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.
In an attempt to provide closure to a perplexing and emotional finish to the 2009 softball season, the Valley Oak League's eight athletic directors voted 7-1 in favor of declaring a virtual four-way tie atop the league standings at the all-VOL meeting earlier this month.
SACRAMENTO - Angell Mayfield barreled his way through the finish line, knowing that at the very least he was a top-three finisher to advance to next week's California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.
Outgoing East Union Dean of Athletics Bill Stricker celebrated his retirement alongside 100 of his closest family and friends Thursday evening at Chez-Shari.
SACRAMENTO - Angell Mayfield set a goal and met it.
There is one last hurdle for area athletes to clear to get to the state meet, but the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters is always a big jump to make.
Fresno Pacific-bound Ripon Christian senior Matt Unruh leads nine area standouts named to the all-Trans Valley League team, as he was voted one the conference's Defensive Players of the Year.
Ashley Rose's breakout senior campaign on the hardwood for East Union High was rewarded with honors, recognition from the local media and contacts with several interested collegiate programs.
Manteca High senior Amanda Porter signed her national letter of intent to join head soccer coach Artie Cairel at Cal State Monterey Bay Friday afternoon.
MODESTO - The final day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III meet was a mixed bag for area athletes.
It was a season of struggle for both Ripon and Ripon Christian, but both squads had a number of talented players, and four were named to the all-Trans Valley League team.
Valley Oak League coaches paid homage to a talented graduating class at their annual year-end meeting, as all but five named to the all-conference first and second teams are seniors.
It's been a busy week in the City of Ripon in terms of high school student athletes moving on to the college-level.
Anthony Chapman, the nervous wreck that he is, has done the math over and over in his head and on paper since Tuesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Trials and Modesto Junior College.
RIPON - The hole was just too deep for Ripon's volleyball team to climb out of.
East Union's grueling opening week of the season may have done it some good.
Sierra's girls golf team opened the Valley Oak League with a statement Tuesday at Dryden Park Golf Course in Modesto.
East Union's 8-1 victory, its first of the Valley Oak League season, looks one-sided at the surface, but visiting Lathrop made the Lancers work for it on Tuesday.
Hairo Silva recorded his second hat trick of the season, and Lathrop needed every single one of those goals to top host Beyer of Modesto 4-3 on Monday.
Ripon got its revenge against neighboring rival Ripon Christian on Saturday, edging the Knights in the championship match of their own tournament, the Ripon Christian Soccer Classic, on Saturday.
The Lathrop sophomores never trailed in a 33-6 win over visiting Liberty Ranch in non-league action Friday night at Bennie Gatto Field.
Manteca High's girls tennis team got some valuable court time and, best of all, new T-shirts in its annual trip to the California Classic in Fresno.
East Union was slow to start for the third straight night.
Sierra missed on several scoring chances in the opening minutes of its nonleague affair with visiting Sonora and paid for it in the end.
Manteca followed up a well-contested loss with its first victory of the season Thursday night at Winter Gym. The Buffaloes swept Patterson, 25-18, 25-22, 25-11.
Alex Gonzales set a personal record with a 7-over-par 38 Thursday at Jack Tone Golf Course, where she helped host Ripon down Valley Foothill League newcomer Sonora, 166-181.
Manteca High striker Marcus Montano trotted off the field with about five minutes left in Wednesday's match.
RIPON - Dani Erdelatz came up big for Ripon Christian on Wednesday night.
It didn't take long for Manteca to bounce from its season-opening loss.