Emma Lewis is officially the last girls' varsity swimmer still alive this season.
When she was little, on the cusp of becoming a Division I-caliber player, Isela Rivera's father would keep the budding young striker reaching and wanting and hungry with the Three Bs speech.
ELK GROVE – Katie Lock and Lejla Pepic tallied a goal and an assist apiece during Manteca's 4-1 victory over Cosumnes Oaks in the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III tournament Wednesday.
RIPON – History was not going to repeat itself – the Ripon Christian girls soccer team was going to see to that.
LODI – Manteca is in the midst of a historical season after capturing the baseball program's first Valley Oak League championship since 1985.
STOCKTON – The Ripon High Indians will play another day.
Coaches Chabre Basile, Jason Beier and Niki DeGeorge helped return the Manteca Dolphins swim team to prominence in 2013.
With seven starting underclassmen, Valley Oak League co-champion East Union has the firepower to continue its reign in future seasons.
There are dynamic strikers and then there are determined strikers.
RIPON – The players gathered in shallow left field with their heads hung low, waiting … and waiting … and waiting for their skipper's final thoughts.
The Manteca High boys and Ripon coed tennis teams both ran into Sac-Joaquin Section powerhouses, while Ripon Christian dropped a heartbreaker in Monday's quarterfinal matches.
Ripon Christian's lone representative and the Ripon High boys golf team showed well in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament on Monday.
SACRAMENTO - Manteca High sophomore Logan Jackson capped her season with a sixth-place showing at the Sac-Joaquin Section junior varsity dive championships this past weekend.
Sierra's Nick Valdez was the only double-winner that claimed two of the area's 17 Valley Oak League championships at Saturday's track and field finals hosted by Sierra High at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
East Union 2013 graduate Will Brink, now entering his sophomore season at UC Davis, pieced together a solid round of 69 Sunday that helped him win his second straight Manteca City Golf Championship at the two-day tournament hosted by the Manteca Parks Golf Course.
Noah Lehmann has a knack for being at the right place at the right time, the deceptive speed to blow by defenders and the requisite finishing touch of a striker.
Manteca returned to its winning ways Thursday when it dispatched visiting Sierra, 6-3.
Sierra remains on the heels of Valley Oak League-leading East Union after notching a decisive 242-271 win over Central Catholic at Manteca Park Golf Course Thursday.
Central Catholic remains in the driver's seat for the Valley Oak League championship after the conference's newest member knocked off defending titlist Manteca 6-3 for a second time this season.
LATHROP - With just two goals scored in the game's first 60 minutes, Manteca and Lathrop combined for three in a five-minute span in Wednesday's Valley Oak League contest at Bennie Gatto Field.
Ripon was undaunted by its first Trans-Valley League assignment Wednesday.
Weston Ranch coach Francisco Cisneros could sense the frustration mounting from his Cougars in the first half of their Valley Oak League match at Oakdale on wednesday.
Brooke Riley capped off an impressive week Wednesday, shooting 5-under-par 31 on the links-style front nine at Tracy's Old River Golf Course, as East Union continued its Valley Oak League title defense with a 205-225 win against host Kimball.
Taylor Bays can serve. And she can dig, too.
RIPON - Nothing is coming easy in what is shaping up to be a competitive Southern League boys soccer season.
East Union kept host Weston Ranch on its heels thanks to big serving runs from Jordyn Posz and Destiny Flores.
The weather is expected to cooperate for today's Valley Oak League rematch between Manteca and Central Catholic, which was originally postponed because of rain last Thursday.
Brooke Riley's round didn't end as well as she had hoped during East Union's Valley Oak League dual match at Oakdale Golf and Country Club on Tuesday.
Scoring was at a premium Saturday when the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior novice squad locked up with the Tracy Jr. Bulldogs, who prevailed 6-0 in Delta Youth Football League action.
STOCKTON - The blond streak in Esteban Paramo's hair may have started as a personal statement of style, but it's come to symbolize something much bigger.