It's been a trying two years for Amy Haapanen since her benchmark effort in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Track & Field Trials.
Twenty four kids came from all over Northern California and Northern Nevada to compete in the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championships last Sunday at Oakland's O.Co. Coliseum.
Yok Jing Ma had a checklist of goals at the start of the tennis season.
RIPON - No lead was safe in Monday's Cal Ripken Central California District 1 Tournament championship for the 9-under division.
Fifteen recent graduates from area schools have been invited to play in the 24th annual High School All-Star Baseball-Softball Classic later this week.
Kyle Alexander has continued his brisk rise in the powerlifting ranks.
A no-hitter from its No. 2 pitcher helped Manteca High's baseball team earn its first Valley Oak League championship in 29 years.
It's better late than never for 16-year-old Justin Clayton.
It's official: Manteca High's football team will open its 2014 season Aug. 29 at Levi's Stadium.
ELK GROVE - Less than 24 hours after graduating, Bryan Vincent mustered enough energy to make the best jump of his career in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships.
Valley Oak League champion, Sac-Joaquin Section champion, Most Valuable Player - Manteca High's Jacob Corn achieved the trifecta in his senior season.
Despite her disappointment, Loretta Kakala stuck around near the Cal State Stanislaus discus ring, watching closely as if taking mental notes of some of the more experienced competitors still alive in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V meet on May 20.
LODI - Manteca High's baseball team arrived earlier than it normally would for most games and this one ended up starting an hour later than its scheduled 6 o'clock start.
Allie Walljasper is batting 1.000 when it comes to the Valley Oak League's MVP honor.
Manteca (24-3) cruised past two Sierra Valley Conference opponents, while Vista del Lago (26-5) held off challengers from the Valley Oak League in the first two rounds of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
East Union won the Valley Oak League title and Brooke Riley is the MVP.
Tuesday's Trans-Valley League rematch against Ripon was sure to have been circled on Riverbank's calendar.
TRACY - The road to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs just got a little longer for the East Union volleyball team.
Kevin Bolding summed up Manteca's trip to Oakdale as a "tough night."
RIPON -Hilmar had the look of a team that had been there, done that in tight situations.
Weston Ranch clinched a second straight postseason berth with Monday's resounding 7-1 victory at Lathrop.
Jeff Harbison put his full trust in his players.
Sierra hasn't had a losing record since 2005, Jeff Harbison's first year as the school's head football coach, and advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in five of the last six years.
That stunning loss to Orestimba appears to be in the rear-view mirror for Ripon Christian.
Ripon hadn't played a match away from familiar Stouffer Field in nearly three full weeks until it traveled to Hilmar on Thursday.
Ripon avenged a previous loss and put itself in a good position to return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with Thursday's 164-174 win over Linden at Jack Tone Golf Course.
The Southern League race has quietly developed into an intriguing one.
Pay no mind to Lathrop's record.
East Union is showing signs of peaking at just the right time.
Ripon Christian was shut out in the second halves of its first two Southern League games - a closer-than-it-needed-to-be 21-20 win over Orestimba followed by a 15-14 heartbreaker at Le Grand.