STOCKTON - It took the smarts of a sophomore and a gutty effort from a freshman pitcher to get Sierra High to its first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section championship-round appearance.
GALT – When the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V Baseball Championships come rolling around once a season there is usually little room for mistakes.
Sierra High girls soccer coach Manuel Pires never formally opened negotiations with Oakdale's Alfredo Quiroga.
Dan Triglia graduated from Manteca High but now coaches East Union's baseball team across town.
LODI – Jordan Kron was not greedy in a quest for run support during the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff opener for East Union, but there was no way he could have imagined that three first-inning runs would be more than enough to advance to the next round and end Galt's season with a 5-0 loss Thursday.
LODI – When the Manteca High baseball team sent 14 batters to the plate and pushed across nine runs in the top of the first inning victory seemed like an afterthought, but that was far from the case as the Central Catholic Raiders fought valiantly only to succumb 13-8 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs Thursday.
MODESTO - Ulysses Knapps made good on a promise made to his father, Zolton, before he passed away on Thanksgiving Day last fall.
STOCKTON - Iyana Hughes delivered once again for Sierra High.
Sierra High's girls soccer team went with the "it's not how you start, but how you finish" approach in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV semifinal match at Vista del Lago of Folsom Thursday
Iyana Hughes, a prototypical top-of-the-order slapper, puts pressure on defenses with her speed.
Before Iyana Hughes' heroic base hit lifted Sierra High's softball team to win a 2-1 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff game against Central Catholic, it took a heroic effort from four Manteca Unified groundskeepers to get the school's varsity field in playing shape Wednesday.
In her four years of athletics at East Union High, senior Jillian Goulart had little difficulty shinning on a softball field or on a golf course. Now the graduating Lancer will narrow her responsibilities to just one sport, as she signed a letter of intent to play softball for the Simpson University Red Hawks in Redding.
MODESTO – When Jerrica Hauck quietly slipped onto the scene a year ago in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Track and Field Trials at Modesto Junior College she won the meet with a personal best 10-foot vault. This year Hauck was on her own personal stage, leading the crowd like at a concert and winning the meet – with another personal record.
It was as dominant as a 2-0 win could be.
Ripon High's first-round playoff baseball game against Capital Christian of Sacramento was postponed Tuesday morning due to rain.
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.