STOCKTON – Abby Buitrago calmly stepped to the penalty stripe, spotting the ball and her place in Ripon Christian's storied athletic history.
ELK GROVE – Manteca's opportunity to win a first-ever girls soccer section championship slipped away after an overpowering shot by Nici Lopez found the back of the net for Christian Brothers in the 61st minute Saturday.
Three Ripon Indians competed in varsity events during Saturday's Sac-Joaquin Section swimming finals at Tokay High in Lodi, but Sierra's Scott Tolman winning a pair of frosh-soph section titles certainly turned some heads as well.
STOCKTON - They aren't as imposing as Allie Walljasper inside the pitching circle. They don't have the stuff to collect strikeouts by the dozens, nor do they have a spot reserved on an NCAA Division I program.
East Union High will have a special guest for its spring sports awards social tonight.
Manteca could potentially be two wins away from a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball championship after it knocked off Cosumnes Oaks-Elk Grove 5-2 in the opener of Saturday's best-of-three semifinal series at Lodi's Zupo Field.
STOCKTON - Friday night marked the end of an era for Sierra's softball program.
A banner season for local girls soccer culminates today with three Sac-Joaquin Section championship games at two sites.
STOCKTON – The third inning of Friday's elimination game in Sac-Joaquin Section Division V softball action with Hughson is one Ripon would like to forget.
Manteca and Sierra's baseball squads both won opening round games of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament Thursday.
Ripon's Zach Scudder and Corey Winter both qualified for today's Sac-Joaquin Section swimming finals at Tokay High in Lodi.
STOCKTON - It's no big secret that Allie Walljasper has carried the load for Sierra this season.
LODI – Fortunately, for Sierra, its bats were hot early as the Timberwolves withstood five seventh-inning runs by Ceres and defeated the Bulldogs 9-6 in first-round action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball playoffs at Zupo Field.
STOCKTON – Caleb Rogers laced up his cleats and went to work Thursday during the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V baseball tournament under near triple-digit temperatures.
Emma Lewis is officially the last girls' varsity swimmer still alive this season.
Two down, two more to go for Ripon High's boys water polo team.
Not even a disastrous start to her second nine could derail Brooke Riley's round Monday morning.
RIPON - When you're cousins, so close in age and interests you may as well be brothers, you develop certain advantages in the athletic arena.
Good news first: Ripon and Ripon Christian's volleyball teams each get to host a match for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
Valley Oak League champion Iris Carrilo and Sierra's Haley Silva placed first and second in Division III girls, while the Manteca boys and Ripon Christian girls teams earned top-three finishes during the Sac-Joaquin Section Subsection Meet held at Frogtown this past Saturday.
The Sac-Joaquin Section indicated at the start of the season that more emphasis would be placed on strength of schedule in seeding playoff brackets.
RIPON - Linden got its revenge Thursday night.
RIPON – Travis Vander Molen buried his head in his hands after misfiring on a point-blank header.
There's a special bond that exists between quarterback and coach, which makes this Friday's rivalry tilt between Manteca and East Union, well...
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch managed a goal 12 minutes into the second half and kept visiting Woodland out of the net to escape the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs with a 1-0 win Thursday night.
Kole Gonzales racked up six goals, as the Ripon boys water polo team routed Ceres 22-3 Thursday in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs held at Woodcreek High of Roseville.
It was a brand new experience for Weston Ranch, a bright-eyed team of underclassmen and few seniors that had lifted the program to new heights by qualifying for the postseason.
CERES - The last time the East Union and Central Valley boys soccer programs met in the playoffs their semifinal escalated into a shootout.
No need to speculate on who is in and who is out of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff hunt for Manteca-area teams.
To be the champion Manteca would had to beat league champions in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team playoffs.