It was far from Sierra High's prettiest performance of the season, but the Timberwolves' 1-0 first-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs win over Cosumnes Oaks High leaves Sierra one win shy of a return trip to the finals.
Four area teams are back in the postseason after a one-year absence.
RIPON -Hilmar did just about anything it wanted on Ripon's home turf during the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs Tuesday afternoon at Parkview Elementary.
COLFAX – Heading into the intermission it seemed as if Manteca High had an outstanding chance at continuing its season with an upset over Colfax, but a pair of early second-half goals led the Falcons to a 3-0 Sac-Joaquin Section first-round win, ending the Buffaloes season.
Things don't get any easier for the girls soccer teams of Sierra and Manteca high schools.
STOCKTON - The third time was not the charm for East Union High senior Kyle Harman.
LODI – As difficult as it was to find parking at the Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Championships Saturday at Tokay High, an invitation to compete in the meet proved even more challenging with only a select few earning the right to compete in the area's closing meet.
Sierra High's softball team won its final Valley Oak League contest 5-1 on Senior Day Friday against rival Manteca, but the Timberwolves' season wasn't over yet.
Kourtni McCall found herself down 1-0 just three batters into the game, but the senior hurler found some resiliency she didn't know she had, lifting her East Union Lancers to a 7-1 Valley Oak League win and eliminating the Ceres Bulldogs from the 2010 postseason.
Lily Gonzales provided all the offense Sierra High's softball team needed in its Valley Oak League season finale against visiting Manteca Friday.
John Waggy had already turned around three East Union pitches for base hits, so when he got a shot to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth his chances were pretty good.
After an emotionally draining win Wednesday and a 12-1, five-inning romp of Weston Ranch Thursday, Sierra High pitching ace Gabby Hawkins is spent.
WESTON RANCH - Manteca High's baseball team is heading into the playoffs with momentum on its side.
ROSEVILLE - The north's tennis dominance over the south continued in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Singles and Doubles Tournaments Thursday at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.
The East Union Lancers only had one participant in the Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Trials Thursday at Tokay High in Lodi, but Julia DeGroot made the most of the trip, earning a berth into the finals Saturday in a pair of events.
HUGHSON - Karla Calderon had one of her best offensive nights for Ripon on Thursday, but the senior guard was by her coach for other reasons.
LATHROP - After starting the game on the bench, East Union's Olivia Vezaldenos ended it in the zone.
TRACY - Manteca dominated Kimball in the first half Wednesday and coasted to its fourth straight win, 58-46, to remain in step with East Union for ...
Manteca needed clutch wins from the big boys to seal its surprising 39-27 win over visiting Central Catholic on Wednesday. The Buffaloes then used the ...
ESCALON - Ripon's girls basketball team is one of two teams still unbeaten in the Trans-Valley League after holding off Escalon on the road 41-36 ...
LATHROP - Lathrop was held scoreless for more than half of the fourth quarter and along with visiting East Union combined for just 14 points in ...
TRACY - The much-anticipated Valley Oak League showdown between Manteca and Weston Ranch is all set for Friday after both teams blew out their opponents Tuesday ...
MOUNTAIN HOUSE - The Weston Ranch girls basketball team finally played with the spark first-year head coach Darrell Johnson was looking for, it just didn't ...
ESCALON - Sixteen wrestlers from East Union and Manteca high schools brought home hardware Saturday from the Lloyd C. Engel Wrestling Tournament at Escalon High School.
Anand Hundal worked hard over the summer, both on and off the court, and it showed Friday night in Manteca's 67-49 Valley Oak League ...
The new double-header format for Friday night varsity basketball games in the Valley Oak League can draw larger crowds for girls contests, which now precede ...
STOCKTON - Not even a fire drill could extinguish the hot-shooting display of the Lancers.
RIPON - Ripon Christian had its inside-out attack firing on all cylinders Friday, as it celebrated winter homecoming with a 65-48 drubbing of Trans-Valley League newcomer ...
Weston Ranch High coach Chris Teevan had concerns about his team Friday.
MOUNTAIN HOUSE - Mountain House won't intimidate its opponents with size, but these scrappy Mustangs now have the attention of their Trans-Valley League foes.