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.
With six of the nine qualifying teams tallying 20 or more wins in the regular season, there is no clear favorite in this year's loaded Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV bracket.
The Spreckels Park 11-12-year-old All-Stars are in the driver's seat to capture the Little League District 67 Tournament banner.
TRACY - One game ended a day later than it was supposed to.
Noveleen Thiara quietly enjoyed a breakthrough season for Sierra High's boys track and field team, leading it to Valley Oak League and Sac-Joaquin Section titles.
Jordan McNeal's natural talent is undeniable.
When Isela Rivera woke the morning following the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship and a celebratory pool party, she didn't need a pinch to know it was real.
Jacob Corn doesn't shy away from discussing the few missteps in his otherwise spectacular senior season for Manteca High's baseball team.
Allie Walljasper lifted Sierra's softball team to unprecedented heights the past four years with her powerful right arm.