The week off from school and Valley Oak League action may have done East Union's volleyball team more harm than good.
Maturity, discipline and confidence - three things that coach Eric Zador said have been missing from his young Ripon High water polo team this season.
STOCKTON-Keeping things close for a quarter and notching an impressive first-half touchdown score appeased the Weston Ranch Cougars for a fleeting moment. The 51-14 final score seemingly sapped the Cougars of any sense of accomplishment in Friday's Valley Oak League loss to Oakdale.
At one point during Thursday's Valley Oak League volleyball match, Sierra High's Allison Walljasper, who was on the service line, took notice of Manteca playing back on the return.
Manteca High had already secured a berth into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Team Tennis Tournament, but the team still had business to finish in a regular season-ending 6-3 win over the Sonora Wildcats.
Five-time Valley Oak League girls golf champion East Union had its primary six players earn all-conference honors.
RIPON - Ripon High's ragtag water polo team is making quite the splash in its first year in the Valley Foothill Conference.
Lathrop High's boys soccer team gave Manteca all it could handle on senior night Wednesday.
RIPON - Hughson moved the ball at will, using its possession skills and an offensive posture to keep Ripon High's boys soccer team on its heels in their big Trans-Valley League confrontation at Ripon Elementary Tuesday.
It looked as if it was going to come down to the No. 3 doubles match.
The week off from school has thrown Manteca High's volleyball team out of sync, not that it would have mattered for Tuesday's Valley Oak League match with visiting Oakdale.
Everything appears to be falling into place for Manteca High's suddenly-hot boys soccer team.
The 2011 rendition of East Union High's girls golf team may not be as talented as its recent predecessors.
The Sac-Joaquin Section released its midseason playoff power ratings for volleyball Monday, and to no one's surprise Ripon Christian is No. 1 in Division V.
Joe Trout wasn't his normal self in Manteca High's celebratory postgame huddle following its rousing 34-32 homecoming victory over Sonora Friday.
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.
Freshman Taylor Werner was Ripon High's top performer in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Preliminaries Tuesday at CSU Stanislaus.