Ripon High girls soccer squad leads the way in the 2009 all-Trans Valley League. The Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champions boast the league's most valuable player in senior Kate Isganitis and one of the top offensive players in Meredith Perkins. The Ripon High senior shared the honor with Escalon High senior Amanda Franklin. Top defensive honors went to Hughson senior Gabby Ybarra while her coach, Nick Martin, earned coach-of-the-year honor. The all-TVL team, as selected ...
ROSEVILLE - Two games. That's all that stood between Manteca's Yassen Aniss and Arnie Morales and a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II doubles tournament championship Friday at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club. Aniss and Morales went straight to work to open the semifinals, dispatching Pioneer's No. 3 seed, Allen Toscano and Oscar Figueroa, in routine fashion, 6-2, 7-5. "They took an easy lead in the second set, and then (Toscano and Figueroa) made a comeback to take ...
LODI - Both East Union head coach Chris Johnson and Sierra assistant coach Clay Basepayne were ecstatic following the Sac-Joaquin Section Championship Trials Thursday and Friday at Tokay High, and for good reason.
Sierra High will make its eighth Sac-Joaquin Section title-game appearance today at Lincoln High in Stockton, but this one has a little more meaning than the rest for 14th-year head coach Manuel Pires.
Manteca is losing a big part of its basketball family. Sierra High varsity girls assistant basketball coach Johnny Aguilar was named the new head coach of the varsity girls program at Galt High this week. Aguilar, a 1985 Manteca High graduate who played for the Buffaloes under head coach Steve Winter, has 23 years of basketball coaching experience including stints with Stagg, Linden and Long Beach. Aguilar won a championship last season as the head ...
SACRAMENTO - Sierra High goalkeeper Moriah Fallon guessed left. She guessed wrong, but her quick reflexes couldn't have been more right. On what ended up being the final attempt of a nerve-wracking shootout in Thursday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff semifinal, West Campus' Jena Mamlola skipped the deciding shot directly toward Fallon, who stopped her momentum and maintained enough balance to stuff the attempt with both palms. The clutch save was the defining moment of ...
HILMAR - It took 10 years and 23 matches. But it was well worth the wait. Following Ripon High's decisive 2-0 road victory at Hilmar – its first ever over the Yellowjackets – in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V semifinals Thursday, center-mid Thalia Bobadilla declared among the revelry, "It feels like Christmas came twice this year." For all of the talk heading into the contest about Hilmar's physicality, the Indians were the aggressors throughout, winning ...
ROSEVILLE - Apparently, the Valley Oak League isn't the section whipping post any longer.
LODI - Destiny appeared to be on the side of the underdogs in the Sac-Joaquin Section's opening round of the Division V playoffs.
Up to this point, the soccer seasons for both Sierra High and Ripon have been unforgettable.
STOCKTON - Ripon High had a solid day Wednesday at the Trans Valley League Track and Field Championship held at DeRicco Stadium on the campus of Delta College.
There wasn't else much Manuel Pires could say to his players except, "Thank you," after Sierra cruised to a 5-0 victory over visiting El Dorado of Placerville to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs Tuesday.
RIPON - Heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs, the Ripon Indians were looking to get back into the flow of things after a loss to Hughson at the end of the Trans Valley League season had exposed a few previously unseen flaws in Ripon's team game.
The glass slippers appear to fit. Now it's just a matter of Cinderella dancing her way into the championship round. After sneaking out of a wild Trans Valley League race and into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs, the battle-tested Ripon Indians - making their first postseason appearance since 2005 and first under second-year head coach Mark Whelan - have to like their chances when they open with Western Athletic Conference two seed Patterson tonight ...
WOODLAND - In a rematch of last season's Sac-Joaquin Section Division II first round, Pioneer of Woodland exacted a little revenge on the Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday, claiming a 5-4 victory.
Slow and steady didn't win the race this time.
STOCKTON - Manteca had a chance to clinch a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth with a victory over Weston Ranch Thursday, but the Cougars had different plans on Senior Night.
East Union could have easily thrown in the towel against Manteca Thursday after losing two five-set heartbreakers earlier this week that likely ruined its shot at a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth and a top-three finish in league.
RIPON – Ripon needed either a tie or win in order to stay atop the Trans Valley League standings and in the hunt for the school's first-ever boys soccer title Wednesday.
The Manteca volleyball team bounced back from a first-set loss Wednesday to win against Sierra 23-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-14, but the host Timberwolves did not make it easy.
Weston Ranch had it in it the bag.
STOCKTON - Converted forward Hector Maldonado was moved to the attack third because of his powerful and accurate striking ability, but it was his defensive instincts and hustle that helped Weston Ranch earn an important three points Tuesday.
The hangover effect from last week's loss in Oakdale led to a stunning loss for Sierra on Tuesday.
Sierra High will be represented in the Valley Oak Leagues Singles Tournament final for the fourth consecutive year.
It was a program-wide sweep for Ripon's volleyball team Tuesday night, which was capped by a 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 varsity win over visiting Hughson. The sophomore and freshman teams both won in two games.
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PATTERSON - All Brooke Riley and Jordan Vinson could think about was the shots they missed.
The road to the playoffs got a little longer for the East Union volleyball team Monday night, and the Lancers have Kimball's Samantha Sanders to thank for it.
RIPON - Ripon Christian finally met its match in the Southern League, and its impressive run of conference victories nearly met its end Monday night against pesky Turlock Christian.
There will be no more practice this season for the Ripon High freshman football team, because there is nobody left to beat.