There wasn't else much Manuel Pires could say to his players except, "Thank you," after Sierra cruised to a 5-0 victory over visiting El Dorado of Placerville to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs Tuesday.
RIPON - Heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs, the Ripon Indians were looking to get back into the flow of things after a loss to Hughson at the end of the Trans Valley League season had exposed a few previously unseen flaws in Ripon's team game.
The glass slippers appear to fit.
WOODLAND - In a rematch of last season's Sac-Joaquin Section Division II first round, Pioneer of Woodland exacted a little revenge on the Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday, claiming a 5-4 victory.
OAKDALE - Scores of area athletes had what it took to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championships Saturday at Oakdale High, the site of the 2009 Valley Oak League Track & Field Championships.
OAKDALE - While Oakdale was busy racking up the win on the junior varsity boys' side Saturday at the Valley Oak League Championships, a couple of Lathrop jumpers had impressive days.
A coin flip, as it turns out, will not decide the Sierra High baseball team's postseason fate.
Just call her the "Cookie Monster."
Word came down well before game time Friday at Sierra High that the Oakdale Mustangs were requesting a forfeit because of a situation with an East Union player, and that if the forfeit is upheld, Sierra's season would come to a close following seven innings with Weston Ranch.
RIPON - Senior ace Sarah Nieweg took her final bow, and freshman Katie Thomas gave Ripon Christian a promising glance into the future as the Knights ended both the season and a 30-game Trans Valley League losing streak with a 10-4 victory against rival host Ripon Friday.
Sierra High's girls track and field team returns to the site where it suffered its only Valley Oak League loss today.
SALIDA - Mark Whelan didn't bother to congratulate and thank Hughson coach Bob Etcheverry after the Huskies pulled off a dramatic 7-6 victory over Modesto Christian Friday.
Jenny Ketner tossed a complete-game, six-hitter and struck out seven as the East Union sophomore softball team knocked off Manteca, 7-0, Friday night at Northgate Park.
Arnie Morales and Yassen Aniss combined forces on the doubles court for the first time this season Thursday at East Union High and the result was magic, as the duo took down Sonora's Eric Segerstrom and Luke Bergen, 6-4, 7-5, in the Valley Oak League doubles championship match.
Kevin Mendiola wheeled back with his right foot and took the ball off a bounce, sending it crashing into the back of the net.
An undefeated league record and a playoff win would be seen as successful for most teams. Ripon Christian did that in the 2013-2014 season, and for the Knights it was an off year.
In this her 10th year in the Sierra volleyball program, Timberwolves coach Trinity Johnson is looking to improve on last year's 1-13 Valley Oak League record – 3-19 overall – and she is not afraid to think outside the box to do it.
The Manteca Futbol Club Flash under-12 girls soccer team might not have a flashy Northern California ranking, but that could soon change.
It is not often that a team has momentum after graduating its core players, but the East Union volleyball team is riding high going into this year's Valley Oak League campaign.
Justin Coenenberg is calling all former Buffaloes to reunite at Manteca High's Guss Schmiedt Field this Friday.
There are some new volleyball coaches west of I-5 this year. Stacia Stricker will assume the reins at Weston Ranch and Pamela Adams is the new coach at Lathrop.
Alyssa Burch, Beth Aschenbrenner, Mildred Perez and Chelsea Bruch were all freshmen during the 2011-2012 volleyball season.
Alex Hernandez slowed to a jog and eventually a brisk walk while running sprints with his Manteca High soccer teammates on Thursday.
The fall sports season is officially underway for local high schools.
Some youth football teams pattern themselves after the high school they feed. The Ripon Chiefs take that to a whole new level – they are part of a league of feeder teams that will face each other in high school.
Dakota Conners was in Cooperstown, N.Y. serving as an assistant coach for a local youth baseball team competing in a prestigious tournament when he earned his greatest achievement.
Neil MacDannald's coaching resume just got a little longer.
Swimming standout Ty Wells has added four more medals to his growing collection.