Yok Jing Ma repeats as a champion, while Angel Tejada gets to go out as one. They represent the latest combination to earn a Valley Oak League doubles championship for Manteca High's boys tennis team. Neither player could suppress the smiles on their faces while up comfortably 40-love in the final game of their nip-and-tuck battle with the Kimball tandem of Mark Dalupan and Ivan Acosta Thursday at East Union High. Well, maybe not so ...
Nick Sharp brought his best to Stevinson Ranch on Thursday. Sharp shot an even 36 and led Ripon to a 208-222 Trans Valley League victory over Hilmar. "(Sharp) has been battling to beat (Hilmar's) No. 1 all year and he did it today," Ripon head coach Chris Musseman said. "It was a big win for us at their place. Knowing we needed a win to keep ourselves in it, my kids performed great." Senior Jack ...
Manteca lost its outright grip on the top spot in the Valley Oak League with its 3-1 defeat at Oakdale Thursday.
Ripon made quick work of visiting Modesto Christian on Thursday, amassing seven runs in the second inning en route to a 10-0 mercy-shortened win. The Indians plated their final two runs in the bottom of the fifth to end it early.
The top sprinters on the Manteca High boys track and field team were nursing injuries in the Buffaloes' final Valley Oak League dual meet at East Union Wednesday.
Selena Gonzalez's RBI single in the top of the first inning gave Manteca some needed early momentum on the road.
Kimball High's Valley Oak League champion boys tennis team would have been guaranteed an individual title had standout Logan Staggs, one of the top players in his age group nationally, been healthy for the start of the conference tournament Tuesday at East Union.
Oakdale High's Nick Ippolito carried a 6.36 ERA and was 0-3 going into a pivotal Valley Oak League contest at Manteca Tuesday.
TRACY - Brian Goulart nodded in the direction of Kimball's dugout and gave his kudos after his East Union softball team was knocked around by the Jaguars for a second time in 10 days on Monday.
Ripon High's girls swim team emphatically claimed a share of its Valley Oak League title in Friday's regular-season finale at Sierra, winning 102-68.
Manteca High's softball team won't be overlooked in the final two weeks of the Valley Oak League season.
TRACY - Games with Kimball haven't been easy for Sierra. Even with an eight-run lead. The Timberwolves held on for an 8-4 victory Friday to improve to 7-1 against the third-year club. It was their largest margin of victory against the talented Jaguars (5-3 Valley Oak League, 13-6 overall), who committed two infield errors to spot Sierra 4-0 lead in the first. "They're always tough. That's a team that's going to fight until the last ...
Sierra had to grind out its 3-2 win over visiting Oakdale on Thursday. "A lot of our games have been that way," Sierra coach Jack Thomson said. That experience paid off, as the resilient Timberwolves (5-3, 12-7-1 overall) forced a series split with the defending Valley Oak League champion Mustangs (6-2, 13-8) and remain tied for third place. Sierra could have come away with a sweep but blew a four-run lead in Tuesday's 8-6 loss ...
Peyton Rose came through with clutch pitches and the game-winning hit in the seventh inning of Manteca High's thrilling 4-3 win over visiting East Union Wednesday.
A disputed called third strike took Weston Ranch out of what was a competitive game for five-plus innings at Oakdale on Wednesday.
The road to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship appears to go through the Valley Oak League once again.
Ripon High's Zach Scudder and freshman Scott Tolman of Sierra are two of the favorites in today's Sac-Joaquin Section frosh-soph final in the 100-yard breast stroke.
RIPON - It was two years ago on this same field that four current Ripon Christian seniors experienced heartache.
Teammates turned rivals were recognized by the California Pacific Conference on Wednesday.
Ripon resident and Central Catholic senior Aimee Rose has signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her volleyball career at Notre Dame de Namur University. She will major in kinesiology at the Belmont-based Catholic school.
Manteca was 15 outs from missing out on a postseason berth altogether after starting the Valley Oak League season with a two-game lead in the standings through eight games.
Austin Plunk nearly led Lathrop High to an upset win at Oakdale, which would have been the Spartans' first against the Valley Oak League champion Mustangs.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV and V tournaments both ended dramatically on Monday.
Ripon Christian dropped two three-set heartbreakers in a very competitive 6-3 loss to Escalon in Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Coed Tournament quarterfinal at the Ripon Community Center.
The Valley Oak League isn't traditionally known for its sprinting, but the 2013 class is poised to make some noise.
Jim Todd gave his East Union girls soccer team the day off on Friday. Come Monday, though, it's back to work. The Lancers will open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs on Thursday as the No. 1 seed, a just reward following a one-loss regular season and two hard-fought games against Valley Oak League champion and Division II contender Kimball. On Monday's practice agenda: "Basics," said Todd, the Lancers' seventh-year head coach. "We're getting back ...
The roller-coaster ride that is Ripon High's baseball season has hit another valley. The Indians were swept by Orestimba this week following Friday's staggering 13-2 five-inning loss at home. The Warriors (7-3 Trans-Valley League, 14-6 overall), on the other hand, appear to be peaking at the right time. By sweeping Ripon, they hold a tiebreaking advantage and clinched a berth to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs, something that coach Matt Candelario says, "hasn't happened ...
Yok Jing Ma and Angel Tejada's Cinderella run in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Doubles Tournament came to an Friday morning at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club in Roseville. The Manteca High tandem did go down with a fight, however dropping a two-plus-hour long match to No. 2-seeded Alick Liang and Gurman Bains of Ceres, 6-3, 3-6, 3-6. "It was extremely competitive throughout," Manteca coach Frank Fontana said. "The Ceres team won the big points when ...
Tyler Moss has returned in time for Sierra to make a run at a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth.