In the first season the CIF has officially sanctioned the girls wrestling state championships, three area standouts solidified their trip south with top-4 finishes in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament Saturday at McNair High in Stockton.
STOCKTON - Just getting to the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals was supposed to be the hard part, but getting there seemed easy compared to trying to get through Los Banos during Weston Ranch High's 51-16 first round loss to the Tigers Saturday.
RIPON - If the whole basketball thing never works out for Ripon High senior Jared Ratto, he can take up acting in college.
STOCKTON - Over 220 wrestlers showed up to McNair High in attempt to continue their postseason run for at least another day, and for a handful of area wrestlers that mission was accomplished during the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Masters Tournament.
Ripon Christian's boys basketball team is just one win away from earning a share of the Southern League championship after Friday's 68-55 triumph over visiting Le Grand.
The Manteca High boys varsity basketball team came out with a hard-fought effort against Sonora on Friday.
East Union completed a pivotal sweep of Oakdale on the road Friday, prevailing 55-54 in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
Back in November, when the Valley Oak League wrestlers were beginning the opening stages of the season, it was common knowledge that Oakdale High would be the program in the league.
Getting ready for a huge wrestling tournament is nothing new to these local area standouts, but preparing to tangle with another girl is not something these wrestlers find that often through the season.
The wrestlers for Ripon High have been hard at it on the mat since the beginning stages of this year's winter season. Now, the boys will get the weekend off while their female teammates take center stage during the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament at McNair High in Stockton.
Manteca High's girls basketball team overcame a slow start and a stunning momentum shift at the end of the first half to knock off upset-minded Sonora 60-40 on the road Thursday.
Christin Gowan is having a career year in her senior season with Cal Stanislaus' women's basketball team.
Ripon Christian built a minimal lead after the first quarter of play and continued to add to it for three quarters, blasting host Le Grand High 52-28 Thursday in Southern League play.
Weston Ranch boys basketball head coach Ryan Bono was presented a win-win opportunity he could not pass up.
The East Union High boys varsity basketball squad went back to employing a deeper rotation Wednesday against Lathrop High.
CERES - A chance at making history turned into heartbreak for the Manteca High boys tennis team in the first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team final.
Natalia Duran got the last laugh Wednesday.
Ripon Christian is heading to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII championship game for a second straight year after upending fourth-seeded Vacaville Christian 4-1 on Wednesday.
Cindy Alvarez started on defense for a second straight game.
Ripon's softball team is hoping the fourth time is the charm against Hughson.
RIPON - Emily O'Brien and Alli Hickman's valiant effort came up short in the No. 2 girls doubles match, as Ripon lost to Trans-Valley League rival Escalon 5-4 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Coed Team Tennis semifinals Wednesday.
The Ripon High baseball team is hitting its stride at the right time.
SACRAMENTO - Second-seeded East Union came out swinging Tuesday against No. 15 American Canyon.
Frank Fontana joined in on a three-on-three drill, talking a little trash and sharing laughs in what was the final practice of the season for the 2015 Manteca High boys tennis team.
Four Manteca-area schools qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section girls soccer playoffs, and all four are a win away from playing for the blue banner.
SACRAMENTO - Christian Brothers put up three runs in the third inning and coasted to a 5-1 win over Manteca in opening-round action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball playoffs Tuesday at the Sacramento Softball Complex, ending the season for the Buffaloes.
All season, Manteca High boys tennis head coach Frank Fontana has praised the players on the lower end of the team ladder, and understandably so.
STOCKTON - Nick Sharp just missed making the cut Monday for next week's Nor-Cal Tournament at Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas.
It will be an all-Trans-Valley League showdown on Wednesday when Ripon welcomes back Escalon for a semifinal match in the Sac-Joaquin Section Coed Team Tennis playoffs.
Jake Menasco did all he could and then some.