Sierra High knew what it had to do to close out its Valley Oak League season, and there was nothing the Weston Ranch Cougars could do about it during a 35-14 league championship clinching victory at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
No banners. No ceremonies. No pomp. No circumstance. There was no indication of Sierra High being 48 minutes away from clinching a share of the Valley Oak League championship. Players and coaches filed out of the locker room and went into pre-game warm-ups with hardly any emotion. Their focus was on the opening kickoff. "We came out business as usual," Sierra running back Jarrod Daniels said. Sierra erased last week's paramount 44-42 upset of Oakdale ...
Marquis Miller had a personal goal of scoring five touchdowns. Manteca High's speedy 5-9, 194-yard senior running back accomplished just that against crosstown rival East Union in the Valley Oak League finale Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field, amassing 231 yards on 16 carries in the process. But more importantly, he led the Buffaloes to a lopsided 69-21 win to secure a Sac-Joaquin Division III playoff berth. "There's a chance we might host a first-round game," ...
RIPON – After getting beat 11 straight times, it's safe to say that there's going to be a little bit of intimidation.
CERES - The third time was not the charm for Sierra. Ceres swept the Timberwolves during the Valley Oak League season with two one-goal wins and completed the trifecta Thursday with a 2-0 victory in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinals at Bulldog Stadium. Ceres (16-5-3) will try to get a monkey off its own back Saturday during its section straight finals appearance. Two-time defending VOL champion and crosstown rival Central Valley, which is 4-0-2 ...
ROCKLIN – It took more than 30 matches, but the Sierra High No. 1 doubles team finally met defeat during the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Girls Individual Tennis Tournament Thursday in Rocklin.
MODESTO – In what seemed like record time, the Ripon Christian volleyball team showed up to Big Valley Christians gym and ruined what was a terrific season when the Knights pulled off a second-round 3-0 upset of the hosts Lions.
RIPON – Things looked like business as usual for the Ripon High volleyball team as it continued steadfast on is mission for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title with a 3-0 straight-sets win over Orestimba High.
Jeff Harbison opened his postgame speech at Oakdale High with a simple statement that he repeated during an interview with the media.
CERES - East Union High's 1-2 backfield punch of Paul Fajardo and Steven Gigli shined in the Squires' 41-33 shootout victory over Ceres Friday to even their Valley Oak League record to 3-3.
Sierra and Ripon have tough draws to start the Sac-Joaquin Section boys soccer playoffs, but they like to think that their opponents do, too.
One program has more Sac-Joaquin Section titles than anyone, including the last two in Division V.
RIPON – As a sophomore, Isaac Norman still has a ways to go before he hits his full stride.
LATHROP - The Lathrop High sophomore squad closed out the season with a 20-0 loss to visiting Sacramento on Friday.
CERES – The Manteca High freshman football team took the opening possession in for a touchdown and never looked back, rolling to an easy Valley Oak League victory, 48-7, over Central Valley High.
Ashley Almeida dove to her left, batting a rocket shot out of bounds.
STOCKTON - There was no fist pump. No twirl of the putter. Not even a smile cracked the face of the always even-keel Will Brink.
On a championship-caliber team with no Sac-Joaquin Section championships, Jim Todd isn't leaning on a rich core of veterans for the missing ingredient.
Sierra High has built it.
Manteca and Ripon Christian begin the Sac-Joaquin Section Division playoffs against familiar foes next week.
The road to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship appears to go through the Valley Oak League once again.
Ripon High's Zach Scudder and freshman Scott Tolman of Sierra are two of the favorites in today's Sac-Joaquin Section frosh-soph final in the 100-yard breast stroke.
RIPON - It was two years ago on this same field that four current Ripon Christian seniors experienced heartache.
Meghan Wallace stood at the edge of the penalty area in stunned disbelief - hands atop her head, mouth agape.
MODESTO – Ripon's Yvette Serrano put together a respectable effort in the net Thursday afternoon at David Patton Field.
LODI - Ripon's Erika Brown qualified for the finals of the frosh-soph 100-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke during the Sac-Joaquin Section girls swimming Trials at Tokay High on Thursday.
Jim Todd stopped practice and called for two substitutions.
The Sac-Joaquin Section's new playoff format has created plenty of intrigue.
LATHROP – Oakdale's resume speaks for itself.
RIPON - Ripon hasn't been to the Sac-Joaquin Section softtball playoffs since 1996.