It is often said that you can never go back home, but there are more than 4,200 fans and competitors who attended Sunday's season-opening day event at the New Stockton 99 Speedway that would fervently disagree.
OAKDALE - Grant Widmer won four events, and Sierra's defending Valley Oak League champion frosh-soph boys team needed every one of them along with the 4x400 team's clutch performance in its 71-65 victory over Oakdale.
The string of shutouts is snapped, but the streak that matters most is still alive for Sierra.
The stage is set.
With almost as many professional scouts on hand as parents Tuesday afternoon at Agostini Field, Oakdale's southpaw ace Justin Jones gave them what they came to see, tossing six innings of three-hit ball and striking out eleven in an 11-0 shutout of East Union.
Sierra improved to 3-0 in Valley Oak League play Tuesday afternoon at home with a 12-7 win over Sonora.
RIPON - Ripon went small in the second inning, and the rest was left up pitcher Kirsten Mortimer.
The officials showed up to Manteca's Guss Schmiedt Field an hour and a half later than the originally scheduled start time.
VALLEY SPRINGS - So far, so good for Ripon with the first of two Trans Valley League Tournaments just around the corner.
Kenisha Gathron scored just six minutes in and Niki Walden found net in the 77th minute as the Sierra frosh-soph soccer team blanked East Union, 2-0, Tuesday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
In just its second year of existence, the Manteca Aquatics swim team is making quite a name for itself.
When the new gym is built in Kalskag, Alaska, sometime in the next six months (hopefully), the community will have a decoration to commemorate this spring - a state championship banner.
Will the South rise again?
RIPON - Seven shot attempts, six on goal and five converted.
Sierra High sophomores Alex Nuanez and Aiden Foster got a good idea of where they stand against wrestlers their own age Friday and Saturday in the California USA Wrestling Frosh-Soph Folkstyle State Championships at Selland Arena in Fresno.