Just getting to the dance is a banner accomplishment for the East Union and Manteca volleyball teams.
The Ripon Indians were able to defy the expectations of the majority of the Sac-Joaquin Section, earning a berth into the Division II Boys Water Polo Championships. The Indians championship was cut short though, after running into Sierra Foothill League champion Granite Bay in a 12-3 first round loss.
The Marin brothers played their final soccer game together for Manteca High Thursday in the Buffaloes' Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV out-bracket playoff match with visiting Livingston.
ROSEVILLE - Prior to Thursday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division II doubles tennis tournament, Ashley Duenas and Klacey Kachalkin of East Union High played apart.
Tuesday's wins turned out to be big for the East Union and Manteca volleyball teams.
There will be no surprises when Livingston's boys soccer team visits Manteca High in today's Sac-Joaquin Division-IV playoffs out-bracket game.
RIPON - The Sac-Joaquin Section volleyball playoffs are familiar territory for Ripon High.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
East Union had its volleyball playoff lives on the line during Tuesday's Valley Oak League finale at Sierra High.
Kimball put a scare into Manteca High the last time the two met for a Valley Oak League volleyball match.
Ripon Christian's volleyball team completed a second-straight 14-0 run through the Southern League following its four-game victory at Mariposa.
Advancing to the NorCal tournament would have been a long shot for East Union High's girls golf team.
Jasmine Sandhu admitted that the pressure got to her in the early going.
Ashley Duenas had never competed in a doubles match over her four-year varsity career at East Union.
Manteca High's volleyball team celebrated senior night at Winter Gymnasium with a three-game sweep (25-10, 25-12, 25-21) over Lathrop on Thursday while improving its chances of extending the season beyond next week.
ELK GROVE - Carl Chandler stared at the ground as he paced alongside the triple jump runway, while Manteca High teammate Kenny Wooten was preparing to take his final leap in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet Thursday at Elk Grove High.
Two East Union standouts were rewarded for their breakout efforts in the Valley Oak League.
Leo Soto hopes he can help San Diego Christian University take the next step the same way he did for Sierra High's baseball program.
Jacob Souza's selfless act led to a Valley Oak League championship for Sierra's baseball team and the Most Valuable Player award.
Jamie DeBruyn takes a defense-first approach to soccer, so it is no surprise that he nominated Ripon High senior defender Zaire Davis for the Trans-Valley League's MVP award.
FAIR OAKS - Anthony Santiago scratched on his final attempt in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-III shot put final at Bella Vista High.
Sierra junior Scott Tolman established himself as one of the state's top swimmers Friday at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex.
There was plenty of star power to go around in the loaded Valley Oak League this past girls soccer season, but one stood above the rest to the coaches.
Ripon freshman Taylor Werner is advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters track and field meet in three events, while Ellie Waters and Brandon Roma both qualified in two events.
SACRAMENTO - After losing the winners-bracket semifinal, one the Lancers felt was taken from them, the East Union softball team left little doubt that it belonged in Wednesday's Sac-Joaquin Section championship round against Pioneer.
SACRAMENTO - Sierra wasn't at its best in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal series with Yuba City, but the Timberwolves' best may not have been good enough.
Taariq Davis and Jordan McNeal spearheaded impressive Day 1 efforts for East Union sprinters in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-III track meet on Wednesday.
STOCKTON - Ripon went down swinging against Dixon pitching ace Tyler MacKenzie.
SACRAMENTO - After being dispatched to the consolation bracket of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball championships with a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to Pioneer on Tuesday, East Union bounced back and scored three runs in the fifth inning of the nightcap to pull away from Vanden 7-4 at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
The decorated careers of Mike Lopez and Yok Jing Ma came to an end Tuesday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Tournament.