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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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Know Thine Enemy: Ayala Bulldogs

When you hear that the Manteca boys basketball team’s CIF State championship matchup is against a team from Chino Hills, it might drop your jaw to the ground. After all, Chino Hills High is the No. 1-rated high school basketball team in the nation, and faces Concord-De La Salle for a CIF State Open Division [...]

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New Heat goalie has other talents

The Heat signed goaltender Mark Owuya toa Professional Tryout (PTO) contract on Friday, taking him from the roster of the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies. He’s an experienced guy, but there’s some interesting things about him which has nothing to do with hockey. His brother, Sebastian, played for the Stockton Thunder in 2011-2012. and Mark, a native [...]

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By the Numbers: Pacific baseball’s preseason

It’s serious business now. The Pacific baseball team has wrapped up its preseason games, and enters West Coast Conference play at BYU Thursday through Saturday. The Tigers (6-10) have had a stronger start than a year ago, though with a more realstic schedule. Here’s a “By the Numbers” look at what Pacific’s done so far, [...]

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Know Thine Enemy: Bishop O’Dowd Dragons

The Manteca boys basketball team is 32 minutes away from the program’s, and the city’s, first CIF Northern California championship. What stands in the Buffaloes’ way? Well, just the defending Open Division champion. No. 2 Manteca faces eighth-seeded Oakland-Bishop O’Dowd in the CIF NorCal Division III title game at 8 p.m. Saturday at American Canyon [...]

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Boys Basketball Player of the Year Watchlist

The Sac-Joaquin Section basketball playoff brackets will be unveiled on Thursday, Feb. 18. With that in mind, here’s a long list for The Record’s All-Area Player of the Year Watchlist. Not every team posts statistics on, so we went with names only, partially because there are so many who are in the mix. We [...]

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Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Vol. VI

The St. Mary’s boys basketball team doesn’t have the dazzling raw talent of section- or league-championship teams past. Yet this group gets every single cent out of this season, and that continued last week. St. Mary’s topped West 70-66 Wednesday in Tracy, sweeping the Wolf Pack in their Tri-City Athletic League series and forcing a [...]

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Girls Basketball Power Rankings: Vol. IV

From the first possession, you knew it was the kind of game that St. Mary’s thrives in. The first half of the St. Mary’s-Lincoln girls basketball rivalry featured 28 total fouls, and a wash of sloppy-but-intense transition defense, steals and errant passes. The Rams live for that chaos. Sure enough, St. Mary’s strolled to a [...]

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