Sierra and East Union showed why they are considered the Valley Oak League's premier golf programs Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course in a 197-211 Timberwolves win.
TRACY - It turns out East Union will not successfully defend its 2008 Nor-Cal Classic championship.
To fully understand just how good both East Union starter Marshall Swift and Weston Ranch starter Chris Fleckenstein were in the Lancers' 10-0 win over the Cougars Thursday at Agostini Field, consider this: It took just one hour and three minutes to complete the first five and a half innings.
Kourtni McCall showed no mercy to Uncle Todd and his Manteca Buffaloes Wednesday.
Earning back-to-back titles in the toughest bracket of the prestigious Nor-Cal Classic, now in its sixth season of existence, would be nice, but East Union coach Brian Goulart said that isn't the ultimate goal.
Despite gusting winds and freshly aerated greens at Manteca Park Golf Course, East Union produced its lowest round of the season: A 212, 34 strokes better than Manteca High.
WESTON RANCH - Sierra's top player, Heather Scharmann, was on a college trip, but that didn't stop the Timberwolves from pounding Weston Ranch 8-0 Wednesday in the two teams' first Valley Oak League game back from spring break.
The East Union sophomore softball team had the bats working overtime Wednesday at Lincoln Park in an 11-1 win over Manteca High.
JACKSON – There were a few big schools, including Galt and Atwater, on hand Saturday at Amador High's varsity-only Amador Relays, but for the most part, the 16-team field was comprised of schools similar to Sierra High in size.
RIPON - Coming off a blowout loss to Modesto Christian Wednesday, Ripon was looking to turn the tables at home Friday afternoon against the Crusaders.
Sierra High met Manteca at the Buffaloes home pool Friday afternoon and the Timberwolves came away with a pair of wins, 116-54, on the girls' side and 87-77 on the boys'.
They're as impressive as athletes as they are students and community members.
Manteca played one of its best games all season Wednesday against the only team to beat Oakdale in Valley Oak League play.
Kourtni McCall helped her own cause with a leadoff homer in the first.
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.
Tonight marks just the second time that Ripon Christian will square off with Golden Sierra, but the rematch takes place in a different setting with more at stake.
Ripon gets its wish: Another crack at Trans-Valley League rival Hilmar.
ROCKLIN – The morning commute couldn't have gone much worse for the Ripon High boys water polo team.