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.
Eleven-year-old Riponian Brett Zimmerman was one of 15 players chosen to compete for the Northwest Region in the United States Specialty Sports Association All-American Games starting this Thursday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.
MONDAY NO-TAP TRIOS: Randy Silva 278-278/802, Karen Tidwell 257, Dan Roland 300-300/840, Lee Spencer 276/702, Lou Tidwell 228-242/655, Dale Edenstrom 258, Bob Smith, John Reaves 278-277/775, Tom Peery 300-297/794
The Manteca Dolphins honored their top swimmers on Tuesday evening.
A pair of red flag-causing incidents whittled down the Supercars field in Sunday's Volkswagen Rallycross NY from 12 to nine cars during the race, and unfortunately for Manteca native Scott Speed one more following the event.
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 Ripon Chiefs varsity got on the board first Saturday in the opening round of the Motherlode Valley Football League playoffs against the Hughson Huskies but could not pull off the win in a 32-8 loss to the Huskies.
In opening-round action of the Trans-Valley Youth Football League the Ripon Knights junior varsity avenged a regular-season loss to the Modesto Christian Kingsmen with a convincing 25-8 win.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity remained undefeated in conference play and sewed up the No. 1 seed in upcoming Delta Youth Football League playoffs with a 39-22 victory over the host Dublin Fighting Irish.
The Ripon Knights used a balanced and pounding attack to defeat the Denair Lions 40-8 on Saturday at Ripon Christian High School to sew up the first seed and an opening-round bye in the upcoming Trans-Valley Youth Football League playoffs.
Angel Garay ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Manteca Jaguars varsity to a 38-8 win over the Merced Bears in Cen-Cal action.
The Ripon Chiefs varsity got on the board first Saturday, but that was not enough as the undefeated Escalon Outlaws battled back to win 28-8 in the Motherlode Valley Football League regular-season finale.
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.