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Prep Softball Power Rankings: Vol. IV

The top of The Record’s coverage area’s high school softball crop is playing at an unreal level. On Tuesday, it was as if multiple players were vying to become our All-Area MVP… a month early. Sierra sophomore Lindsey Walljasper fired a perfect game against Valley Oak League and intra-city rival Manteca, an excellent hitting team, [...]

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Prep Baseball Power Rankings: Vol. IV

The Lincoln baseball team, though it may not want to hear it, is having a similar season to rival St. Mary’s. After the Class of 2014-15, both of their rosters were supposed to be ravaged. It was Tracy’s time to reign over the Tri-City Athletic League, returning the vast majority of a squad that was [...]

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Prep Softball Power Rankings: Vol. II

The East Union softball team faces one heck of a test tomorrow. East Union hosts co-Valley Oak League leader Oakdale at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Northgate in Manteca. The Mustangs and Lancers have a combined nine VOL titles. Read about that and more from the VOL rivalry series, in this piece by The Modesto Bee’s [...]

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Prep Baseball Power Rankings: Vol. II

Welcome back to The Record’s prep baseball power rankings. There was a shake-up in the Tri-City Athletic League today, but my No. 1 large-schools team remains. Remember, the large schools are taken from the TCAL, San Joaquin Athletic Association and Valley Oak League. The new small-school rankings are taken from the Mother Lode League, Trans-Valley [...]

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Prep Softball Power Rankings: Vol. I

The rest of the state’s Division III should be happy there’s not a CIF State softball championship system. Because East Union would be an absolute terror to face. The Lancers are unbeaten thus far, have excellent junior starting pitchers in Delaney Pamplin and Mikayla Bongi, and some devastatingly-good hitters like Sam Owen and Michelle Castro. [...]

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Prep Baseball Power Rankings: Vol. 1

A team batting average of .347. Forty-three extra-base hits. A cumulative earned-run average of 2.57. Some numbers may be deceiving, but when looking at its statistics, it’s quite easy to see why the Tracy baseball team is off to an 11-2 start overall and a 1-0 start in the Tri-City Athletic League. That’s why Tracy [...]

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Gameday Preview: Bishop O’Dowd at Weston Ranch

One phrase comes to mind for a No. 8 seed in a Division III bracket, that is in actuality a reigning CIF State Open Division champion. Bracket-buster. And eighth-seeded Oakland-Bishop O’Dowd boys basketball is attempting to become exactly that, visiting No. 1 Weston Ranch in a CIF NorCal Division III quarterfinal at 6 p.m. today [...]

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East Union softball No. 10 in state

The East Union softball team has a history of recent excellence. But this may be the best we’ve ever seen the Lancers. East Union is No. 10 in Cal-Hi Sports’ Preseason Softball State Rankings: No. 3 in Northern California and tops in the Sac-Joaquin Section. The Lancers went 30-3 in 2015, and as the No. [...]

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Party of Five: Area boys teams in Div. I bracket

To say the five area boys basketball teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I bracket have a difficult road ahead of them is like saying The Rolling Stones have had a hard time saying goodbye to touring. Well, duh. No. 8 St. Mary’s is the only area team with a home game, facing No. 9 [...]

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Weston Ranch, Manteca stand strong in NorCal rankings

  The Weston Ranch boys basketball team has history in its hands. Weston Ranch is No. 1 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff bracket, and ranked No. 14 in Northern California in the latest regional rankings via MaxPreps and The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson. The Cougars have won 14 consecutive games, all in the [...]

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