Brett Lewis fondly remembers his first encounter with Jeff Lund, "this skinny white guy with a scraggly beard," as he put it.
The past along with the present is being recognized this week in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Central California Lions All-Star Football Classic, one of the state's four original prep contests of its kind.
A productive year at the plate might be an understatement when referring to the type of season Ripon Christian's now-graduated senior Dominic Nelson just had.
Guillermo Nunez was praised for his high basketball IQ. For the coaching staff at William Jessup University, an NAIA Division II program in Rocklin, that part of his game and more stood out. "We liked Guillermo's ability to score off the dribble – he has a deceptively strong body and is a good all-around athlete," said assistant head coach George Hernandez, who found out about the Sierra High standout through his brother, an assistant coach ...
Backed by a good-sized contingent of supporters - including former teammates, classmates, teachers, and friends and family - Will Brink played his final round as an East Union Lancer during Wednesday's CIF/CGA State Boys Golf Championship in scenic Carmel.
Nick Olmo reiterated on Tuesday that he doesn't put much stock into rankings. But even he was tickled to find out that the Sierra High softball team was named the Division III State Team of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports. "As a coach I am proud of that, of course," said Olmo, who completed his seventh year as head coach by guiding the Timberwolves (25-2) to their second Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship in three ...
Ripon's softball team certainly pitched and played defense this spring. The Trans-Valley League took notice and voted five of the Indians' players from this year's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff squad to the all-league first team. Highlighting the list was Ripon's University of Loyola Marymount-bound senior Nicole Kaiser (Defensive Player of the Year) and freshman hurler Danielle Sperry (Pitcher of the Year). Kaiser was voted the TVL's best defensive player for a second season in ...
One of just two sophomores in the sprint events, Weston Ranch High's John McDonald was understandably wide-eyed upon his rival at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis - the site of the CIf State Track & Field Championships.
Manteca High junior Jake Corn had an astounding season on the bump this spring. For his efforts – and helping lead the Buffaloes to Game 3 of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinal series – Corn was recognized as an All-Valley Oak League first team pitcher. Corn was one of four Manteca players listed to the first team and one of nine from the area. "Jake won some very big games for us," Manteca coach ...
ELK GROVE - The kid they call "Texas" is competing in the California Interscholastic Federation Track and Field State Championships for the first time next week.
Allie Walljasper has already won two section titles, three Valley Oak League MVP awards, two VOL crowns and was named this year's all-league Pitcher of the Year for the first time.
ELK GROVE - Run the straightaway or walk the podium? That's the dilemma Emmanuel Elijah is faced with today. On Thursday, the Sierra High senior won his heat in the 100-meter dash and qualified for today's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Finals with the second-fastest time overall (10.96 seconds). Problem: Graduation starts at 7 o'clock tonight. The 100-meter final is scheduled for around 7:25. "I don't know for sure yet - still debating," Elijah said. "I wanted ...
The budding friendship between Carl Chandler and Lechi Nkwocha was first tested on the pitch.
Twenty one area athletes will compete in the final Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet today and Friday, the last stop before the CIF State Championships.
LODI - Manteca was one pitch away from advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV finals for the second time in three years.
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.