After two long, hard years the Weston Ranch Cougars finally have the monkey off their back.
RIPON - Ripon head coach Mark Whelan will be the biggest Hughson Huskies fan today.
East Union High's sophomore baseball team ended the season on a high note with Thursday's 6-2 victory at Sierra.
Old rivals will be teammates at the 14th Annual Six-Counties All-Star Games Friday at Modesto Junior College.
SONORA - With just two games remaining in one of the wildest Valley Oak League softball seasons in recent memory, Sierra had to get a win in the foothills Wednesday to preserve a shot at calling heads or tails when and if the time comes.
RIVERBANK - The Indians went about their business with an eye on Hughson Wednesday, and Ripon was rewarded with a pair of victories, an 18-1 throttling of the Bruins, and a 4-3 Modesto Christian loss at the hands of the Huskies.
Kelsey Emerson was unstoppable for the East Union sophomore softball team Wednesday in a 19-2 win over Central Valley.
Christian Williams, Sierra's all-time single-season scorer, signed a national letter of intent to join Tevester Anderson and the Jackson State Tigers Tuesday evening.
Andy Scott had just walked his sixth batter of the day, sending East Union's potential tying run to the plate with runners on first and second and two outs in the top of the seventh.
LINCOLN - Kyle Harman played 19 holes Tuesday at Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln, the site of the 2009 Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament.
STEVINSON - Ripon coach Chris Musseman expected a better finish to the season for his golfers, but the primary objective was already met by them just getting to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament.
There were a few upsets along the way, but for the most part, the Valley Oak League singles tournament went pretty much as expected Tuesday at East Union High.
WESTON RANCH - Matt Barber's mound appearances all season have been short, be it as a starter or a reliever.
Justin Dias insisted on pitching East Union's sophomore baseball game against Sierra Tuesday at Agostini Field, and he came through.
SACRAMENTO - What doesn't this kid do well?
With two of their top contributors out, Sierra High's boys swimmers suffered their first defeat of the season by a 99-71 margin at Kimball of Tracy. Kimball's girls also won by the same score.
Ripon's defense hadn't given up more than two goals in a game all season until Friday.
Only one of Friday's matches between Ripon and Hughson's co-ed tennis teams needed to be decided in a third set.
Josh Clark fittingly scored the deciding run on a dropped third strike in the top of the seventh inning, as Ripon avoided an upset at Modesto Christian with a 7-4 victory Friday.
Oakdale High's recent run of dominance includes seven straight Valley Oak League championships and six Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV titles in that same span.
Sierra's Jack Thomson turned to a teenager for direction late in a 7-1 victory, and the Hall of Fame skipper was rewarded for his faith.
Isela Rivera fired the game-tying goal in the 38th minute with an angry blast from 20 yards away that knotted the game at one apiece Thursday night.
Ripon junior Nick Sharp shot a 1-over 36 during Thursday's Trans Valley League victory over visiting Riverbank at the Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.
East Union's playoff chances took a big hit Thursday when it dropped a 5-4 decision to visiting Sonora.
One pitching gem followed another for Ripon on Thursday.
Chris Schmitz led Sierra for a second straight day, and the Timberwolves completed their season sweep of Manteca High 227-242 Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
RIPON - Sometimes the wind blows your way and sometimes it does not.
MORGAN HILL – Ty Wells stood poolside, cooled by the shade of a pop-up tent.
Lathrop's girls varsity track and field team came to compete against Sierra at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
Freshman pitcher Alexis Erich twirled a one-hitter, and Jordan Vinson swatted three doubles in East Union's 11-0 mercy-shortened win at Lathrop on Wednesday.