Field & Stream back-pager Bill Heavy penned a column a couple seasons ago about his early courtship with a new rangefinder.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – The California Cougars Under-19 soccer team finished fifth overall at the West Coast FC Classic soccer tournament last weekend in Orange County.
The Manteca Cowboys junior varsity squad made short work of the Central Valley Panthers Saturday in Modesto, 22-0, to move to 1-0 in NYFL play. Nate Arriola ran wild, scoring three touchdowns, including a 65-yard scoring scamper in which the bruising back sent a Panther defender head over heels with a stiff arm. Nick Lucchetti added a safety on defense. The Cowboys take on the Patterson Redskins Saturday at Manteca High.
Meghan Matthews is the third-ranked 16-year-old amateur BMX racer in the nation and first in California.
WESTON RANCH - Tyra Vickers-Kearney isn't using wins and losses as a gauge for success.
Learning how to back up a trailer should be practiced before you get to the launch ramp. In a recent e-mail sent by Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sports located in Angles Camp, I was reminded of how much chaos can be witnessed while hanging around a busy launch ramp.
The long course swim season came to a close on a high note for the Manteca Aquatics swim team at the beginning of the month, as seven Aquatics swimmers competed at the Junior Olympics event and four more went on to compete at the Far Western Championships.
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.
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.