SONORA - With just two games remaining in one of the wildest Valley Oak League softball seasons in recent memory, Sierra had to get a win in the foothills Wednesday to preserve a shot at calling heads or tails when and if the time comes.
RIVERBANK - The Indians went about their business with an eye on Hughson Wednesday, and Ripon was rewarded with a pair of victories, an 18-1 throttling of the Bruins, and a 4-3 Modesto Christian loss at the hands of the Huskies.
Kelsey Emerson was unstoppable for the East Union sophomore softball team Wednesday in a 19-2 win over Central Valley.
Christian Williams, Sierra's all-time single-season scorer, signed a national letter of intent to join Tevester Anderson and the Jackson State Tigers Tuesday evening.
Andy Scott had just walked his sixth batter of the day, sending East Union's potential tying run to the plate with runners on first and second and two outs in the top of the seventh.
LINCOLN - Kyle Harman played 19 holes Tuesday at Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln, the site of the 2009 Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament.
STEVINSON - Ripon coach Chris Musseman expected a better finish to the season for his golfers, but the primary objective was already met by them just getting to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament.
There were a few upsets along the way, but for the most part, the Valley Oak League singles tournament went pretty much as expected Tuesday at East Union High.
WESTON RANCH - Matt Barber's mound appearances all season have been short, be it as a starter or a reliever.
Justin Dias insisted on pitching East Union's sophomore baseball game against Sierra Tuesday at Agostini Field, and he came through.
SACRAMENTO - What doesn't this kid do well?
A sullen overcast sagged over Sierra High Saturday as the league's elite did battle in the Timberwolves' chlorine, but the mood around the pool was anything but dreary at the Valley Oak League Championships.
The ever-changing Valley Oak League will undergo another transformation, and Ripon Christian will leave behind familiar foes the Trans Valley League come 2010 after the Sac-Joaquin Section Board of Managers approved a realignment proposal Wednesday at Elkhorn Country Club in Stockton.
The postseason has arrived, and with it comes another opportunity for the Valley Oak League's best to shine and a chance for a few unheralded newcomers to make a name for themselves.
May Day brought plenty of rain to the Manteca area Friday afternoon and it washed away the entirety of the local high school sports schedule.
Despite Sierra giving undefeated Atwater a run for its money Friday, the Timberwolves (1-2) weren't able to shake a three-run deficit with just three outs to go despite putting two runners on with no one out.
After weeks of evaluation, East Union soccer coach Victor Polanco says he has selected his starting 11 for next week's Valley Oak League opener.
Lucas Vaughn struck out the first five batters he faced and was a pitch away from a five-inning perfect game in Manteca's 10-0 drubbing of visiting Modesto Christian.
Manteca High's girls soccer team coasted into the semifinal round of its own Buffalo Cup tournament with Friday's 8-0 rout of Riverbank.
East Union registered its first wins of the season Friday in the Ted Yoneda Tournament at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton.
Manteca High's boys tennis team competed well despite missing two of its top players in the opening day of the California Classic held at various sites in the Fresno area.
There were moments of brilliance and keep-away possession – the hallmarks of the Sierra girls soccer program.
RIPON – Ripon Christian sophomore Travis Zuidervaart had the Indians' lineup baffled Thursday.
Scheduling conflicts and other factors forced Manteca High girls soccer coach Justin Coenenberg to shrink the Buffalo Cup tournament field back down to eight.
The East Union boys tennis team showed little rust in its first Valley Oak League match of the season Thursday, downing visiting Oakdale, 7-2.
East Union's rebuilding boys golf team suffered a heartbreaking loss at Oakdale Golf & Country Club on Thursday, falling to host Oakdale High, 250-251.
East Union had one run taken away and gift wrapped another for Tracy in a 2-1 eight-inning loss at Agostini Field on Wednesday.
GALT - In the end, the Capital Christian press was just too much to handle as the Cougars started on an 8-0 run and never trailed in a 56-38 win over Ripon Christian in the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V girls basketball championships at Galt High's Warrior Gymnasium.
Matt Rose led five Sierra players who produced sub-50 scores in a 217-317 win over visiting Weston Ranch on Wednesday.
By JONAMAR JACINTO