STOCKTON - Amy Haapanen is returning home later this week.
STOCKTON – With overtime not being an option, Stagg High head coach Don Norton decided to leave fate in the hands of his players with just two minutes remaining – Sierra graduate Anthony Hall's hands answered the call.
STOCKTON – Cherie DeJesus wasted little time making an impact in the 20th Annual High School All-Star Softball Classic, driving a pitch over the leftfield fence for an instant 2-0 lead and establishing the inside track to the game's Most Valuable Player honors in the South's 16-7 win over the North Friday at the University of the Pacific's Softball Complex.
STOCKTON – After Matt Barber did his part with a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt in the top of the ninth with runners on first and second with no outs, the South botched a routine out at the plate leading to a pair of North runs in their 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the South Friday at Klein Family Field on the University of the Pacific campus.
STOCKTON - Don Norton, head coaching the North team in the 37th Annual Lions International All-Star Football Classic today at the University of the Pacific, demanded more urgency and intensity out of the players after the first of two practices Friday.
John Bowers and Vincent Herrera were the area's top high school distance runners this past year.
It turns out that Todd Hardcastle has one more high school softball game to coach.
CLOVIS - The clock struck midnight sooner than Vincent Herrera wanted.
Vincent Herrera graduated from Manteca High last week, but he has one more day to sport the school's colors.
When the Manteca Little League major division White Sox fell behind the A's 1-0 in the first inning, the chances of their season ending seemed pretty good.
It was only fitting that when post-season accolades were distributed for Trans Valley League play, that nine Ripon Indians led the charge securing the most spots on the 2010 all-TVL team.
Just like every other athlete in this area that is closing down their season, me and this dude I work for are closing down another campaign.
SACRAMENTO - One came up inches short. Another was fast enough by an eye blink.
A season to remember got a little bit better for Ripon Christian head coach John De Visser and senior Clayton Prins.
After a softball season that saw the Escalon Cougars put together another Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Championship run, Ripon and Ripon Christian high schools saw the reward of their hard work payoff with the announcing of the All-Trans Valley League team.
Ripon hadn't played a match away from familiar Stouffer Field in nearly three full weeks until it traveled to Hilmar on Thursday.
Ripon avenged a previous loss and put itself in a good position to return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with Thursday's 164-174 win over Linden at Jack Tone Golf Course.
The Southern League race has quietly developed into an intriguing one.
Pay no mind to Lathrop's record.
Ripon Christian visited Delhi on Tuesday and avenged its only Southern League loss with a 1-0 victory that keeps the Knights atop the standings.
Ripon overcame serving errors and a game Hughson squad in a Trans-Valley League road match Wednesday.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves' novice football team rode the legs of Elijah Cota in Saturday's overtime 25-19 victory over their cross-town rival Chargers.
Escalon got one step closer to clinching the Valley Foothill League's North Division championship Tuesday after beating second-place Ripon 160-175 at Escalon Golf Course.
Weston Ranch beat East Union at its own game in a duel between the Valley Oak League's hottest teams Monday at Dino Cunial Field.
Coming off a tough five-game loss to rival Escalon, Ripon bounced back nicely with Monday's 25-13, 25-10, 25-23 sweep at Modesto Christian.
East Union's Edmi Lopez is a Timberwolf slayer.
Ripon Christian's boys soccer team overcame a halftime deficit, and Andrew Manes nailed the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute to knock off host Le Grand 2-1 on Thursday.
The Manteca and East Union volleyball teams split their first two sets Wednesday before the visiting Lancers atoned for an earlier season sweep and pulled away to win the next two for a 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17 win in Valley Oak League action at Winter Gymnasium.
East Union co-head coaches Brian Goulart and Dennis Wells figured this was the year that the Lancers' run of championships in the Sierra Invitational would end.
The hardest part of the schedule is over for Ripon's football team.