East Union and Sierra's softball rivalry took a back seat during the final week of the Valley Oak League season and the days following.
Nicole Vanni, the 2009 Bulletin All-Area Most Valuable Player, is quite possibly the best girls soccer player ever to compete at Sierra High.
It's hard to look back on everything the 2009 Bulletin All-Area Track Athletes of the Year, Sierra High hurdler Courtney Whitlock and Weston Ranch hurdler Angell Mayfield, were able to accomplish over the course of the season and not be thoroughly impressed.
One put the finishing touches on an outstanding high school career.
On April 27, baby-faced Kyle Harman became the man.
STOCKTON - Recent Manteca High graduate Ricky Acosta restrained himself from throwing his helmet in the bottom of the eighth inning after his bases-loaded double led to just one run no thanks to base running mishap ahead of him.
STOCKTON - Sierra High snapped a seven-game losing streak to hated rival Manteca last fall, but on Saturday members from both teams along with East Union will look to preserve the North's recent string of dominance of the South in the 36th Annual Lions Club All-Star Football Classic at the University of the Pacific.
The 19th Annual High School All-Star Baseball-Softball Classic will be held Friday, June 19 at the San Joaquin Delta College Sports Complexes in Stockton.
CLOVIS – Angell Mayfield has put Weston Ranch on the map.
CLOVIS – To fully understand just how difficult it is to qualify for the California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championship Finals, consider this: When the CIF last released its participation survey two years ago, there were 735,503 California high school students participating in athletics.
Rick Cuevas said that his star Weston Ranch High pupil, Angell Mayfield, is just now realizing how good he is.
Lathrop High's athletic program has survived a tough first year, and Bill Slikker believes that it's on track to thrive for years to come.
The Manteca High boys swim team outlasted host East Union 89-81 in a nip-and-tuck Valley Oak League meet Thursday.
Weston Ranch's Kent Balacy came through with a clutch victory over Sierra's Anthony Alcantar with all eyes on the final No. 6 singles match that would decide the winner.
Despite being faced with an eight-run deficit and just six more outs left to make something happen with on Wednesday, Manteca had no intentions of laying down against its cross-town rival East Union at the Northgate Softball Complex.
Ripon rallied for seven runs in the first two innings and never looked back in a 10-2 rout of host Riverbank on Tuesday.
The Sierra High boys track and field team are in line to capture its first Valley Oak League championship since 2011.
Desperate for a spark in the offensive third, Ripon coach Jamie DeBruyn has looked to a defender and a goalie for help as the Trans-Valley League race for three postseason berths heads down the final stretch.
If Tuesday's match with Kimball was a barometer for how good East Union can be this season, consider this:
Sierra competed with the heart of a lion Tuesday during a Valley Oak League showdown with Oakdale.
Donning pink jerseys, Manteca blanked Lathrop 3-0 in the annual Kicking for the Cure game hosted at Guss Schmiedt Field on Tuesday night.
RIPON - After blanking Ripon in their first meeting this season, Hughson pitcher Courtney Thornhill was working on eight consecutive shutout innings over the Indians when she turned her ankle in the first inning and had to leave Tuesday's Trans-Valley League softball contest.
East Union may be peaking at just the right time.
Both of Sierra's points were awarded thanks to pair of grueling victories from its No. 5 and No. 6 singles players in a 7-2 loss at East Union Tuesday.
Two big wins from the bottom half of its singles ladder propelled Manteca High's boys tennis team to a pivotal 6-3 win over visiting Sonora on Monday.
The area's two best offensive linemen along with two record-breaking skill position players have been selected to compete in the 41st Central California Lions All-Star Football Game.
Manteca and Oakdale both needed a win, so it's understandable why both were unsatisfied with Monday's result.