Omar Leon and his Central Valley Hawks breathed a collective sigh of relief.
WESTON RANCH – After the first half of play it was all Weston Ranch, and nothing changed over the final 40 minutes of action, during the Cougars' 11-1 thrashing of the Lathrop Spartans Tuesday.
RIPON-Riverbank High set out to grab its first win in Trans Valley League play, but the Ripon Christian Knights would have none of that, holding off the Bruins 3-0 to break up a two-game losing streak.
SONORA – The East Union High golf team has put together an impressive season, and the squad has no interest in turning around now, putting together an impressive showing at Phoenix Lake Golf Course in Sonora for its latest win.
Every time the Sierra Timberwolves needed a boost, middle blocker Jaslynn Liotard gave it to them.
Sierra head coach Jose Montes was worried about how his Timberwolves would respond to a lackluster first-half effort that happened 20 days and six games prior to Monday's delayed second half with host Manteca at Lincoln Park.
MERCED - The Ripon High sophomore volleyball team claimed its third tournament championship this weekend, winning five matches at Golden Valley.
WESTON RANCH – Manteca relied on its running attack during the second half of Friday's sophomore victory at Weston Ranch.
There are few ways to top how the Sierra High freshman football team opened its 2009 Valley Oak League season, handling the East Union Lancers with ease in a 40-0 shellacking Thursday at Sierra High.
WESTON RANCH – As a team, the Buffaloes are a work in progress.
Sierra High's Anthony Hall had never played free safety before Friday's crosstown clash with host East Union and its vaunted aerial attack.
MODESTO – The Lathrop Spartans found themselves in an unusual position late in the fourth quarter on Friday night at Big Valley Christian.
ANGELS CAMP - When it was all said and done, the Ripon Indians were able to use the tenacious face of adversity as momentum in their 26-14 win over Bret Harte in a non-league road victory.
DENAIR - The Ripon Christian Knights did all they could to ruin the Denair Coyotes homecoming celebration, but a lackluster third period proved to be too much to overcome in a disheartening 34-27 non-league loss.
When Alejandro Hernandez's header found the back of the net as time expired, it was simply the final blow in East Union's one-sided 2-0 victory over the visiting Manteca Buffaloes at Dino Cunial Field on the East Union High campus.
Anissa Gonzalez has much to be thankful for.
It used to be that, right about now, Jordan Kron would be shelving his soccer cleats for sneakers and a basketball, trading one starring role for another at East Union.
Three Manteca-area standouts landed spots on the All-Valley Oak League volleyball first team.
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.