It was far from Sierra High's prettiest performance of the season, but the Timberwolves' 1-0 first-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs win over Cosumnes Oaks High leaves Sierra one win shy of a return trip to the finals.
Four area teams are back in the postseason after a one-year absence.
RIPON -Hilmar did just about anything it wanted on Ripon's home turf during the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs Tuesday afternoon at Parkview Elementary.
COLFAX – Heading into the intermission it seemed as if Manteca High had an outstanding chance at continuing its season with an upset over Colfax, but a pair of early second-half goals led the Falcons to a 3-0 Sac-Joaquin Section first-round win, ending the Buffaloes season.
Things don't get any easier for the girls soccer teams of Sierra and Manteca high schools.
STOCKTON - The third time was not the charm for East Union High senior Kyle Harman.
LODI – As difficult as it was to find parking at the Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Championships Saturday at Tokay High, an invitation to compete in the meet proved even more challenging with only a select few earning the right to compete in the area's closing meet.
Sierra High's softball team won its final Valley Oak League contest 5-1 on Senior Day Friday against rival Manteca, but the Timberwolves' season wasn't over yet.
Kourtni McCall found herself down 1-0 just three batters into the game, but the senior hurler found some resiliency she didn't know she had, lifting her East Union Lancers to a 7-1 Valley Oak League win and eliminating the Ceres Bulldogs from the 2010 postseason.
Lily Gonzales provided all the offense Sierra High's softball team needed in its Valley Oak League season finale against visiting Manteca Friday.
John Waggy had already turned around three East Union pitches for base hits, so when he got a shot to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth his chances were pretty good.
After an emotionally draining win Wednesday and a 12-1, five-inning romp of Weston Ranch Thursday, Sierra High pitching ace Gabby Hawkins is spent.
WESTON RANCH - Manteca High's baseball team is heading into the playoffs with momentum on its side.
ROSEVILLE - The north's tennis dominance over the south continued in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Singles and Doubles Tournaments Thursday at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.
The East Union Lancers only had one participant in the Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Trials Thursday at Tokay High in Lodi, but Julia DeGroot made the most of the trip, earning a berth into the finals Saturday in a pair of events.
Two East Union standouts were rewarded for their breakout efforts in the Valley Oak League.
Leo Soto hopes he can help San Diego Christian University take the next step the same way he did for Sierra High's baseball program.
Jacob Souza's selfless act led to a Valley Oak League championship for Sierra's baseball team and the Most Valuable Player award.
Jamie DeBruyn takes a defense-first approach to soccer, so it is no surprise that he nominated Ripon High senior defender Zaire Davis for the Trans-Valley League's MVP award.
FAIR OAKS - Anthony Santiago scratched on his final attempt in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-III shot put final at Bella Vista High.
Sierra junior Scott Tolman established himself as one of the state's top swimmers Friday at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex.
There was plenty of star power to go around in the loaded Valley Oak League this past girls soccer season, but one stood above the rest to the coaches.
Ripon freshman Taylor Werner is advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters track and field meet in three events, while Ellie Waters and Brandon Roma both qualified in two events.
SACRAMENTO - After losing the winners-bracket semifinal, one the Lancers felt was taken from them, the East Union softball team left little doubt that it belonged in Wednesday's Sac-Joaquin Section championship round against Pioneer.
SACRAMENTO - Sierra wasn't at its best in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal series with Yuba City, but the Timberwolves' best may not have been good enough.
Taariq Davis and Jordan McNeal spearheaded impressive Day 1 efforts for East Union sprinters in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-III track meet on Wednesday.
STOCKTON - Ripon went down swinging against Dixon pitching ace Tyler MacKenzie.
SACRAMENTO - After being dispatched to the consolation bracket of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball championships with a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to Pioneer on Tuesday, East Union bounced back and scored three runs in the fifth inning of the nightcap to pull away from Vanden 7-4 at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
The decorated careers of Mike Lopez and Yok Jing Ma came to an end Tuesday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Tournament.
Freshman Taylor Werner was Ripon High's top performer in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Preliminaries Tuesday at CSU Stanislaus.