Emma Lewis is officially the last girls' varsity swimmer still alive this season.
When she was little, on the cusp of becoming a Division I-caliber player, Isela Rivera's father would keep the budding young striker reaching and wanting and hungry with the Three Bs speech.
ELK GROVE – Katie Lock and Lejla Pepic tallied a goal and an assist apiece during Manteca's 4-1 victory over Cosumnes Oaks in the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III tournament Wednesday.
RIPON – History was not going to repeat itself – the Ripon Christian girls soccer team was going to see to that.
LODI – Manteca is in the midst of a historical season after capturing the baseball program's first Valley Oak League championship since 1985.
STOCKTON – The Ripon High Indians will play another day.
Coaches Chabre Basile, Jason Beier and Niki DeGeorge helped return the Manteca Dolphins swim team to prominence in 2013.
With seven starting underclassmen, Valley Oak League co-champion East Union has the firepower to continue its reign in future seasons.
There are dynamic strikers and then there are determined strikers.
RIPON – The players gathered in shallow left field with their heads hung low, waiting … and waiting … and waiting for their skipper's final thoughts.
The Manteca High boys and Ripon coed tennis teams both ran into Sac-Joaquin Section powerhouses, while Ripon Christian dropped a heartbreaker in Monday's quarterfinal matches.
Ripon Christian's lone representative and the Ripon High boys golf team showed well in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament on Monday.
SACRAMENTO - Manteca High sophomore Logan Jackson capped her season with a sixth-place showing at the Sac-Joaquin Section junior varsity dive championships this past weekend.
Sierra's Nick Valdez was the only double-winner that claimed two of the area's 17 Valley Oak League championships at Saturday's track and field finals hosted by Sierra High at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
East Union 2013 graduate Will Brink, now entering his sophomore season at UC Davis, pieced together a solid round of 69 Sunday that helped him win his second straight Manteca City Golf Championship at the two-day tournament hosted by the Manteca Parks Golf Course.
That stunning loss to Orestimba appears to be in the rear-view mirror for Ripon Christian.
Ripon hadn't played a match away from familiar Stouffer Field in nearly three full weeks until it traveled to Hilmar on Thursday.
Ripon avenged a previous loss and put itself in a good position to return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with Thursday's 164-174 win over Linden at Jack Tone Golf Course.
The Southern League race has quietly developed into an intriguing one.
Pay no mind to Lathrop's record.
Ripon Christian visited Delhi on Tuesday and avenged its only Southern League loss with a 1-0 victory that keeps the Knights atop the standings.
Ripon overcame serving errors and a game Hughson squad in a Trans-Valley League road match Wednesday.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves' novice football team rode the legs of Elijah Cota in Saturday's overtime 25-19 victory over their cross-town rival Chargers.
Escalon got one step closer to clinching the Valley Foothill League's North Division championship Tuesday after beating second-place Ripon 160-175 at Escalon Golf Course.
Weston Ranch beat East Union at its own game in a duel between the Valley Oak League's hottest teams Monday at Dino Cunial Field.
Coming off a tough five-game loss to rival Escalon, Ripon bounced back nicely with Monday's 25-13, 25-10, 25-23 sweep at Modesto Christian.
East Union's Edmi Lopez is a Timberwolf slayer.
Ripon Christian's boys soccer team overcame a halftime deficit, and Andrew Manes nailed the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute to knock off host Le Grand 2-1 on Thursday.
The Manteca and East Union volleyball teams split their first two sets Wednesday before the visiting Lancers atoned for an earlier season sweep and pulled away to win the next two for a 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17 win in Valley Oak League action at Winter Gymnasium.
East Union co-head coaches Brian Goulart and Dennis Wells figured this was the year that the Lancers' run of championships in the Sierra Invitational would end.