There have been two constants over the last four seasons when it comes to the Valley Oak League girls golf makeup: the East Union Lancers will have to come out and defend their VOL title, and the squad will have to replace their team and the league's best golfer.
Last year for the Ripon Indians girls golf program there was the Escalon Cougars. For the Ripon Christian program, well, there was the entire Valley Foothill League. Both were obstacles that stood in the respective programs' way a year ago and will be tackled again this 2011 season.
Manteca High's boys soccer team got a sneak peak of a potential postseason opponent down the road, but if Tuesday's non-league match with Central Valley is any indication the Buffaloes have a ways to go.
STOCKTON – The Manteca Buffaloes were able to get the season going in the right direction, beating the Weston Ranch Cougars in a 347-354 win Friday at Van Buskirk Golf Course.
The Ripon Christian Knights got a stiff test in their season opener, battling before evenutally falling to Rocklin High 27-25, 18-25, 23-25 and 16-25 Tuesday in Rocklin.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Sierra High opened its 2011 soccer season with a rout, shutting out host Escalon High 9-0 Friday to open the year on a win.
RIPON - A rah-rah speech from team president Ed Silveira.
Student-athletes from the area got a head start on their classmates to the school year Monday.
TRACY - Chris Johnson isn't used to opening up the playbook this soon.
MODESTO – Everything was new for the Ripon Christian Knights football program last fall.
Matt Burrows has a big arm.
She is as comfortable with a racquet in her hands as she is a soccer ball at her feet.
The 2011 season was one of many memorable moments for East Union High junior Steven Gigli, the Bulletin's All-Area Baseball MVP.
Championships are nothing new to Allison Walljasper, but they were to Sierra High's softball team before the imposing 6-foot-1 freshman lifted the program to unprecedented heights.
Freshman Taylor Werner was Ripon High's top performer in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Preliminaries Tuesday at CSU Stanislaus.
Sierra's Scott Tolman set four school records Saturday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Swim Championships on Saturday at Tokay High, and in doing so he qualified for the inaugural state meet.
The East Union softball and Sierra and Ripon baseball teams are all seeking revenge in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
STOCKTON - From milestone wins to program scoring records, Manteca High girls soccer head coach Justin Coenenberg reminded his players of all they've accomplished this season while standing on the center circle at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
STOCKTON – Sierra put up five runs in the second inning Saturday and rode the hot bat of Devi Coglio to a 9-2 win over Lindhurst of Olivehurst for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV softball championship in The Stadium at the Arnaiz Softball Complex. This is the third blue banner for Sierra in five seasons.
STOCKTON – The Ripon softball team did something Saturday nobody has done this year.
STOCKTON - For the second straight year, Ripon Christian is the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII girls soccer champions.
The Ripon and Sierra baseball teams will have to win two straight on the same night to advance to the final round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Fernando Segura struck out 11 through five strong innings for the Pirates on Saturday to lead the Pirates to the Northgate Junior championship with a 7-2 win over the Giants. Gary Alexander did a good job in relief of Segura.
STOCKTON - Ripon High had its chances in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V girls soccer championship game on Saturday.
STOCKTON - Sierra lost three NCAA Division I scholarship players to graduation over the past two years, while Nick Olmo stepped down as the winningest coach in program history.
SACRAMENTO - Down by three runs before even coming to bat Friday, the East Union softball team was unfazed.
STOCKTON - Chapter 5 of the Ripon-Hughson saga will take place at noon today at Arnais Field.
Sierra's Scott Tolman and Ripon freshman phenom Ty Wells have set themselves up to earn berths to the first-ever CIF State Swimming Championships with their efforts in the Sac-Joaquin Section Boys Trials on Friday.
STOCKTON - Perhaps the only thing that could cool off Sierra's sizzling bats was the rain.