East Union and Sierra's softball rivalry took a back seat during the final week of the Valley Oak League season and the days following.
Nicole Vanni, the 2009 Bulletin All-Area Most Valuable Player, is quite possibly the best girls soccer player ever to compete at Sierra High.
It's hard to look back on everything the 2009 Bulletin All-Area Track Athletes of the Year, Sierra High hurdler Courtney Whitlock and Weston Ranch hurdler Angell Mayfield, were able to accomplish over the course of the season and not be thoroughly impressed.
One put the finishing touches on an outstanding high school career.
On April 27, baby-faced Kyle Harman became the man.
STOCKTON - Recent Manteca High graduate Ricky Acosta restrained himself from throwing his helmet in the bottom of the eighth inning after his bases-loaded double led to just one run no thanks to base running mishap ahead of him.
STOCKTON - Sierra High snapped a seven-game losing streak to hated rival Manteca last fall, but on Saturday members from both teams along with East Union will look to preserve the North's recent string of dominance of the South in the 36th Annual Lions Club All-Star Football Classic at the University of the Pacific.
The 19th Annual High School All-Star Baseball-Softball Classic will be held Friday, June 19 at the San Joaquin Delta College Sports Complexes in Stockton.
CLOVIS – Angell Mayfield has put Weston Ranch on the map.
CLOVIS – To fully understand just how difficult it is to qualify for the California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championship Finals, consider this: When the CIF last released its participation survey two years ago, there were 735,503 California high school students participating in athletics.
Rick Cuevas said that his star Weston Ranch High pupil, Angell Mayfield, is just now realizing how good he is.
Lathrop High's athletic program has survived a tough first year, and Bill Slikker believes that it's on track to thrive for years to come.
Manteca returned to its winning ways Thursday when it dispatched visiting Sierra, 6-3.
Sierra remains on the heels of Valley Oak League-leading East Union after notching a decisive 242-271 win over Central Catholic at Manteca Park Golf Course Thursday.
Central Catholic remains in the driver's seat for the Valley Oak League championship after the conference's newest member knocked off defending titlist Manteca 6-3 for a second time this season.
LATHROP - With just two goals scored in the game's first 60 minutes, Manteca and Lathrop combined for three in a five-minute span in Wednesday's Valley Oak League contest at Bennie Gatto Field.
Ripon was undaunted by its first Trans-Valley League assignment Wednesday.
Weston Ranch coach Francisco Cisneros could sense the frustration mounting from his Cougars in the first half of their Valley Oak League match at Oakdale on wednesday.
Brooke Riley capped off an impressive week Wednesday, shooting 5-under-par 31 on the links-style front nine at Tracy's Old River Golf Course, as East Union continued its Valley Oak League title defense with a 205-225 win against host Kimball.
Taylor Bays can serve. And she can dig, too.
RIPON - Nothing is coming easy in what is shaping up to be a competitive Southern League boys soccer season.
East Union kept host Weston Ranch on its heels thanks to big serving runs from Jordyn Posz and Destiny Flores.
The weather is expected to cooperate for today's Valley Oak League rematch between Manteca and Central Catholic, which was originally postponed because of rain last Thursday.
Brooke Riley's round didn't end as well as she had hoped during East Union's Valley Oak League dual match at Oakdale Golf and Country Club on Tuesday.
Scoring was at a premium Saturday when the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior novice squad locked up with the Tracy Jr. Bulldogs, who prevailed 6-0 in Delta Youth Football League action.
STOCKTON - The blond streak in Esteban Paramo's hair may have started as a personal statement of style, but it's come to symbolize something much bigger.
Sierra played perfect defense from the second minute to the 78th Monday against visiting East Union.