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:

2016-

  • 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)

2017-

  • 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)

2018-

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

2020-

  • 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.

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More information: Contact Dee Dee Martinez, District Administrator, CA District 8 Little League, at dmailtp@earthlink.net

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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 www.stocktonports.com 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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Delta Athletics Year in Review

Mustang Athletics had arguably their best year ever during the 2014-15 season. Delta finished 7th in California in the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup, and 21st in the nation in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. These are Delta’s highest finishes ever in these Cup awards.

These Cups are the best measure of the competitive success of an entire athletic department. Both Cups recognize the success of two-year collegiate athletic departments based on team placement in the post-season championships. There are over 100 athletic departments competing in the NATYCAA Cup, and over 650 athletic departments competing in the Learfield Cup.

Links to the Cup Standings:

http://cccaasports.org/NATYCAA/index

http://cccaasports.org/Releases/2015_Learfield_Cup

Below is more information on the 2014-2015 season and some recent news

Academics and Transfer

  • Over 45% of Delta student-athletes have over a 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Over 50 Delta student-athletes have committed/signed to continue their educations and athletic careers at 4-year institutions. (We expect more signings throughout the summer)

Athletics

  • 12 of our 19 sports finished top 15 in the CCCAA State Championships.
  • Baseball – 2nd, Women’s Basketball – 3rd, Softball – 5th, Men’s Water Polo – 7th, Women’s Water Polo- 7th, Men’ Track & Field – 9th, Volleyball – 9th, Men’s Basketball- 9th, Women’s Swimming and Diving – 11th, Men’s Golf – 13th, Wrestling – 14th, Women’s Cross Country- 14th.
  • Three teams won the Big 8 Championships – Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, and Baseball.
  • 35 student-athletes received All State/All American honors.

Mustangs and former Mustangs in the Major League Baseball Draft (round-name-team)

  • 17 Cameron Leeper SF Giants (LH Pitcher)
  • 33 Collin Theroux Minnesota Twins (Catcher)
  • 38  Dean Kramer SD Padres (RH Pitcher)
  • 25 Marcus Mastrobouni Chicago Cubs graduated from CSU Stanislaus(Catcher)
  • 26 Jordan Devencenzi Oakland A’s  graduated from Reno Nevada (catcher)

Former Mustang Roderick Townsend excels in USA Paralympic Nationals

  • Roderick (Stockton, California) finished with 3 gold medals and one silver at the USA Paralympic Nationals
  • His 2.07 meter mark in the men’s F12/42-47 high jump was a new world record of 2.07.
  • He also won the men’s 100 and long jump and finished 2nd in the triple jump.

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Ports Season in Full Swing

It is tough to believe but the Stockton Ports 2015 season is almost at the halfway point!  The Ports are currently in the heat of a playoff race tied for second place in the North Division with 4 more home games before the All-Star break.  The team returns home starting Thursday, June 18th with a quick four game home stand against the Bakersfield Blaze leading into the All-Star break.  The upcoming home stand features the following promotions:

 

Thursday, June 18th – Thursday Hat Giveaway (First 750 fans)

 

Friday, June 19th – Knock Prostate Cancer Out of the Ballpark with Jersey Auction and Free Shirt Friday (First 1,000 fans)

 

Saturday, June 20th- Honor Stockton Night with postgame Fireworks

 

Sunday, June 21st- Matt Olson Bobblehead Giveaway

 

As part of our Honor Stockton night any Stockton resident who presents a Stockton license at the Ports Box Office will receive $7 Field Box tickets for the Saturday night game with fireworks!

 

After this exciting but brief home stand the Ports will head on the road for four games but will return home from June 30th through July 3rd.  Make sure to stop by our July 3rd Independence Day Celebration to catch our postgame Fireworks.

 

Make sure to get your tickets at www.stocktonports.com or give us a call at 209-644-1900.

 

Hope to see you at the ballpark soon!!

Go Ports!

 

 

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Little League Tournament begins this Weekend

Little League Tournament of Champions Underway

The CA District 8 Little League Tournament of Champions gets underway this Saturday, June 13, 2015, with teams from 12 area leagues competing in the double-elimination baseball tournament. Morada Little League is hosting the Junior and Intermediate tournaments, while Sundown Little League plays host to the Major division tournament and Sunset Little League is hosting the Minor division teams. Little League fans can find more tournament information on the District 8 website—D8LL.org. The tournaments run through June 22, 2015.

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Delta College Athletics Update

Eric Sloan set the nation’s leading mark in the triple jump with a distance of 54-0 feet!  He broke the stadium record distance at the

De Anza Invitational and re broke Delta’s school record (53-6) which he earned last year.

Baseball went 4-0 in Big 8 play to remain undefeated at 18-0!

 

Mustang women’s basketball played their hearts out in a semifinal loss at the CCCAA State Championships at Cerritos College. In recognition of the team’s success head coach Gina Johnson was named the NorCal Coach of the Year! Thank you to the large crowd of family, friends, and Delta faculty/staff who made the trip down south to support their team.

 

Our home events this week are: Baseball Thursday at 2:30, Swimming Invitational Saturday at 10:00, and a Softball doubleheader Saturday at noon.

 

Baseball: The Mustangs are still undefeated at 18-0. This past week they went 4-0 in Big 8 play sweeping Santa Rosa (4-0, 5-1, 10-4) and today defeating American River 8-5. This week they have two more games against American River with the home game on Thursday at 2:30.

Women’s Basketball: The Mustangs lost to Mt. Sac in the state semifinals 53-60 to finish 3rd in the state for the second year in a row. Another great season! Individual honors include Selina Moore named 1st team All-State, Nishalina Buksh named Academic All-State, and Gina Johnson named the NorCal Coach of The Year.

Men’s Golf: Men’s golf finished 3rd in Big 8 #6 at Whitney Oaks Golf Course in Rocklin. Final scores were: (Par 71) Santa Rosa 382, Folsom 402, Delta 423, Am River 426, Sierra 432, and Modesto 430. Delta individual scores were Nathan Mallett 81, Eric Lewis 83, George Thomas 84, Raymon Tira 86, Konner Keefer 89, and Sean Beach 89. They have a break from competition this week and compete again on March 24th.

Softball: The Mustangs went 2-2 this week. They defeated Santa Rosa 4-1, lost two to CRC (3-6, 4-7) and today defeated ARC 7-6 in 9 innings. They are 15-10 on the year. This Saturday they have a double header at home vs Diablo Valley starting at noon.

Swimming and Diving: The teams swept Shasta in home meet with the men winning 91-15 and the women 95-11. Jon Sotelo had three victories for the Mustangs. He won individually in the 50 freestyle (22.79) and teamed with Tyler Maroney, Everett Vernon and Ian Torres to with the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.28). Sotelo, Torres, Kevin Oetken and Julian Carvajal won the medley relay (1:45.90). On the women’s side Megan Jessen won the one-meter diving competition (157.425) and the three-meter (106.95). They are hosting the Delta Invitational at 10:00 this Saturday.

Track & Field: Last week they competed at the DeAnza Invitational. Top performances by the men included Eric Sloan’s nation leading leap of 54 ft in the triple jump, Melvin Flax 1st shot 2nd discus, Andre Lindsey 1st in 110 Hurdles, Khari Dobbins 1st 400, Jermaine Williams 2nd 400, William Mafi 2nd 100, the 4 X 100 team finished 1st, and Delta finished 2nd (Ben Deckert) and 3rd (Walter Warneke) in the pol vault. The women’s top performances included Celeste Sterling 3rd in shot and Javelin, Isabella Iohsen 1st hammer, Ronieka Robinson 3rd 100 3rd long, Nassima Barksdale 2nd 100 3rd 400, Zahra Momini 2nd 5000, Antonique Newson-Henry 3rd 110 hurdles, Erica Roboncho 2nd pole vault and 4 X 100 relay 1st. This Friday they compete in the Hornet Invitational at CSU Sacramento.

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Delta College Women’s Basketball Return to California Final 4

The Women’s Basketball Team for Delta College is returning to the Final Four round of the CCCAA State Championships.  The lady mustangs will take on San Antonio College tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm.  If they win that game, Delta will compete for the championship on Sunday at 3:30.  Be sure to cheer on your local team!

Keep track of the tournament at:  http://www.cccaasports.org/sports/wbkb/2014-15/2015_WOMENS_STATE_BRACKET.pdf

 

 

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New AHL Team Name – Finalists are Revealed

The Calgary Flames have reveal the five finalist names for the AHL team set to begin play in Stockton during Fall 2015.

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton AHL franchise, owned by the Calgary Flames, announce the five names that have made the final cut from the “Name the AHL Team” contest. The American Hockey League franchise will be known as the Stockton Blaze, Stockton Fire, Stockton Heat, Stockton Inferno or the Stockton Scorch.

The winning name, which will be selected by the Calgary organization, will be announced soon and the winning fan will be awarded the grand prize of season tickets for the inaugural AHL season.

“We were simply blown away by the amount of names submitted,” Team President Dave Piecuch said. “We received thousands of submissions from all over the Central Valley, and even a few from Alberta, and it seems that the overwhelming majority would like to see the AHL team branded similar to that of the parent Calgary Flames hockey club.”

The Flames name was originally used in Atlanta for the expansion Atlanta Flames NHL club back in 1971. When the team moved to Calgary in 1980 the name was retained and the flaming “C” has been the trademark ever since.

Throughout the Flame’s history, the team’s AHL affiliation tends to play off the big club’s moniker, being known as the St. John Flames from 1993-2003, the Quad City Flames in 2007-09, the Abbotsford Heat from 2009-14 and currently the Adirondack Flames.

Fans can reserve their seats for the first season of AHL hockey in Stockton by calling (209) 373-1500. For more information, visit StocktonThunder.com/ahl.

 

*Story courtesy of Stockton Thunder

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