TRACY - The City of Manteca may have celebrated a day early, but on the Fourth of July, Chris Ah Yo provided the fireworks.
Forgive a humble scribe for getting a bit sentimental, but after spending the Fourth of July watching the Northgate and Spreckels Park all-stars pour their hearts into our national pastime in the very town I played my Little League ball in, I couldn't help but walk away Saturday introspectively satisfied.
Three Little League District 67 all-star tournaments kick off action today in Manteca, Tracy and Salida and a number of local clubs are expected to do big things.
Fourteen-year-old Weston Ranch native David Molina is playing it by ear.
SALIDA - Spotty defensive play nearly blew a 7-2 lead for Tracy National's 13-14-year-old all-stars, but in the end it was defense that saved them.
Last weekend, I was invited to a premier showing of a new fishing and hunting show, which is scheduled to air this Saturday on Comcast SportsNet at 11a.m.
The fun begins for Northgate Little Leaguers Chris Ah You, Jake Pruitt and Ian Rodriguez on Fourth of July weekend.
There's something poetic about 12 beer-guts a side at a wooden-bat league baseball game on a Sunday in Turlock.
MERCED – With several players missing and temperatures reaching 111-degrees last weekend at the Merced Atlas Cup, the Manteca Futbol Club under-17 Extreme battled through the adversity to capture the championship.
In one of the more surprising results so far this season, Salida's Mike Beeler grabbed the first two victories of his career at the Stockton 99 Speedway last Saturday night by winning both ends of the Western Late Model doubleheader.
The Ripon Christian Girls' and Boys' Volleyball Camp for kids in grades 5 through 9 will be held July 14 through 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ripon Christian High School Gym.
SALIDA – Hitting and pitching weren't the issues Tuesday night at Salida School, where the Spreckels Park's Junior Division all-stars squeaked past Mountain House 11-8 to pick up their second straight loser's bracket victory in the District 67 Tournament.
It was one of my favorite memories, partially because I was fishing, partly because I caught more fish than my brother, and partly because all four of us were there.
TURLOCK - Mallory Brubaker was the Manteca Dolphins' top individual performer in the Hughson Sea Dogs Invitational at Pitman High Saturday, earning first-place finishes in the 7-8-year-old girls 25- and 50-yard freestyle, and second in the 25 butterfly.
The Scheibles did everything they could.
TRACY - Leadoff hitters are supposed to get on base and knock in a run or two – but not necessarily knock the ball out of the yard. Do not tell that Kenny Wade.
STOCKTON - Third generation driver Justin Philpott of Tracy turned in a dominating performance to earn the victory in Saturday's Firecracker 100 for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Western Late Models at Stockton 99 Speedway.
The Northgate A 9-10 All-Star team is getting some time off.
Manteca used a six-run second inning and intimidating pitching to shut down Tracy American 10-0 in the consolation final of the District 67 Major All-Star Tournament hosted by Manteca Little League and set up a rematch today with Northgate in the championship round.
The job of a leadoff batter is to get on base and score, and Manteca leadoff batter Chase Stephenson did that in all of his five plate appearances Thursday to help lead his team to a 21-7 quarterfinal win on Bassi Field in the District 67 9-10 All-Star Tournament hosted by Northgate Little League.
STOCKTON - Spreckels Park defeated Tracy 6-1 Wednesday in the championship game of the Little League District 67 Senior All-Star Tournament hosted by Weston Ranch Little League.
Manteca resident Zach White played a key role in Lamorinda Baseball Club's run to the under-11 Travelball Select National Championship title last week at the East Cobb Baseball Complex in Marietta, Ga.
The Manteca and Spreckels Park Little League 11-12-year-old All-Stars are squaring off in Thursday's District 67 Tournament winners-bracket semifinal after both pulled off commanding victories on Tuesday.
Lathrop was eliminated from the Little League District 67 9-10 All-Star Tournament on Tuesday in a 10-0 four-inning contest by Tracy American A on Bassi Field at Northgate Little League.
Andrew Olivares of the Northgate Little League 9-10 All-Stars threw the first pitch in District 67 All-Star Tournament consolation contest under the lights of Lincoln Park on Monday.
The mad scramble at Saturday's Mid-Valley Swim League luau wasn't for the final dollop of poi or last shreds of pork, but a pivotal tri-meet victory.
RIPON – It must be good to be a Gioffre.
TRACY – Chase Sperbeck was 2 for 2 with a triple and two RBI and teammate Brock Willenbrink was 2 for 2 with an RBI as part of a seven-hit Spreckels Park attack – all in the first inning.
Paul Whitaker, 54, has been around the starting blocks - and long jump runways, shot put rings and javelin fields.
It's been a trying two years for Amy Haapanen since her benchmark effort in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Track & Field Trials.