Manteca Little League's minor-division all-stars surged into the District 67 Little League Tournament quarterfinals with two wins this past weekend in Tracy.
Matt Burrows has a big arm.
She is as comfortable with a racquet in her hands as she is a soccer ball at her feet.
Thirteen meet records fell at the Hughson Sea Dogs Invitational Saturday, and nine of the new marks belong to area swimmers.
The fifth time was the charm for Amy Haapanen.
The Manteca Little League Brewers earned their third title of the season Saturday at Las Palmas Ball Fields in Patterson.
The 2011 season was one of many memorable moments for East Union High junior Steven Gigli, the Bulletin's All-Area Baseball MVP.
LATHROP - The everyday grind of an NBA coach was evident in the tired red eyes of Scott Brooks Friday at Lathrop High, where over 50 kids took part in the Manteca Unified School District Basketball Camp this week.
Championships are nothing new to Allison Walljasper, but they were to Sierra High's softball team before the imposing 6-foot-1 freshman lifted the program to unprecedented heights.
Area girls soccer players ages 14 and older have the opportunity to learn from a former professional this Saturday at Woodward Park.
Stephanie Vanni had already been a part of two Valley Oak League championship teams.
The Manteca FC Newcastle under-11 girls soccer team captured the U.S. Club Soccer National Cup X Regional championship in the Super Group division this past weekend at Ripon's Mistlin Sports Complex.
MODESTO - If there is any consistency in the life of 27-year-old Mantecan Amy Haapanen, it's inconsistency.
A self-described "athletic snob" who seeks perfection in every race, Paul Lyons IV has made great strides - figuratively and literally speaking - in his short but phenomenal career as a high school hurdler.
Jerrica Hauck has the hair for the dramatic.
RIPON - The Ripon boys water polo team had shredded Valley Oak League competition leading up to Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale against Sonora, winning each contest by no less than seven goals.
Help is on the way for East Union and Weston Ranch, and just in time for their Week-9 Valley Oak League tussle at Dino Cunial Field.
Ripon can forget about that over-the-top pre-league schedule that led to its 1-4 start.
Mahir Pepic asked Manteca High head coach Rick Cuevas to bark out his time while nearing the 2-mile mark at the Eagal Lakes Resort 3.1-mile course.
Ripon showed no drop off with reserves getting ample playing time in Wednesday's three-game rout (25-11, 25-15, 25-12) of visiting Modesto Christian.
Manteca held its own against Central Catholic and nearly forced a fifth set in a 25-19, 13-25, 21-25, 24-26 Valley Oak League loss Tuesday in Modesto.
Ripon Christian secured the outright claim to the Southern League championship with Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Denair.
Vista del Lago and Christian Brothers players took turns taking pictures with their prizes on the 18th green at Manteca Park Golf Course.
Ripon had two golfers finish in the top 10 in Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament held at Micke Grove Golf Links, but both played their final round of the season.
It all comes down to Wednesday's winner-take-all Valley Oak League finale between cross-town foes Manteca and East Union.
East Union lined up in victory formation on its own 5, down 35-21 in the final seconds of its intra-city duel at Sierra's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Sealy McAdams and Elizabeth Tolbert's last two matches in Thursday's Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament held at East Union had entirely different endings.
Alyssa Burch hosted another block party at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Thursday.
Injury-hampered Ripon gave up two second-half goals by Ulises Ramirez on set pieces and are now in danger of not repeating as league champions no thanks to Thursday's 2-0 loss at Escalon.
East Union considered last week's game with Lathrop to be its "Super Bowl."