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.
As winter has set in and the New Year is quickly approaching, now is the best time to service all your fishing equipment.
Nicole Vanni started her decorated four-year varsity soccer career at Sierra High as a promising defensive midfielder.
I used to be a young troller, fishing for phone numbers at the Ketchikan mall back home whenever the team or group I was a part of left the island for competition.
Editor's note: additional sports history will appear Monday.
Christmas shopping has never been something I looked forward to.
"Cinderella story. Outta nowhere.
I have a 75-gallon fish tank at home where I have about six tropical fish.
Ten years and change ago, I made a decision I do not regret.
20 years ago: November 21, 1989 - Manteca High got its girls basketball season under way at Winter Gym Tuesday by defeating Stockton's Stagg High 29-21 in a game filled with errors, turnovers and missed shots. Maci Buck led all MHS scorers with eight points and Jennifer Harvey grabbed seven rebounds.
The cold mornings are finally making anglers wonder where fall went.
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.
Tarnot Singh helped keep the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity undefeated in five games with an interception returned for a touchdown and a touchdown catch to lead Manteca to a 26-6 win over the Tracy Bulldogs in Delta Youth Football League action.
The Manteca Cowboys posted their fifth shutout Saturday with a 39-0 thumping of the Stagg Delta Kings in DYSA action at Dino Cunial Field.
Kyle Jacklich scored three touchdowns and five conversion kicks to lead the Ripon Knights varsity past the Tri-City Bulldogs 46-16 in Trans-Valley Youth Football action.
Ryan Dagget scored on offense and defense to lead the Ripon Chiefs varsity over the Waterford Sabercats 34-0 in Motherlode Valley Football League action on Saturday.
There are two things Mason Merilles loves:
The Ripon Chiefs handed the Hughson Huskies their first loss of the season Saturday with 12 fourth-quarter points for a 28-20 come-from-behind win Saturday in Motherlode Valley Football League action at Ripon High School.