SACRAMENTO - What doesn't this kid do well? The eldest of Sierra High's senior twin wunderkinds, Courtney Whitlock, took center stage Saturday at Hughes Stadium, the site of the 2009 Meet of Champions. The highly prestigious event brings together the crème de la crème of the Sac-Joaquin Section track world annually, and Whitlock was one of just a handful of Timberwolves to receive an invite. Whitlock was seeded 18th heading into her first race of ...
A sullen overcast sagged over Sierra High Saturday as the league's elite did battle in the Timberwolves' chlorine, but the mood around the pool was anything but dreary at the Valley Oak League Championships.
The ever-changing Valley Oak League will undergo another transformation, and Ripon Christian will leave behind familiar foes the Trans Valley League come 2010 after the Sac-Joaquin Section Board of Managers approved a realignment proposal Wednesday at Elkhorn Country Club in Stockton.
The postseason has arrived, and with it comes another opportunity for the Valley Oak League's best to shine and a chance for a few unheralded newcomers to make a name for themselves.
May Day brought plenty of rain to the Manteca area Friday afternoon and it washed away the entirety of the local high school sports schedule.
Sierra High shook off a lifeless start Thursday at home to rally from a three-run deficit and earn a 6-4 win over Central Valley.
Manteca's four seniors exited the field with two minutes remaining to much-deserved applause.
WESTON RANCH - Nicole Vanni hit the half-century mark with two more goals, and Sierra wrapped up a dominating run through the Valley Oak League season with an 8-0 win over Weston Ranch Thursday.
CERES - With a second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV postseason appearance no longer a possibility, East Union still showed some fight in nearly overcoming a six-run deficit but fell 13-12 to Ceres Thursday in eight innings.
SONORA - Either heads or tails will determine Manteca's postseason destiny. The Buffaloes fell to Sonora, 3-2, in the foothills Thursday afternoon after all three singles matches went the way of the home team. With the loss, Manteca (11-3 Valley Oak League, 15-9) slipped into a second-place tie with Oakdale, setting up a fateful coin flip to decide which squad will move on to the playoffs. Arnie Morales and Alex Barragan avenged their only regular ...
East Union freshman softball coach Ron Kackley had never beaten Tracy High. Fitting then was it that the skipper got the illusive victory thanks to perhaps his best squad ever. Behind Haleigh Castner's complete-game, six-strikeout gem, the Pages (6-0 Valley Oak League) collected win No. 20 to remain undefeated Thursday at Northgate Park. Kailee Nuding finished 3 for 4 and Alisya Hoffman hit a huge two-run single in the fifth. "We got behind early and ...
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As if the gridlock atop the Valley Oak League standings could get any more perplexing, Sierra High claimed a huge piece of the potential playoff pie Wednesday night with a 1-0 upset of first-place East Union at Northgate Park.
RIPON- Hughson hadn't scored a goal against Ripon in two seasons entering a meaningless late-season Trans Valley League tilt at Mistlin Park Wednesday.
WESTON RANCH - Manteca wrapped up a textbook 16-3 win over Weston Ranch Wednesday with a seven-spot in the fifth inning.
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.