Finding suitable baseball clinics in and around the Central Valley was a challenge for former East Union-standout Justin Friend – forcing him to travel to Sacramento and the Bay Area for the special instruction he wanted.
Eighty years ago, on December 12, 1929, the Lions Club had the pleasure of entertaining as guests at their weekly luncheon meeting at Hotel Manteca the members of the Manteca High football squad, which recently won the Central California High School Athletic League Class B championship by defeating the Elk Grove High team. Coaches Cleetis Brown and Joe Santos, to whom much of the success of the team is due, were also guests. Maurice Tracie, vice-principal of the high school, was also a guest. The members of the championship squad are as follows: Harry Bruton, Jim Barber, John Benincasa, Floyd ...
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.
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.
Paul Whitaker, 54, has been around the starting blocks - and long jump runways, shot put rings and javelin fields.
It's been a trying two years for Amy Haapanen since her benchmark effort in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Track & Field Trials.
Twenty four kids came from all over Northern California and Northern Nevada to compete in the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championships last Sunday at Oakland's O.Co. Coliseum.
Isaiah Perez may not have been perfect Tuesday, but he was close.
One big swing helped lead to one big inning Monday for the Spreckels Park Giants in a 6-5 come-from-behind consolation final win over the Northgate Blue Jays.
RIPON - No lead was safe in Monday's Cal Ripken Central California District 1 Tournament championship for the 9-under division.
TURLOCK - The Mid-Valley Swim League gathered for its midseason invitational and six stood out in the crowd.
Manteca Futbol Club's 2004 Dash girls soccer team wrapped up the first half of its season with a runner-up finish at the Cal Cup.