Robert Ladiges' coronation as the Valley Oak League's Most Valuable Player in 2010 came with little surprise.
Cruz Hernandez's value to the East Union High boys soccer team can't be measured by the amount of goals he scores, or the ones that he assists.
Everything East Union likes to do, Armijo did better in a wildly-entertaining non-league girls basketball game Thursday at Dalben Center.
TRACY – After a quarter-and-a-half of the Tracy Winter Holiday Classic championship, Weston Ranch held a 10-point lead and had the look of the tournament's 23rd champion, but co-host West High had other plans, erasing the double-digit lead and shocking the Cougars 71-62 Thursday for the title.
Ripon High cross country head coach Paul Calkins and assistant Jill McPherson saw something in Jessica Betancourt that she herself did not.
The six-point halftime lead Sierra High carried into the locker room proved to be counterfeit, as the visiting Golden Valley Eagles mounted a ferocious comeback behind the hot hands of a pair of sharp shooters in a 58-42 loss Wednesday.
With the opportunity to seize the Cosumnes Oaks Tourney title in front of Ripon High for the second straight season, the Indians took advantage of this year's opportunity in a 54-45 tournament championship win over Argonaut High Wednesday.
TRACY - Weston Ranch High's boys basketball team bolted out to a 12-0 lead against Johansen of Modesto in a semifinal game of the 22nd Annual Tracy Winter Holiday Classic Wednesday, but the sizzling start wasn't necessarily a good thing.
TRACY – Lathrop High won't have much of wait today at West/Tracy High Winter Holiday Boys' Basketball Classic.
Ricky Morris was a few steps from extending his 2009 season by another 5,000 meters.
Shalane Jackson lassoed 20 rebounds to go with 14 points, but she was on the bench with five foul as East Union High's girls basketball team went into overtime against visiting Grace Davis of Modesto Tuesday.
RIPON - East Union opened the game on a 16-3 run, and the Lancers needed every inch of their head start to hold off a ferocious Ripon High comeback in a 55-51 win Tuesday.
TRACY - The youth and inexperience of rebuilding Linden and fledgling Lathrop were painfully evident in their Tracy Winter Holiday Classic consolation-bracket clash at West High Tuesday.
Ripon High's girls basketball team did not have its prettiest performance of the season, but its effort was good for another victory as Ripon handled Encina High with ease 45-22 Tuesday in a semifinal matchup of the Cosumnes Oaks Classic Elk Grove.
For Stephanie Vanni, winning every match seemed like a prerequisite for her varsity tennis career.
Aysia Cortez of Venture/Excel Academy won the 126-pound championship Saturday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Regional Invitational at McNair High in a thrilling 13-11 overtime match with Miranda Lamela of Pacheco-Los Banos.
Ripon High defeated visiting Modesto High on Saturday 35-20 in non-league girls' basketball action.
Garbage time does not apply to Sierra's boys basketball team.
Aysia Cortez and Mia Hill both went undefeated in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Regional Invitational held at McNair High in Stockton on Friday. They are among the six Manteca-area grapplers still in the hunt for top-five spots and a berth to the CIF State Championships.
Ripon Christian three-sport athlete Kyle Colyn has signed a letter of intent to play golf at Dordt College in the fall.
Manteca High wanted to send a message to the pundits keeping close watch on the Sac-Joaquin Section's boys basketball scene.
Things just got a little more interesting in the Trans-Valley League after Ripon Christian was dealt its first conference loss Friday at Riverbank, 70-60.
RIPON - Nicole Graham's 3-pointer drew Ripon Christian within two points of Riverbank with 1:10 left in the in the fourth quarter Thursday. She followed that up with a steal, but the Knights would not score again as the Bruins went home with a 34-31 win in Trans-Valley League girls basketball action.
Leah Manuleleua put a positive spin on what she called a "frustrating" night for herself and the Manteca girls basketball team.
LATHROP - The East Union High Lancers dictated Thursday's Valley Oak League game at Lathrop by unleashing pressure defense.
Lathrop's last three baskets from the field were from beyond the 3-point arc and with the shot clock running down on each shot, keeping host East Union from mounting a late comeback as the Spartans left Dalben Center with a 65-55 Valley Oak League boys basketball victory Wednesday.
MODESTO - Central Catholic coach Mike Wilson had three different players match up with Joshua Patton, Sierra's 6-foot-8 standout heading to Sacramento State.
Isabella Rivera was surrounded by friends and family during National Letter of Intent Day.
STOCKTON -Weston Ranch used its superior speed and quickness to dismantle visiting Oakdale in Wednesday's Valley Oak League affair, 61-46.
Hard-luck Ripon suffered its fourth loss in five games Tuesday, as a layup to tie it in the end was off the mark in a 49-47 loss to Hughson.