The 2009 East Union freshman softball team finished a perfect season at 21-0 that included an undefeated run through Valley Oak League play and an elusive win against Tracy High, the first of head coach Ron Kackley's career.
A coin flip, as it turns out, will not decide the Sierra High baseball team's postseason fate.
Just call her the "Cookie Monster." Despite a forfeiture request from Oakdale High spawning from an incident that happened in Sonora on April 20, the East Union Lancers set aside all the distractions Friday night at Northgate Park and sent off five seniors in style with a 10-0 blanking of Manteca. Alicia Cook, a four-year starter affectionately known as "Cookie" in Lancer circles, led the emotional charge with the first home run of her career. ...
Word came down well before game time Friday at Sierra High that the Oakdale Mustangs were requesting a forfeit because of a situation with an East Union player, and that if the forfeit is upheld, Sierra's season would come to a close following seven innings with Weston Ranch.
RIPON - Senior ace Sarah Nieweg took her final bow, and freshman Katie Thomas gave Ripon Christian a promising glance into the future as the Knights ended both the season and a 30-game Trans Valley League losing streak with a 10-4 victory against rival host Ripon Friday.
Sierra High's girls track and field team returns to the site where it suffered its only Valley Oak League loss today.
SALIDA - Mark Whelan didn't bother to congratulate and thank Hughson coach Bob Etcheverry after the Huskies pulled off a dramatic 7-6 victory over Modesto Christian Friday.
Jenny Ketner tossed a complete-game, six-hitter and struck out seven as the East Union sophomore softball team knocked off Manteca, 7-0, Friday night at Northgate Park.
Arnie Morales and Yassen Aniss combined forces on the doubles court for the first time this season Thursday at East Union High and the result was magic, as the duo took down Sonora's Eric Segerstrom and Luke Bergen, 6-4, 7-5, in the Valley Oak League doubles championship match.
It's not often that soft-spoken Sierra skipper Jack Thomson runs afoul of an umpire. But Tuesday at Agostini Field, after Wade Morten sent a rocket over the fence in left that looked to have drifted well into foul territory, Thomson had seen enough. "I wasn't exactly sure if it was fair or foul," Morten said. "Hopefully we can get a donation this year and get some taller foul poles or some brighter colors out there." ...
After two long, hard years the Weston Ranch Cougars finally have the monkey off their back. Clean execution and timely hitting helped the Cougars – who were riding a 26-game Valley Oak League losing streak heading into Thursday's season finale against intra-district rival Manteca – operate like a finely tuned machine en route to their 6-2 victory over the Buffaloes. "We definitely ended the season on a high note," Weston Ranch head coach Dave Smith ...
RIPON - Ripon head coach Mark Whelan will be the biggest Hughson Huskies fan today. After wrapping up an expected season sweep of Riverbank 10-2 Thursday, the Indians' Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff hopes now hinge on today's Modesto Christian-Hughson Trans Valley League finale in Salida. Ripon (9-6, 11-11 overall) sits a half game ahead of MC at second place in the standings, but a Hughson loss today would put an end to the Indians' ...
East Union High's sophomore baseball team ended the season on a high note with Thursday's 6-2 victory at Sierra.
Old rivals will be teammates at the 14th Annual Six-Counties All-Star Games Friday at Modesto Junior College.
SONORA - With just two games remaining in one of the wildest Valley Oak League softball seasons in recent memory, Sierra had to get a win in the foothills Wednesday to preserve a shot at calling heads or tails when and if the time comes.
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.