No banners. No ceremonies. No pomp. No circumstance. There was no indication of Sierra High being 48 minutes away from clinching a share of the Valley Oak League championship. Players and coaches filed out of the locker room and went into pre-game warm-ups with hardly any emotion. Their focus was on the opening kickoff. "We came out business as usual," Sierra running back Jarrod Daniels said. Sierra erased last week's paramount 44-42 upset of Oakdale ...
Marquis Miller had a personal goal of scoring five touchdowns. Manteca High's speedy 5-9, 194-yard senior running back accomplished just that against crosstown rival East Union in the Valley Oak League finale Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field, amassing 231 yards on 16 carries in the process. But more importantly, he led the Buffaloes to a lopsided 69-21 win to secure a Sac-Joaquin Division III playoff berth. "There's a chance we might host a first-round game," ...
RIPON – After getting beat 11 straight times, it's safe to say that there's going to be a little bit of intimidation.
CERES - The third time was not the charm for Sierra. Ceres swept the Timberwolves during the Valley Oak League season with two one-goal wins and completed the trifecta Thursday with a 2-0 victory in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinals at Bulldog Stadium. Ceres (16-5-3) will try to get a monkey off its own back Saturday during its section straight finals appearance. Two-time defending VOL champion and crosstown rival Central Valley, which is 4-0-2 ...
ROCKLIN – It took more than 30 matches, but the Sierra High No. 1 doubles team finally met defeat during the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Girls Individual Tennis Tournament Thursday in Rocklin.
MODESTO – In what seemed like record time, the Ripon Christian volleyball team showed up to Big Valley Christians gym and ruined what was a terrific season when the Knights pulled off a second-round 3-0 upset of the hosts Lions.
RIPON – Things looked like business as usual for the Ripon High volleyball team as it continued steadfast on is mission for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title with a 3-0 straight-sets win over Orestimba High.
Jeff Harbison opened his postgame speech at Oakdale High with a simple statement that he repeated during an interview with the media.
CERES - East Union High's 1-2 backfield punch of Paul Fajardo and Steven Gigli shined in the Squires' 41-33 shootout victory over Ceres Friday to even their Valley Oak League record to 3-3.
Sierra and Ripon have tough draws to start the Sac-Joaquin Section boys soccer playoffs, but they like to think that their opponents do, too.
One program has more Sac-Joaquin Section titles than anyone, including the last two in Division V.
RIPON – As a sophomore, Isaac Norman still has a ways to go before he hits his full stride.
LATHROP - The Lathrop High sophomore squad closed out the season with a 20-0 loss to visiting Sacramento on Friday.
CERES – The Manteca High freshman football team took the opening possession in for a touchdown and never looked back, rolling to an easy Valley Oak League victory, 48-7, over Central Valley High.
OAKDALE - Sierra came into The Corral battered and bruised and left in even worse shape. But the Timberwolves had enough left in their legs to celebrate their wildly-entertaining 44-42 upset of previously undefeated Oakdale, and it was the legs of multi-talented Anthony Hall that made the difference. Hall's 40-yard field goal, which followed bombs from 50 and 45 out, with 1 minute, 21 seconds remaining was the game-winning score. He also returned an interception ...
Weston Ranch and Sierra each had five girls place on Saturday in the eighth annual McNair Girls Wrestling Tournament.
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Valley Oak League and crosstown rivals Manteca and East Union met for third place in the Modesto City Classic on Saturday with the Buffaloes outscoring the Lancers in every quarter for the 55-43 win at Modesto High.
MODESTO – Weston Ranch head coach Chris Teevan went head-to-head against his former high school coach Mike Vander Molen during the second round of the Modesto City Classic Thursday night.
MODESTO – East Union's boys basketball squad resorted to its bread and butter down the stretch of Wednesday's opening round matchup of the Modesto City Classic.
RIPON – The first game of the season was a work in progress.
Three area wrestling teams had rough season-opening duals Wednesday night.
It may not have been pretty but it was a win.
LATHROP - Lathrop High's boys basketball team showed flashes of how good it can be under first-year head coach Nathan McGrath in Tuesday's 60-36 victory over Stagg.
Some say that since Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Games do not count in a team's overall record, they do not matter very much. Do not tell that to Xavier Hartfield.
FRESNO - Sierra sophomore Josh Spooner recorded the best finish of the four local runners competing at Saturday's CIF State Cross Country Championships at Fresno's Woodward Park.
Four area runners are chasing history Saturday in the CIF State Cross Country Championships.
RIPON - Kody Day, a disruptive force on Ripon High's defensive line at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, does not back down from a challenge.
Regina Dias' comeback to the volleyball court was a successful one.
Ripon High's Jamie DeBruyn was named the Trans-Valley League's 2013 Coach of the Year for the first time after leading his Indians to a historical season in which the Indians earned the school's first championship in boys soccer.