Kelsey Johnston opened the season as one of Ripon High's key ingredients for a team hoping to make another lengthy push in the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason. By the time the season closed Johnston was the main ingredient of an impressive Indian playoff run and The Bulletin's 2009 All-Area Volleyball MVP.
Jarrod Daniels finished what Daniel Teicheira started at the beginning of this decade.
SALIDA – The Manteca Buffaloes wanted to close out its non-league schedule in the always-challenging Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic for a reason and its 81-68 win over San Leandro High got things going in the right direction.
TRACY – The East Union Lancers were the defending champions of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Basketball Tournament, but that did not help the squad in this season's tournament opener, dropping their first round game 47-46 to the Linden Lions.
Braian Gomez's strength as a leader also served as a weakness.
With the graduation of two of arguably the best girls golfers in East Union golf history, the Lancers had huge spikes to fill following three straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship runs.
ELK GROVE – The Ripon Indians had to conquer a double-overtime mountain to get to the Consumnes Oaks Tournament championship, but beating undefeated Argonaut High for the title was not in the plans as Ripon dropped the finale 59-32 Wednesday.
Sierra High standouts Jena Anderson and Stephanie Vanni put together a season that left the Valley Oak League's doubles teams in an unfair position of knowing they were going to lose.
Not even the running clock in the fourth quarter could slow down the Manteca Buffaloes, who trampled Buhach Colony of Atwater 76-31 Tuesday at Winter Gymnasium.
ELK GROVE – Sierra High held a slim three-point halftime lead, but opened the second half focused and pulled away from the Lathrop Spartans 50-32 during consolation bracket action in the Consumnes Oaks Tournament Tuesday.
MERCED – The Sierra Timberwolves were able to get another solid performance outside from Trevor Nogueira and cruised to a non-league victory over the host Golden Valley Eagles.
WATERFORD - Lathrop High continued its successful preseason run through the junior varsity circuit Saturday in the Wingo Tournament.
John Bowers set three goals at the start of the cross country season: Win the Valley Oak League's individual title, lead Sierra's proud program back to prominence by capturing at least a share of the conference crown and qualify for the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.
ELK GROVE - First-year varsity Cosumnes Oaks got visiting Ripon's attention early by taking an 11-9 lead into the second quarter.
Amber Parker may or may not have been the best female runner at Sierra High during the cross country season.
Sean Broker poured in 18 points, and Ripon Christian held off the hot-shooting Hawks of visiting Delhi for a 63-50 win in Southern League action.
Delhi's girls basketball team put up a fight against visiting Ripon Christian in the first quarter, trailing 10-6 at one point on Tuesday.
Chris Teevan has no qualms about putting the weight of Weston Ranch's rebuilding boys basketball program on the back of 5-foot-8, 150-pound sophomore Jaelen Ragsdale.
MODESTO – Lathrop's Jasmine Ivey and Sierra's Victoria Burke both took home Enochs Lady Eagles Invitational titles Saturday for each of their pooled weight brackets.
Weston Ranch has gone on a hot streak since adding a couple of players to its roster.
Sonora did enough damage in the first half to win 50-40 despite making just two field goals over the final two quarters of Friday's Valley Oak League matchup at Sierra.
RIPON – Despite senior guard Chase DePrue leading Ripon with 10 points during Friday night's 74-27 loss against powerhouse Modesto Christian, it was fellow senior Derek Hickman who had the highlight of the night in front of the Indians' home crowd.
Weston Ranch is all alone at the top of the Valley Oak League standings after a lopsided 67-30 victory on the road against Oakdale Friday night.
The Sierra-Weston Ranch boys basketball rivalry has reached the college ranks.
LATHROP - Trailing Lathrop by a point and with no timeouts left, Weston Ranch head coach Chris Teevan put all his chips on baby-faced Jaelen Ragsdale.
Sierra didn't play its best half of basketball during Thursday's Valley Oak League matchup against visiting Kimball of Tracy.
East Union put itself in a solid position to steal a Valley Oak League victory on the road against struggling Oakdale Thursday night.
The Ripon Christian basketball squad kept it in cruise control during Thursday's Southern League matchup on the road against Le Grand.
Sierra wrestling coach Alex Nuanez had a heart-to-heart chat with fourth-year senior Jonah Treltas before the Timberwolves' pivotal Valley Oak League match with visiting Kimball on Wednesday.
Manteca junior Chelsea Gomez was all over the hardwood Wednesday night.