Victor Polanco isn't looking back. He isn't asking "what if." As far as the East Union boys soccer coach is concerned the 2012 season done, done, done. Clearly, though, a season foiled by forfeits still stings. The Lancers' hopes of defending their 2011 Valley Oak League championship were dashed when they were forced to forfeit two blowout wins because Polanco played an ineligible player. At the time, Polanco said he was unaware the player – ...
The breakfast of champions includes milk. Crystal Creamery, a sponsor of the California Interscholastic Federation's Sac-Joaquin Section, has unveiled special commemorative milk cartons that recognize the section's spring champions. Included is Sierra High's SJS Division IV champion softball team. It is the first of four teams listed on one version, which also features Hughson (Division V), Waterford (Division VI) and Millennium of Tracy (Division VII). Valley Oak League baseball champion Oakdale is featured one of ...
Joe Pires watched and waited, studying his players' tendencies as they plowed through the summer conditioning program.
RIPON - Ripon Christian had a successful season last year, but it ended on a bitter note.
It's no secret Oakdale and Sonora are the teams to beat on the Valley Oak League's volleyball landscape.
The Sierra High volleyball squad didn't have the best season last year and won four games in Valley Oak League play.
The Manteca High boys soccer program will begin its Valley Oak League title defense with a tribute to its past.
Kevin Bolding is back at the helm at Manteca High, and the program's former head volleyball coach has already drawn up a blueprint for success.
The last time Joe Pires was head coach of Sierra High's boys soccer program, the Timberwolves' ended up finishing second at the section tournament.
Mike Lopez has been playing tennis since his elementary school days. The incoming junior at Manteca High used to hit the ball with his older brothers who also used to play for the Buffaloes' head coach Frank Fontana. "His entire family is from Manteca and went to Manteca High," Fontana said of Lopez, the Bulletin's 2013 Boys Tennis MVP. "Both of his older brothers played for me, and I've actually known (Mike) since he was ...
The moments before a race are the most precious for Justin Park. Left alone with his thoughts and race strategy, Park can feel the spectators narrow their focus on the pool. He can feel his heart about to leap from his chest. And then, remarkably, he breaths it all in – the butterflies and anxiety, the pressure and expectation. "I enjoy the adrenaline of big races," the 15-year-old soon-to-be sophomore said. "It was scary at ...
RIPON – Erika Brown reached heights unparalleled this past spring, capturing three events at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships.
Jake Corn let the cat out of the bag to kick off his final high school summer. The Manteca incoming senior went on record announcing he has verbally committed to the University of Oregon. "It's already verbal," said Corn, the Bulletin's 2013 All-Area Baseball MVP. "Their campus is gorgeous and everything around is so green. Their baseball field is amazing, and their facilities are the best." Corn, who has led Manteca into the Sac-Joaquin Section ...
Just how excited is Tia Sidtikun for soccer's next stop, a coastal college with a coming-of-age program?
Born in Oakland and raised in Texas, John McDonald considers himself "a Texas guy."
Francisco Garcia and Joseph Mayorca came up clutch for Weston Ranch during Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
RIPON - From both exhaustion and frustration, Ripon striker David Alvarez dropped to a crouch at midfield with both hands wrapped around his forehead.
Their best wasn't good enough, but Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer was plenty pleased with his Cougars' performance on senior night Wednesday.
Ripon sophomore Ellie Waters took second overall in the girls varsity 5,000 meter race during Wednesday's Trans Valley League Championships at Modesto's Legion Park.
Manteca junior Marcus Montano refused to let his Buffaloes end the regular season on a losing note during Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale at Guss Schmeidt Field on Senior Night.
Ripon Christian finds out tonight if Thursday's regular-season finale with Gustine has Southern League title implications.
With a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV berth already wrapped up, Ripon High's volleyball decisively won its third straight Trans-Valley League match on Tuesday by sweeping visiting Riverbank, 25-12, 25-9, 25-14.
Manteca High's boys and girls cross country teams have shown glimpses of what they can do at full strength this season.
STOCKTON - One stroke was what separated the East Union girls golf team from capturing the 2013 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament title at Reserve at Spanos Park.
Victoria Gulley knows how to dominate from both ends of the volleyball court.
Second-half comebacks are nothing new to Ripon Christian's boys soccer team.
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.