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.
Francisco Cisneros was in the middle of his us-against-the-world speech Friday afternoon when Weston Ranch athletic director Pat King interrupted with a phone call.
RIPON – For most of the afternoon, Brooke Riley greeted every shot, whether good or bad, with the same blank expression.
Justin Coenenberg wears many hats when hosting the annual Buffalo Cup, from head coach for the Manteca High boys soccer team, to tournament director and snack bar coordinator.
East Union went on long runs in the games it won Monday night and put up 14 aces as the Lancers prevailed 3-1 over host Sierra 25-20, 21-25, 25-16, 25-14 in Valley Oak League action on Monday night.
The Sac-Joaquin Section's playoff committee showed its respect for boys soccer in the Valley Oak League on Friday when postseason brackets were released.
Francisco Garcia and Joseph Mayorca came up clutch for Weston Ranch during Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
RIVERBANK – The Lathrop boys basketball team began the night a man down.
Lathrop High showed well in many ways Friday night when its boys basketball team was eliminated from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
STOCKTON – Lucas Widmer's prep career came to a conclusion against an all-too familiar foe during the third round of the consolation bracket of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament Friday night.
Ripon Christian was able to overcome a poor start but couldn't fly with the Falcons of Forest Lake Christian for the duration in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division V boys basketball quarterfinal Friday in Auburn.
Alyssa Cantu and Jasmine Ivey are in line to capture their second medals in the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships.
RIPON – Lillie Olson was a significant reason Sacramento Waldorf made it to the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament Thursday night.
East Union's six-game winning streak came to a halt Thursday night when the Lancers got acquainted with top-seeded Vanden-Fairfield during the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Girls Basketball Tournament.
PATTERSON - For 3 ½ quarters, No. 6 Weston Ranch matched third-seeded Patterson stride for stride in a heated footrace for a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinals Thursday.
No stranger to postseason success, Ripon Christian is a win away from advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V semifinals for a fifth consecutive season while clinching another berth to the CIF State Regional Championships.
LATHROP - Lathrop High head coach Nathan McGrath could sense it from the Spartan Nation cheering section moments before Wednesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff opener against 11th-seeded Mariposa.
The knot on his tie had been pulled loose. The top button of his shirt unclipped.
SACRAMENTO – Austin Haro's hot hand and six treys weren't enough for Manteca during the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs Wednesday night.
RIPON - After leading by just seven points at halftime Thursday, No. 5 Ripon Christian repeatedly drove to the basket and put up 29 third-quarter points on its way to a convincing 64-38 victory over 12th-seeded Buckingham Charter-Vacaville in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V boys basketball playoffs.
Ripon High's 15th-seeded boys basketball team went down playing up to the competition Wednesday when the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs tipped off.
By DAVE CAMPBELL