Second place is a virtual championship for the six public schools in the Trans-Valley League for boys and girls basketball, and Ripon High was able to capture both this season.
Ripon Christian returned to the Southern League this year, and the boys basketball program picked up where it left off nearly 30 years ago.
Conquering their second consecutive Buff Cup title seemed like an obligation for the Manteca Buffaloes, demolishing both of their final opponents to walk away with back-to-back Buff Cup titles Saturday at Manteca High.
The Sierra High boys track team was able to distance themselves from some 22 programs, accumulating 88 points to win the 13th Annual Sierra-Tom Moore Relays Saturday at Sierra High.
Through the first six innings, there was uncertainty about who would leave the diamond Saturday with a nonleague win, but the Ripon Indians were able to do enough damage in their final at bat to squeeze past the Lathrop Spartans 7-4 at Lathrop High.
Sierra High's varsity softball team was able to put together an impressive two-day run through the Ceres Tournament, returning from Rainbow Fields in Riverbank with the tournament title with a win and a tie on the final day.
BAKERSFIELD - They went about it different ways, but at the end of Day 1 both Ripon High senior Travis Smith and Sierra senior Alex Nuanez had seen their final prep matches on a high school wrestling mat.
The East Union High baseball squad used a familiar recipe Friday against Lodi.
Austin Acker stood at the plate with a full count, the tying run on second and the winning run on first in Sierra High's half of the seventh inning Friday against visiting Escalon. The first-year varsity player cashed in when what looked like a harmless flyball to centerfield found the grass and gave Sierra a 4-3 comeback win.
Manteca High's girls soccer team effectively played keep-away against Stagg of Stockton in its 4-0 victory Friday, when its own Buffalo Cup tournament opened action for eight participating clubs.
Manteca High's boys tennis team dropped two of its first three matches in the California High School Tennis Classic Friday at Fresno City College.
The Sierra softball team had no problem taking care of business during its opening contests in the Ceres Tournament at Modesto's Rainbow Fields.
Manteca High's softball team is 3-0 for the first time since winning its first four in 2007 after pummeling visiting Denair by a football score of 27-0 Thursday.
When Lincoln High made its way to Manteca, there was no way the soccer team could have expected to witness the show Sierra junior Joanna Ortiz was prepared to put on. Ortiz went off for four goals in a 6-0 shellacking of the visiting Trojans Thursday.
RIPON - It took a little while for the Ripon to get its softball bats warmed up during a preseason game against Ripon Christian Thursday afternoon.
East Union had a chit in the karma bank Wednesday night and picked the right time to get it back.
Marcus Montano and his booming right foot are taking the next step.
Comfortable first-round victories allowed the East Union and Manteca girls soccer programs to rest many of their regulars.
It was a return to prominence for the Sierra High baseball program.
TRACY - It has been a long time since the Manteca High softball team has made the playoffs - not in this century, at least.
For weeks now, Manteca coach Neil MacDannald has talked about building momentum for a run at another Sac-Joaquin Section title.
Much of what Jenna Zuniga does on the right wing is cunning and calculated.
Manteca High's girls soccer team padded its program-record setting goal total Tuesday and set another new standard with a 7-0 victory over Vallejo.
Two Valley Oak League champions were crowned at The Corral on Tuesday.
Three league champions fell in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Coed Team Tennis Playoffs on Tuesday.
It's been a season marred by heartbreaking losses for East Union
Ripon High's Nick Sharp and the Ripon Christian boys golf team appear to be peaking at just the right time.
STOCKTON - History was made Monday at Weston Ranch High school.
Before the Rivera sisters exploded on the scene with the force of a three-hit combo, turning East Union into a section heavy, another prolific sister act tormented defenses.