TRACY - Chris Johnson isn't used to opening up the playbook this soon.
MODESTO – Everything was new for the Ripon Christian Knights football program last fall.
Matt Burrows has a big arm.
She is as comfortable with a racquet in her hands as she is a soccer ball at her feet.
The 2011 season was one of many memorable moments for East Union High junior Steven Gigli, the Bulletin's All-Area Baseball MVP.
Championships are nothing new to Allison Walljasper, but they were to Sierra High's softball team before the imposing 6-foot-1 freshman lifted the program to unprecedented heights.
STOCKTON – The South fired the first shot but the war was won by the North in a 21-6 victory during the 38th Annual Lions All-Star Football game at the University of the Pacific Saturday.
STOCKTON - Yes, it was an exhibition featuring some of the best seniors from San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties and the Sierra Nevada foothills.
STOCKTON – It did not take long for a pair of Sierra High graduates to make an impact on the All-Star Baseball Classic at the University of the Pacific Friday, when Dylan DeBrouwer and Nathan O'Leary helped ignite the South's 5-0 victory over the North.
A select few of the area's top graduated athletes aren't ready to call it a high school career just yet.
CLOVIS - Manteca High's Paul Lyons outlasted all the other athletes in the area to finish eighth in the 110 hurdles of the California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Clovis.
Paul Lyons declared that he would be all business during his once-in-a-lifetime trip to the California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High's Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis Friday.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
A trip to Australia last December proved fruitful for Manteca High senior Matt Burrows.
After accomplishing just about everything there is to accomplish on the high school volleyball scene, Ripon High senior Cheyeann DePrue will take her talents north, as she inked a commitment to the Humboldt State University Volleyball program recently.
East Union and Lathrop split in the Valley Oak League clash.
It pays to listen to your coach.
The Lathrop High boys golf team hit a milestone in its brief history on Thursday, clinching a spot in the Valley Oak League Championships for the first time with its 223-257 over Manteca at French Camp Golf Course.
The Ripon High Indians again fell to Hughson, losing 12-2 in six innings to the Trans Valley League leaders on Thursday.
Ripon High soccer head coach Jamie DeBruyn wanted more, but one goal was all that was needed for his Indians to topple Hilmar 1-0 and pad their in the Trans-Valley League standings Thursday at Stouffer Field.
Ripon Christian hadn't given up a goal in Southern League play until Tuesday.
The Lathrop track and field team continued its breakout campaign Thursday, beating visiting Oakdale at three of the four levels.
Neither Joshua Patton nor Hunter Johnson knows what the future holds.
Lathrop's Keenan Donatelli pitched an outstanding game for six innings Wednesday against host East Union, but things fell apart in the seventh inning of the Valley Oak League contest at Agostini Field.
Manteca busted out of its recent scoring slump Wednesday with a 5-2 victory at Sierra's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, and with four regular-season contests remaining it's a safe bet that the prolific Buffaloes will break the 100-goal mark for the first time in program history.
When Miranda McDonnell joined Ripon Aquatics less than two years ago, she sat down with coach Erik Zador and spoke candidly about her goals.
While it's still early in the Valley Oak League race, the Sierra High Timberwolves share the top spot with Oakdale.
A fifth straight Trans-Valley League title may now be out of reach for Ripon High's boys golf team, but coach Chris Musseman has his players' focused train on an even larger prize.
This was supposed to be the year.
Manteca High's boys tennis team secured sole possession of the Valley Oak League crown in its regular-season finale on Tuesday, but 10th-year head coach Frank Fontana and the Buffaloes aren't satisfied yet.