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.
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.
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.
Clarence Goes needed a right-hand man.
School is in session and cooler weather is on the horizon.
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.
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.
Goodbye Ceres and Central Valley, and good riddance.
Never mind that the school year begins next Monday, Aug. 16.
It won't take long for Ripon to see what it's made of.
STOCKTON - Vincent Avina began his amateur boxing career at age 9.
So, how does Sierra replace one of the Sac-Joaquin Section's most prolific passers of 2013?
Eleven-year-old Riponian Brett Zimmerman was one of 15 players chosen to compete for the Northwest Region in the United States Specialty Sports Association All-American Games starting this Thursday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.
Second-year Lathrop coach Steven Wichman has a better idea of what his team can do with pads on this time around.
MODESTO - The Mountain Misery Summer Football Camp took place on flatter land and in cooler weather July 17-19 at Central Catholic.
Weston Ranch's football players weren't the only ones hard at work this offseason.
The Manteca Dolphins and Ripon Sea Lions appear prime for a strong finish to the Mid-Valley Swim League season.
Manteca High junior Leah Manuleleua helped the California Cougars 98 girls soccer team claim the Davis Legacy College Showcase championship in the under-17 division and was named Player of the Tournament in the process.
East Union junior Brooke Riley is among the eight golfers advancing to the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship out of Monday's sectional qualifier held at Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland.
Seth Davis, head coach of the Weston Ranch High varsity football team, is extending an invitation for all athletes from the area ages 5-18.
One month after naming Manteca High its Division III Baseball Team of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports has recognized three Buffaloes as individuals.
STOCKTON - A new position on the court has helped 2012 Weston Ranch High grad Jazmin Strane improve her position in life.
The Spreckels Park 11-12-year-old All-Stars are in the driver's seat to capture the Little League District 67 Tournament banner.
TRACY - One game ended a day later than it was supposed to.