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.
In the article entitled, "T'Wolves dominate all-VOL selections" published in Wednesday's edition of the Bulletin, Sierra High sophomore midfielder Stephanie Vanni and Manteca freshman keeper Jimi Guibor were omitted from the all-Valley Oak League selection list. Vanni, who scored 10 goals and helped on 11 assists for the 2009 VOL champions, was named to the second team. Guibor was an honorable mention. The Bulletin regrets the errors.
There were very few surprises when the Valley Oak League released its 2009 girls soccer all-league selections this week, as 11 Timberwolves were honored after a 14-0 campaign.
Taylor-Renae Wilson jumped straight up and buried her face into her hands while landing in a crouched position.
STOCKTON - A few years ago, Bryce Perkins predicted big things from the Ripon High girls varsity soccer team.
STOCKTON – Manuel Pires tried to put Saturday's 4-1 loss to Whitney in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship game into perspective.
At Saturday's Sac-Joaquin Section swim championships, Chris Johnson made a wager with his freestyle relay team of Natalie Heihn, Alicia Alfter, Maryline Hoste, and Heather Craft.
Ripon High girls soccer squad leads the way in the 2009 all-Trans Valley League.
ROSEVILLE - Two games.
LODI - Both East Union head coach Chris Johnson and Sierra assistant coach Clay Basepayne were ecstatic following the Sac-Joaquin Section Championship Trials Thursday and Friday at Tokay High, and for good reason.
Sierra High will make its eighth Sac-Joaquin Section title-game appearance today at Lincoln High in Stockton, but this one has a little more meaning than the rest for 14th-year head coach Manuel Pires.
STOCKTON - There are close volleyball matches and then there was the Valley Oak League duel between visiting Manteca and Weston Ranch.
Manteca's girls tennis team ended the first round of Valley Oak League play with a pivotal 5-4 win at Oakdale despite missing two regular doubles players Tuesday.
Lathrop threatened to force a fifth set but came up short against visiting East Union, which prevailed 25-15, 25-22, 13-25, 25-21 for its first Valley Oak League victory of the season.
McKenna Doyle posted her best score of the season Tuesday at Manteca Park Golf Course and was low medalist in Sierra's 258-287 victory over Oakdale.
Ripon Christian got back on track Tuesday with a 4-1 win at Waterford.
LATHROP - East Union was relentless in the attacking third during the first half, pressuring the Lathrop defense into mistakes with precision passing and outstanding individual play.
Missed opportunities and defensive breakdowns kept Sierra from gaining at least a point in the Valley Oak League standings Monday.
Ripon High's girls golf team placed second among North Division teams in the Valley Foothill League Mid-Year Tournament, which was held Monday at Micke Grove Golf Course in Lodi.
Alyssa Burch and the rest of the Manteca High volleyball team couldn't mask their excitement after notching the clinching point.
Escalon had a score to settle with Ripon on Thursday as the two met in a showdown of undefeated teams in the Valley Foothill League's North Division.
Travis Vander Molen found the back of the net twice as the Ripon Christian boys soccer team nearly erased a three-goal deficit in a 5-3 loss to visiting Delhi on Thursday.
The Weston Ranch girls tennis team played its most competitive match of the season in a 5-4 loss to East Union on Thursday.
It was a three-person race for low-medalist honors at Manteca Park Golf Course on Wednesday, where cross-town opponents Manteca and Sierra met for a pivotal Valley Oak League dual match.
Ripon dominated visiting Lodi in a three-game sweep (25-10, 25-14, 25-17) Wednesday.
The Manteca High girls cross country team has some work to do if it wants to keep its spot on the Valley Oak League throne.