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Final Prep Baseball, Softball Power Rankings

Here they are, my final edition of high school baseball and softball power rankings for The Record’s coverage area in spring 2016. Playoffs are here, and in other sports, as well, so that’s where my focus rests. These are nearly mirror images of last week’s rankings. The only change comes in large-school baseball. Manteca falls [...]

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Prep Softball Power Rankings: Vol. VI

While East Union, the reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champion, has been the obvious top dog in my large-school Prep Softball Power Rankings, the bottom three teams in the top five have shuffled early and often. St. Mary’s and Tracy have flip-flopped, for sure, and it’s happened again. Tracy has finished its Tri-City Athletic league [...]

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East Union softball soars into national Top 25

The East Union softball team (20-0, 12-0 Valley Oak League), is rolling through VOL play yet again, and have sparkled in big moments this season, like with Alejandra Rascon’s walk-off home run against Oakdale, and the Lancers’ extra-inning win at rival Sierra. East Union, which has been ranked 11th in Cal-Hi Sports’ state rankings for [...]

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St. Mary’s Cayton looking outside of Nebraska

The bad news: St. Mary’s senior guard Mi’Cole Cayton was ecstatic to play for Nebraska women’s basketball and longtime coach Connie Yori. But Yori has resigned for what she called personal reasons, likely after being accused of mistreating her players and creating a negative culture, leaving Cayton devastated, according to Cayton has been granted [...]

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All-Area Softball Player of the Year Watchlist

Brian Goulart has seen a long string of exceptional softball players in his 15 years as East Union coach. Michelle Castro, though, may be having the best season he’s seen. Goulart declared that after a recent win at Manteca. And Castro, a commit to William Penn in Iowa, is certainly backing him up with phenomenal [...]

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All-Area Baseball Player of the Year Watchlist

High school baseball home runs were already hard enough to come by. As boys, not yet men physically, learn to hit with power, they don’t start parking the ball over the fence overnight. Especially now that the bats are weaker than they used to be. In May of 2009, the NCAA sought to take away [...]

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Updated Softball Power Rankings

Nothing seems to faze the East Union softball team. The Lancers (16-0, 8-0 Valley Oak League), the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champions, are ranked 11th in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, 48th in the nation via MaxPreps’ computer rankings and are on a 19-game winning streak dating to last May. East Union stunned Oakdale [...]

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Updated Prep Baseball Power Rankings

The Tracy baseball team kept pounding on the door, but St. Mary’s wouldn’t relent. Yes, the Bulldogs loaded the bases in three consecutive innings, before the Rams eventually sealed their 5-2 win on Monday at St. Mary’s High in Stockton, taking a two-game lead in the Tri-City Athletic League standings. Tracy, though, got its revenge [...]

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Introducing the Lions North All-Stars

The initial 30-man roster for the District 4-A1 Lions North All-Star football team has been unveiled. The group is going to guided by Don Norton, the Stagg coach for the past 11 seasons who also coached the North stars in 2010. Here’s a look at each player, and one sentence from me on what they [...]

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By the Numbers: Manteca goes to state

The last time a boys basketball team from San Joaquin County won a state championship, none of the current Manteca Buffaloes were born. That about says it. Manteca, after defeating Oakland-Bishop O’Dowd 70-45 in the CIF NorCal Division III final on Saturday night at American Canyon High, has reached the first CIF State title game [...]

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