There is one last hurdle for area athletes to clear to get to the state meet, but the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters is always a big jump to make.
Fresno Pacific-bound Ripon Christian senior Matt Unruh leads nine area standouts named to the all-Trans Valley League team, as he was voted one the conference's Defensive Players of the Year.
Ashley Rose's breakout senior campaign on the hardwood for East Union High was rewarded with honors, recognition from the local media and contacts with several interested collegiate programs.
Manteca High senior Amanda Porter signed her national letter of intent to join head soccer coach Artie Cairel at Cal State Monterey Bay Friday afternoon.
MODESTO - The final day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III meet was a mixed bag for area athletes.
It was a season of struggle for both Ripon and Ripon Christian, but both squads had a number of talented players, and four were named to the all-Trans Valley League team.
Valley Oak League coaches paid homage to a talented graduating class at their annual year-end meeting, as all but five named to the all-conference first and second teams are seniors.
It's been a busy week in the City of Ripon in terms of high school student athletes moving on to the college-level.
Anthony Chapman, the nervous wreck that he is, has done the math over and over in his head and on paper since Tuesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Trials and Modesto Junior College.
In the article entitled, "T'Wolves dominate all-VOL selections" published in Wednesday's edition of the Bulletin, Sierra High sophomore midfielder Stephanie Vanni and Manteca freshman keeper Jimi Guibor were omitted from the all-Valley Oak League selection list. Vanni, who scored 10 goals and helped on 11 assists for the 2009 VOL champions, was named to the second team. Guibor was an honorable mention. The Bulletin regrets the errors.
There were very few surprises when the Valley Oak League released its 2009 girls soccer all-league selections this week, as 11 Timberwolves were honored after a 14-0 campaign.
Taylor-Renae Wilson jumped straight up and buried her face into her hands while landing in a crouched position.
STOCKTON - A few years ago, Bryce Perkins predicted big things from the Ripon High girls varsity soccer team.
STOCKTON – Manuel Pires tried to put Saturday's 4-1 loss to Whitney in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship game into perspective.
At Saturday's Sac-Joaquin Section swim championships, Chris Johnson made a wager with his freestyle relay team of Natalie Heihn, Alicia Alfter, Maryline Hoste, and Heather Craft.
The Weston Ranch, Ripon and Ripon Christian boys soccer teams enjoyed home-field advantage last Thursday when they opened the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
A last-ditch effort to extend its season came up short for the Ripon High boys water polo team on Monday.
Haley Silva and Josh Spooner of Sierra, Ellie Waters and Alex Norling of Ripon and Brendon Curtright of Weston Ranch finished in the top 10 of the Sac-Joaquin Subsection Cross Country championships Saturday at Frogtown in Angels Camp.
The Ripon boys outscored Los Banos in all four periods Saturday and came away with a 21-5 win in opening-round action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II boys' water polo playoffs at Whitney High School.
RIPON - Andie Shelton thought nothing of it when Ripon Christian volleyball coach Kara Ledeboer asked for a list of her achievements a month ago.
RIPON – Ripon took nearly 30 minutes to get on the scoreboard during Thursday's opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V tournament.
RIPON – Ripon Christian standout Travis Vander Molen raced up the field after scoring the game's second goal, repeatedly tapping his head with his index while celebrating toward the home crowd.
Three area schools were represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Tournament at Roseville's Johnson Ranch Racquet Club on Thursday.
STOCKTON - The littlest of Cougars came up big in Weston Ranch's first-ever postseason soccer game.
Vanden's defense was stingy during the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III tournament Thursday night.
If the Ripon and Ripon Christian volleyball teams are to meet again in the playoffs, it would have to be in the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament.
Manteca senior Jesus Ponce was called off the pitch in the 71st minute of Tuesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener with visiting Lincoln of Placer County.
Hilmar capped an undefeated run through the Trans-Valley League season with Tuesday's four-game win (23-25, 25-19, 25-9, 25-23), but host Ripon gave the Yellowjackets another scare.
Manteca High's girls tennis team ended a 20-year playoff drought in 2011.
It turns out Ripon High's boys soccer team has its first Trans-Valley League championship all to itself.