RIPON – After getting beat 11 straight times, it's safe to say that there's going to be a little bit of intimidation.
CERES - The third time was not the charm for Sierra. Ceres swept the Timberwolves during the Valley Oak League season with two one-goal wins and completed the trifecta Thursday with a 2-0 victory in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinals at Bulldog Stadium. Ceres (16-5-3) will try to get a monkey off its own back Saturday during its section straight finals appearance. Two-time defending VOL champion and crosstown rival Central Valley, which is 4-0-2 ...
ROCKLIN – It took more than 30 matches, but the Sierra High No. 1 doubles team finally met defeat during the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Girls Individual Tennis Tournament Thursday in Rocklin.
MODESTO – In what seemed like record time, the Ripon Christian volleyball team showed up to Big Valley Christians gym and ruined what was a terrific season when the Knights pulled off a second-round 3-0 upset of the hosts Lions.
RIPON – Things looked like business as usual for the Ripon High volleyball team as it continued steadfast on is mission for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title with a 3-0 straight-sets win over Orestimba High.
Jeff Harbison opened his postgame speech at Oakdale High with a simple statement that he repeated during an interview with the media.
CERES - East Union High's 1-2 backfield punch of Paul Fajardo and Steven Gigli shined in the Squires' 41-33 shootout victory over Ceres Friday to even their Valley Oak League record to 3-3.
Sierra and Ripon have tough draws to start the Sac-Joaquin Section boys soccer playoffs, but they like to think that their opponents do, too.
One program has more Sac-Joaquin Section titles than anyone, including the last two in Division V.
RIPON – As a sophomore, Isaac Norman still has a ways to go before he hits his full stride.
LATHROP - The Lathrop High sophomore squad closed out the season with a 20-0 loss to visiting Sacramento on Friday.
CERES – The Manteca High freshman football team took the opening possession in for a touchdown and never looked back, rolling to an easy Valley Oak League victory, 48-7, over Central Valley High.
OAKDALE - Sierra came into The Corral battered and bruised and left in even worse shape. But the Timberwolves had enough left in their legs to celebrate their wildly-entertaining 44-42 upset of previously undefeated Oakdale, and it was the legs of multi-talented Anthony Hall that made the difference. Hall's 40-yard field goal, which followed bombs from 50 and 45 out, with 1 minute, 21 seconds remaining was the game-winning score. He also returned an interception ...
The effects of an emotionally-draining loss to Oakdale week ago plagued Manteca High over the first two quarters of play, but the second half was all Buffaloes in a 37-7 Valley Oak League win over the visiting Central Valley Hawks Friday.
RIPON – Every team strives to get all three of its major components firing on the same page: offense, defense and special teams.
MODESTO – Ripon's Yvette Serrano put together a respectable effort in the net Thursday afternoon at David Patton Field.
LODI - Ripon's Erika Brown qualified for the finals of the frosh-soph 100-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke during the Sac-Joaquin Section girls swimming Trials at Tokay High on Thursday.
Jim Todd stopped practice and called for two substitutions.
The Sac-Joaquin Section's new playoff format has created plenty of intrigue.
LATHROP – Oakdale's resume speaks for itself.
RIPON - Ripon hasn't been to the Sac-Joaquin Section softtball playoffs since 1996.
Ripon resident and Central Catholic senior Aimee Rose has signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her volleyball career at Notre Dame de Namur University. She will major in kinesiology at the Belmont-based Catholic school.
Manteca was 15 outs from missing out on a postseason berth altogether after starting the Valley Oak League season with a two-game lead in the standings through eight games.
Sierra senior Gabby Olmo came up clutch during a Valley Oak League finale against host East Union at the Northgate Softball Complex Tuesday.
Ripon Christian got redemption during Tuesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI Tournament at Stevinson Ranch Golf Course.
Ripon momentarily kept its playoff hopes alive Tuesday thanks to a 5-1 victory over visiting Hilmar, but another game in Newman ultimately knocked the Indians out of contention.
Austin Plunk nearly led Lathrop High to an upset win at Oakdale, which would have been the Spartans' first against the Valley Oak League champion Mustangs.
Courtney Range and Bri Moore were teammates for one season at St. Mary's.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV and V tournaments both ended dramatically on Monday.