Playing catch isn't always as easy as it looks.
Stephanie Vanni found herself directly in front of the goalie just seconds into Sierra's Valley Oak League deciding contest with Weston Ranch. Vanni knew exactly what to do, pounding the Timberwolves' first attempt into the net for an instant 1-0 lead and a smooth path to a 5-0 win and the squads second consecutive league championship.
CERES – After battling the best singles players in the Valley Oak League for the regular season, Manteca High's Alex McAdams and Alex Barragan teamed up for a quality ride, outlasting some 20-plus doubles teams for the VOL doubles championship Thursday at Ceres High.
There wasn't anything left but pride at stake by the time East Union and Manteca kicked off their final Valley Oak League match of the season Thursday night at Guss Schmiedt Field.
Things weren't looking good for Steven Gigli after he turned the ball over to East Union head coach Dan Triglia in the third inning and made the short walk from the mound to shortstop.
The East Union Lancers seem to have no respect of their opponents' capabilities, destroying their second consecutive Valley Oak league opponent by nine runs with the Lancers' 9-0 win over the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars Thursday.
RIPON – The Ripon Christian Knights scored two in the first for a quick lead and wouldn't surrender it, holding off a late Modesto Christian rally for a 5-2 Trans Valley League win Thursday.
East Union's Zach Carrillo came a base on balls and a hits batsman away from a perfect game, dominating the Ceres Bulldogs in a 7-0 Valley Oak League win for the Lancers Thursday.
RIPON – Ripon High's Ryan Durrer came to the plate as the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but could not hand the Escalon Cougars their first loss in over a month, striking out and sending Escalon home with a 6-4 Trans Valley League win.
Oakdale High junior Brianna Parker completed her string of dominance against Manteca schools in a big way.
It did not take the Sierra Timberwolves too long to take care of the visiting Central Valley Hawks, securing the Valley Oak League win with a five-run fifth inning to clip the Hawks for good Wednesday.
RIVERBANK – The Ripon Christian soccer program saw a season's worth of dedication pay off in a major way Wednesday when the Knights outlasted the Riverbank Bruins for a 1-0 Trans Valley League win.
ANGELS CAMP – There was a lot to be determined in Tuesday's Valley Oak League Championships at Greenhorn Creek, and East Union's Kyle Harman proved to be the key factor, capturing the VOL's Most Valuable Player award and leading the Lancers to a co-championship with Oakdale High with a 4 over par round of 76.
COPPEROPOLIS - Andrew Bonner did not win the Trans Valley League's year-end golf tournament at Saddle Creek Golf Course as expected.
CERES - There were no surprises at the Valley Oak League Singles Tournament Tuesday at Central Valley High.
Kylie Stevens has spent countless hours on grass, gym floors and tennis courts.
Throw seedings out the window, says Sierra coach Jeff Harbison.
Former Weston Ranch point guard Eric Duncan left the city of Stockton with big aspirations. He packed his bag, grabbed his basketball and held tight to his Division I dreams.
Brooke Riley stood over a nasty 4-foot putt with a clear understanding of what it meant.
HILMAR – Emily Baptista and Hilmar knocked Ripon out of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV volleyball playoffs with a 25-18, 25-14, 25-21 sweep.
After anchoring a defense that allowed just six goals in eight Trans-Valley League games, Ripon High senior Emmanuel Sanchez was voted the conference's Defensive MVP in the year-end coaches meeting.
The road to redemption is a long and unfamiliar one for Brooke Riley.
All season long, they've carried themselves like MVPs, making the tough calls and taking the tough shots.
STOCKTON – Andrew Manes had four second-half goals – including two in the first six minutes of the half – to help Ripon Christian overcome a one-goal halftime deficit and defeat Sacramento Country Day 4-1 for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII soccer championship on Saturday at Stagg High School.
STOCKTON – If at first you do not succeed, try and try again.
You've seen this movie before: Team of misfits overcomes competitive shortcomings to make the championship and win the respect of all despite losing the big game in the end.
Pacific-bound senior Haley Silva and Ellie Waters are heading back to the CIF State Cross Country Championships in two weeks.
Tonight marks just the second time that Ripon Christian will square off with Golden Sierra, but the rematch takes place in a different setting with more at stake.
Ripon gets its wish: Another crack at Trans-Valley League rival Hilmar.
ROCKLIN – The morning commute couldn't have gone much worse for the Ripon High boys water polo team.