first-inning runs Monday in a 14-4 mercy rule consolation final win in the Section 6 Little League 9-10 Year-Old All-Star Tournament at Duke Powers Field.
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.
Despite a small field of only four cars, the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Western Late Models provided plenty of excitement at Stockton 99 Speedway last night as 14-year-old Bryce Napier, of Scotts Valley, posted his career first victory.
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.
Teaming Individuals Emphasizing Sports and Future Stars 2000 are joining forces to put on a special two-day fundraising event that will support both organizations.
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.
The Manteca Dolphins and Ripon Sea Lions appear prime for a strong finish to the Mid-Valley Swim League season.
Manteca High junior Leah Manuleleua helped the California Cougars 98 girls soccer team claim the Davis Legacy College Showcase championship in the under-17 division and was named Player of the Tournament in the process.
TURLOCK - The season came to an end Monday for the Spreckels Park Major All-Stars, as the bats came alive and stayed alive for Hoover Tyler of Stockton. Hoover Tyler prevailed 13-3 in the consolation semifinal of the Section 6 Major All-Star Tournament held at Soderquist Park and hosted by Turlock National Little League.
Next stop: Valley Springs.
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.