Alice Smith rummages through boxes in the garage, searching for a photo of a long-lost relative she's never met.
These make-or-break moments are often defined by big, imposing aces with even larger personalities, rocket arms and legitimate college and pro prospects.
One of the season's indelible moments is of Sierra's Sydnee Canales lacing a deep left-footed shot on goal to earn a draw at Oakdale.
Clay Cuneo's mind was made up.
STOCKTON – She came. She saw. She conquered.
STOCKTON – Abby Buitrago calmly stepped to the penalty stripe, spotting the ball and her place in Ripon Christian's storied athletic history.
Crouched forward in his seat, shoulders slumped toward the table, Doug Borges rubs calloused hands against one another.
A banner season for local girls soccer culminates today with three Sac-Joaquin Section championship games at two sites.
Art Smith isn't asking for much – just a few hours of your time, twisting screws and swinging a hammer.
When she was little, on the cusp of becoming a Division I-caliber player, Isela Rivera's father would keep the budding young striker reaching and wanting and hungry with the Three Bs speech.
Coaches Chabre Basile, Jason Beier and Niki DeGeorge helped return the Manteca Dolphins swim team to prominence in 2013.
There are dynamic strikers and then there are determined strikers.
RIPON – The players gathered in shallow left field with their heads hung low, waiting … and waiting … and waiting for their skipper's final thoughts.
SACRAMENTO - Manteca High sophomore Logan Jackson capped her season with a sixth-place showing at the Sac-Joaquin Section junior varsity dive championships this past weekend.
When Kathy Beer Napolitano became pregnant, she made the difficult decision to leave the Air Force.
MODESTO – Two high school football programs looking to change their stars collided on Friday evening at Modesto Junior College.
Travis Vander Molen found the back of the net twice as the Ripon Christian boys soccer team nearly erased a three-goal deficit in a 5-3 loss to visiting Delhi on Thursday.
Bulldogs don't belong in a catbird seat, so East Union defensive coordinator Jason Stock's decision to leave the press box should come as no surprise.
East Union coach Willie Herrera put the future of the football program on the shoulders of a sophomore quarterback.
The Holly Rochelle Dance Company will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Sunday with a twist only a dancer could pull off.
Jack Miller recently retired from Manteca High, where the History teacher spent more than 30 years as an assistant coach with the football team. Miller was a part of four Sac-Joaquin Section championship teams and was twice voted Best of Manteca's Best Local Coach. Now City of Manteca Hall of Famer pays close attention to his yards, his golf game and granddaughter.
Willie Herrera knows just how close his East Union football team came to winning its season opener two weeks ago.
The Manteca High boys soccer team took full advantage of its first practice in nearly a week.
The two-point conversion has long been the nemesis of Manteca High football coach Eric Reis.
Manteca High coach Eric Reis put the headphones away at the half.
Despite heavy graduation losses, the Manteca High football team has begun the season on the watch list for a CIF State Bowl berth.
The National Pro Grid League has canceled its next two competitions, including the match between the San Francisco Fire and Boston Irons on Sunday.
Manteca High striker Marcus Montano trotted off the field with about five minutes left in Wednesday's match.
The Manteca High freshman football team has filled the vacancy on its schedule.
Costco has just about anything you could ever imagine, including compliments.