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Patriarch of local racing family passes away

Sad news for the local racing community: Ron Strmiska Sr. has passed away. Anyone involved in the sport in San Joaquin County has heard of the Strmiska Family. Ron Sr. was the patriarch, beginning his career at Stockton 99 in the early 1970s. He won two track titles, plenty of races and thrilled fans with [...]

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Calaveras County parties before — and likely after — Dillashaw’s win

As promised, Calaveras County showed up to support the local sports hero. T.J. Dillashaw’s wife, Rebecca, said during Thursday’s media day that she wouldn’t be surprised if the whole town of Angels Camp showed up to her husband’s UFC Bantamweight title fight Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. And she was close, as hundreds [...]

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Another blow for UFC

Losing your promised main event the day before the pay-per-view is not good for business. Angels Camp Product T.J. Dillashaw was set to defend his UFC bantamweight crown against former champ Renan Barao today at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, but Barao pulled out of the bout because he because ill while trying to make [...]

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Cal-Hi Sports places locals on Preseason all-Sac-Joaquin Section squad

All that really matters is kickoff Friday, and the season thereafter. However, you can’t help but appreciate the statewide recognition some local football players are getting. Cal-Hi Sports has been releasing its preseason lists throughout the past couple weeks, and unveiled its Sac-Joaquin Section squad Wednesday evening. Here’s a look at the locals from Stockton, [...]

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Local Prep Football Schedule: Week 0

Can you taste it? I can. High school football is on the doorstep, and it all begins Friday with a wonderful slate of games in Stockton, San Joaquin and the Mother Lode. I’ve been talking Stagg-Lincoln all week, but we should have reporters at Calaveras-McNair, Del Campo-Edison, Sierra-Ripon and more. And, even though I know [...]

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Players to Watch: Stagg-Lincoln

Our opening Game of the Week might not just be the best in Stockton. It’s one of the biggest matchups in the Sac-Joaquin Section. Lincoln, ranked No. 14 in MaxPreps’ Top 25 SJSCIF Preseason rankings, hosts Stagg at 7:30 p.m. That’s the same Stagg team which went a perfect 5-0 to win the Tri-City Athletic [...]

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The Good, The Bad and The Grassy: Manteca’s Levi’s Stadium game delayed

 (HIME ROMERO/MANTECA BULLETIN) Is there any greater irony than the fact that the old, dingy, nearly-dead Candlestick Park might’ve been a better high school football showcase venue than the glitzy, gaudy, Silicon Valley-tinted Levi’s Stadium. Answer, no. At least, not for this season. The 49ers and Levi’s Stadium announced today that the doubleheader between Manteca-Wilcox [...]

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Brookside Christian hires Wilburn as girls basketball coach

If there’s one thing the new Brookside Christian girls basketball coach needed, it was championship pedigree. Check. The Knights announced they’d hired Pico Wilburn Tuesday, replacing Que Ngo and his four-year tenure. Ngo went 110-21, with three Sac-Joaquin Section championships and a NorCal crown. Wilburn has four league championships, two Oakland Section titles, and oh [...]

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Back in Action: Top VOL Football Returners

The Valley Oak League has become a hall of champions. The new VOL, an eight-team gauntlet, has Central Catholic (17 Sac-Joaquin Section championships, back-to-back NorCal and state titles), Manteca (4 SJSCIF titles, NorCal bowl appearance last season) and Oakdale (2013 NorCal D-II champion, three SJSCIF banners). Not to mention a playoff team in Sierra, along [...]

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Thunder makes good and familiar hire

Sometimes the obvious choice is the best. Bringing back Dave Piecuch to become the new president of the Thunder was an obvious move, and the correct one. A former vice president of sales from the time when the franchise led the ECHL in attendance, he brings a nice combination of youth, experience and familiarity. The [...]

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