RIPON – Fred Garber climbs atop his motorcycle, feels the rubber handles in his hands, and recalls a time when he wasn't riding much.
Times are set. Events have been scheduled. And trucks, trunks and RVs have been loaded down with coolers, swim bags and pop-up tents.
Go ahead, Lady Lancers, take a victory lap.
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.
Sierra cross country coach Mike Rosendin has been named the Valley Oak League Model Coach of the Year for 2014-15.
When Manteca coach Eric Reis sat Dakarai Charles for the first half against Lathrop, he hoped to rest his quarterback's banged-up knee.
Oakdale refused to let Hunter Johnson, a preseason all-Sac-Joaquin Section selection at wide receiver, beat them through the air.
RIPON – When Ryan Fugit looks at film of Modesto Christian, the Ripon star sees flashes of monsters past.
RIPON – The air of confidence has been sucked out of the Ripon Christian locker room.
It's been nearly a decade since she's stepped foot on this wind-swept campus, but Chelsea Gray can remember her time inside these brick-facade buildings with vivid clarity.
East Union has won three games for the first time under fourth-year football coach Willie Herrera.
Let's play a word association game, shall we? When I say "Sierra High football," what adjectives and superlatives spring to mind?
In nearly a decade at his post, Sierra head coach Jeff Harbison has rarely dipped into his lower-levels for talent.
It might be the best matchup no one's talking about, and that's OK with East Union coach Willie Herrera.
LATHROP – On Friday, there wasn't much that went right for the Lathrop football team and its daring quarterback, Diego Chavez
Chelsea Gray was destined to assist others, whether by pass or by lesson. The former Brock Elliott Elementary School student has succeeded at basketball's highest levels, winning state championships at
Boulanger Mike Kalanty never thought he'd be a writer, per se.
SANTA CLARA - Neil MacDannald traced his way through the belly of Levi's Stadium, distancing himself from a 42-21 loss to a bitter rival.
LATHROP – Statistically, it might have been Devin Nunez's worst performance under center for Sierra.