Delta College Athletics back in action!

Your Delta College Mustang student-athletes and coaches were busy training all summer and are just beginning their Fall 2015 competitive seasons. Most teams are in their non-conference schedules which include more away competitions. With the construction of the new soccer field underway, our home soccer games this season will be played at Gardemeyer Field at UOP.

Women’s soccer is off to a strong start going 2-0 with 10 goals scored and no goals given up. Our home events this week are women’s soccer vs Lassen College at 3:00 on Thursday Sept. 3rd and volleyball on Friday Sep. 4th at 1:00 vs Taft and 5:00 vs DeAnza.

The Delta Baseball Team is holding its annual golf tournament on Friday Oct 9th at the Spanos Reserve Golf Course. The event includes golf, lunch, dinner, and raffle/auction. Come support one of the best teams in the nation and have a great time doing it!

Congratulations to Delta Track and Field jumps coach Lester Bond who received the Track and Field Assistant Coach of the year Award from the CCCAA Track and Field Coaches Association. Lester has retired from coaching at Delta and the department thanks him for his years of outstanding service to our student-athletes.

Delta Alumni & All-American Thomas Dietrich ’05 was a member of the first relay to swim across Monterrey Bay (24 miles).  Dietrich was one of 4 swimmers, who alternated 1 hour long swims, during the 10 hrs. and 20 minutes record setting race.

Women’s Golf: They have had a couple of scrimmages already and begin the Big 8 conference schedule this Thursday September 3rd at Ukiah Golf Course hosted by Mendocino College.

Men’s Soccer: The team started the season with a 1-3 loss to Santa Monica on Thursday at home. They played at home again on Saturday and fell 1-4 to Hartnell College. This week they are away at Las Positas on Tuesday and Shasta on Saturday.

Women’s Soccer: On Thursday they started their season with a 7-0 win at Yuba. At home on Saturday they had a 3-0 victory over Hartnell. This week they are away at Los Medanos on Tuesday and home vs Lassen at 3:00 on Thursday.

Women’s and Men’s Cross Country:   They begin their season this Saturday at the USF Invitational @Golden Gate Park.

Football: The Mustangs begin their season at 5:00 this Saturday at Santa Rosa. There was a nice article in the Stockton Record on the team:

Volleyball: They begin their season at home this Friday against Taft and DeAnza Colleges. We play Taft at 1:00, Taft vs DeAnza at 3:00, and Delta vs DeAnza at 5:00. This will be the first competition on the newly designed Marcopulos gymnasium floor.

Men’s Water Polo: They scrimmaged this weekend at Merced, but don’t begin their competitive season until September 11th.

Women’s Water Polo: They open up their season on September 9th vs Foothill and San Mateo.

Wrestling: They have their first competition at home on September 16th.

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AFL’s version of the Super Bowl comes to Stockton

The Arena Football League’s version of the Super Bowl is coming to Stockton!  The Arena Bowl will be held at the Stockton Arena this coming Saturday, August 29th at 4pm.  The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Tickets are available at the Stockton Arena Ticket Office.  Be sure to come out and show just how Stockton can support sporting events in town!

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Ports Pink Night, Military Appreciation Night, and JT Snow Appearance this Weekend!

The Ports return home for three games this Friday-Sunday against the Inland Empire 66ers.  As of Monday morning the Ports would be in the playoffs, but it is a tight race against the Modesto Nuts and San Jose Giants, the Ports could use your support!  There are lots of festivities and promotions planned for this upcoming weekend with Pink Night on Friday with free shirts to the first 1,000 people, Saturday will be Military Appreciation Night along with postgame fireworks, and lastly former Giant JT Snow will be at Sunday’s game signing autographs.

Pink Night is one of our favorite games of the year as we partner with Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center to bring awareness for breast cancer.  Festivities will include Free Shirt Friday giveaways to the first 1,000 fans, courtesy of St. Teresa Comprehensive Cancer Center, a special Pink Night player jersey auction, a memorabilia raffle, and Pink Night rally rag sales. Proceeds from the auction, raffle, and rally rag sales, in addition to $1 from every ticket sold, benefit St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Breast Health Services.

The Ports are honored to welcome breast cancer survivors and their families to the park for a pre-game ice cream social in the Jackson Rancheria Back Porch and pre-game parade around the field. Survivors will also act as Jr. Ports for the evening and will join the team on the field during the National Anthem.

Since its inaugural year in 2007, the Ports have donated over $42,000 to St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Breast Health Services. In 2014, Ports fans made Pink Night a huge success with a total of $7,855 donated to St. Joseph’s, the largest donation to date.

With only 7 home games remaining this year, be sure to come check us out before it is too late!

Get your tickets at or give us a call at 209-644-1900 for any questions concerning the availability of tickets.

Hope to see you at the ballpark soon!!

Go Ports!

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Arena Football back in Stockton?

The San Jose SaberCats bring arena football back to Stockton this Saturday, the 22nd for what will be the biggest Arena Football game ever held at the Stockton Arena.  The SaberCats will compete in the AFL Conference Championship game and the game will be broadcast live on national tv.

For those who can remember, the Stockton Arena is no stranger to hosting Arena Football games.  In fact, when the building opened, it was the home facility to the Stockton Lightning Arena Football Team (member of the AFL2 league).  There have been other teams that unsuccessfully called the arena home after the lightning…and the SaberCats have made some appearances in the arena playing a one-off game here and there.

Hopefully Stockton will come out and support the SaberCats this weekend as they play and this will help show everyone involved that, in fact, the Stockton Arena and the Stockton community want to be home to a team.  We have the sports fans, we have the facility, now lets hope for the team.

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Ports at Home – Thursday to Sunday

It is tough to believe but the Ports 2015 season is rapidly coming to a close.  With only 17 home games remaining in August and September, the season will be over before you know it!  If you haven’t made it out to a game there is still plenty of time, and even better is that 12 of our remaining 17 games are on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays!  Currently, the Ports are tied for the last playoff spot in the North Division.  The Ports are back at home this Thursday-Sunday, so take a look below at the upcoming promotions for this week’s games:


-Thursday, August 6th- Hat Giveaway and Thirsty Thursday ($2 beers and sodas until 8 pm)

-Friday, August 7th – Free Shirt Friday (Shirts for the first 1,000 people)

-Saturday, August 8th- Scout Night and Postgame Fireworks

-Sunday, August 9th- Pre-Game Catch on the Field and Kids Run the Bases after the game


Thursday’s hat giveaway will be our last of the 2015 season and will be celebrating the 10 years of Banner Island Ballpark.  Be sure to be one of the first 750 people in the gates to claim your hat.

Friday’s shirt giveaway will be celebrating the 17-game win streak in 2011 with a special, unique shirt including Splash.

Get your tickets at or give us a call at 209-644-1900 for any questions concerning the availability of tickets.

Hope to see you at the ballpark soon!!

Go Ports!

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Stocktonian brings Gold home from Toronto

Stockton resident, and Pan Am Gold Medal winner Jose Rojas brought home a gold and a silver medal from last month’s Pan Am games in Toronto.  Rojas won a gold in the doubles competition with his partner Jansen Allen, and the whole TEAM USA won silver medal for the team competition.  Rojas has long been a nationally ranked racquetball player and practices regularly around Stockton.  It is great to see local talent bringing home international recognition and awards!


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For Stockton, the future is bright and full of sports

The most interesting part of sports marketing is the bidding on, and planning of events that are 2, 3 or even up to 5 years away from now.  While the large scale events may be wrapping for 2015 in Stockton, there is definitely plenty of planning and working going on looking towards the future.

There is no doubt that Stockton is a sports friendly city, one that event organizers hear about and feel comfortable bringing their event to.

Here is a list of what we have coming in the next couple of years:


  • CCAA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament (March – Stockton Arena)
  • CCAA Golf Championships (April – The Reserve at Spanos Park)
  • CCAA Softball Championships (May – Arnaiz Softball Complex)
  • CCAA Baseball Championships (May – Banner Island Ballpark)
  • NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Super Regionals (May – Brookside Country Club)
  • West Coast Conference Baseball Championships (May – Banner Island Ballpark)
  • ASA/USA Softball 10 and Under National Championships (July – Arnaiz Softball Complex)
  • Professional Disc Golf Association US Masters Championships (September – Oak Grove Park)


  • International Baton Twirling Federation Pan Pacific Cup (January – Stockton Arena)
  • NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regionals (March – Stockton Arena)
  • NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Regionals (May – Brookside Country Club)


  • NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regionals (May – The Reserve at Spanos Park)


  • United States Twirling Association National Championships (July – Stockton Arena)

There will definitely be other events added to this list.  Be sure to follow Visit Stockton on Facebook so that you can stay up to date on event announcements and promotions.

And of course, if you have an event that you think would be good for Stockton, feel free to contact our office at (209) 938-1555!

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Local team vying for Northern California Little League Championship

Stockton’s own Delta Little League will be among the seven Little League teams competing  at the Northern California Division II Little League baseball tournament hosted by California District 8, July 24-Aug. 1, at Western Little League in Stockton, California. As part of the Little League International Tournament, each team previously captured their district and section championships to win their spot at the Northern California Division II tournament.

The Little League Northern California Division is divided into seven sections, comprised of 31 districts and 347 Little Leagues. The section champions participating at the Division II tournament are playing for a chance to represent Northern California at the Western Region Tournament, Aug. 8-15, in San Bernardino, California, with the hope of advancing to the Little League World Series, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The 2015 Little League World Series is scheduled for Aug. 20-30.

The Little League International Tournament is the premier baseball and softball tournament in all of youth sports. Amateur athletes from ages 11 to 18 will compete for championship banners in nine divisions: Little League Baseball (11-12-year-olds), Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball (11-13-year-olds), Junior League Baseball (12-14-year-olds), Senior League Baseball (13-16-year-olds), Little League Softball® (11-12-year-olds), Junior League Softball (12-14-year-olds), Senior League Softball (13-16-year-old), and Big League Softball (14-18-year-olds). The Little League World Series schedule kicks off with the Big League Baseball World Series in Easley, S.C. on July 28 and ends with the Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game in South Williamsport, Pa., on August 30.


More information: Contact Dee Dee Martinez, District Administrator, CA District 8 Little League, at

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National Champions were Crowned in Stockton

Stockton served as host to the USA Racquetball Junior Olympics/Youth National Championships recently based at the In-Shape off of West Lane.  191 of the nation’s best youth racquetball players converged on Stockton to compete.  Some of the details on the event included:

  • 191 Competitors
  • Competitors from 26 States
  • 685 Matches
  • Event ran from June 24-28

The event brought in an estimated $340,799.00 in Economic Impact to the Stockton community.  This amount includes lodging, food and beverage, event operations costs as well as other expenditures within the city.

It is always great to bring an event like this to the City of Stockton.  The organizers, including myself, heard nothing but positive feedback from the competitors on how well received they were in town.  This just shows how great of a city Stockton is as it comes to serving as a host to sporting events.


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Ports Independence Day Celebrations

The Ports finished the first half of the season in sole possession of second place in the Northern Division of the California League.  With a strong start to the second half, the Ports have won 19 out of their last 24 games and have won 9 of their last 10.  If you haven’t been able to catch a Ports game so far this season, now would be the time!  The team returns home on Tuesday, June 30th and plays through Friday, July 3rd which will be the day the Ports celebrate Independence Day with our biggest fireworks show of the year!  Below are the promotions for the upcoming homestand:

Tuesday, June 30th – ScholarShare Tuesday Family Pack (4 Field Box tickets, 4 Tacos, 4 Sodas for $40)

Wednesday, July 1st – SCAN Silver Sluggers and Baseball Bingo

Thursday, July 2nd – $2 Beers & Sodas until 8 pm

Friday, July 3rd – Independence Day Celebration Fireworks and Cap Auction

At the time of this writing, there are still tickets available for the July 3rd game and firework show, but don’t wait until the last minute as we expect to sell out before the game on Friday.

If you can’t make it out on the 3rd, the Ports will be hosting an all-day event on July 4th.  Velocity baseball will host a select baseball tournament all day, and we will have concessions open starting at 3 pm.  After the event we encourage Ports fan and Stockton residents alike to come to the ballpark to watch our July 4th fireworks show on the outfield grass at Banner Island Ballpark!  The ballpark will have THE BEST seats for the fireworks show so be sure to get your tickets in advance.

Get your tickets at or give us a call at 209-644-1900 for any questions concerning the availability of tickets.

Hope to see you at the ballpark soon!!

Go Ports!

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