RIPON - It took years to get the Ripon Sea Lions to to this point.
When the Goodwill Series makes its way back to Australia for the "World's Oldest Showcase", Manteca will have one of its own in attendance, as Manteca High senior Matt Burrows was invited to participate in the baseball showcase against some of the best players in Australia Dec. 16 - 31.
TRACY - The Manteca Dolphins appear to be peaking at just the right time.
After closing out an impressive high school career as the Bulletin's 2009 Soccer Defensive Player of the Year, Gabriel Lopez is continuing with his soccer aspirations, competing this season with the Des Moines Menace of the Premier Development League in Iowa.
A local competitive youth soccer team was well represented at the U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Olympic Development Program Camp at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. June 30-July 5.
RIO LINDA - The Manteca-based Northern California Soccer Academy Rangers Premier 13-under boys team put itself on the map by winning the three-day Placer United Prestige Cup at Cherry Island Soccer Complex Sunday.
The Ripon Sea Lions are two meets away from wrapping up an undefeated Mid-Valley Swim League season after continuing their dominance at a three-team meet at Sierra High Saturday.
DAVIS - The California Cougars under-19 girls soccer team captured the Premier Division title in the 2nd annual Davis Legacy College Showcase at the Davis Legacy Soccer Complex this past weekend.
TRACY – The Northgate junior all-stars had reeled off three consecutive victories to put themselves in position to win one of their final two games for the District 67 championship, now Northgate is forced to win the finale after dropping Saturday's meeting with the Tracy National junior all-stars 5-3 at Monticello School.
They took different paths to reach the same destination.
LATHROP – For the second consecutive game the Spreckles Park 9-10-year old all-star squad tired to play catch up, but the Tracy American "A" all-stars would not surrender, holding on for an 8-4 win and bringing the Spreckles Park postseason to an end.
LATHROP – It was almost like the Spreckles Park 9-10-year old all-star team had no way of continuing its season, after looking overmatched and trailing Northgate Little League 4-0 with only nine outs remaining.
It took one big swing from Conner Johnson of Tracy American's 11-year-old all-star team to erase an early 2-0 Spreckels Park lead.
LODI – Zac Carrillo managed to hold a potent Lodi All-Star team in check over six innings, but the Manteca 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars could not muster enough offense to support his effort, falling to Lodi 5-2 in the Central California District 1 elimination semifinal Thursday at Kofu Park.
LATHROP - After giving up an unearned run in the top of the first, Northgate Little League all-star pitcher Estevon Salazar got all the offense support he needed in the bottom half at Mossdale Park Wednesday.
Tournament results – Feb. 28
Kyle Alexander returned to where it all started for him a year ago on Sunday.
Feb. 7 results
The under-9 Benfica Red girls of the Manteca Futbol Club captured their age division at the Riley Simmons 6v6 Shootout on Saturday.
Manteca Bowl & Family Fun Center
A controversial penalty kick may have kept the Lathrop United from a Jim Frazier Tournament championship, but it hardly diminished a banner inaugural season for the boys soccer club.
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