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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A new year, a new push forward…

It is no secret that the City of Stockton has gone through its challenges. However, 2015 will mark a new, a time for moving forward, and a time to grow into a new roll. The team at Visit Stockton has been pushing hard for the past couple years to promote Stockton to all that may bring business to our city, now it is time for everyone to rally together and do it with us.

As Visit Stockton representatives travel around to meet with potential event organizers, we are often asked about past events, how they went, and how the attendance was at these events. With this, supporting Stockton’s growth can be as simple as attending a sporting event or community function. This simple act means much more than just occupying a seat at the event. This act shows the rest of the country that our city rallies behind events and should they choose to bring their event to town, the event will be a successful one.

There are other opportunities to get involved to help Stockton grow. Visit Stockton introduced a program nearly two years ago, our Certified Ambassador program. Designed to give residents and employees in the are the resources to assist visitors, the program has certified nearly 200 people in town. We are always looking for additional help and do what we can to show appreciation for those that join us. For more information, contact Megan at the Visit Stockton office (209) 938-1555, or click here.

Or, you can help in a more hands on approach. Reach out to a local sporting event organizer, or community event organizer. Whether it be a local little league, sports club, or anything like that, they always need additional help and I know it would be appreciated. A little help goes a long ways and although it may be hard to picture exactly what your value is, trust me…it is appreciated more than you can imagine.

Now, looking forward to the beginning of sporting events in 2015, the first community sporting event is the St. Mary’s High School MLK Girls Basketball tournament. Held on MLK holiday weekend, this tournament showcases the rich history of girls basketball at the school and brings in teams from across the area. For more information on this tournament, click here.

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Following a record breaking year of sports, the momentum continues…

2014 was a record breaking year for sports in the City of Stockton.  We hosted two National Championships, one World Finals and 9 collegiate conference championships.  Not to mention countless other events that kept our fields, courts and facilities busy.

Well, very happy to say that 2015 (and beyond) continue to look bigger and brighter.  2015 will see a Junior Olympics event, a World Finals, and at least 7 collegiate conference championships (with more to be announced).  Plus, our softball and baseball fields are being utilized almost every weekend of the year next year!

Some of the key events to look out for include the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships.  This event comes to Stockton for the first time and will be held at the Stockton Arena from March 5-7, 2015.  For those that don’t know, the CCAA is the home conference of the local California State Stanislaus Warriors.  The city will definitely want to come out in full force to support this event and watch some fast paced, high quality basketball.  Once the CCAA wraps up their basketball championships, their staff will return to town three more times for their Golf Championships (Brookside Golf & Country Club), Softball Championships (Arnaiz Softball Complex) and Baseball Championships (Klein Family Field at the University of the Pacific).

Following the CCAA, the West Coast Conference comes into town with their Conference Baseball Championships.  This event is always a special one as the championship game is on ESPN nationwide.  However, 2015 makes it even more special for two reasons…our local Pacific Tigers have great chance of making the tournament, and 2015 is the last year of the contract with the event being in Stockton.  The ballpark staff and Visit Stockton staff are currently negotiating an extension, but how awesome would it be to pack the park to show them we want them here?

June brings us the USA Racquetball Junior Olympics event.  This event is a week-long championships for youth from all over the country.  Although the event will be based at the In-Shape Sport facility off of West Lane, it will also utilize the other In-Shape facilities that have racquetball courts.

Then in September, we once again have the EVP World Finals of Beach Volleyball on the beautiful campus of the University of the Pacific.  This facility is state of the art, and the athletes loved playing here in 2014.  If you missed it, you’ll definitely want to come the last weekend of September and see it before it leaves!

I’m very happy to say, this is only a small segment of our sporting events for 2015.  To check on other events, please feel free to visit our website visitstockton.org.

And of course, it doesn’t stop with 2015, Visit Stockton and the local facilities are working to bring the city numerous other events in future years, including the NCAA Women’s Basketball Regionals, NCAA Golf Regionals and various other championship events.  If you have any ideas on possible events for our city to host, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

On behalf of everyone at Visit Stockton, thank you for making 2014 such a fantastic year.  Our city truly rallies around sporting events and it makes our job that much easier to show potential event organizers just what they’ll get when they come to town.  Have a wonderful New Years, and here’s to a great 2015.

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Fleet Feet Sports Stockton announces 10th Annual Resolution Run & Walk – New Years Eve Night

Fleet Feet Sports Stockton is pleased to announce the 10th annual Resolution Run & Walk – New Years Eve night – December 31st.

At the stroke of midnight, enjoy a family friendly 2 mile run or walk though Lincoln Center and the Lincoln Village neighborhood. Enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, cookies, treats and great friends. Entry is $20 and includes a custom long sleeve t-shirt and raffle ticket for over $2000 in raffle prizes and gift certificates to be given away that night. Wear your best pajamas for a special prize.

For more information or to register, visit www.fleetfeetstockton.com or contact Fleet Feet Sports at (209) 952-1446

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