The long course swim season came to a close on a high note for the Manteca Aquatics swim team at the beginning of the month, as seven Aquatics swimmers competed at the Junior Olympics event and four more went on to compete at the Far Western Championships.
In a bold effort to build up car count and increase the championship drama down the homestretch of the season, Madera Speedway president Kenny Shepherd made a surprise announcement last week that the 2009 Western Late Model championship at the 1/3 mile oval would be determined by the last four races with only the top 10 drivers in the points being eligible.
It's Day 3 of Sarah Phillips' transition from New Haven School 8th grader to East Union High freshman.
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.
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.