There have been two constants over the last four seasons when it comes to the Valley Oak League girls golf makeup: the East Union Lancers will have to come out and defend their VOL title, and the squad will have to replace their team and the league's best golfer.
Last year for the Ripon Indians girls golf program there was the Escalon Cougars. For the Ripon Christian program, well, there was the entire Valley Foothill League. Both were obstacles that stood in the respective programs' way a year ago and will be tackled again this 2011 season.
Manteca High's boys soccer team got a sneak peak of a potential postseason opponent down the road, but if Tuesday's non-league match with Central Valley is any indication the Buffaloes have a ways to go.
STOCKTON – The Manteca Buffaloes were able to get the season going in the right direction, beating the Weston Ranch Cougars in a 347-354 win Friday at Van Buskirk Golf Course.
The Ripon Christian Knights got a stiff test in their season opener, battling before evenutally falling to Rocklin High 27-25, 18-25, 23-25 and 16-25 Tuesday in Rocklin.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Sierra High opened its 2011 soccer season with a rout, shutting out host Escalon High 9-0 Friday to open the year on a win.
RIPON - A rah-rah speech from team president Ed Silveira.
Student-athletes from the area got a head start on their classmates to the school year Monday.
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.
Nothing is better for a team than controlling its own destiny.
Greg Jones brought Manteca back with his bat and then won the game with his eyes.
MODESTO – Nik Lengert was resourceful and resolute, surviving a marathon match and the hottest of day of the season to reach today's final of the Trans-Valley League Singles Tournament.
The anticipated rematch between the Manteca and East Union girls sprinters will have to wait.
East Union clinched at least a share of the Valley Oak League softball title after Thursday's 13-4 victory over rival Manteca High at Northgate Softball Complex.
Hunter Johnson and Joshua Patton shared the Valley Oak League's MVP honor in what was a historic season for Sierra High's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champion boys basketball team.
Ripon put together a strong finish to its Trans-Valley League championship run on Thursday, although the heated match with visiting Hughson ended prematurely.
Needing a win to guarantee a second-place finish in the Trans-Valley League, Ripon was unable to overcome host Modesto Christian's eight-run onslaught in the fourth inning in a 9-5 defeat on Thursday.
The East Union girls soccer team's perfect Valley Oak League season was held together by pieces of blue tape on Wednesday evening.
Weston Ranch's dreams of the postseason took a hit Wednesday following a stellar pitching performance by Marco Gonzales.
STOCKTON – The Sac-Joaquin Section Board of Managers have moved boys and girls soccer to the winter, effective during the 2016-17 school year.
Sierra remains on pace to claim at least a share of the Valley Oak League championship after notching a 13-5 victory at Lathrop on Wednesday.
Ripon High's coed tennis team secured its first outright league title since 1987 with Tuesday's 8-1 victory over Modesto Christian.
Ripon - Zaire Davis and Jordyn Wall had one goal in mind since their freshman year of bringing the Trans Valley League title back to the Ripon High girls' soccer program.
After losing six key seniors to graduation from its Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII championship team, Ripon Christian has had to retool around impressive underclassman Abby Buitrago to make another run at it.