STOCKTON - It took the smarts of a sophomore and a gutty effort from a freshman pitcher to get Sierra High to its first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section championship-round appearance.
GALT – When the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V Baseball Championships come rolling around once a season there is usually little room for mistakes.
Sierra High girls soccer coach Manuel Pires never formally opened negotiations with Oakdale's Alfredo Quiroga.
Dan Triglia graduated from Manteca High but now coaches East Union's baseball team across town.
LODI – Jordan Kron was not greedy in a quest for run support during the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff opener for East Union, but there was no way he could have imagined that three first-inning runs would be more than enough to advance to the next round and end Galt's season with a 5-0 loss Thursday.
LODI – When the Manteca High baseball team sent 14 batters to the plate and pushed across nine runs in the top of the first inning victory seemed like an afterthought, but that was far from the case as the Central Catholic Raiders fought valiantly only to succumb 13-8 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs Thursday.
MODESTO - Ulysses Knapps made good on a promise made to his father, Zolton, before he passed away on Thanksgiving Day last fall.
STOCKTON - Iyana Hughes delivered once again for Sierra High.
Sierra High's girls soccer team went with the "it's not how you start, but how you finish" approach in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV semifinal match at Vista del Lago of Folsom Thursday
Iyana Hughes, a prototypical top-of-the-order slapper, puts pressure on defenses with her speed.
Before Iyana Hughes' heroic base hit lifted Sierra High's softball team to win a 2-1 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff game against Central Catholic, it took a heroic effort from four Manteca Unified groundskeepers to get the school's varsity field in playing shape Wednesday.
In her four years of athletics at East Union High, senior Jillian Goulart had little difficulty shinning on a softball field or on a golf course. Now the graduating Lancer will narrow her responsibilities to just one sport, as she signed a letter of intent to play softball for the Simpson University Red Hawks in Redding.
MODESTO – When Jerrica Hauck quietly slipped onto the scene a year ago in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Track and Field Trials at Modesto Junior College she won the meet with a personal best 10-foot vault. This year Hauck was on her own personal stage, leading the crowd like at a concert and winning the meet – with another personal record.
It was as dominant as a 2-0 win could be.
Ripon High's first-round playoff baseball game against Capital Christian of Sacramento was postponed Tuesday morning due to rain.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
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.