STOCKTON – She came. She saw. She conquered.
STOCKTON – Abby Buitrago calmly stepped to the penalty stripe, spotting the ball and her place in Ripon Christian's storied athletic history.
ELK GROVE – Manteca's opportunity to win a first-ever girls soccer section championship slipped away after an overpowering shot by Nici Lopez found the back of the net for Christian Brothers in the 61st minute Saturday.
Three Ripon Indians competed in varsity events during Saturday's Sac-Joaquin Section swimming finals at Tokay High in Lodi, but Sierra's Scott Tolman winning a pair of frosh-soph section titles certainly turned some heads as well.
STOCKTON - They aren't as imposing as Allie Walljasper inside the pitching circle. They don't have the stuff to collect strikeouts by the dozens, nor do they have a spot reserved on an NCAA Division I program.
East Union High will have a special guest for its spring sports awards social tonight.
Manteca could potentially be two wins away from a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball championship after it knocked off Cosumnes Oaks-Elk Grove 5-2 in the opener of Saturday's best-of-three semifinal series at Lodi's Zupo Field.
STOCKTON - Friday night marked the end of an era for Sierra's softball program.
A banner season for local girls soccer culminates today with three Sac-Joaquin Section championship games at two sites.
STOCKTON – The third inning of Friday's elimination game in Sac-Joaquin Section Division V softball action with Hughson is one Ripon would like to forget.
Manteca and Sierra's baseball squads both won opening round games of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament Thursday.
Ripon's Zach Scudder and Corey Winter both qualified for today's Sac-Joaquin Section swimming finals at Tokay High in Lodi.
STOCKTON - It's no big secret that Allie Walljasper has carried the load for Sierra this season.
LODI – Fortunately, for Sierra, its bats were hot early as the Timberwolves withstood five seventh-inning runs by Ceres and defeated the Bulldogs 9-6 in first-round action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball playoffs at Zupo Field.
STOCKTON – Caleb Rogers laced up his cleats and went to work Thursday during the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V baseball tournament under near triple-digit temperatures.
Sierra played perfect defense from the second minute to the 78th Monday against visiting East Union.
Brooke Riley shot an even-par 37 to lead East Union's 246-288 win over Manteca at Manteca Park Golf Course. Monday's win moves the Lancers to 5-0 in the Valley Oak League.
RIPON – After an explosive defensive Ripon Christian start left the visiting Orestimba Wildcats wearing roller-skates and its fleet-footed gunslinger struggling to breathe, the Southern League opener at Stouffer Field Friday night looked like an exercise in futility.
LATHROP - When the going got tough, Kristen Maestretti and the Sierra volleyball team got going Thursday in their Valley Oak League match at Lathrop.
East Union proved Thursday night that it can be a threat in the hunt for Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths, dropping a well-contested four-game loss to visiting Kimball at Dalben Center.
Ripon High's boys water polo team is again short on numbers, and its top player has graduated after leading the program with his scoring prowess in its first four years of existence.
MARIPOSA - At 6-foot-5 with a super-stretch wingspan, Lukas Vermeulen cuts an imposing figure in the goal.
McKenna Doyle set the curve and the Sierra girls golf team followed suit in a 243-395 Valley Oak League victory over Weston Ranch.
Could a changing of the guard be in order in the Southern League?
STOCKTON - After a scoreless first half Weston Ranch hit two goals in a minute early in the second half and went on to a 3-1 Valley Oak League soccer win over visiting Lathrop.
East Union was 40 minutes away from securing a huge Valley Oak League victory on the road Wednesday against Oakdale.
Ripon ended its nonleague schedule strong, as it crushed visiting Tokay of Lodi 25-22, 25-14, 25-15 on Wednesday.
Brooke Riley carded a 1-under 36 on Manteca Park Golf Course's front nine to anchor East Union's tightly-contested 251-256 victory over visiting Kimball on Wednesday.
STOCKTON – One suffered a flat last week, stalling out in Modesto. The other has taken a while to warm up.
STOCKTON - There are close volleyball matches and then there was the Valley Oak League duel between visiting Manteca and Weston Ranch.