Robert Ladiges' coronation as the Valley Oak League's Most Valuable Player in 2010 came with little surprise.
Cruz Hernandez's value to the East Union High boys soccer team can't be measured by the amount of goals he scores, or the ones that he assists.
Everything East Union likes to do, Armijo did better in a wildly-entertaining non-league girls basketball game Thursday at Dalben Center.
Ripon High cross country head coach Paul Calkins and assistant Jill McPherson saw something in Jessica Betancourt that she herself did not.
TRACY - Weston Ranch High's boys basketball team bolted out to a 12-0 lead against Johansen of Modesto in a semifinal game of the 22nd Annual Tracy Winter Holiday Classic Wednesday, but the sizzling start wasn't necessarily a good thing.
Ricky Morris was a few steps from extending his 2009 season by another 5,000 meters.
Shalane Jackson lassoed 20 rebounds to go with 14 points, but she was on the bench with five foul as East Union High's girls basketball team went into overtime against visiting Grace Davis of Modesto Tuesday.
TRACY - The youth and inexperience of rebuilding Linden and fledgling Lathrop were painfully evident in their Tracy Winter Holiday Classic consolation-bracket clash at West High Tuesday.
Sierra High's girls basketball team had a chance to get even with Ripon Monday but lost 46-34 in the first round of the Cosumnes Oaks Classic in Elk Grove.
TRACY - File this one under the "and it wasn't that close" category.
The early-season struggles continued for Manteca High's boys basketball team Friday in the winner's-bracket semifinal of the Anderson Holiday Invitational.
RIPON - Ripon Christian's girls basketball team may have lost do-it-all forward Kelsey Tillema to graduation, but the Knights have gained depth.
Sierra High's boys basketball team struggled to convert shots taken inside the 3-point arc Tuesday against visiting Ripon.
Lathrop High's first-ever varsity boys basketball victory didn't come as easily as head coach J.J. Ramirez had hoped Tuesday.
In a game played at a high-tempo, and sometimes wildly out-of-control, pace Monday, it took a deep breath and poise at the free-throw line to finally decide it.
Joshua Patton had a goal in mind when he first stepped foot on the Sierra High campus as a freshman.
There are two sides to Alyssa Cantu, Weston Ranch's groundbreaking wrestler who took second in the CIF State Girls Championships last month at the Visalia Convention Center.
Guss Schmiedt Field hasn't been too kind to Sierra's girls soccer team the last two years.
The Manteca High boys swim team outlasted host East Union 89-81 in a nip-and-tuck Valley Oak League meet Thursday.
East Union graduate Jason Cortez Jr. and Nico Lozada didn't take long to get acquainted in a co-feature bout for The Titans Cage 7 event held at McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento this past Saturday.
Ripon rallied for seven runs in the first two innings and never looked back in a 10-2 rout of host Riverbank on Tuesday.
The Sierra High boys track and field team are in line to capture its first Valley Oak League championship since 2011.
Desperate for a spark in the offensive third, Ripon coach Jamie DeBruyn has looked to a defender and a goalie for help as the Trans-Valley League race for three postseason berths heads down the final stretch.
Donning pink jerseys, Manteca blanked Lathrop 3-0 in the annual Kicking for the Cure game hosted at Guss Schmiedt Field on Tuesday night.
East Union may be peaking at just the right time.
Two big wins from the bottom half of its singles ladder propelled Manteca High's boys tennis team to a pivotal 6-3 win over visiting Sonora on Monday.
The area's two best offensive linemen along with two record-breaking skill position players have been selected to compete in the 41st Central California Lions All-Star Football Game.
Manteca and Oakdale both needed a win, so it's understandable why both were unsatisfied with Monday's result.
Oakdale capitalized on its opportunities and Sierra did not.
With two of their top contributors out, Sierra High's boys swimmers suffered their first defeat of the season by a 99-71 margin at Kimball of Tracy. Kimball's girls also won by the same score.