Busy Year Awaits Us in 2016….

Another busy year of sports is coming up in 2016.  Stockton, known to put on top quality sporting events, will serve host to several key national championship events as well as will serve host to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the first time…in what will be (at least) three years in a row.

SOME of the key sporting events for the year include:


CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Wrestling Championships

Facility:                 Stockton Arena

Dates:                   February 26 and 27


California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Conference Basketball Championships

Facility:                 Stockton Arena

Dates:                   March 4 and 5


California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Conference Softball Championships

Facility:                 Arnaiz Softball Complex

Dates:                   April 29 to May 1


National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Women’s Golf Super Regionals

Facility:                 Brookside Golf & Country Club

Dates:                   May 2 to 4


California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Conference Baseball Championships

Facility:                 Stockton Ballpark (Banner Island Ballpark)

Dates:                   May 12 to 14


West Coast Conference (WCC) Conference Baseball Championships

Facility:                 Stockton Ballpark (Banner Island Ballpark)

Dates:                   May 26 to 28


USA/ASA Softball National 10u Softball Championships

Facility:                 Arnaiz Softball Complex

Dates:                   July 31 to August 7


Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) US Masters National Championships

Facility:                 Oak Grove Regional Park

Dates:                   September 9 to 11


Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational Collegiate Golf Tournament

Facility:                 Stockton Golf & Country Club

Dates:                   October 27 to 29


This list is just a small part of the on-goings within Stockton.  Naturally there are hundreds of other events that local organizers put on.  For more information on any of these events, or to check on events that might be happening on any given day, please visit www.visitstockton.org.

Coming up in 2017 – the BIGGEST event that Stockton has seen as it comes to size of event, national exposure and economic impact.  The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has awarded Stockton the right to host the Division I Women’s Basketball Regional Rounds (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight Rounds).  The event will happen the final weekend of March, 2017 with games being held either Saturday and Monday or Sunday and Tuesday.  More information will be released when possible.

Be sure to follow the event page on Facebook for the latest information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/875451762548489/

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A Busy 2015 in Stockton’s Sports World….

2015 was yet another busy year for sporting events in Stockton.  Of course we had the Stockton Ports Baseball Team, the final season of the Stockton Thunder Hockey Team, the start of the Stockton Heat Hockey Club and the University of the Pacific’s events….but we also featured several other unique events that came to town to compete and bring economic impact to our city.

Although there’s sporting events every weekend of the year, the new events to Stockton began with the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) bringing four conference championship tournaments to town.  In March, the Stockton Arena was filled with the tournament’s men’s and women’s basketball tournament (2015 marked the first time the event was in town).  This event filled the city’s hotels and was the first of a couple practices for the city to prepare for the 2017 NCAA Women’s Regionals Basketball event in March of 2017.  The CCAA stint in town continued after basketball with the Golf, Softball and Baseball Championships as well.

The West Coast Conference brought their Conference Baseball Championships back to the Stockton Ballpark (aka Banner Island Ballpark) on Memorial Day Weekend again in 2015.  2015 marked the third year of the initial three year contract and thankfully, due to the support of the residents of Stockton…the event was successful enough that the West Coast Conference is bringing it back once again in 2016!

Now to the most unique event, and what ended up being the largest event of 2015, the USA Racquetball Junior Olympics.  This event brought youth racquetball competitors from across the country to Stockton for the nearly week-long event.  In total, 699 hotel rooms were filled and over $340,000.00 was dumped into Stockton’s economy.

Visit Stockton is happy to work with local, regional, and national sporting event organizers to promote sporting events in Stockton and to bring new, exciting events to town.  In total, we partnered with nearly 30 event organizers in 2015 on more than 70 different sporting events.  These events brought in approximately $4 million dollars to our economy and supported our venues, hotels and businesses in town.

We look forward to an exciting 2016 full of more events (keep an eye out for the 2016 preview article in the next couple of days) and are working tirelessly preparing for events as far away as 2022.

As always, if anyone has ideas for sporting events that could succeed in Stockton, please feel free to reach out to Visit Stockton.  We are constantly looking for new events and more ideas to help Stockton’s economy.

From all of us at Visit Stockton, Happy New Years – here’s to a safe and successful 2016.  Thank you for being the great sports community that you are and for supporting the events that come to town.

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Delta Athletics Gives Back

On Tuesday, December 8th, over 150 student athletes from San Joaquin Delta College gave back to Stockton during their annual ‘clean up’ day.  The student athletes, coaches and staff volunteered their time cleaning up the downtown area.

Thank you all who participated, enjoy your holiday break and go Mustangs!

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Busy Times with Delta College Athletics

Highlights this week include:

  • Football winning the Gridiron Bowl 24-17 in an exciting overtime game.
  • Volleyball winning their second consecutive Big 8 Title.
  • Head volleyball coach Molly Mordaunt named Big 8 Coach of the Year.
  • Head women’s soccer coach Adrienne Sorenson named Big 8 Coach of the Year.
  • Men’s basketball overcomes a 2nd half 20 point deficit to win 89-84 in OT.

Come out and cheer on Mustang volleyball as they host a first round NorCal game vs Butte at 6:30 on Tuesday in Marcopulos gym. General admission is $12.00.  HS/College students, seniors, and children under 12 are $8.00.


Men’s Basketball: In the second half of their first home game the Mustangs fell behind by 20 points to Columbia. Alex Smith tied the game with four seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Delta won 89-84 and are now 2-3 on the season. Tuesday they play away at Merced.

Women’s Basketball: They went 2-1 at the Saddleback tournament in Mission Viejo. They opened with an 86-42 win over Southwestern. In the semifinals they fell to Irvine Valley 63-67. They won the 3rd place game 79-41over Saddleback. Natalie Delgado was named to the all- tourney team. The Mustangs are currently 5-1. They won’t compete again until after Thanksgiving.

Women’s Soccer: On Saturday they finished an outstanding season in a 1-2 playoff loss to Cosumnes River. This season they set numerous program bests including record (15-4-3), shutouts (15), goals against (13), Big 8 record (8-3-3), and consecutive wins (10).   Head coach Adrienne Sorenson was named the Big 8 Coach of the Year. Congratulations on a great season!

Women’s and Men’s Cross Country: The women’s team and men’s runner Abel Lopez finished the season at the state championships in Fresno. The women finished in 26th place.

Football: Mustang Football finished their season with yet another down to the wire exciting win. The Mustang’s won the Gridiron Bowl in OT 24-17 over American River.  With 33 seconds left in regulation Joel Chavez kicked a 21 yard field goal to tie the game at 17-17. In OT Phillip Kimble connected with Andre Lindsay for the go ahead touchdown. Jamil Thomas was named the MVP of the game with 136 yards on 32 carries with two TDs. The Mustangs finished 7-4 on the year.

Volleyball: The Mustangs won the showdown with Sierra at home on Wednesday to claim their second straight Big 8 title. It was a five set battle: 13-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-16, 15-12. Head coach Molly Mordaunt was named the Big 8 Coach of the Year. The Mustangs are seeded 4th in NorCal and open the playoffs with a home game on Tuesday at 6:30 vs Butte.

Women’s Water Polo: At the state championships in Pasadena the Mustangs dropped two games (8-12 to Riverside and 9-11 to DVC) to finish in 4th place. Congratulations to the Mustangs on their highest ever state finish!

Wrestling: On Saturday the Mustangs finished up their regular season at the Simpson Open in Redding. They are now focusing on getting ready for the NorCal Championships at Santa Rosa on December 5th.

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Delta College Women’s Soccer hosts Playoffs on Saturday

Mustang women’s soccer is seeded #3 in the NorCal Regionals. They are hosting Cosumnes River College at 6:00pm this Saturday at Gardemeyer Field at UOP. This field is on the north side of Brookside road behind the dormitories. General admission is $12.00. HS/College students, seniors, and children under 12 are $8.00.

Also, head women’s soccer Coach Adrienne Sorenson was named the Big 8 Coach of the Year. Congrats!

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Pacific Tigers at home this week

Exciting week of home action for the Tigers! Don’t miss Pacific Men’s Water Polo in their final home match of the season or Pacific Men’s Soccer on Senior Night at Knoles Field! #209TT

*photo and text courtesy of Pacific Athletics

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Big Wins for Delta Athletics

Mustang football had a great comeback win at Sequoias on Saturday night. With less than a minute left in the game quarterback Phillip Kimble covered 75 yards with two passes, 43 yards to Jaxon Wagner and 32 yards to Andre Lindsey for the game winning touchdown.

Tied for 1st place in the Big 8 (with Sierra and ARC) Mustang Volleyball got a big 3-1 win at Sierra on Wednesday.

This week Mustang Volleyball has home games on Wednesday and Friday at 6:30. Women’s soccer has a home game vs Sac City on Friday at 6:30.


Women’s Golf: The team finished 4th at Big 8 Conf #8 @ Butte Country Club in Chico (par 72). Team scores: Sierra 325, Modesto 354, Butte 358, Delta 364, Sac City 379, Santa Rosa 415, Am River 425, Mendocino 480. Delta Individuals: Rebecca Wolf 89, Katherine McBride 89, Genevieve Pascale 91, Kristen Khan 95, Taylor Robinson 98, Katie Hankins 103. This Thursday they have Big 8 #9 at Whitney Oaks GC in Rocklin.

Men’s Soccer: The team went 1-1 last week. They won 1-0 at Skyline on Tuesday. Friday they lost 0-1 at Modesto.   They are on the road again this week, Tuesday at CRC and Friday at Santa Rosa.

Women’s Soccer: Their one game last week was a tough 0-1 loss at Modesto. The team is currently 11-2-2. This week they are at American River on Tuesday and at home vs Sac City on Friday at 6:00.

Women’s and Men’s Cross Country: The team had last week off from competition. This Friday they have the Big 8 Championships at Spring Lake Park in Santa Rosa.

Football: Football had an exciting 42-38 victory at Sequoias on Saturday. With less than a minute left in the game the Mustangs faced a fourth-and-nine on their won 25-yard-line, when Phillip Kimble connected with Jaxon Wagner for 43 yards to the Sequoias 32. With 31 seconds left in the game Andre Lindsey caught a TD in the end zone to put Delta up 42-38. The team is now 3-4 overall and 1-1 in Valley League play. This Saturday at 1:00 they play at Fresno City.

Volleyball: The Mustangs made their lone game count last week with an important 25-22, 19-25, 25-11, 25-22 win at Sierra. We are now tied with ARC for first place in the Big 8. The team is home this week at 6:30 Wednesday vs Sac City and 6:30 Friday vs CRC.

Men’s Water Polo: They went 2-2 at the Golden West Invitational. On Friday they played well in a couple of losses to LA Valley (13-18) and Cerritos (10-15). On Saturday they had a big win over Cuesta 11-8, and then beat American River in OT 11-10. Delta is 18-11 on the season and 3-1 in Big 8 conference play. In their final regular season game they are at American River this Wednesday.

Women’s Water Polo: On Wednesday they won at home 18-8 over Fresno to go to 6-0 in the Big 8. The Mustangs finished 4th at the Battle at the Beach tournament. On Friday they extended their win streak to 16 games with a 1st round win over Ventura 15-8, followed by a 10-9 victory over tournament host Long Beach. On Saturday they lost an 8-9 battle to DVC and fell 10-15 to Riverside in the consolation final. In their final regular season game they are at American River this Wednesday.

Wrestling: The team competed this past weekend in the Meat Movers Invitational at Cuesta College. This Wednesday they have a dual meet at Shasta.

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Delta College – Women’s Water Polo wins Tournament…Athletics Update

Women’s water polo had a great week going 5-0 and winning the San Diego Mesa Tournament.   Volleyball began Big 8 conference play with two 3-set wins. Women’s soccer continues their great season with two Big 8 conference wins to move to 10-0 on the year.

After a couple of weeks on the road volleyball returns home this Wednesday at 6:30 vs Santa Rosa. On Friday Men’s and Women’s soccer have home games at 4:00 and 7:00.   These are Faculty Appreciation games where the sophomores will be acknowledging faculty who have influenced them during their time at Delta.



Women’s Golf: At Big 8 #5 @ Yolo Fliers in Woodland (par 72) the team finished in 4th place. Scores: Sierra 323, Butte 338, Modesto 346, Delta 359, Sac City 372, Am River 407, Santa Rosa 435, and Mendocino 490. Delta individual scores: Katherine McBride 87, Taylor Robinson 89, Genevieve Pascale 91, Kristen Khan 92, Katie Hankins 95, Lexus Barnes 105. This week they compete on Tuesday at the Big 8 #6 in Sacramento at Ancil Hoffman GC, and on Thursday at the Jan High Memorial at Bing Maloney GC also in Sacramento.

Men’s Soccer: On Friday at America River the team finished with a 0-0 tie and are 1-1-1 in conference play. This week they are away at West Hills on Tuesday and have a home game vs Fresno City on Friday at 4:00.

Women’s Soccer: They remain undefeated at 10-0 and 3-0 in the Big 8. They started the week on Tuesday with a hard fought 1-0 win over American River. On Thursday they defeated Sac City 7-0. They have scored 39 goals and given up only one goal. This week they are away at Sierra on Tuesday and have a home night game on Friday vs. CRC at 7:00

Women’s and Men’s Cross Country: A few men’s runners competed in the Modesto Invitational. Most of the team took this weekend off to rest and prepare for the Toro Park Invitational this Friday in Salinas.

Football: The Mustangs lost an away game at Butte 19-34 to finish 2-3 in non-league play.  This is their bye week with no game. They begin league play at home on Oct. 17th vs Chabot.

Volleyball: On Wednesday they opened Big 8 play with a 26-24, 25-9, 25-18 win over Sac City. On Friday at CRC they won in three games, 25-14, 25-12, 25-7. They are 9-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play. This week they are back home at 6:30 on Wed. vs Santa Rosa and away at American River on Friday.

Men’s Water Polo: After a very busy two weeks the team had break from competition. They play again this week at Diablo Valley on Wednesday.

Women’s Water Polo: They had a great week going 5-0. It started with a home win on Wednesday 11-6 over Sac City. Then they headed down south and were crowned champions of the San Diego Mesa Tournament. On Friday they opened with a 13-2 win over Miramar and a 15-4 win over Cerritos. On Saturday in the semifinals they defeated Palomar 16-9. In the finals vs San Diego Mesa they forced an OT with a last minute goal and went on to win 9-8. This week they are at Diablo Valley on Wednesday.

Wrestling: The team had a break from competition this week. They are back on the mat on October 10th at the Modesto Tournament.



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Delta College Athletics Update

This is an update on the last two weeks in athletics.  The biggest highlight was Mustang Football’s 43-30 home victory over San Mateo. Coming into the game San Mateo was ranked 1st in the nation and 2nd in CA. Here is a link to a story on the Mustang victory:


The other big news is that women’s soccer went 2-0 to remain undefeated at 8-0. They are ranked 4th in the state in the power rankings! Men’s water polo had a good weekend going 4-0 at the De Anza Tournament and women’s water polo went 2-0 over the last two weeks. 


We only have a couple of home events this week. On Tuesday women’s soccer plays at home at 3:00 vs Big 8 rival American River. Women’s water polo will take on Sac City on Wednesday at 5:00.



The Delta Baseball Team is holding its annual golf tournament on Friday Oct 9th at the Spanos Reserve Golf Course. The registration form is available on the Mustang Baseball web page.

Women’s Golf: In their only home meet (Big 8 #3 on September 15th) the women took 3rd for their best finish so far this year. Team scoring: Sierra 338, Modesto 353, Delta 355, Sac City 367, Butte 370, Santa Rosa 380, Am River 425, Mendocino 554. Delta individual scoring: Taylor Robinson 86, Katherine McBride 88, Rebecca Wolf 90, Genevieve Pascale 91, Lexus Barnes 92, and Kristen Khan 93. This past Thursday they finished 4th at Big 8 #4 @ Kennedy Park GC in Napa, par 73. Team scores: Sierra 348, Modesto 363, Butte 374, Delta 375, Santa Rosa 410, Am River 443, Mendocino 525. Delta individual scores: Rebecca Wolf 90, Katherine McBride 94, Lexus Barnes 94, Taylor Robinson 97, Genevieve Pascale 98, Kristen Khan 102. Today they are competing in the North/South tournament at Morro Bay and they play in Big 8 #5 on Thursday at Butte.

Men’s Soccer: They went 2-2 over the last two weeks. Last week they began Big 8 play and are 1-1. They started out with a 1-0 win over CRC on Tuesday before falling to state ranked #6 Santa Rosa 3-0 on Friday. The week prior they lost 0-1 to Mendocino and won 1-0 over Folsom Lake. This week they have one game at American River on Friday.

Women’s Soccer: They remain undefeated at 8-0 and 1-0 in the Big 8. They had two home games in the last two weeks defeating Folsom Lake 1-0 on 9/18 and Modesto 2-0 on 9/25. This week they are home on Tuesday at 3:00 vs ARC and away at Sac City on Thursday. The team is ranked #4 in the state.

Women’s and Men’s Cross Country: This past Thursday they competed at the Lou Vasquez Invitational at Golden Gate Park. The Men finished in 11th place led by Abel Lopez, and the women finished in 5th place led by Savannah Edgeworth. This Friday they compete at the Modesto Invitational.

Football: The Mustangs led the entire game in a huge home win over San Mateo 43-30. This brings them to 2-2 on the year. They are now ranked 7th in NorCal. Last week they lost 24-44 to American River. This week they are away at Butte on Saturday at 1:00.

Volleyball: The team went 3-1 over the last two weeks. On Saturday 9/19 they defeated Gavilan 25-22, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22 before falling to #9 state ranked Feather River 25-20, 17-25, 25-18, 25-21. This past Friday at home they won 25-8, 25-15, 25-13 over Reedley and 25-19, 24-26, 25-19, 25-18 over Fresno. This week they begin Big 8 play and are away at Sac City on Wednesday and CRC on Friday. The team is ranked 15th in the state.

Men’s Water Polo: The team has been busy playing 12 games during the last two weeks going 9-3. They started on 9/16 with a 19-9 win at Modesto. Then they hosted the WKA Invitational and defeated Las Positas 20-5, lost to Merced 11-13 and Delta Alumni 10-16, and defeated the San Jose State club team 13-11. At home games last week they defeated Santa Rosa 13-6 and Big Valley Masters 7-5 before losing to Golden West 7-17. Then they went 4-0 at the De Anza Tournament defeating De Anza, Las Positas, Cabrillo, and Ruthless WPC. This Saturday they compete at the West Valley Tournament.

Women’s Water Polo: They went 2-0 over the last two weeks. On 9/16 they defeated Modesto 14-3 and on 9/23 they had a home victory over Santa Rosa 17-7. This Wednesday at 5:00 they host Sac City. Then they take a big trip south to San Diego for the Mesa tournament this Friday and Saturday.

Wrestling: The team has competed in a couple of large tournaments over the last two weekends. The top performance was Miguel Coyt with a 5th place finish at the Sac City Tournament. They have a break this week and are back on the mat on October 10th at the Modesto Tournament.



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Professional Beach Volleyball comes to Stockton

The World Finals of Beach Volleyball comes to Stockton as the final stop for the 2015 EVP Tour.  Professional athletes (men and women) from across North America will converge on the sand at the University of Pacific’s Beach Volleyball complex on Friday, September 25th and Saturday, September 26th.

The action is fast paced and the complex is small enough you can truly be a part of the action!

Best part about it…it is 100% FREE of charge to attend.  We will have food, drinks and beers for sale.

The competition will run Friday from 1pm to 9pm and Saturday from 9am to 9pm.  Come out and check out some of the action.

Bring the kids out…when there are gaps in play, kids in the audience are welcome to jump on the sand and test their skills.

But it’s not just fun for the kids….be on the lookout for Craig the EVP tour host, he has been known pull people out on the sand to play!

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