Mike Lopez has been playing tennis since his elementary school days. The incoming junior at Manteca High used to hit the ball with his older brothers who also used to play for the Buffaloes' head coach Frank Fontana. "His entire family is from Manteca and went to Manteca High," Fontana said of Lopez, the Bulletin's 2013 Boys Tennis MVP. "Both of his older brothers played for me, and I've actually known (Mike) since he was ...
The moments before a race are the most precious for Justin Park. Left alone with his thoughts and race strategy, Park can feel the spectators narrow their focus on the pool. He can feel his heart about to leap from his chest. And then, remarkably, he breaths it all in – the butterflies and anxiety, the pressure and expectation. "I enjoy the adrenaline of big races," the 15-year-old soon-to-be sophomore said. "It was scary at ...
RIPON – Erika Brown reached heights unparalleled this past spring, capturing three events at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships.
Jake Corn let the cat out of the bag to kick off his final high school summer. The Manteca incoming senior went on record announcing he has verbally committed to the University of Oregon. "It's already verbal," said Corn, the Bulletin's 2013 All-Area Baseball MVP. "Their campus is gorgeous and everything around is so green. Their baseball field is amazing, and their facilities are the best." Corn, who has led Manteca into the Sac-Joaquin Section ...
Just how excited is Tia Sidtikun for soccer's next stop, a coastal college with a coming-of-age program?
Born in Oakland and raised in Texas, John McDonald considers himself "a Texas guy."
Twelve area standouts are among the region's top players to be selected for the 23rd Annual High School All-Star Baseball-Softball Classic.
It wasn't the storybook ending Valerie Nestor envisioned. Sierra High's multi-sport standout qualified for the final round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters track meet, finishing eighth in the shot put with a mark more than two feet short of her personal best. "I was a little upset about that," Nestor said. "I hit my PR in the middle of the season and that's when I peaked. I wish I could have done better (at Masters) ...
The accolades continue to pour in for Sierra High's softball team more than a month after it completed its 2013 season.
Brett Lewis fondly remembers his first encounter with Jeff Lund, "this skinny white guy with a scraggly beard," as he put it.
The past along with the present is being recognized this week in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Central California Lions All-Star Football Classic, one of the state's four original prep contests of its kind.
A productive year at the plate might be an understatement when referring to the type of season Ripon Christian's now-graduated senior Dominic Nelson just had.
Guillermo Nunez was praised for his high basketball IQ. For the coaching staff at William Jessup University, an NAIA Division II program in Rocklin, that part of his game and more stood out. "We liked Guillermo's ability to score off the dribble – he has a deceptively strong body and is a good all-around athlete," said assistant head coach George Hernandez, who found out about the Sierra High standout through his brother, an assistant coach ...
Backed by a good-sized contingent of supporters - including former teammates, classmates, teachers, and friends and family - Will Brink played his final round as an East Union Lancer during Wednesday's CIF/CGA State Boys Golf Championship in scenic Carmel.
Nick Olmo reiterated on Tuesday that he doesn't put much stock into rankings. But even he was tickled to find out that the Sierra High softball team was named the Division III State Team of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports. "As a coach I am proud of that, of course," said Olmo, who completed his seventh year as head coach by guiding the Timberwolves (25-2) to their second Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship in three ...
MODESTO – Weston Ranch head coach Chris Teevan went head-to-head against his former high school coach Mike Vander Molen during the second round of the Modesto City Classic Thursday night.
MODESTO – East Union's boys basketball squad resorted to its bread and butter down the stretch of Wednesday's opening round matchup of the Modesto City Classic.
RIPON – The first game of the season was a work in progress.
Three area wrestling teams had rough season-opening duals Wednesday night.
It may not have been pretty but it was a win.
LATHROP - Lathrop High's boys basketball team showed flashes of how good it can be under first-year head coach Nathan McGrath in Tuesday's 60-36 victory over Stagg.
Some say that since Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Games do not count in a team's overall record, they do not matter very much. Do not tell that to Xavier Hartfield.
FRESNO - Sierra sophomore Josh Spooner recorded the best finish of the four local runners competing at Saturday's CIF State Cross Country Championships at Fresno's Woodward Park.
Four area runners are chasing history Saturday in the CIF State Cross Country Championships.
RIPON - Kody Day, a disruptive force on Ripon High's defensive line at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, does not back down from a challenge.
Regina Dias' comeback to the volleyball court was a successful one.
Ripon High's Jamie DeBruyn was named the Trans-Valley League's 2013 Coach of the Year for the first time after leading his Indians to a historical season in which the Indians earned the school's first championship in boys soccer.
RIPON – Ripon Christian hopes the old cliché "the third time is a charm" holds some type of truthfulness during tonight's Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI semifinal matchup against No. 2-seeded Woodland Christian (9-1).
Abdiel Chiquito was certain he would not get snubbed, not for a second straight year.
The 54 competitors in the CIF State Girls Golf Championships were treated to surprisingly-good weather at Carmel's Quail Lodge Golf Course on Wednesday.