Five boys and girls from Manteca and Ripon, ages 10 to 14, were named local champions of the 2010 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to compete at the district level.
Sunday was one of those days in which previous good fortune switches - not maliciously, but annoyingly.
It's January 30, the temperature is hovering just above zero, we have a foot of snow on the ground and I am wishing spring was a little closer.
The Manteca Rangers under-13 boys team advanced to the California Youth Soccer Association State Cup's Sweet 16 round of play.
The sun finally showed itself the other day, signaling to me that spring is just around the corner.
I love food.
Fishing after a storm sometimes can turn the bite on.
Seven Mantecans were a part of a Northern California all-star team that competed in the Legends Cup in Chino Hills this past weekend.
The cool air, choppy water and grey skies were befitting.
Most resolutions are stupid, especially ones that fish make about not biting the Montana Special.
January is the month for boat shows.
Last year I resolved to be anti-gear, not because it was the time of year where people lie to themselves about making changes, but because it happened to coincide with a .44 magnum and 12-gauge shotgun, among other things that go boom, all that cost money.
While speaking to a lot of close friends and relatives, they all pretty much can't wait for the New Year to come.
TRACY - The Spreckels Park Junior All Stars are about to find out what heat is all about.
The Manteca Dolphins and Ripon Sea Lions appear prime for a strong finish to the Mid-Valley Swim League season.
Manteca High junior Leah Manuleleua helped the California Cougars 98 girls soccer team claim the Davis Legacy College Showcase championship in the under-17 division and was named Player of the Tournament in the process.
TURLOCK - The season came to an end Monday for the Spreckels Park Major All-Stars, as the bats came alive and stayed alive for Hoover Tyler of Stockton. Hoover Tyler prevailed 13-3 in the consolation semifinal of the Section 6 Major All-Star Tournament held at Soderquist Park and hosted by Turlock National Little League.
Next stop: Valley Springs.
Tracy American A took advantage of five walks and a number of wild pitches and passed balls in the fourth inning to put up seven runs The rally was the difference in a 10-4 consolation win over Manteca in the District 67 9-10 All-Star Tournament hosted by Northgate Little League.
TRACY - Having already pitched out of a huge jam, Jared Bagley notched two strikeouts in the seventh inning, including one for the final out of the game, to halt Tracy National's comeback attempt in Spreckels Park's title-clinching 9-7 win Tuesday at Monticello School.
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.