The week off from school and Valley Oak League action may have done East Union's volleyball team more harm than good.
Maturity, discipline and confidence - three things that coach Eric Zador said have been missing from his young Ripon High water polo team this season.
STOCKTON-Keeping things close for a quarter and notching an impressive first-half touchdown score appeased the Weston Ranch Cougars for a fleeting moment. The 51-14 final score seemingly sapped the Cougars of any sense of accomplishment in Friday's Valley Oak League loss to Oakdale.
At one point during Thursday's Valley Oak League volleyball match, Sierra High's Allison Walljasper, who was on the service line, took notice of Manteca playing back on the return.
Manteca High had already secured a berth into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Team Tennis Tournament, but the team still had business to finish in a regular season-ending 6-3 win over the Sonora Wildcats.
Five-time Valley Oak League girls golf champion East Union had its primary six players earn all-conference honors.
RIPON - Ripon High's ragtag water polo team is making quite the splash in its first year in the Valley Foothill Conference.
Lathrop High's boys soccer team gave Manteca all it could handle on senior night Wednesday.
RIPON - Hughson moved the ball at will, using its possession skills and an offensive posture to keep Ripon High's boys soccer team on its heels in their big Trans-Valley League confrontation at Ripon Elementary Tuesday.
It looked as if it was going to come down to the No. 3 doubles match.
The week off from school has thrown Manteca High's volleyball team out of sync, not that it would have mattered for Tuesday's Valley Oak League match with visiting Oakdale.
Everything appears to be falling into place for Manteca High's suddenly-hot boys soccer team.
The 2011 rendition of East Union High's girls golf team may not be as talented as its recent predecessors.
The Sac-Joaquin Section released its midseason playoff power ratings for volleyball Monday, and to no one's surprise Ripon Christian is No. 1 in Division V.
Joe Trout wasn't his normal self in Manteca High's celebratory postgame huddle following its rousing 34-32 homecoming victory over Sonora Friday.
Marcus Montano and his booming right foot are taking the next step.
Comfortable first-round victories allowed the East Union and Manteca girls soccer programs to rest many of their regulars.
It was a return to prominence for the Sierra High baseball program.
TRACY - It has been a long time since the Manteca High softball team has made the playoffs - not in this century, at least.
For weeks now, Manteca coach Neil MacDannald has talked about building momentum for a run at another Sac-Joaquin Section title.
Much of what Jenna Zuniga does on the right wing is cunning and calculated.
Manteca High's girls soccer team padded its program-record setting goal total Tuesday and set another new standard with a 7-0 victory over Vallejo.
Two Valley Oak League champions were crowned at The Corral on Tuesday.
Three league champions fell in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Coed Team Tennis Playoffs on Tuesday.
It's been a season marred by heartbreaking losses for East Union
Ripon High's Nick Sharp and the Ripon Christian boys golf team appear to be peaking at just the right time.
STOCKTON - History was made Monday at Weston Ranch High school.
Before the Rivera sisters exploded on the scene with the force of a three-hit combo, turning East Union into a section heavy, another prolific sister act tormented defenses.
OAKDALE – Records are made to be broken, but when you break a record that has stood for longer than you have been alive, that is something special.
MODESTO - Joshua Patton, donning the away blues of Sierra High, stood his ground as teammate and longtime friend Hunter Johnson - wearing Sierra's home whites - looked to find a hole in the 6-foot-8 center's elongated reach to shoot through.