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.
In an attempt to provide closure to a perplexing and emotional finish to the 2009 softball season, the Valley Oak League's eight athletic directors voted 7-1 in favor of declaring a virtual four-way tie atop the league standings at the all-VOL meeting earlier this month.
SACRAMENTO - Angell Mayfield barreled his way through the finish line, knowing that at the very least he was a top-three finisher to advance to next week's California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.
Outgoing East Union Dean of Athletics Bill Stricker celebrated his retirement alongside 100 of his closest family and friends Thursday evening at Chez-Shari.
SACRAMENTO - Angell Mayfield set a goal and met it.
There is one last hurdle for area athletes to clear to get to the state meet, but the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters is always a big jump to make.
Fresno Pacific-bound Ripon Christian senior Matt Unruh leads nine area standouts named to the all-Trans Valley League team, as he was voted one the conference's Defensive Players of the Year.
Ashley Rose's breakout senior campaign on the hardwood for East Union High was rewarded with honors, recognition from the local media and contacts with several interested collegiate programs.
Manteca High senior Amanda Porter signed her national letter of intent to join head soccer coach Artie Cairel at Cal State Monterey Bay Friday afternoon.
MODESTO - The final day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III meet was a mixed bag for area athletes.
It was a season of struggle for both Ripon and Ripon Christian, but both squads had a number of talented players, and four were named to the all-Trans Valley League team.
Valley Oak League coaches paid homage to a talented graduating class at their annual year-end meeting, as all but five named to the all-conference first and second teams are seniors.
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.
McKenna Doyle posted her best score of the season Tuesday at Manteca Park Golf Course and was low medalist in Sierra's 258-287 victory over Oakdale.
Ripon Christian got back on track Tuesday with a 4-1 win at Waterford.
LATHROP - East Union was relentless in the attacking third during the first half, pressuring the Lathrop defense into mistakes with precision passing and outstanding individual play.
Missed opportunities and defensive breakdowns kept Sierra from gaining at least a point in the Valley Oak League standings Monday.
Ripon High's girls golf team placed second among North Division teams in the Valley Foothill League Mid-Year Tournament, which was held Monday at Micke Grove Golf Course in Lodi.