Northwest Nazarene University head volleyball coach Jared Sliger doesn't mind putting the ball in the hands of a freshman, especially one with the talent of Ripon Christian setter Michelle Terpstra.
If the close ones counted, Sierra High would be on its way to the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV boys soccer playoffs.
That East Union High made its first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff appearance since the winter of 1993 was enough for co-head coach Allan Green to call the 2010 season a success Tuesday.
It was the first hurdle on a path towards its fourth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Volleyball title, and Ripon Christian had no problem clearing it in a 3-0 win over Sacramento Country Day Tuesday during first-round action.
The Sierra High cross country program continued to impress during the 2010 season, putting together a flawless showing at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III Cross Country Sub-Section Meet, to move on to the upcoming Section Meet Saturday.
There are two unbeaten teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV boys soccer playoffs, and one that has lost just once.
A tremendous season came to a screeching halt for the final three remaining Area tennis players, as Sierra High's Vannida Nguyen and doubles team Stephanie Vanni and Maryann Baker were eliminated from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II Individual Tennis Tournament Thursday in Rocklin.
Both Ripon and Ripon Christian will open the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs as their respective division's No. 1 seeds.
RIPON - With the outright championship of the Southern League already in hand, Ripon Christian had one more thing to cross off its list.
Ann McFerran was intentionally kept out of the loop.
The Sonora Wildcats brought their undefeated Valley Oak League record into the Dalben Center and got pushed to the brink in Game 1, but a short-staffed East Union club would come no closer to an upset, falling 3-0 Thursday in front of the home fan
LATHROP - No playoff berth, no problem.
It did not take long for the Ripon Christian volleyball program to make its mark in its new Southern League home, winning the championship outright with a 3-0 sweep of Gustine Thursday for its first title in over a decade.
Ripon High knew that to find a seat in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs it would need a glorious finish to the Trans Valley League season.
A one-goal loss Monday eliminated the Manteca Buffaloes from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff picture, but that did not stop the Buffaloes from crashing East Union High's Valley Oak League championship hopes, stopping the Lancers 5-3 to close out the 2010 regular season.
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.
STOCKTON - Perhaps the only thing that could cool off Sierra's sizzling bats was the rain.
No. 2 Sierra used a monstrous first inning to advance out of the elimination round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III baseball playoffs Thursday, defeating El Camino 12-2 in five innings at McAuliffe Memorial Ballpark in Sacramento.
The Valley Oak League's top girls swim team was well represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Trials Thursday at Tokay High in Lodi.
STOCKTON - Jeremy Wager-Smith was just too much for Ripon Christian to handle on Thursday.
Arianna Cardenas hadn't scored in more than a month, and she was battling a freshman for minutes, but few have been better in big games.