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.
RIVERBANK - The Indians went about their business with an eye on Hughson Wednesday, and Ripon was rewarded with a pair of victories, an 18-1 throttling of the Bruins, and a 4-3 Modesto Christian loss at the hands of the Huskies.
Kelsey Emerson was unstoppable for the East Union sophomore softball team Wednesday in a 19-2 win over Central Valley.
Christian Williams, Sierra's all-time single-season scorer, signed a national letter of intent to join Tevester Anderson and the Jackson State Tigers Tuesday evening.
Andy Scott had just walked his sixth batter of the day, sending East Union's potential tying run to the plate with runners on first and second and two outs in the top of the seventh.
LINCOLN - Kyle Harman played 19 holes Tuesday at Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln, the site of the 2009 Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament.
STEVINSON - Ripon coach Chris Musseman expected a better finish to the season for his golfers, but the primary objective was already met by them just getting to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament.
The past along with the present is being recognized this week in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Central California Lions All-Star Football Classic, one of the state's four original prep contests of its kind.
A productive year at the plate might be an understatement when referring to the type of season Ripon Christian's now-graduated senior Dominic Nelson just had.
Guillermo Nunez was praised for his high basketball IQ.
Backed by a good-sized contingent of supporters - including former teammates, classmates, teachers, and friends and family - Will Brink played his final round as an East Union Lancer during Wednesday's CIF/CGA State Boys Golf Championship in scenic Carmel.
Nick Olmo reiterated on Tuesday that he doesn't put much stock into rankings.
Ripon's softball team certainly pitched and played defense this spring.
One of just two sophomores in the sprint events, Weston Ranch High's John McDonald was understandably wide-eyed upon his rival at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis - the site of the CIf State Track & Field Championships.
Manteca High junior Jake Corn had an astounding season on the bump this spring.
ELK GROVE - The kid they call "Texas" is competing in the California Interscholastic Federation Track and Field State Championships for the first time next week.
Allie Walljasper has already won two section titles, three Valley Oak League MVP awards, two VOL crowns and was named this year's all-league Pitcher of the Year for the first time.
ELK GROVE - Run the straightaway or walk the podium?
The budding friendship between Carl Chandler and Lechi Nkwocha was first tested on the pitch.
Twenty one area athletes will compete in the final Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet today and Friday, the last stop before the CIF State Championships.
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