ROSEVILLE - Two games. That's all that stood between Manteca's Yassen Aniss and Arnie Morales and a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II doubles tournament championship Friday at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club. Aniss and Morales went straight to work to open the semifinals, dispatching Pioneer's No. 3 seed, Allen Toscano and Oscar Figueroa, in routine fashion, 6-2, 7-5. "They took an easy lead in the second set, and then (Toscano and Figueroa) made a comeback to take ...
LODI - Both East Union head coach Chris Johnson and Sierra assistant coach Clay Basepayne were ecstatic following the Sac-Joaquin Section Championship Trials Thursday and Friday at Tokay High, and for good reason.
Sierra High will make its eighth Sac-Joaquin Section title-game appearance today at Lincoln High in Stockton, but this one has a little more meaning than the rest for 14th-year head coach Manuel Pires.
Manteca is losing a big part of its basketball family. Sierra High varsity girls assistant basketball coach Johnny Aguilar was named the new head coach of the varsity girls program at Galt High this week. Aguilar, a 1985 Manteca High graduate who played for the Buffaloes under head coach Steve Winter, has 23 years of basketball coaching experience including stints with Stagg, Linden and Long Beach. Aguilar won a championship last season as the head ...
SACRAMENTO - Sierra High goalkeeper Moriah Fallon guessed left. She guessed wrong, but her quick reflexes couldn't have been more right. On what ended up being the final attempt of a nerve-wracking shootout in Thursday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff semifinal, West Campus' Jena Mamlola skipped the deciding shot directly toward Fallon, who stopped her momentum and maintained enough balance to stuff the attempt with both palms. The clutch save was the defining moment of ...
HILMAR - It took 10 years and 23 matches. But it was well worth the wait. Following Ripon High's decisive 2-0 road victory at Hilmar – its first ever over the Yellowjackets – in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V semifinals Thursday, center-mid Thalia Bobadilla declared among the revelry, "It feels like Christmas came twice this year." For all of the talk heading into the contest about Hilmar's physicality, the Indians were the aggressors throughout, winning ...
ROSEVILLE - Apparently, the Valley Oak League isn't the section whipping post any longer.
LODI - Destiny appeared to be on the side of the underdogs in the Sac-Joaquin Section's opening round of the Division V playoffs.
Up to this point, the soccer seasons for both Sierra High and Ripon have been unforgettable.
STOCKTON - Ripon High had a solid day Wednesday at the Trans Valley League Track and Field Championship held at DeRicco Stadium on the campus of Delta College.
There wasn't else much Manuel Pires could say to his players except, "Thank you," after Sierra cruised to a 5-0 victory over visiting El Dorado of Placerville to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs Tuesday.
RIPON - Heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs, the Ripon Indians were looking to get back into the flow of things after a loss to Hughson at the end of the Trans Valley League season had exposed a few previously unseen flaws in Ripon's team game.
The glass slippers appear to fit. Now it's just a matter of Cinderella dancing her way into the championship round. After sneaking out of a wild Trans Valley League race and into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs, the battle-tested Ripon Indians - making their first postseason appearance since 2005 and first under second-year head coach Mark Whelan - have to like their chances when they open with Western Athletic Conference two seed Patterson tonight ...
WOODLAND - In a rematch of last season's Sac-Joaquin Section Division II first round, Pioneer of Woodland exacted a little revenge on the Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday, claiming a 5-4 victory.
OAKDALE - Scores of area athletes had what it took to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championships Saturday at Oakdale High, the site of the 2009 Valley Oak League Track & Field Championships.
STOCKTON - Senior grad night and the always-pesky Kimball softball team almost got the better of Sierra in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinal at Arnaiz Stadium.
LODI – Ripon Christian's Danny Vander Molen was handed the ball for just his third start of the season Friday night.
RIPON – Kevin Tameling remembers a time not so long ago when Ripon Christian was all heart with little results.
Phillip Herrera and Emmanuel Elijah opted not to join their senior classmates at Magic Mountain Thursday night.
STOCKTON – Nicole Kaiser performed like she had a ticket to play Division I softball on Thursday.
Racing against time and trailing by a score, the East Union girls soccer team turned to desperation.
LODI – Jake Corn had confidence in his fastball.
LODI - Chandler Bengston woke up Central Catholic's bats with a loud two-run dinger that sparked a game-breaking, two-out rally.
STOCKTON - Allie Walljasper had plenty to do with Sierra punching its ticket to the semifinal of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV softball tournament Wednesday night.
RIO LINDA – Teagan Manus scored a hat trick and Bryanna Heida earned the clean sheet as Ripon Christian moved within one win of its first Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
LODI – The Ripon Christian Knights used their 12-day layoff to get back to the fundamentals.
Sierra High's 4x100 boys relay team broke the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Meet record Tuesday on its home track.
Ashley Almeida dove to her left, batting a rocket shot out of bounds.
STOCKTON - There was no fist pump. No twirl of the putter. Not even a smile cracked the face of the always even-keel Will Brink.
On a championship-caliber team with no Sac-Joaquin Section championships, Jim Todd isn't leaning on a rich core of veterans for the missing ingredient.