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.
STOCKTON – The South fired the first shot but the war was won by the North in a 21-6 victory during the 38th Annual Lions All-Star Football game at the University of the Pacific Saturday.
STOCKTON - Yes, it was an exhibition featuring some of the best seniors from San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties and the Sierra Nevada foothills.
STOCKTON – It did not take long for a pair of Sierra High graduates to make an impact on the All-Star Baseball Classic at the University of the Pacific Friday, when Dylan DeBrouwer and Nathan O'Leary helped ignite the South's 5-0 victory over the North.
A select few of the area's top graduated athletes aren't ready to call it a high school career just yet.
CLOVIS - Manteca High's Paul Lyons outlasted all the other athletes in the area to finish eighth in the 110 hurdles of the California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Clovis.
Paul Lyons declared that he would be all business during his once-in-a-lifetime trip to the California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High's Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis Friday.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
A trip to Australia last December proved fruitful for Manteca High senior Matt Burrows.
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.
Sierra's Scott Tolman set four school records Saturday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Swim Championships on Saturday at Tokay High, and in doing so he qualified for the inaugural state meet.
The East Union softball and Sierra and Ripon baseball teams are all seeking revenge in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
STOCKTON - From milestone wins to program scoring records, Manteca High girls soccer head coach Justin Coenenberg reminded his players of all they've accomplished this season while standing on the center circle at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
STOCKTON – Sierra put up five runs in the second inning Saturday and rode the hot bat of Devi Coglio to a 9-2 win over Lindhurst of Olivehurst for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV softball championship in The Stadium at the Arnaiz Softball Complex. This is the third blue banner for Sierra in five seasons.
STOCKTON – The Ripon softball team did something Saturday nobody has done this year.
STOCKTON - For the second straight year, Ripon Christian is the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII girls soccer champions.
The Ripon and Sierra baseball teams will have to win two straight on the same night to advance to the final round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Fernando Segura struck out 11 through five strong innings for the Pirates on Saturday to lead the Pirates to the Northgate Junior championship with a 7-2 win over the Giants. Gary Alexander did a good job in relief of Segura.
STOCKTON - Ripon High had its chances in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V girls soccer championship game on Saturday.
STOCKTON - Sierra lost three NCAA Division I scholarship players to graduation over the past two years, while Nick Olmo stepped down as the winningest coach in program history.
SACRAMENTO - Down by three runs before even coming to bat Friday, the East Union softball team was unfazed.
STOCKTON - Chapter 5 of the Ripon-Hughson saga will take place at noon today at Arnais Field.
Sierra's Scott Tolman and Ripon freshman phenom Ty Wells have set themselves up to earn berths to the first-ever CIF State Swimming Championships with their efforts in the Sac-Joaquin Section Boys Trials on Friday.