STOCKTON - After failing to do so as a singles player two years in a row, Mike Lopez finally has himself a Valley Oak League championship.
Lucas Vaughn had a mixture of pitches working Thursday afternoon, but his curve ball specifically had the Kimball lineup baffled.
Manteca may be a third-place postseason qualifier out of the Valley Oak League, but the Buffaloes may be one of the most dangerous teams going in.
Despite Sierra playing its third game in as many days Thursday, the Timberwolves showed no sign of fatigue heading into next week's season-ending series against Manteca that will determine the Valley Oak League champion.
Ripon is headed back to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V postseason tournament for a second straight season after picking up its ninth consecutive Trans Valley League victory Thursday.
Swinging for the fences didn't do the trick for East Union in its first-place battle with Oakdale at Northgate Softball Complex on Wednesday.
RIPON – Cynthia Van Vliet had a fair share of opportunities to put the ball in the net during Wednesday's Southern League finale against first-place Mariposa.
RIPON – All week long, the talk around the Ripon baseball facility had centered on Tanner Pruett's looping curve ball.
Manteca isn't completely eliminated from playoff contention yet, but its chances did take a hit after Wednesday's 10-4 Valley Oak League loss against Kimball.
The Sierra boys track and field team dominated Valley Oak League competition this year.
Dave Breitenbucher predicted fifth-place finishes in the Valley Oak League for his Sierra swim teams this year.
Isela Rivera missed on a back-post header, whiffed on a breakaway from the top of box and pushed a few other shots wide.
Sierra nearly blew its chance to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament for the first time since 2010 Tuesday in the Valley Oak League Championships.
The middle of Sierra's lineup continued to terrorize Valley Oak League pitching on Tuesday.
There were no big surprises in Day 1 of the Valley Oak League Tennis Tournament at Weston Ranch High on Tuesday.
Justin Coenenberg is calling all former Buffaloes to reunite at Manteca High's Guss Schmiedt Field this Friday.
There are some new volleyball coaches west of I-5 this year. Stacia Stricker will assume the reins at Weston Ranch and Pamela Adams is the new coach at Lathrop.
Alyssa Burch, Beth Aschenbrenner, Mildred Perez and Chelsea Bruch were all freshmen during the 2011-2012 volleyball season.
Alex Hernandez slowed to a jog and eventually a brisk walk while running sprints with his Manteca High soccer teammates on Thursday.
The fall sports season is officially underway for local high schools.
Some youth football teams pattern themselves after the high school they feed. The Ripon Chiefs take that to a whole new level – they are part of a league of feeder teams that will face each other in high school.
Dakota Conners was in Cooperstown, N.Y. serving as an assistant coach for a local youth baseball team competing in a prestigious tournament when he earned his greatest achievement.
Neil MacDannald's coaching resume just got a little longer.
Swimming standout Ty Wells has added four more medals to his growing collection.
It won't take long for Ripon to see what it's made of.
The Manteca High football team has already made headlines this offseason for its inclusion in the Levi's Stadium Friday Night Lights doubleheader on Aug. 29.
MODESTO - The Mountain Misery Summer Football Camp took place on flatter land and in cooler weather July 17-19 at Central Catholic.
Well, football is next – finally.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill limiting full-contact football practices at middle and high schools in response to concerns about concussions, even as many teams already comply with the rules.