John Hitchcock said it best in front of a small and energetic gathering held at the CrossFit Excel gym Friday night:
MODESTO - At 2 p.m. Friday, the green flag dropped to officially kick off the first practice session for this weekend's Save Mart Supermarkets Modesto Grand Prix for the Superkarts! USA Summer Nationals.
One of the most successful youth football franchises in Manteca, the Manteca Chargers have fallen on hard times lately, with falling numbers leading to the failure to make the playoffs at any level last season.
STOCKTON - Vincent Avina began his amateur boxing career at age 9.
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.
Manteca Bowl & Family Fun Center
The Ripon Knights varsity held the Merced Gauchos scoreless through three quarters Saturday and earned a berth in the Trans-Valley Youth Football League Super Bowl with a resounding 42-6 win over the Gauchos.
The Manteca Jaguars varsity blanked the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes 18-0 Saturday in the Pride Bowl on Saturday at Guss Schmiedt Field to wrap up the regular Cen-Cal season.
Joseph Espinosa led the Manteca Cowboys varsity in a 39-0 blanking of the Modesto Raiders on Sunday in opening-round action of the DYSA playoffs at Dino Cunial Field.
The junior varsity Ripon Chiefs continued their two-year winning streak Saturday with a 40-24 win over their rival Escalon Outlaws in the Valley Division of the Motherlode Valley Football League playoffs.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves wrapped up regular-season Delta Youth Football League play on Sunday with a 36-32 loss to the Weston Ranch Jr. Cougars at Dino Cunial Field.
The Manteca Jaguars varsity fought back from a two-touchdown first-quarter deficit to defeat the Oakdale Stampede 39-28 in Cen-Cal action.
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.