Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener between No. 8 Manteca and No. 9 Casa Roble at Guss Schmiedt Field didn't start out to be the game it was anticipated to be.
DAVIS - Ripon has proven time and again that it can beat Christian Brothers. The Indians just haven't. Their best chance to do so may have been Thursday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship match at UC Davis. Down two games, the No. 3 Indians turned a quick and disappointing sprint into a riveting five-game marathon but fell short - 14-25, 20-25, 25-14, 25-23, 12-15. Ripon was on the cusp of winning the program's ...
Eric Reis is a fan of the Sac-Joaquin Section's new playoff format. Last year, his Manteca Buffaloes went 8-2 but missed the postseason after finishing third in the Valley Oak League, and it just so happened to be the year that the conference was allotted just two berths. Back in the postseason for the fifth time in six years, Manteca (7-3) is itching to get back to a fifth section final game this decade. The ...
Sierra will venture into familiar territory Friday when the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs kick off but will wear an unfamiliar target on its back.
Division III • Frontrunner: No. 1 Inderkum (10-0) … The Tigers are ranked eighth overall in the section according to MaxPreps.com. Defense has four shutouts and allows just nine points per game, and offense features two terrific backs in Antonio Bumpers (1,682 yards, 27 TDs) and Devin Hartley (858 yards, seven TDs). Inderkum is one of just seven teams section wide with a perfect record. • Contenders: No. 2 Del Campo (9-1), No. ...
Area goal leader Braian Gomez was one of five Sierra Timberwolves named to the all-Valley Oak League first team.
For the fourth straight season, in-town rivals Ripon and Ripon Christian are in the Sac-Joaquin Section's final-four round.
Manteca head coach Eric Reis tried to anticipate whom his team would face in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs, narrowing it down to a handful of candidates.
No banners. No ceremonies. No pomp. No circumstance. There was no indication of Sierra High being 48 minutes away from clinching a share of the Valley Oak League championship. Players and coaches filed out of the locker room and went into pre-game warm-ups with hardly any emotion. Their focus was on the opening kickoff. "We came out business as usual," Sierra running back Jarrod Daniels said. Sierra erased last week's paramount 44-42 upset of Oakdale ...
STOCKTON - Chelsea Gray is St. Mary's floor general with unusual talents for her height (5-foot-11), and she has the ability to take and make pressure shots with regularity.
CERES - The third time was not the charm for Sierra. Ceres swept the Timberwolves during the Valley Oak League season with two one-goal wins and completed the trifecta Thursday with a 2-0 victory in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinals at Bulldog Stadium. Ceres (16-5-3) will try to get a monkey off its own back Saturday during its section straight finals appearance. Two-time defending VOL champion and crosstown rival Central Valley, which is 4-0-2 ...
Tevani Liotard had 2009 in mind when she accepted Sierra High's head volleyball coaching position back when the school opened in 1994.
Jeff Harbison opened his postgame speech at Oakdale High with a simple statement that he repeated during an interview with the media.
RIPON - Third-seeded Ripon High closed its Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs first-round sweep of No. 14 Marysville with its most dominating game, doing so with its best player resting on the bench.
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.
Andrew Brown scored eight touchdowns as a freshman on Ripon Christian's sophomore team in 2010.
Manteca High's football team is playing a 14th game for the first time ever.
Strength trumped speed Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
Four area runners are chasing history Saturday in the CIF State Cross Country Championships.
RIPON - Kody Day, a disruptive force on Ripon High's defensive line at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, does not back down from a challenge.
Regina Dias' comeback to the volleyball court was a successful one.
Manteca High's football team made amends for the failures of its predecessors the past two weeks.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
The Delta Rebels varsity team did everything it could defensively to stay in the game but score.
Eric Reis and his coaching staff lined the hallway with backs slumped against the walls that lead to the locker room at Manteca High's Walker Vick Fieldhouse.
Abdiel Chiquito was certain he would not get snubbed, not for a second straight year.
The 54 competitors in the CIF State Girls Golf Championships were treated to surprisingly-good weather at Carmel's Quail Lodge Golf Course on Wednesday.
Was it an aberration?