Student-athletes from the area got a head start on their classmates to the school year Monday.
TRACY - Chris Johnson isn't used to opening up the playbook this soon.
MODESTO – Everything was new for the Ripon Christian Knights football program last fall.
Matt Burrows has a big arm.
She is as comfortable with a racquet in her hands as she is a soccer ball at her feet.
The 2011 season was one of many memorable moments for East Union High junior Steven Gigli, the Bulletin's All-Area Baseball MVP.
Championships are nothing new to Allison Walljasper, but they were to Sierra High's softball team before the imposing 6-foot-1 freshman lifted the program to unprecedented heights.
STOCKTON – The South fired the first shot but the war was won by the North in a 21-6 victory during the 38th Annual Lions All-Star Football game at the University of the Pacific Saturday.
STOCKTON - Yes, it was an exhibition featuring some of the best seniors from San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties and the Sierra Nevada foothills.
STOCKTON – It did not take long for a pair of Sierra High graduates to make an impact on the All-Star Baseball Classic at the University of the Pacific Friday, when Dylan DeBrouwer and Nathan O'Leary helped ignite the South's 5-0 victory over the North.
A select few of the area's top graduated athletes aren't ready to call it a high school career just yet.
CLOVIS - Manteca High's Paul Lyons outlasted all the other athletes in the area to finish eighth in the 110 hurdles of the California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Clovis.
Paul Lyons declared that he would be all business during his once-in-a-lifetime trip to the California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High's Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis Friday.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
A trip to Australia last December proved fruitful for Manteca High senior Matt Burrows.
Jamie DeBruyn takes a defense-first approach to soccer, so it is no surprise that he nominated Ripon High senior defender Zaire Davis for the Trans-Valley League's MVP award.
FAIR OAKS - Anthony Santiago scratched on his final attempt in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-III shot put final at Bella Vista High.
Sierra junior Scott Tolman established himself as one of the state's top swimmers Friday at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex.
There was plenty of star power to go around in the loaded Valley Oak League this past girls soccer season, but one stood above the rest to the coaches.
Ripon freshman Taylor Werner is advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters track and field meet in three events, while Ellie Waters and Brandon Roma both qualified in two events.
SACRAMENTO - After losing the winners-bracket semifinal, one the Lancers felt was taken from them, the East Union softball team left little doubt that it belonged in Wednesday's Sac-Joaquin Section championship round against Pioneer.
SACRAMENTO - Sierra wasn't at its best in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal series with Yuba City, but the Timberwolves' best may not have been good enough.
Taariq Davis and Jordan McNeal spearheaded impressive Day 1 efforts for East Union sprinters in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-III track meet on Wednesday.
STOCKTON - Ripon went down swinging against Dixon pitching ace Tyler MacKenzie.
SACRAMENTO - After being dispatched to the consolation bracket of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball championships with a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to Pioneer on Tuesday, East Union bounced back and scored three runs in the fifth inning of the nightcap to pull away from Vanden 7-4 at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
The decorated careers of Mike Lopez and Yok Jing Ma came to an end Tuesday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Tournament.
Freshman Taylor Werner was Ripon High's top performer in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Preliminaries Tuesday at CSU Stanislaus.
Sierra's Scott Tolman set four school records Saturday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Swim Championships on Saturday at Tokay High, and in doing so he qualified for the inaugural state meet.
The East Union softball and Sierra and Ripon baseball teams are all seeking revenge in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
STOCKTON - From milestone wins to program scoring records, Manteca High girls soccer head coach Justin Coenenberg reminded his players of all they've accomplished this season while standing on the center circle at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.