STOCKTON - The 2008 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III runner-up East Union Lancers picked up where they left off a season ago, storming out of the gate with a 12-2 win over Stagg Friday afternoon.
Sierra's girls team continued its preseason dominance with a one-sided 122-48 win over visiting Tracy Friday, while the boys notched their first victory, 92-74.
CLOVIS - Manteca went 1-2 in the first day of the prestigious California High School Tennis Classic Friday.
STOCKTON - The East Union sophomore baseball team sent four pitchers to the mound Friday in a season-opening 8-0 win over Stagg on the road, and the they combined for an 11-strikeout, two-hit shutout.
I spent eight hours at the 2009 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament on Friday and I wanted to share a few observations.
ARGONAUT - Three years ago, when most of the 2009 Ripon High girls soccer team was made up of talented underclassmen, the buzz had begun that in a few years the Indians would be awfully scary.
MODESTO – The Buffaloes came away with a win and a tie to close out the Johansen Tournament Saturday in Modesto, knocking off the tournament host, 6-5, in the first of two, and settling for an 8-8 time-limit-shortened tie with Los Banos in the nightcap.
STOCKTON - It wasn't exactly the finish that Ripon High senior Ryan Mackey was hoping for.
CARMICHAEL - Duplicating a dramatic finish for victory isn't as easy as it's made out to be.
STOCKTON – The Gabby Hawkins era got off to a sterling start Friday at Edison High as Sierra's junior ace struck out 11 and missed a perfect game by a single base on balls in a 4-0 Timberwolf win.
DELHI - Abigail Rosas assisted the only goal in Manteca High's 1-0 victory over Delhi, but it was the work of her and the rest of the defensive back line that impressed first-year coach Justin Coenenberg Friday.
ROCKLIN – The remarkable story that is Marco Castaneda's 2008-09 wrestling season grew even more impressive Saturday at Whitney High as East Union's 119-pounder won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship with a 19-16 win over Whitney's Jordan Achanzar.
OLIVEHURST – There may not be a better rivalry in Sac-Joaquin Section Division V wrestling than the one at 171 pounds, where Ripon's Ryan Mackey and Escalon's Charlie McDonald have battled the past two years for Trans Valley League and D-V supremacy.
It's a new year for Manteca under new head coach Gene Ballardo, but the Buffaloes are still the same scrappy baseball team.
East Union had nothing to lose but played to win.
Weston Ranch isn't going to surprise anybody this year.
Ripon Christian has re-established itself as a force among Sac-Joaquin Section small-school powers following eight straight losing seasons.
The Ripon High boys soccer team didn't just lose the area's top player from a year ago.
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.