Emma Lewis is officially the last girls' varsity swimmer still alive this season.
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.
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.
Manteca's girls tennis team ended the first round of Valley Oak League play with a pivotal 5-4 win at Oakdale despite missing two regular doubles players Tuesday.
Lathrop threatened to force a fifth set but came up short against visiting East Union, which prevailed 25-15, 25-22, 13-25, 25-21 for its first Valley Oak League victory of the season.