SAN ANDREAS - Weston Ranch High was outnumbered, outmatched and ultimately outmuscled in its 34-7 season-opening loss to Calaveras Friday.
MODESTO - Sierra was in no celebratory mood on a muggy Thursday night following a 38-28 win over Grace Davis at Downey High's Chuck Hughes Stadium.
The ride to the Valley Oak League season won't be a smooth one for Manteca High. Starting with Galt Friday, Manteca will embark on a pre-league schedule featuring two tradition-rich programs and another that appears to be on the rise. The Buffaloes, who haven't lost a season opener in the 2000s but has had some close calls, will find out just how good they really are before kicking off conference play Sept. 24. "Week 1 ...
STOCKTON - The Sac-Joaquin Section overhauled its postseason format for football last season and has made a few minor tweaks for 2010.
Patience and persistence paid off for Corey Navarro. He enters his ninth year with Manteca High's softball team this spring as its head coach, a position Navarro has coveted throughout his tenure with the program. He interviewed for the job and accepted it last week. Navarro, who is also on staff with the school's varsity football team, coached at the lower levels for seven seasons before serving as an assistant under Todd Hardcastle last year. ...
RIPON - Keith Terpsma doesn't know what to expect this season when his Ripon Christian boys soccer team heads into Southern League play for the first time.
It had been a while since East Union's varsity football players got to hit others from another team.
Based on 2009 records, Ripon's zero-week pairing with host Ceres looks like a mismatch. The Indians went 7-4 and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs for the first time in three years. Ceres, formerly of the Valley Oak League and now in the Western Athletic Conference, was oh-fer and hasn't won a game since beating East Union on Nov. 7, 2008. The 2010 Bulldogs can snap another dubious streak tonight. They haven't won ...
Clarence Goes needed a right-hand man. So back in 2007, he went to the former coach of current coaches. Allan Green was the head coach of the Manteca United Minutemen of the semi-professional Central California Soccer League back in the early 1990s. Goes was on the team as a player. As were brothers Manuel and Joe Pires, who are now Sierra High's highly-successful varsity and frosh-soph girls soccer teams. Sierra's varsity boys coach, Jose Montes, ...
School is in session and cooler weather is on the horizon. It must be football season. But wait, it's August. That's right, folks, football now begins two weeks earlier than we're used to, so if you have the feeling that the season is fast approaching, well, it is. The countdown to kickoff begins now. 5 seniors poised for breakout season Matt Burrows (Manteca QB; 6-1, 241) is Manteca's unquestioned starter after limited, yet ...
One of the best football teams in East Union school history didn't even make the playoffs back in 1993 when it triumphed in eight of 10 games.
The 2009 season was one marked by gut-wrenching losses for the Manteca Buffaloes. None was more brutally painful than the 35-28 loss to Casa Roble in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. The ninth-seeded Rams were standing on wobbled legs by the midway point of the third quarter, down 28-3 on the road. Their special teams kept them in the fight. A field goal with 3:36 left in the third was ...
The pressure of getting that first Valley Oak League championship in school history is finally lifted after sharing the title with Oakdale in 2009 - Sierra's 15th varsity season.
Week No. 1 Lathrop's grand entrance into the varsity ranks wasn't so grand. Not for the Spartans, anyway. Sierra, where many Spartans played prior to their school opening, put up 35 unanswered points while star RB Jarrod Daniels had 138 yards and four TDs on just seven carries - all in the first quarter. It was also Lathrop's first varsity home game, which ended in a 55-0 loss. Other Week 1 highlights: ...
Goodbye Ceres and Central Valley, and good riddance. The Valley Oak League's top two boys soccer schools in 2008 and 09 are now in the Western Athletic Conference as part of the Sac-Joaquin Section-wide realignment, and the consensus among coaches who lead Manteca Unified schools is that the conference title is now up for grabs. Sierra (11-2-3, 17-8-3 overall), the only team from the area to advance to the SJS Division IV playoffs out of ...
Manteca High seniors Alex Laurel and Billy Sharmoug were both selected to the Sacramento Valley Chapter's National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame All-Sac-Joaquin Section football team.
STOCKTON - The Cordova boys basketball team is still undefeated – barely
The growing pains continued for East Union on Wednesday, when 20 turnovers kept them from getting over the hump against host Riverbank in a 41-38 loss.
Alex Laurel has broken Manteca High records and won championships in his ongoing breakthrough senior season.
Sierra regrouped at halftime after a rough-and-tumble start to its nonleague affair with visiting Stagg on Tuesday.
East Union's first-year boys basketball coach Ryan Tarr will finally get to conduct a practice session tonight after his Lancers were in competition mode in six of the last seven days.
Jim Agostini refuses to use youth as an excuse.
Sierra was unable to recover from a slow start in its 57-52 loss to Golden Valley in Merced this past Saturday.
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STOCKTON - Rain. Running clock. Ring.
Jacob LeDon is arguably the best player that few outside of Manteca High's football team know about.
Olivia Vezaldenos and the East Union girls basketball team started the season with a bang Thursday in Modesto.
Brandon Dabney hopes to be the speed bump that slows down the lightningrod receiver nicknamed "Wheels."
Three area wrestling teams had rough season-opening duals Wednesday night.
LATHROP - Lathrop High's boys basketball team showed flashes of how good it can be under first-year head coach Nathan McGrath in Tuesday's 60-36 victory over Stagg.