These make-or-break moments are often defined by big, imposing aces with even larger personalities, rocket arms and legitimate college and pro prospects.
LODI - Do not bet against Manteca with Jake Corn on the mound – or if you do, do not let Corn know about it.
TURLOCK - Manteca High teammates Carl Chandler and Marcus Montano were the top two seeded high jumpers going into Thursday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Trials at Cal State Stanislaus' Warrior Stadium.
One of the season's indelible moments is of Sierra's Sydnee Canales lacing a deep left-footed shot on goal to earn a draw at Oakdale.
Clay Cuneo's mind was made up.
STOCKTON – She came. She saw. She conquered.
STOCKTON – Abby Buitrago calmly stepped to the penalty stripe, spotting the ball and her place in Ripon Christian's storied athletic history.
ELK GROVE – Manteca's opportunity to win a first-ever girls soccer section championship slipped away after an overpowering shot by Nici Lopez found the back of the net for Christian Brothers in the 61st minute Saturday.
Three Ripon Indians competed in varsity events during Saturday's Sac-Joaquin Section swimming finals at Tokay High in Lodi, but Sierra's Scott Tolman winning a pair of frosh-soph section titles certainly turned some heads as well.
STOCKTON - They aren't as imposing as Allie Walljasper inside the pitching circle. They don't have the stuff to collect strikeouts by the dozens, nor do they have a spot reserved on an NCAA Division I program.
East Union High will have a special guest for its spring sports awards social tonight.
Manteca could potentially be two wins away from a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball championship after it knocked off Cosumnes Oaks-Elk Grove 5-2 in the opener of Saturday's best-of-three semifinal series at Lodi's Zupo Field.
STOCKTON - Friday night marked the end of an era for Sierra's softball program.
A banner season for local girls soccer culminates today with three Sac-Joaquin Section championship games at two sites.
STOCKTON – The third inning of Friday's elimination game in Sac-Joaquin Section Division V softball action with Hughson is one Ripon would like to forget.
When Isela Rivera woke the morning following the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship and a celebratory pool party, she didn't need a pinch to know it was real.
Jacob Corn doesn't shy away from discussing the few missteps in his otherwise spectacular senior season for Manteca High's baseball team.
Allie Walljasper lifted Sierra's softball team to unprecedented heights the past four years with her powerful right arm.
For three months, Scott Tolman chased a time taped to the ceiling above his bed.
RIPON – Even out of season, Hannah Sweet keeps a constant presence at the Ervin Zador Aquatic Center.
Yok Jing Ma had a checklist of goals at the start of the tennis season.
Kyle Colyn came up a few strokes short of becoming the first golfer in Ripon Christian history to qualify for the CIF Northern California Regional Championship Tournament.
RIPON – Malik Taylor had the big bat for Ripon while teammate Damian Sandoval had a dominating performance on the hill to lead Ripon to an 11-1 win over Lodi in the championship game of the Cal Ripken Central California District 1 10u Tournament at Veteran's Park in Ripon.
STOCKTON - Five Manteca area softball players and two local coaches were part of the winning South softball squad Friday in the 24th Annual High School All-Star Baseball/Softball Classic at Pacific's Bill Simoni Field.
STOCKTON - Buddy Reeder was part of a wild come-from-behind victory the last time he was on the same field with former Manteca High teammates Lucas Vaughn and Michael Garibay.
You cannot score on an error if you do not make it on base.
RIPON - Ripon came to life in the third inning Wednesday to score six runs and added another four in the fourth inning on the way to a 12-2 four-inning shellacking of Oakdale in the Cal Ripken Central California District 1 10-under Tournament at Veteran's Park in Ripon.
Fifteen recent graduates from area schools have been invited to play in the 24th annual High School All-Star Baseball-Softball Classic later this week.
Max Gulart and Chase Stephenson combined to two-hit the Mountain House Braves and lead the Manteca A's to a 10-0 four-inning win Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the District 67 Minor Tournament of Champions hosted by Spreckels Park Little League at Brock Elliott School.
TRACY – Not this time.