Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Introducing...Odds and Ends

As the Spot sits here munching down on a homemade Chicken Salad Wrap (ingredients ala Trader Joe’s), we’d like to introduce a new weekly feature: Odds and ends.  Odds and ends will feature briefs on stories you might have missed during the week, along with some weekend activities to keep you out and about in the Central Valley Sporting landscape.  So, for your reading pleasure (as I finish off my Wrap)…

For those of you expecting Hilmar’s own Nate Costa to just walk into the starting QB spot at the University of Oregon (due to Jeremiah Massoli’s stint as a wanna be extra on “COPS”) well, as Lee Corso would say on College Gameday…”Not so fast my friends”…Redshirt Sophmore Darron Thomas is also in the mix, and according to Oregon Coach Chip Kelly, “Fortunaltey for us, we don’t have to pick a starter till New Mexico….that’s a long ways away”.

Yes Fresno State Bulldog fans…we have a couple bones to throw your way also….

According to the Fresno Bee, the Contract extension with Coach Pat Hill that was announced on December 13 still hasn’t been signed…hmmm….does it really take this long to dot the “I’s” and cross the “T’s”?

The Bulldogs have released their official schedule for the 2010 football season.  Among the highlights are trips to Bulldog Stadium by Big East Champs the University of Cincinatti Bearcats and the Big 10’s University of Illinois Fighting Illini.  The Bulldogs will also be making a trip to the land of Dixie to take on Cotton Bowl Champ the Ole’ Miss Rebels.

Two valley basketball products are transferring from their respective Pac-10 schools, most likely to look for more playing time.  D.J. Seeley (Modesto Christian/Tokay) is leaving Cal and Xavier Thames (Elk Grove) is leaving Washington St….might there be some valley college programs looking for an infusion of talent?

Congrats to Pacific’s Joe Ford, who was just named to the mid-major All-Defensive Team and the CIT all tournament team (along with Pacific’s Sam Willard).

Help wanted:  The following high school programs currently have the help wanted sign out for their Boys Basketball Programs: Venture Academy (Stockton), Big Valley Christian (Modesto), Wilton Christian (Sacramento) and Atwater High School.  On the Girls side of things, Cordova in Sacramento is looking…who has their resumes out?

Calling all basketball coaches: Former college assistant and head coach Terry Battenberg will be holding a coaches clinic on April 17th at Mesa Verde High School in Citrus Heights focusing on the offensive transition game and getting the most out of your team’s fast break.  In the Spot’s past life as a High School Basketball Coach, he attended one of Coach Battenberg’s clinic’s and found it to be well worth the time! For more information go to

Stanford Women’s Basketball Coach Tara Vander Vere would like to see the NCAA tournament expanded to 96 teams…apparently they have stopped teaching common sense down on the Farm.

Out and About this weekend
Looking for something to do this Easter Weekend?  Here are a few options!

Stockton Ports Fan Fest- Saturday April 3rd 2pm to 5pm:  A free fan event where fans of all ages are invited to attend and enjoy a variety of fun activities including an easter egg hunt, taking some swings in the batting cages and playing catch on the field!

Fresno State Softball Double Header vs. Boise State- Saturday April 3rd 1pm and 3pm at Bulldog Diamond- Watch the perennial national title contenders Lady ‘Dogs as they take on Boise State (minus the smurf turf) for a Saturday double header…let’s play two!

Sacramento State Baseball vs. UC Santa Barbara- Saturday April 3rd 1pm at Hornet Field:  Hey, it’s gotta be more exciting and less frustrating than watching the State Legislature in action!

Looking to get in a good pre-Easter jog?...then check out these options:
Saturday April 3rd:

That’s all for now Spot fans…till next time…

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