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.
Seahawks 38 vs. 49ers 18
Kyle Jacklich and Nick Creighton each scored two touchdowns to lead the varsity Ripon Knights over the Salida Steelers 48-8 in Trans-Valley Youth Football League action Saturday at Ripon Christian High School.
Justin Mount made a game-saving interception on the road Saturday to give the varsity Manteca Cowboys a 14-12 win over the Modesto Rams in a battle of the DYSA unbeatens.
The Manteca Jaguars managed only 121 yards of offense in a 22-0 loss to the Modesto Broncos in Cen-Cal action Saturday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity remains undefeated in Delta Youth Football play after a 27-0 win over the Tracy Cougars on Saturday at Dino Cunial Field.
Turlock returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and never trailed in a 24-12 varsity Cen-Cal win over the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes at Guss Schmiedt Field on Saturday night.
The Manteca Cowboys varsity racked up 26 first-half points on the way to a 43-0 DYSA win over the host Central Valley Panthers on Saturday in Modesto.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity defeated the Hayward Monarchs 20-7 in Delta Youth Football action.
Two turnovers sealed the fate of the Ripon Chiefs varsity in a 36-22 Motherlode Valley Football League loss to the Calaveras Redskins on Saturday.
The Ripon Knights varsity ended the Central Saints' 40-game Trans-Valley League Youth Football win streak Saturday with a last-second goal-line stand to preserve a 22-20 victory.
Nick Stanley returned the opening kickoff 73 yards for a Manteca Cowboys touchdown Saturday to set the tone in a 36-0 DYSA varsity win over the host Lathrop Lions at Bennie Gatto Field.
STOCKTON - Before the engines were fired up for the start of last Saturday's program at the Stockton 99 Speedway, PA announcer Wayne Pierce stood on the track at the start/finish line and told the fans about his former racing rival and good friend Ron Strmiska Sr., who passed away last Wednesday.
In a rematch from the 2013 clash of the unbeatens, the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes varsity turned the tables and downed the host Oakdale Stampede 28-24 Saturday in Cen-Cal action.
Teejay Gordon helped East Union's football team make the postseason for the first time in 18 years during his senior season.
The Ripon Knights varsity used a balanced offense and stingy defense to pummel the Patterson Ravens 44-6 in Trans-Valley Youth Football League action.