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By JONAMAR JACINTO
ELK GLOVE - The Manteca Cowboys rookies had just two hurdles to overcome on Saturday in the DYSA NorCal Super Bowl against the Tracy Buccaneers – hold on to the football, and stop Tracy running back Trevor Pope.
The Delta Rebels varsity team did everything it could defensively to stay in the game but score.
"Big, Bad Benfica" earned the respect of its peers and the adoration of an entire soccer community, just not the cup it chased for months.
Two area teams remain in the hunt for Delta Youth Football League titles.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
The Manteca Futbol Club will do more than host this weekend's under-9 State Cup championship rounds.
The Manteca Jr. Buffaloes' varsity youth football team opened up Cen-Cal postseason play on Saturday against the Turlock Vikings and eliminated them 38-8.
All four Manteca Cowboys teams are advancing to the second round of the DYSA NorCal playoffs.
Bulletin staff reports
The Manteca Cowboys capped the DYSA NorCal regular-season with three wins at the Lodi Grape Bowl.
The Ripon Chiefs junior varsity football team continued its string of shutouts with a 39-0 victory over Waterford in the opening round of the Mountain Valley Football League playoffs.
The Manteca Junior Buffaloes varsity team sharpened its teeth for this weekend's Battle of the Beasts with a 34-7 win over the Merced Bears.
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.
It is always darkest just before the dawn, and Max Gulart turned the darkness into light for the Manteca A's on Saturday.
Ripon did something in Friday night's semifinal game against Tracy that it has not had to do in this year's Cal Ripken Central California District 1 10-under Tournament.