They did the dirty work and the heavy lifting for Sierra High sports teams for the 2011-12 school year.
Shakira Lewis has at least one more race to run in her first and only season as a track athlete for Sierra High.
Recently-graduated Alex Martinez and Mia Ramirez were recognized as Manteca High's top all-around senior athletes.
Colby DeVries was named Most Valuable Player of the Southern League after leading Ripon Christian (12-2, 15-11-1 overall) to a share of its first conference championship.
ELK GROVE - Sierra High standout Shakira Lewis seized her moment in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters 100-meter final Friday at Elk Grove High.
Ripon High junior shortstop/pitcher Nicole Kaiser was named the Defensive Player of the Year by Trans-Valley League coaches.
Ripon Christian's girls soccer team had five players named to the All-Southern League team, while three Lady Indians from Ripon High earned All-Trans Valley League honors.
ELK GROVE - Shakira Lewis crossed the finish line, and let a brief smile flash across her face before turning concern to an injured rival.
Cory Van Warmerdam stroked a leadoff triple in the fourth inning and came around to give Ripon the lead, and Tyler Scharnow did the rest with a complete-game 5-3 victory over the Modesto Tigers in 16-18 Senior Babe Ruth action Tuesday at Mistlin Park.
The Manteca Dolphins opened the Mid-Valley Swim League season with a 1,216-965 loss to the Tracy Tritons at East Union High last Saturday.
Manteca High alumnus Paul Lyons will compete in the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Friday at the University of Texas - Austin.
Several area standouts were recognized on the 2012 Valley Oak League All-League Baseball team, including a pair of first-team pitchers and four of the five first-team infield positions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former UCLA player Reeves Nelson is suing Sports Illustrated for $10 million, citing defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress over its recent article about problems in the school's basketball program.
Finally the full-fledged ace in her final collegiate season, Erin Arevalo is shining in the pitcher's circle for the University of Georgia's softball team.
GALT - Nothing came easy to the Ripon Christian Knights this year, and after a series-tying 10-7 victory over Bradshaw Christian in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI semifinals, the Knights' season would end in a 7-2 loss to the Pride Tuesday.
The combined hustle of Daisy Valencia and Jadyn Shinn coupled with a gritty effort from ailing goalkeeper Callie Crain proved to be the difference for ...
Sierra overcame two first-half deficits and dominated the final 40 minutes Wednesday en route to a 4-2 win over visiting Central Catholic to remain undefeated ...
LATHROP - It was good while it lasted.
Sydney Fryer poured in 19 points, 15 rebounds and four assists, but it was the play of the supporting cast that allowed Manteca to keep ...
OAKDALE - Ruby Daube spearheaded East Union's dramatic 42-41 win over Oakdale with 21 points on Wednesday, but it was a key play in the ...
STOCKTON - Lathrop High used a strong third quarter to roll past host Weston Ranch 52-32 in Wednesday's Valley Oak League rivalry clash.
Billy Sharmoug referred to Wednesday's signing to play football at New Mexico State as his second chance.
Based on recent history, Lathrop may be due for another big winning streak.
RIPON - On a rainy, windy night Tuesday host Ripon Christian had the wind at their backs top start the game, putting up three goals in ...
TRACY - A close one throughout, Manteca needed a 21-point burst in the fourth quarter and a triple double from highly-recruited Tydus Verhoeven to pull away ...
HUGHSON - Hughson has been a house of horrors for Ripon in the past.
And on the eighth corner kick, Sierra scored.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch had a goal taken away after one of its own players was on the receiving end of a foul in the penalty ...
ESCALON – To even make the A bracket at Escalon's Lloyd C. Engel Invitational is an accomplishment. East Union's Jaysen Reindel was accomplished Saturday ...
OAKLAND (AP) - Mike Conley scored 27 points and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied all the way back from 24 down, stunning Golden State 128-119 in overtime ...