Manteca's four seniors exited the field with two minutes remaining to much-deserved applause.
WESTON RANCH - Nicole Vanni hit the half-century mark with two more goals, and Sierra wrapped up a dominating run through the Valley Oak League season with an 8-0 win over Weston Ranch Thursday.
CERES - With a second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV postseason appearance no longer a possibility, East Union still showed some fight in nearly overcoming a six-run deficit but fell 13-12 to Ceres Thursday in eight innings.
SONORA - Either heads or tails will determine Manteca's postseason destiny. The Buffaloes fell to Sonora, 3-2, in the foothills Thursday afternoon after all three singles matches went the way of the home team. With the loss, Manteca (11-3 Valley Oak League, 15-9) slipped into a second-place tie with Oakdale, setting up a fateful coin flip to decide which squad will move on to the playoffs. Arnie Morales and Alex Barragan avenged their only regular ...
East Union freshman softball coach Ron Kackley had never beaten Tracy High. Fitting then was it that the skipper got the illusive victory thanks to perhaps his best squad ever. Behind Haleigh Castner's complete-game, six-strikeout gem, the Pages (6-0 Valley Oak League) collected win No. 20 to remain undefeated Thursday at Northgate Park. Kailee Nuding finished 3 for 4 and Alisya Hoffman hit a huge two-run single in the fifth. "We got behind early and ...
A common gripe among boat owners is the dependability of their engines. If you were to hang around boat owners long enough you would most likely hear them favor one brand of engines over another. Personally, I've had good luck with my outboard engines regardless of the brand. What I believe to be the reason behind my good luck is that I rarely run my engine at its maximum. I've always believed that just because ...
As if the gridlock atop the Valley Oak League standings could get any more perplexing, Sierra High claimed a huge piece of the potential playoff pie Wednesday night with a 1-0 upset of first-place East Union at Northgate Park.
RIPON- Hughson hadn't scored a goal against Ripon in two seasons entering a meaningless late-season Trans Valley League tilt at Mistlin Park Wednesday.
WESTON RANCH - Manteca wrapped up a textbook 16-3 win over Weston Ranch Wednesday with a seven-spot in the fifth inning.
RIPON - Zach Evans plated Ripon's first run with a leadoff homer in the sixth. And he, along with many others in attendance, thought he scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth to stun undefeated Escalon during an anticipated Trans Valley League contest. With two outs and Evans representing the deciding score at third base, teammate Jared Macedo got caught in a pickle between the first- and second-base bags to catch Escalon ...
Kelsey Emmerson was fantastic for the East Union sophomore softball team in a double-header sweep Wednesday at Northgate Park.
Curtiss May couldn't have pitched much better for Manteca in a 10-1 loss Tuesday. And Oakdale's Nick Vander Tuig, oddly enough, could have. Vander Tuig beaned Ricky Acosta in the fourth inning to break up a perfect game, and two errors in the fifth allowed Kevin Allen to reach and score Manteca's only run. "He was close (to a perfect game), but at least he gets the no-no," Oakdale coach Hondo Arpoika said. The UCLA-bound ...
Playing a home match on the road once again, Sierra fell to the Buffaloes, 5-0, Tuesday afternoon at Manteca High.
SONORA - Sierra has reason to celebrate. More like reasons. The Timberwolves' commanding 6-0 victory over three-time defending Valley Oak League and Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champion Sonora was their first at Dunlavy Field since 2004. And with the win comes the decorated program's 10th conference title in 14 varsity seasons. Sierra's last title came in 2006, which was shared with Sonora. "There's so much to be proud of with this game," Sierra coach Manuel ...
CERES - Jode Johnson hit a walk-off three-run blast Tuesday at Ceres High, where the second-place Bulldogs stunned Valley Oak League frontrunner East Union, 8-6.
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.