Kelsey Johnston opened the season as one of Ripon High's key ingredients for a team hoping to make another lengthy push in the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason. By the time the season closed Johnston was the main ingredient of an impressive Indian playoff run and The Bulletin's 2009 All-Area Volleyball MVP.
Jarrod Daniels finished what Daniel Teicheira started at the beginning of this decade.
SALIDA – The Manteca Buffaloes wanted to close out its non-league schedule in the always-challenging Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic for a reason and its 81-68 win over San Leandro High got things going in the right direction.
TRACY – The East Union Lancers were the defending champions of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Basketball Tournament, but that did not help the squad in this season's tournament opener, dropping their first round game 47-46 to the Linden Lions.
Braian Gomez's strength as a leader also served as a weakness.
With the graduation of two of arguably the best girls golfers in East Union golf history, the Lancers had huge spikes to fill following three straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship runs.
ELK GROVE – The Ripon Indians had to conquer a double-overtime mountain to get to the Consumnes Oaks Tournament championship, but beating undefeated Argonaut High for the title was not in the plans as Ripon dropped the finale 59-32 Wednesday.
Sierra High standouts Jena Anderson and Stephanie Vanni put together a season that left the Valley Oak League's doubles teams in an unfair position of knowing they were going to lose.
Not even the running clock in the fourth quarter could slow down the Manteca Buffaloes, who trampled Buhach Colony of Atwater 76-31 Tuesday at Winter Gymnasium.
ELK GROVE – Sierra High held a slim three-point halftime lead, but opened the second half focused and pulled away from the Lathrop Spartans 50-32 during consolation bracket action in the Consumnes Oaks Tournament Tuesday.
MERCED – The Sierra Timberwolves were able to get another solid performance outside from Trevor Nogueira and cruised to a non-league victory over the host Golden Valley Eagles.
WATERFORD - Lathrop High continued its successful preseason run through the junior varsity circuit Saturday in the Wingo Tournament.
John Bowers set three goals at the start of the cross country season: Win the Valley Oak League's individual title, lead Sierra's proud program back to prominence by capturing at least a share of the conference crown and qualify for the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.
ELK GROVE - First-year varsity Cosumnes Oaks got visiting Ripon's attention early by taking an 11-9 lead into the second quarter.
Amber Parker may or may not have been the best female runner at Sierra High during the cross country season.
Jordan McNeal's natural talent is undeniable.
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.