WESTON RANCH - All Weston Ranch had to do was show up at its own gym and go through the motions with the young program's second Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals Tournament berth already clinched.
STOCKTON – Joe Daretta was all ears Wednesday morning when Sac-Joaquin Section assistant commissioner John Williams was running through the list of league placements for the upcoming realignment.
After holding a 40-22 lead midway through the third quarter, it looked like Sierra wasn't going to have any problem dispatching the visiting Central Valley Hawks at home.
SONORA – C.J. Rivas sent home the game-winning offensive putback with seconds left on the clock Wednesday night in the foothills, as the Manteca High sophomore basketball team picked up a thrilling 40-39 win over Sonora.
SALIDA - He's as automatic as they come.
OAKDALE - On a night in which East Union's newest Valley Oak League rival, Weston Ranch, couldn't contain a scrappy effort from a hard-working underdog, the Lancers showed the rest of the league how it's done, squashing a furious bid by the upset-minded Mustangs in a tight 41-39 victory on the road.
Mariah Navarro and Dallas Mould were outstanding for the Manteca sophomore girls basketball team in a 49-36 win over Sonora Tuesday night at Winter Gym.
You've heard the term student-athlete, but here's a new one: Student-coach.
SACRAMENTO - Ripon only took four wrestlers to the 2009 Foothill High Tim Brown Memorial Wrestling Tournament, a two-day event starting Friday at the Sacramento high school.
Sophomore standout Kiwi Gardner didn't hit the 30-point mark for the Buffaloes on Friday night like he did in Manteca's two previous games.
WESTON RANCH – It was a big game in terms of Valley Oak League positioning, and both the Sierra and Weston Ranch played tight to start Friday night's contest.
RIPON - The wait is over.
WESTON RANCH - Sierra High's sophomore boys basketball team did well to take a 17-16 lead into halftime after scoring just two points in the opening quarter but ultimately fell to Weston Ranch 41-37 in Valley Oak League action Friday.
It wasn't senior night Thursday at the Dalben Center, but it may as well have been as Rachel McDaniel, Ashley Rose and Alyssa Wegner were lights out for the Lancers in a 66-40 win over Manteca.
The accolades keep on coming for area standouts Nick Gardner and Michael Turner, as they joined two others from the Valley Oak League on the ESPN RISE/CalHiSports.com all-state medium schools second team.
Not even a disastrous start to her second nine could derail Brooke Riley's round Monday morning.
RIPON - When you're cousins, so close in age and interests you may as well be brothers, you develop certain advantages in the athletic arena.
Good news first: Ripon and Ripon Christian's volleyball teams each get to host a match for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
Valley Oak League champion Iris Carrilo and Sierra's Haley Silva placed first and second in Division III girls, while the Manteca boys and Ripon Christian girls teams earned top-three finishes during the Sac-Joaquin Section Subsection Meet held at Frogtown this past Saturday.
The Sac-Joaquin Section indicated at the start of the season that more emphasis would be placed on strength of schedule in seeding playoff brackets.
RIPON - Linden got its revenge Thursday night.
RIPON – Travis Vander Molen buried his head in his hands after misfiring on a point-blank header.
There's a special bond that exists between quarterback and coach, which makes this Friday's rivalry tilt between Manteca and East Union, well...
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch managed a goal 12 minutes into the second half and kept visiting Woodland out of the net to escape the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs with a 1-0 win Thursday night.
Kole Gonzales racked up six goals, as the Ripon boys water polo team routed Ceres 22-3 Thursday in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs held at Woodcreek High of Roseville.
It was a brand new experience for Weston Ranch, a bright-eyed team of underclassmen and few seniors that had lifted the program to new heights by qualifying for the postseason.
CERES - The last time the East Union and Central Valley boys soccer programs met in the playoffs their semifinal escalated into a shootout.
No need to speculate on who is in and who is out of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff hunt for Manteca-area teams.
To be the champion Manteca would had to beat league champions in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team playoffs.
The East Union volleyball team knows how to celebrate senior night.