Delta College Athletics Update

Mustang volleyball is ranked 7th in the state, 3rd in NorCal, and are 5-0 in the Big 8.  Delta has two wrestlers ranked top six in the state, Greg Viloria (4th at 125) and Branden Rullan (6th at 141).  Men’s soccer is tied for 2nd in the Big 8 and women’s soccer is 13th in the state in power points.

Home events this week are:  Tuesday – Men’s Soccer vs MJC at 4:00; Wednesday – Men’s water polo at 3:30, Women’s water polo at 5:00 (Both vs Santa Rosa); and Friday Volleyball vs MJC at 6:30.

Women’s Golf:  The team finishing 6th at 397 on September 21st at Big 8 Conference #3 in Napa.  Delta individuals: Rebeca Leonard 96, Ashliegh Esau 97, Legacy Barnes 99, Natalie Shepherd 105, Lexus Barnes 107, and Lauren Ellcessor 108.   On September 24-25 they competed in the North-South Invitational at Morro Bay finishing in 11th place with a two-day score of 755.  Tomorrow they compete at the Jan High Invitational in Sacramento.

Men’s Soccer:   The team is currently 7-2-2 overall and 1-0-2 in Big 8 play.  The began the Big 8 schedule with a 2-0 win over Consumnes River followed by 1-1 ties vs Folsom Lake and American River.  This week they are home on Tuesday at 4:00 vs Modesto and play at Santa Rosa on Friday.

Women’s Soccer:  The team is currently 6-1-4 overall and 2-1-3 in Big 8 play.  Recently they defeated Modesto 2-1, lost 1-4 to Sierra, and won 7-0 over Sac City.  This week they are away at American River on Friday.

Women’s and Men’s Cross Country:  At the Modesto Invitational on September 29th the men finished in 5th with Raymond Lozano as the highest finisher at 10th.  The women finished in 6th with Emily Simons as the highest finisher at 18th.   They compete again at the Toro Park Invitational this Friday.

Football:  They team lost their last two games by a one point.  Versus #5 state ranked Siskiyous, the Mustangs scored as time ran out and fell short on a two-point conversion attempt losing 34-35.   This past Saturday they lost 30-31 as Diablo Valley scored in the last minute of the game.  They finish the non-league schedule at 2-3 and have this weekend off.  They begin the Valley League schedule with a home game on Saturday October 14th at 1:00 vs Laney College.

Volleyball:  The Mustangs are ranked 7th in the State with12-2 overall record and a perfect 5-0 record in Big 8 play. They swept their last four matches 3-0 vs Sac City, American River, Diablo Valley, and Consumnes River. This Friday they are home vs Modesto at 6:30.

Men’s Water Polo:  They are 10-6 overall and 2-0 in Big 8 play. At the Cuesta Tournament they defeated Cuesta 7-6, lost 11-12 to Riverside, 9-12 to Golden West, and 4-17 to LA Valley. This week they defeated Modesto 13-8.  On Saturday they lost to West Hills 8-15 and beat  Cabrillo 17-4.  This week they are home vs Santa Rosa at 3:30 on Wednesday.

Women’s Water Polo:  They are 11-7 overall and 3-0 in Big 8 play.  Recently in Big 8 competitions they defeated American River 8-3 and Modesto 11-3.   They took a trip south this past weekend and played 6 games over a 3-day period.  They split with Riverside (8-7, 3-5), lost to Citrus (5-10) and Orange Coast (11-12).  On the final day of the trip they finished with wins over Fullerton (12-7) and Cuesta (12-3).  This week they have one game at home on Wednesday vs Santa Rosa at 5:00.

Wrestling:  Delta has several wrestlers ranked in the state with Greg Viloria (4th at 125), Branden Rullan (6th at 141), Carlos Vasquez (Honorable Mention at 157) and the team ranked at 12th in the State.  They competed this past weekend at the Santa Ana Tournament.  The team finished in 7th place with three individual placers.  The place winners were Greg Viloria (3rd at 125), Branden Rullan (4th at 141) and Dylan Kranich (4th at 184).  They compete again this weekend at the Modesto Tournament.



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2017 Greater San Joaquin Hall of Fame Ceremony February 18, 2017 Lodi, Ca

It was a fantastic evening at the Greater San Joaquin Hall of Fame Ceremony on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds.  Approximately 100 people attended the ceremony that not only celebrated our new inductees but also presented awards to our 2016 Volunteer of The Year, National Tournament Umpires of 2015 and our 2015 National Champions.

ASA Commissioner Matt Pfeifer served as the Master of Ceremonies of this event.  “Every year I run this program amazes me how many deserving people we have to be put into this Hall of Fame.  However, the best part is watching the interaction of past inductees who get to see each other once a year.  To me, that is really special.”

We had one National Champion this year.  The Men’s 60 and Over Fast Pitch team “Airtronics” won the 60+ Masters event.

Seven umpires were recognized for working National Championships last year.  Alan Blanchard, Ron Quinones, Zach Menasco, Gene Jones, Justin Jensen, John Buck and Matt Harrington were awarded a special National Championships pin developed by our local association.

Sandy Tudor was honored with our Volunteer of the Year award this year.  Her dedication to Greater San Joaquin Softball is unsurpassed.  She serves as JO “B” Commissioner, umpires, as well as sits on the Board of Directors.

Patrick Faretta was chosen as the recipient for the Wall of Honor.  Pat has served on the Board of Directors for 17 years and as the GSJSA Player Rep for the last twelve.  Pat also sits on National committees including Player Rep, Special Programs and the Slow Pitch Task Force.

The James Farrell Award was given to Bart Magellan for the 99% national rating our national tournament received this year.  That was very appreciated as our association worked very hard to get that rating.


After the Awards, the Hall of Fame Ceremony began:

Shawn Andaya, Player

Shawn Andaya Pulliam was considered one of Greater San Joaquin’s best youth pitchers.  She won back to back section titles in high school in 1982 & 1983.  She then attended Texas A & M where she led her team to conference and national titles.  She threw a perfect game in the College World Series in 1987.  Shawn led the nation in strikeouts and wins and was named All American.  She has been elected into several Hall of Fames including the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. Shawn was unable to attend due to prior commitments; however we will induct her properly in 2018.

Ski Angle, Player

Ski Angle has played Men’s Fast Pitch softball for over 40 years.  He played for such teams as Tubbs and Sons, Store Coachways and Airtronics just to name a few, and has been won national championships with each one.  A versatile player, great hitter and exceptional base runner, he was known as “The Wingman”.  Ski is a member of the Masters team which has won 12 national championships.

Vergil Jocson, Umpire

Vergil has been an umpire for Greater San Joaquin for over 30 years,  He has worked six National Championships, 3 of them being Majors.  He is also very involved in NCAA, where he works in 9 conferences and has had several Regional and State Championship assignments.  Vergil, is well respected and never falters from helping new or upcoming umpires from getting better.  Vergil had many friends there and gave a heartwarming speech during the ceremony.

Jon Abernathy, Player-Manager

Jon Abernathy has been involved in ASA softball since 1970.  He has played on several teams which competed in national championship tournaments, and won 1 NAFA title with the California Crew.  John is from a small, mountain town called Sonora.  He began the softball program in Sonora and grew it into a hot bed for Men’s Fast Pitch.  John served as district commissioner for 30 years and sat on the Men’s Classification Committee for many years also.

Jon had the pleasure of playing ball with his two sons’ after coaching them through high school.

Katie Cotta, Player

Katie Cotta began pitching in High School at Brookside H.S. as a freshman.  She played on the varsity team and led them to a section title.  She then transferred to Linden High School where she set or broke every record in the books.  She was undefeated and won three section championships with Linden.  After some time off, she returned to Delta College in Stockton where she went 20-1 with a 1.02 era and also hit .430.  She had 18 complete games, ad set school records with 15 strikeouts in a game , twice.  She transferred to Concordia College where again, she was named Conference Pitcher of the Year.  She has just signed with a team in the Professional Softball League after warming up pitching against established men’s players. She currently teaches pitching lessons to youth in the surrounding area.

What a great night it was.

The Greater San Joaquin Softball Association is always looking for nominations for its future classes.  Anyone can nominate someone.  To nominate someone and have them go before the committee, download the nomination form from our website at and follow the direction for submission.  Nominations are due by Thanksgiving every year for the following year’s class.



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A busy 2016 yields to an even busier 2017 in Stockton

As we close out a busy 2016, it is time to look forward to 2017 and what a banner year it will be for the City of Stockton as it relates to sporting events in town.

While there are sporting events in town each week in 2017, we’ll highlight five upcoming events that should be placed on your calendar now:

January 13-15:

The city barely has enough time to recover from New Years Eve when we will welcome 300 baton twirling competitors to town from Japan, Australia, Canada and all over the US on Thursday, January 21th.  These competitors will be competing in the first ever PanPacific Cup at the Stockton Arena from Friday, January 13th through Sunday, January 15th.  The competition is FREE to go watch, make sure to stop by and see this international competition in action!

March 25 & 27:

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) brings their Division I Women’s Basketball Regionals event to Stockton and the Stockton Arena for the first time ever!  This event, which will feature four of the nation’s best Women’s Basketball teams competing in the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight Rounds, will be televised nationwide and is Stockton’s true time to shine in front of the NCAA in hopes of being awarded additional events in the future.

You won’t want to miss all of the action.  Games will be on Saturday, March 25th at 1:00pm and 3:30pm, and on Monday, March 27th at 6:00pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the Stockton Arena Box Office or online at

May 8-10:

The NCAA brings their Division II Men’s Golf Super-Regionals to Stockton at the Brookside Golf & Country Club.  Come watch 17 collegiate teams compete in this three day competition at the beautiful golf course.  Tournament play will begin each day at 8:00am each day and should conclude around 1:30 or 2:00pm.  It is free for spectators to observe.

May 25-27:

The West Coast Conference (WCC) once again brings their Conference Baseball Championships to Stockton’s Banner Island Ballpark.  The West Coast Conference, home conference of the University of the Pacific, event will feature the top four collegiate baseball teams competing for a guaranteed spot in the NCAA post-season and a chance to make it to the College World Series in Omaha.  Tournament schedule is yet to be released.

June 21-25:

USA Racquetball, the National Governing Body of the sport of Racquetball, has awarded the City of Stockton the opportunity to once again host their Junior Olympic Competition.  The event comes back to Stockton after a very successful stint in Stockton in 2015.  Three hundred or more of the country’s best youth racquetball players (and their families) will converge on Stockton to play at the In-Shape Health Clubs in town.  Tournament schedule has yet to be released, and it will be free for spectators to observe.

All of these events (and the others that occur in Stockton) are made possible because our city is so welcoming to the competitors and their families and fans.  Please make sure to continue this spirit as we enter this busy year, and when possible….attend as many of the events as possible to show your appreciation for their choosing our city and spending their hard earned dollars in our community.

If you have any questions about these events, or any other events in Stockton, please contact the Visit Stockton Offices anytime at (209) 938-1555.

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Athletes from across the world converge on Stockton in January

This coming January 13-15 athletes from Australia, Japan, Canada and from all over the U.S. will converge on the Stockton Arena for the first ever Pan Pacific Cup competition.  The Pan Pacific Cup is a baton twirling competition sanctioned by the World Baton Federation and sponsored locally by Visit Stockton and the United States Twirling Association.

Nearly 300 athletes will come to Stockton and will be in town for up to a week taking in all that we have to offer.

This event is a follow up event to the United States Baton Twirling Championships which Stockton hosted in July of 2014 (and will host again in July of 2020).

Be sure to come out to the Stockton Arena on the competition days and cheer on the competitors.  Make them feel welcomed in town, and help make sure their time in not only Stockton, but the United States, is enjoyable.

For more information on the Pan Pacific Cup, visit:


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Delta College Women’s Soccer advances in Playoffs

On Tuesday, the Mustang women’s soccer won an exciting battle with Fresno City College to advance to the Elite 8 in the CCCAA State Championships.  The game was tied 0-0 after regulation and two overtime periods.  Delta won on penalty kicks 3-1.  The team will play at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill this Saturday 11/26 at 2:00.  The winner of this game advances to the State Championship final four at Ventura College Dec. 2-4.  For Saturday’s game general admission is $12.00, with $8.00 admission for identified students, faculty, staff, senior citizens age 60 and over, and children less than 12 years of age.

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Mustangs win Men’s & Women’s Big 8 Water Polo Championships

Congratulations to Mustang women’s and men’s water polo who both won the Big 8 Championship tournament!  The women won the title for the first time since 2001 with a 12-4 win over Sierra.  The men won had a 13-10 victory over Diablo Valley in the finals.   Men’s Basketball started the season 2-0 winning the Cabrillo Tournament.

Our only home competition this week is the season finale for Mustang Football vs rival Modesto JC on Saturday at 1:00.

Men’s Basketball:  The Mustangs won 94-71 over Shasta and 83-69 over Redwoods to win the Cabrillo Tournament.   They have a break in their schedule and compete again on November 22nd.

Women’s Basketball:  The team won their first two games of the Jocelyn Mancebo Classic 92-58 over Laney and 65-45 over Merced.  In the final game they fell 62-77 to the College of Sequoias.  They compete again on November 17th.

Women’s Golf:   In their final regular season competition the team finished 5th in Big 8 #10 with a 373.  Three Mustang golfers advanced to the NorCal Championships (Natalie Tsutsumi, Taylor Robinson, and Rebeca Leonard.  Tsutsumi and Robinson also received All-Big 8 Conference honors. The NorCals were this Monday and Tuesday in Chico.  Taylor Robinson (21st)

Natalie Tsutsumi (24th) finished just their seasons just a few strokes away from state qualification.

Men’s Soccer:  This past week the team lost 1-3 at American River and lost a tight home game 0-1 to Modesto on Friday.  This week they finish up the regular season at Cosumnes River on Tuesday and at Folsom Lake on Friday.

Women’s Soccer:  The Mustangs tied at Diablo Valley 1-1 on Tuesday and then defeated American River 2-0 at their final regular season home game.  This week they are away at Sac City on Tuesday and Cosumnes River on Friday.  The team moved up to 5th place in the state power rankings.

Women’s and Men’s Cross Country:  Maria Ramirez finished in 13th place at the NorCal Championships and advanced to the state championships meet on November 19th in Fresno.  The teams finished 14th (men) and 13th (women) in the NorCals.

Football:  At Fresno the Mustangs lost a close 43-45 battle.  Their final game of the season will be at home this Saturday vs rival Modesto JC.

Volleyball:  Last week the team split two home games.  On Wednesday they defeated Cosumnes River 25-12, 25-14, 25-8.  On Friday they lost a 5-set battled to Folsom Lake 25-13, 22-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-11.  They are on the road this week at American River on Wednesday and at Diablo Valley on Friday.

Men’s Water Polo:  The men lived up to their #1 seed at the Big 8 Championships by capturing the title with a win over Diablo Valley 13-11.  Jay Halva was voted tournament MVP.   They are seeded #2 for this weekend’s NorCal championships at Las Positas College.  Their first game is in the semifinals at 1:00 on Saturday vs either Diablo Valley or Santa Rosa.

Women’s Water Polo: The Mustangs won the Big 8 tournament with a dominant win over Sierra 12-4.  They defeated Modesto (16-5) and Santa Rosa (11-5) on their way to the championship game.  They are the #1 seed for this weekend’s NorCal championships at Las Positas College.  Their first game is in the quarterfinals at 9:00 Friday vs West Valley.

Wrestling:  The team competed against mostly four-year colleges this past Sunday in the San Francisco State Invitational.  Ian Morken at 133 took fifth place and Allhyra Wardag at 285 placed 6th.   The team has this week off from competition.

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NCAA Basketball Tickets on Sale Wednesday (10/26)

Tickets for the 2017 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Regionals (Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Rounds) coming to Stockton go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday, October 26th) at 10am!

Here’s your chance to grab some of the best seats in the house and watch history be made.

Adult All-Session Tickets:                              $45.50

Youth/Senior All-Session Tickets:              $35.50


Adult Single Session Tickets:                        $28.00

Youth/Senior Single Session Tickets:        $20.00

College Student Single Session Tickets:   $20.00

Group Single Session Tickets:                      $18.00

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Stockton Arena ticket office.

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Delta College Athletics Update

In both men’s and women’s water polo Delta College and Sierra College are undefeated in Big 8 conference play.  On Wednesday Delta travels to Sierra for this important water polo double header.  Mustang Women’s Soccer is on a 4-game win streak and has moved up to 4th in the state power rankings. 


Mustang Football has their first home game in a while this Saturday at 1:00 vs Chabot.  We are inviting fans to tailgate before the game from 11:30-1:00 in the Athletic parking lot.  This is also a Pack the House and Faculty Appreciation game. 


We have plenty of other home events this week.  Tuesday – Women’s soccer vs MJC at 4:00, Wednesday – Wrestling vs Sierra at 5:00, Thursday – Women’s Golf Big 8 #8 at   Swenson Golf Course at noon, Friday – Men’s soccer at 4:00 vs Clovis and Women’s Volleyball at 6:30 vs Modesto. 


Women’s Golf:   Last week the team competed in Big 8 #6 in Chico on Tuesday (5th place with 390) and Big 8 #7 in Sacramento on Thursday (6th place with 374).   Delta Individuals #6: Taylor Robinson 83, Natalie Tsutsumi 91, Rebecca Leonard 99, and Kaitlea Maestas 117. Delta Individuals #7: Natalie Tsutsumi 83, Taylor Robinson 89, Rebecca Leonard 90, and Kaitlea Maestas 112.  This week they are finally at home with Big 8 #8 at Swenson Golf course at noon on Thursday.

Men’s Soccer:  The team lost two 0-3 games this week to West Hills (Tuesday) and Fresno (Saturday). This week they are away at the College of Sequoias on Tuesday and home on Friday vs Clovis at 4:00.

Women’s Soccer:  The Mustangs defeated CRC at home on Tuesday 1-0 and then won 2-0 at Sierra on Saturday.  The team is 11-2-1 and ranked 4th in the state and 2nd in the Big 8.

They are home this Tuesday at 4:00 vs Modesto. On Saturday they are away at Evergreen Valley.

Women’s and Men’s Cross Country:  On Friday at Shasta’s Think Pink Run in Redding the women finished in 3rd place and the men in 5th place.  For the women Maria Ramirez finished in 3rd place while the top men’s finisher was Adam Brooks.  The teams have this week off as they prepare for the Big 8 Championships on October 28th.

Football:  The Mustangs began Valley League play with a 34-57 loss at Laney.  For the first time in 3 weeks the team competes at home this Saturday vs Chabot.  This is a Pack the House and Faculty Appreciation game.

Volleyball:  At home on Wednesday the team defeated Diablo Valley in 3 sets.  At Sacramento City on Friday they lost in 3 sets.  This week they are away at Santa Rosa on Wednesday and play at home vs MJC on Friday at 6:30. The team is currently 13-5.

Men’s Water Polo:  On Wednesday they won an important home game vs Big 8 rival Diablo Valley 12-11.  This Wednesday they play at Sierra.  The winner will be the #1 team in the Big 8.  This weekend they will be heading south to play in the Golden West Invitational.

Women’s Water Polo:  Last week the team went 3-0.  On Wednesday they defeated Diablo Valley 14-4.  On Saturday the won 13-1 over Las Positas and 16-10 over Foothill.  This Wednesday they play Sierra in a battle of the top two teams in the Big 8 Conference.  This weekend they travel to Long Beach for the Battle of the Beach Tournament.

Wrestling:  On Saturday they competed in the NorCal Dual Championships at Santa Rosa going 2-3 for the day and finishing in 8th place. They defeated Sierra 27-24 and Shasta 36-9 while losing to Sac City 6-47, Lassen 6-35, and Skyline 6-45.  Justin Loveall was 4-1 at 197, Ian Morken 3-0 at 141, Dao Tep 2-1 at 149, and Stephen Dixon was 2-1 at 184.  This Wednesday they are home vs Sierra at 5:00.  On Saturday they compete at the Cuesta Invitational.

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NCAA Women’s Basketball Regionals in Stockton March 25 & 27, 2017

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced today that the 2017 NCAA Women’s Basketball Regionals at the Stockton Arena will be held on March 25th and March 27th.

The Regional Semifinals will be on Saturday, March 25th at 1:00pm and 3:30pm with the Regional Finals Game being held on Monday, March 27th at 6:00pm.

The event will bring 4 of the nation’s top collegiate women’s basketball teams to town, attracting a large amount of media exposure as well as attracting fans and supporters from out of the area to Stockton.

More information on event tickets will be released within the next month or two.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the Stockton Arena on March 25, 2017.

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Delta Athletics … 2015-2016 Recap

Mustang Athletics had another very successful season in 2015-16.  Delta finished 12th in California in the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup.  This is the third year in a row that Mustang Athletics finished top 12 in the state (7th in 2015 and 9th in 2014).

This NATYCAA Cup is the best measure of the competitive success of an entire athletic department.  The Cup recognizes the success of California two-year collegiate athletic departments based on team placement in the CCCAA championships.  There are over 100 athletic departments competing in the NATYCAA Cup.

Below is more information on the 2015-2016 season and some recent news

Academics and Transfer

  •  For the third straight year over 40% of Delta student-athletes have over a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Over 45 Delta student-athletes have committed/signed to continue their educations and athletic careers at 4-year institutions.  (We expect more signings throughout the summer)


  •  9 of our 19 sports finished top 15 in the CCCAA State Championships.  Baseball – 3rd, Women’s Water Polo- 4th , Men’s Water Polo – 5th , Volleyball – 5th, Women’s Golf – 11th, Men’s Swimming and Diving – 12th,  Women’s Basketball – 12th, Football 12th, and Women’s Swimming and Diving – 13th.
  • 30 student-athletes received All State/All American honors.

Former Mustangs in the Major League Baseball Draft

  • Dean Kremer – 14th round Dodgers (UNLV)
  • Nate Easley – 23rd round Padres (Yavapai College)
  • Sam Held – 29th round Nationals (Nevada Reno)
  • Collin Theroux – 32nd round Athletics (Oklahoma State)

Former Mustangs

  • Roderick Townsend won 3 events at the recent Paralympic Track & Field Trials – High jump, 100 meters and long jump.
  • Eric Sloan – Competing in this week’s Track & Field Olympic Trials – Triple Jump.
  • Collin Theroux – Catcher for Oklahoma State.  They finished in the Final Four of the College World Series.

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