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.
SACRAMENTO - Hector Solorio ran and hurdled the race of his life.
Manteca High's Matt Barber closed out his senior season as the Valley Oak League's Most Valuable Player.
SACRAMENTO – The level of play it would have taken for the Manteca Buffaloes to compete for their first Sac-Joaquin Section title in school history abandoned them, in a season-ending 5-1 second round loss to El Dorado Wednesday at McAuliffe Memorial Park.
Sierra High junior Ulysses Knapps walked away from the long jump pit at Modesto Junior College last Thursday with a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title in the event but was not completely satisfied.
Teammates and coaches call her "Hammer," and it's a fitting description to what East Union High junior Brittany LaMar did for the Lancers this season.
The pressure of trying to extend its postseason took a back seat to rainy weather for the Manteca Buffaloes, as the Valley Oak League No. 2 seed's elimination contest against El Dorado High was postponed until today by unfavorable weather conditions.
Sierra High senior midfielder Delaine Quaresma is one of Timberwolves to be named to the all-Valley Oak League soccer first team. The four-time all-league selection scored nine goals and assisted two while helping the team capture its 11th VOL title in 16 years. Quaresma will be attending UCLA for academics.
Manteca High senior Rileigh Mankin was voted the Valley Oak League MVP during the year-end coaches meeting.
STOCKTON - Renae McFadden saved the celebration for later.
SACRAMENTO - Manteca High's Michael Timmins was faced with the same situation in the 10th inning as he was in the fifth during the Buffaloes' Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinal contest with El Dorado at Dan McAuliffe Memorial Ballpark Saturday.
STOCKTON - Cherie DeJesus was the last East Union Lancer to walk away from Arnaiz Stadium following a 7-3 season-ending loss to Valley Oak League rival Oakdale in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs Friday.
Ripon High's girls soccer team reached the postseason for the first time in school history back in 2006, but the Indians were eliminated in the first round via penalty-kick shootout against Linden.
Ripon's Tristan Smith and Lathrop's Alex Garcia both finished fourth Saturday in the two-day Tim Brown Memorial Wrestling Tournament at the Jackson Sports Complex in McClellan.
Destiny Flores made two steals in the game's final 30 seconds Saturday to cap off a tremendous East Union comeback and help give the Lancers a thrilling 47-43 win over Ripon in the 5th Annual Hoops for the Cure Classic at Dalben Center.
Lathrop trimmed a 10-point second quarter deficit to three points with 55 seconds left to go in the first half Saturday but three quick Spartans turnovers led to a 12-point halftime lead for host Manteca in a 61-51 Valley Oak League boys basketball win for the Buffaloes at Winter Gymnasium.
Sierra proved up to the challenge in its Valley Oak League encounter with visiting Weston Ranch on Friday.
Manteca's Loretta Kakala could feel the anxiety building before the start of Friday's game.
RIPON - The Ripon Christian High expected a tough fight from visiting Escalon on Friday.
Valley Oak League-leading Sierra took Lathrop's best punch and cruised to a 65-59 victory Thursday night.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch High orchestrated a 17-0 run in the second quarter while rolling past Kimball Thursday, 74-51.
RIPON - Riverbank survived a second-half charge from Ripon and escaped with a 43-39 overtime win in a pivotal duel between the Trans-Valley League's first-place teams.
Loretta Kakala and the Manteca High girls basketball team dispatched one rival and appear ready for another.
STOCKTON - East Union came prepared for a track meet but left the sprint spikes at home.
Emery Sipe's conventional 3-point play with 1.4 seconds to go lifted host Oakdale to a dramatic 39-37 win over Lathrop on Wednesday.
Sierra's wrestling team had a good showing at Central Catholic in a Valley Oak League double-dual meet Wednesday but settled for a split. The Timberwolves first topped Lathrop 51-27 before coming up short against the host Raiders, 48-30.
All-Area Girls Golfer of the Year Brooke Riley has committed to Northwestern, one of the top Division I women's golf programs in the nation.
In a first-place battle of teams with similar strengths, experience and Hunter Johnson proved to be the difference for reigning Valley Oak League champion Sierra.