Northwest Nazarene University head volleyball coach Jared Sliger doesn't mind putting the ball in the hands of a freshman, especially one with the talent of Ripon Christian setter Michelle Terpstra.
If the close ones counted, Sierra High would be on its way to the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV boys soccer playoffs.
That East Union High made its first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff appearance since the winter of 1993 was enough for co-head coach Allan Green to call the 2010 season a success Tuesday.
It was the first hurdle on a path towards its fourth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Volleyball title, and Ripon Christian had no problem clearing it in a 3-0 win over Sacramento Country Day Tuesday during first-round action.
The Sierra High cross country program continued to impress during the 2010 season, putting together a flawless showing at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III Cross Country Sub-Section Meet, to move on to the upcoming Section Meet Saturday.
There are two unbeaten teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV boys soccer playoffs, and one that has lost just once.
A tremendous season came to a screeching halt for the final three remaining Area tennis players, as Sierra High's Vannida Nguyen and doubles team Stephanie Vanni and Maryann Baker were eliminated from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II Individual Tennis Tournament Thursday in Rocklin.
Both Ripon and Ripon Christian will open the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs as their respective division's No. 1 seeds.
RIPON - With the outright championship of the Southern League already in hand, Ripon Christian had one more thing to cross off its list.
Ann McFerran was intentionally kept out of the loop.
The Sonora Wildcats brought their undefeated Valley Oak League record into the Dalben Center and got pushed to the brink in Game 1, but a short-staffed East Union club would come no closer to an upset, falling 3-0 Thursday in front of the home fan
LATHROP - No playoff berth, no problem.
It did not take long for the Ripon Christian volleyball program to make its mark in its new Southern League home, winning the championship outright with a 3-0 sweep of Gustine Thursday for its first title in over a decade.
Ripon High knew that to find a seat in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs it would need a glorious finish to the Trans Valley League season.
A one-goal loss Monday eliminated the Manteca Buffaloes from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff picture, but that did not stop the Buffaloes from crashing East Union High's Valley Oak League championship hopes, stopping the Lancers 5-3 to close out the 2010 regular season.
Ripon Christian has re-established itself as a force among Sac-Joaquin Section small-school powers following eight straight losing seasons.
The Ripon High boys soccer team didn't just lose the area's top player from a year ago.
Kevin Mendiola wheeled back with his right foot and took the ball off a bounce, sending it crashing into the back of the net.
An undefeated league record and a playoff win would be seen as successful for most teams. Ripon Christian did that in the 2013-2014 season, and for the Knights it was an off year.
In this her 10th year in the Sierra volleyball program, Timberwolves coach Trinity Johnson is looking to improve on last year's 1-13 Valley Oak League record – 3-19 overall – and she is not afraid to think outside the box to do it.
The Manteca Futbol Club Flash under-12 girls soccer team might not have a flashy Northern California ranking, but that could soon change.
It is not often that a team has momentum after graduating its core players, but the East Union volleyball team is riding high going into this year's Valley Oak League campaign.
Justin Coenenberg is calling all former Buffaloes to reunite at Manteca High's Guss Schmiedt Field this Friday.
There are some new volleyball coaches west of I-5 this year. Stacia Stricker will assume the reins at Weston Ranch and Pamela Adams is the new coach at Lathrop.
Alyssa Burch, Beth Aschenbrenner, Mildred Perez and Chelsea Bruch were all freshmen during the 2011-2012 volleyball season.
Alex Hernandez slowed to a jog and eventually a brisk walk while running sprints with his Manteca High soccer teammates on Thursday.
The fall sports season is officially underway for local high schools.
Some youth football teams pattern themselves after the high school they feed. The Ripon Chiefs take that to a whole new level – they are part of a league of feeder teams that will face each other in high school.
Dakota Conners was in Cooperstown, N.Y. serving as an assistant coach for a local youth baseball team competing in a prestigious tournament when he earned his greatest achievement.