MODESTO - With the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls pole vault title and a new personal record in hand, East Union High sophomore Jerrica Hauck decided to go the extra mile.
It was far from Sierra High's prettiest performance of the season, but the Timberwolves' 1-0 first-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs win over Cosumnes Oaks High leaves Sierra one win shy of a return trip to the finals.
Four area teams are back in the postseason after a one-year absence.
RIPON -Hilmar did just about anything it wanted on Ripon's home turf during the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs Tuesday afternoon at Parkview Elementary.
COLFAX – Heading into the intermission it seemed as if Manteca High had an outstanding chance at continuing its season with an upset over Colfax, but a pair of early second-half goals led the Falcons to a 3-0 Sac-Joaquin Section first-round win, ending the Buffaloes season.
Things don't get any easier for the girls soccer teams of Sierra and Manteca high schools.
STOCKTON - The third time was not the charm for East Union High senior Kyle Harman.
LODI – As difficult as it was to find parking at the Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Championships Saturday at Tokay High, an invitation to compete in the meet proved even more challenging with only a select few earning the right to compete in the area's closing meet.
Sierra High's softball team won its final Valley Oak League contest 5-1 on Senior Day Friday against rival Manteca, but the Timberwolves' season wasn't over yet.
Kourtni McCall found herself down 1-0 just three batters into the game, but the senior hurler found some resiliency she didn't know she had, lifting her East Union Lancers to a 7-1 Valley Oak League win and eliminating the Ceres Bulldogs from the 2010 postseason.
Lily Gonzales provided all the offense Sierra High's softball team needed in its Valley Oak League season finale against visiting Manteca Friday.
John Waggy had already turned around three East Union pitches for base hits, so when he got a shot to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth his chances were pretty good.
After an emotionally draining win Wednesday and a 12-1, five-inning romp of Weston Ranch Thursday, Sierra High pitching ace Gabby Hawkins is spent.
WESTON RANCH - Manteca High's baseball team is heading into the playoffs with momentum on its side.
ROSEVILLE - The north's tennis dominance over the south continued in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Singles and Doubles Tournaments Thursday at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.
Manteca and East Union are out for revenge, while Lathrop's second-year head coach returns to his hometown to lead the Spartans onto familiar grounds.
Brooke Riley stood shoulder to shoulder with a teammate, both staring down the third fairway at Manteca Park Golf Course.
LATHROP – Alfredo Reynaga hasn't wasted any time putting his stamp on the Lathrop High boys soccer program.
Weston Ranch isn't going to surprise anybody this year.
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.