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.
The Manteca Futbol Club and DeAnza battled Saturday in an Under-23 age group U.S. Club Soccer game at Woodward Park.
SALIDA - Sometimes all you can do is tip your cap.
A marathon game marred by controversy left a sour taste in the mouths of the Spreckels Park Senior players, as Turlock National came from behind to eliminate them 5-4 in nine innings in consolation action of the Little League Section 6 Senior All-Star Tournament on Monday at Linden High.
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.