In a bold effort to build up car count and increase the championship drama down the homestretch of the season, Madera Speedway president Kenny Shepherd made a surprise announcement last week that the 2009 Western Late Model championship at the 1/3 mile oval would be determined by the last four races with only the top 10 drivers in the points being eligible.
It's Day 3 of Sarah Phillips' transition from New Haven School 8th grader to East Union High freshman.
For the sportsman, transitions from season to season are usually the best time for stories, or at least, when the stories get better.
Dominique Barnes left one successful program and will go to another.
This past week, I took my wife and son to Lake Tulloch for a two-day stay at their hotel.
Forty-four-year-old Mantecan Rob de Groot sacrificed plenty just to prepare for last Saturday's 20th Full Vineman Triathlon, the oldest independent Ironman event in the country, in Sonoma County.
Bob Kirkbride, 63, of Manteca scored a double eagle on the Par 5 13th at the Manteca Park Golf Course Wednesday.
The Manteca Area Soccer League hosted a player development camp Wednesday at Woodward Park.
It's not easy to find 2007 Sierra High graduate Garrett Yrigoyen doing much of anything without a smile on his face.
Former Major League Baseball player and Manteca High graduate Ken Huckaby returned to Manteca Monday and Tuesday for the No Errors Baseball Camp hosted by Big League Dreams. On Monday, campers focused on pitching mechanics as well as fielding the outfield, infield and catching positions. On Tuesday, the campers broke out the aluminum and went to work on hitting fundamentals. Huckaby praised BLD for the pristine accommodations and was pleased with the campers' improvement since the last time the former Buffalo came home to host a camp at the Manteca Baseball Softball Academy.
Leaving home is never easy.
Daniel Morales saved his best for when there was no time left on the clock.
The Ripon Knights varsity used a running-back-by-committee approach to put up three first-half scores on the way to a 43-13 win over the El Capitan Gauchos on Saturday at Ripon Christian High School in Trans-Valley Youth Football League action.
It seems nothing can slow down the Dash these days.
The Manteca Jaguars are stacked.
Manteca Bowl & Family Fun Center
RIPON - The Ripon Knights know how to do more with less.
In 1984, the Delta Rebels were formed as Manteca's second youth football team.
Kyle Alexander shattered records once again in his final tune-up for the International Powerlifting League Worlds.
Manteca's most accomplished boys basketball player is one of 32 inductees into the 2014 class of the Sac Joaquin Section Hall of Fame.
The oldest mascot in Manteca youth football will begin its 12th season under the direction of team president Eddie Lopez.
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.