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.
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.
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.