The Manteca Futbol Club Boca jumped 12 spots north of its previous national ranking after an impressive three-day run in the invitation-only San Diego Surf College Cup Nov. 26-28.
The sound of his own name emanated from the speakers, bounced off the walls of Stockton Arena and rattled the nerves of Araia Berhane.
RIPON - Just moments after Ripon High's standout 215-pound wrestler, Travis Smith, posted the fastest pin of the night, heavyweight Mike Goldberg of Lathrop did his even faster - and quickness isn't a trait you'd normally associate with the weight class.
What was arguably the most exciting high school football season in Manteca was officially put to rest during the year-end coaches meeting at Chez Shari Monday.
Three basketball standouts from the area were selected players of the week by their respective conferences Monday.
The Manteca Softball Club Tigers stood out as the best of a 15-team in the Independent Fastpitch Association Fall Ball Gold Championships field by posting surprising blowouts of higher-seeded squads in Sacramento Nov. 13-14.
In a battle of defending league champions, it was host Modesto High of the Modesto Metro Conference that prevailed 51-45 over East Union.
West High of Tracy had East Union beat on the look test.
Manteca High freshman forward Tia Tuuga said she was nervous, but she did a horrible job of showing it in her varsity debut Thursday at Winter Gymnasium.
For the second straight night, Manteca High's boys basketball team didn't get off to a good start, but this had nothing to do with lazy defense or a cold-shooting offense.
MODESTO - The Modesto City Classic's defending champion got a big wake-up call during opening-round of the 16-team tournament at Modesto High Wednesday.
MODESTO - In a lot of ways, East Union aspires to be much like the team it squared off with in the first round of the Modesto City Classic Wednesday.
RIPON - With neither team establishing any kind of offensive groove or consistency early on, Ripon High went to its pressure defense to get things going against Sierra in the 2010-11 season opener for both girls basketball teams Tuesday.
After a quick walkthrough of Woodward Park in Fresno, the annual site of the CIF State Cross Country Championships, Ripon High head coach Paul Calkins and his runners settled into their hotel rooms at around 5:30 Friday night for a little rest and relaxation.
To be the champs, Ripon Christian's volleyball team must go through the champs.
There was plenty of star power to go around in the loaded Valley Oak League this past girls soccer season, but one stood above the rest to the coaches.
Ripon freshman Taylor Werner is advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters track and field meet in three events, while Ellie Waters and Brandon Roma both qualified in two events.
SACRAMENTO - Sierra wasn't at its best in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal series with Yuba City, but the Timberwolves' best may not have been good enough.
STOCKTON - Ripon went down swinging against Dixon pitching ace Tyler MacKenzie.
The decorated careers of Mike Lopez and Yok Jing Ma came to an end Tuesday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Tournament.
Freshman Taylor Werner was Ripon High's top performer in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Preliminaries Tuesday at CSU Stanislaus.
The East Union softball and Sierra and Ripon baseball teams are all seeking revenge in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
The Walljasper family just had a Saturday to remember.
Five months ago, Ronnie Green cobbled together a soccer team consisting of Manteca Unified rivals with a few more from Stockton.
STOCKTON - From milestone wins to program scoring records, Manteca High girls soccer head coach Justin Coenenberg reminded his players of all they've accomplished this season while standing on the center circle at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
The Ripon and Sierra baseball teams will have to win two straight on the same night to advance to the final round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
STOCKTON - Sierra lost three NCAA Division I scholarship players to graduation over the past two years, while Nick Olmo stepped down as the winningest coach in program history.
Sierra's Scott Tolman and Ripon freshman phenom Ty Wells have set themselves up to earn berths to the first-ever CIF State Swimming Championships with their efforts in the Sac-Joaquin Section Boys Trials on Friday.
STOCKTON - Perhaps the only thing that could cool off Sierra's sizzling bats was the rain.
The Valley Oak League's top girls swim team was well represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Trials Thursday at Tokay High in Lodi.