The week off from school and Valley Oak League action may have done East Union's volleyball team more harm than good.
Maturity, discipline and confidence - three things that coach Eric Zador said have been missing from his young Ripon High water polo team this season.
STOCKTON-Keeping things close for a quarter and notching an impressive first-half touchdown score appeased the Weston Ranch Cougars for a fleeting moment. The 51-14 final score seemingly sapped the Cougars of any sense of accomplishment in Friday's Valley Oak League loss to Oakdale.
At one point during Thursday's Valley Oak League volleyball match, Sierra High's Allison Walljasper, who was on the service line, took notice of Manteca playing back on the return.
Manteca High had already secured a berth into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Team Tennis Tournament, but the team still had business to finish in a regular season-ending 6-3 win over the Sonora Wildcats.
Five-time Valley Oak League girls golf champion East Union had its primary six players earn all-conference honors.
RIPON - Ripon High's ragtag water polo team is making quite the splash in its first year in the Valley Foothill Conference.
Lathrop High's boys soccer team gave Manteca all it could handle on senior night Wednesday.
RIPON - Hughson moved the ball at will, using its possession skills and an offensive posture to keep Ripon High's boys soccer team on its heels in their big Trans-Valley League confrontation at Ripon Elementary Tuesday.
It looked as if it was going to come down to the No. 3 doubles match.
The week off from school has thrown Manteca High's volleyball team out of sync, not that it would have mattered for Tuesday's Valley Oak League match with visiting Oakdale.
Everything appears to be falling into place for Manteca High's suddenly-hot boys soccer team.
The 2011 rendition of East Union High's girls golf team may not be as talented as its recent predecessors.
The Sac-Joaquin Section released its midseason playoff power ratings for volleyball Monday, and to no one's surprise Ripon Christian is No. 1 in Division V.
Joe Trout wasn't his normal self in Manteca High's celebratory postgame huddle following its rousing 34-32 homecoming victory over Sonora Friday.
SALIDA - After a nip-and-tuck contest for six innings, Manteca put up six runs in the top of the seventh Monday and defeated Spreckels Park 9-4 for the championship of the District 67 All Star Tournament at Salida Elementary School.
SALIDA – Manteca has played two games in the District 67 Senior All-Star Tournament at Salida Elementary School, and as a result of Wednesday's 8-0 win over Salida, Manteca has yet to give up a run.
STOCKTON - Cherish Burks has a mindset for hitting.
STOCKTON - Ripon High shortstop Jarrod Andrews made the defensive play of the game, and it was he who scored the final run to end the 25th Annual High School All-Star Baseball Classic at Delta College's Nick Cecchetti Field on Friday.
Brian Goulart and his East Union softball team aren't done celebrating yet.
STOCKTON - John Ward doesn't have fond memories of Sierra.
STOCKTON - Since taking over his alma mater in 2002, Manteca High head coach Eric Reis has built a winning program steeped in tradition anchored by dominant linemen.
STOCKTON - Steven Martinez, a bull of a lineman at 5-foot-11, 290 pounds, couldn't wait between turns to go toe-to-toe with other touted linemen from the county.
The area's two qualifiers for the CIF State Track & Field Championships ended their high school careers in the preliminary round Friday in Clovis.
Cherish Burks, Darian Van Der Maaten, Leo Soto and 11 other recent graduates from the Manteca area will don their high school jerseys one last time.
Nine players from the Ripon and Ripon Christian baseball teams earned all-league honors, with Indians junior Angelo Baciocco getting the nod for the Most Valuable Offensive Player in the Trans-Valley League.
After splitting innings with an elder teammate for two seasons, Danielle Sperry finally had her shot at carrying the load as the workhorse pitching ace for Ripon High's softball team.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
ELK GROVE – Anthony Santiago had a personal best in the shot put Friday, is going to the state championships and he wants more.
ELK GROVE - Carl Chandler stared at the ground as he paced alongside the triple jump runway, while Manteca High teammate Kenny Wooten was preparing to take his final leap in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet Thursday at Elk Grove High.