SONORA-The curse of Dunlavy Field still remains. A week after the Sierra Timberwolves watched their star running back Jarrod Daniels tie the school rushing record and score five touchdowns, they simply couldn't find the momentum needed in a 17-7 loss to Sonora that ended their undefeated season. Sonora, which celebrated Homecoming in front of over 4,000 fans, remains undefeated against Sierra on its field. The usually well-mannered Timberwolves were hampered by a handful of penalties. ...
CERES - East Union and Central Valley entered Friday night's contest with identical 2-4 overall and 0-3 Valley Oak League records.
RIVERBANK – It's never easy to rebound when you find yourself down by two touchdowns at halftime.
Jena Anderson tried to suppress her emotions after she and Sierra High No. 1 doubles partner Stephanie Vanni cruised to a routine 6-1, 6-0 victory over Manteca's Amy Kaur and Ali Tolman Thursday.
LATHROP - For a half, it appeared as if Lathrop would pull off the biggest upset of the Valley Oak League season - even if it were to end in a scoreless tie.
­Manteca's scrappy play on the defensive line did well enough to make visiting Sonora's big-hitting front work, but the big hitting was too much.
A twice dislocated kneecap forced John Perez to watch from the stands with the "Wolf Pack" cheering section as Sierra High's football team made history by qualifying for its first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff run.
Valley Oak League Sierra (3-0, 6-0) at Sonora (2-1, 5-1) • Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m. • Last year: 38-14, Sierra • Key matchup: Sierra RB/SS Jarrod Daniels vs. Sonora RB/LB Dan Link. Two of the league's top two running backs go head-to-head from both sides of scrimmage. Link has 926 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns but was kept out of the end zone in last week's 37-13 loss at Manteca, while ...
LATHROP – Lathrop High School doesn't have to look at a zero in front of its record anymore when talking about the play of their varsity volleyball team.
RIPON – In most soccer matches getting two goals in the first 25 minutes would be enough to edge out a victory.
STOCKTON - The faces might have been different, but the sight around the 18th hole of the Brookside Country Club were quite the same on Tuesday afternoon.
Sierra striker Braian Gomez picked up two more goals to stretch his area-leading total to 27 in Tuesday's 3-0 Valley Oak League home victory over rival East Union.
Manteca High ended its home match run on a high note. During its final home match against Manteca Unified newcomer Lathrop High on Tuesday the Buffaloes claimed a 4-1 victory that improve their Valley Oak League record to 4-7. But those wins didn't come easy. While Manteca's ace Maria Saavedra lost to Lathrop's Merchelle Alegado 4-6 and 0-6 for the Buffaloes' only loss of the day, at least two of their wins came from getting ...
HUGHSON - Larry Keethe called them "crazy rotations." No matter whom he put on the court and where, Ripon handled Hughson in a three-game sweep (25-10, 25-18, 25-9). The Trans Valley League co-leading Indians (10-1, 28-8 overall) went with new-look lineups in the first two games, hence the closer-than-usual scores. But Keethe was still pleased with the likes of freshman Nicole Kaiser, who finished with seven digs and got her first start at setter. "Nicole ...
RIPON - Ripon and Ripon Christian finished in the bottom two of the Valley Foothill League - North Division Tournament at Spring Creek Country Club Monday, but both schools will be represented at next week's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament.
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.
Ripon Christian dropped two three-set heartbreakers in a very competitive 6-3 loss to Escalon in Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Coed Tournament quarterfinal at the Ripon Community Center.
East Union coach Dan Triglia saved the best for last on Monday.
The Valley Oak League isn't traditionally known for its sprinting, but the 2013 class is poised to make some noise.
Tyler Moss has returned in time for Sierra to make a run at a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth.
Manteca High's tennis team was well represented in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Tournament on Thursday.
Tiana Chacon and the Ripon softball team got their revenge.
Will Brink punctuated his decorated four-year run in the Valley Oak League with multiple titles Wednesday at Livermore's Poppy Ridge Golf Course.
With the Valley Oak League championship and a postseason berth already out of reach, Manteca High had little to play for but pride Wednesday when the Buffaloes travelled across town to meet Sierra.
How's this for degree of difficulty: To find Manteca High's only diver in recent history you'll have to travel to Tracy High.