Former Chicago Cubs pitcher "Jammin'" James Matas held the 3rd Annual Rotary Club Pitching Clinic Saturday at the Lathrop Community Center. Besides learning pitching techniques and conditioning from a former big leaguer, each camper walked away with a Jammin' James Pitching Clinic T-Shirt.
I was on my way to Lathrop Saturday just after the Raiders selected Maryland wide-out Darrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
It seems like the more tackle I purchase the harder it is to decide which bait to use.
Despite being the crown jewel of the Champ Car/CART series from 1984-2008, all was forgiven when Tony George's rival IndyCar Series made its Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix debut last weekend, as an estimated 170,000 fans turned out for event.
While the culinary artists behind the scenes at Taqueria were preparing my carne asada tacos, which I have become dependent on but not quite addicted to, my buddy and I shook our heads at the "reality" TV show that provided ambiance.
LONG BEACH - Australia's Will Power shook off all of the distractions caused by the acquittal and return of teammate Helio Castroneves to capture the pole for Sunday's 35th running of the Indy Racing League's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Saturday.
LONG BEACH - For the first time in its 35-year history, the Indy Racing League will be the featured event at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Following the 2007-08 high school wrestling season, East Union head coach A.J. Reindel started the Manteca Freestyle Wrestling Club for the purpose of providing area youth with an opportunity to continue wrestling in the offseason.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Western Late Models were out in full force for special events at both the Madera and Stockton 99 Speedways last Saturday.
RIPON - Women's tackle football is alive and well thanks to promoters like Aaron and Dineen Goodwin of Ripon and their 45 player roster making up the Modesto Maniax.
Manteca Mayhem president and 2009 Team USA Softball Clinic organizer Brian Johnson called the two-day instructional camp, which was held Thursday and Friday at Big League Dreams Sports Park in Manteca, a "who's who" of the local and national softball worlds, and it's not hard to understand why.
Last week, I was in Scheels Sporting Goods in Great Falls, Mont. checking on some archery equipment I had on order and was talking to Travis Maphies, who is the manager of the archery department.
Third generation driver Justin Philpott, of Tracy, picked up his first career feature win in a Western Late Model last Saturday at Stockton's New 99 Speedway.
With a rare break in the schedule, Manteca's Scott Speed will get a welcome weekend off before the grueling 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season resumes on March 22 at the famed Bristol Motor Speedway quarter mile in Tennessee.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manteca/Lathrop are conducting try-outs/assessments for the Junior High and High School Basketball Leagues.
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.
STOCKTON - Spreckels Park defeated Tracy 6-1 Wednesday in the championship game of the Little League District 67 Senior All-Star Tournament hosted by Weston Ranch Little League.
Manteca resident Zach White played a key role in Lamorinda Baseball Club's run to the under-11 Travelball Select National Championship title last week at the East Cobb Baseball Complex in Marietta, Ga.