STOCKTON - It took the smarts of a sophomore and a gutty effort from a freshman pitcher to get Sierra High to its first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section championship-round appearance.
GALT – When the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V Baseball Championships come rolling around once a season there is usually little room for mistakes.
Sierra High girls soccer coach Manuel Pires never formally opened negotiations with Oakdale's Alfredo Quiroga.
Dan Triglia graduated from Manteca High but now coaches East Union's baseball team across town.
LODI – Jordan Kron was not greedy in a quest for run support during the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff opener for East Union, but there was no way he could have imagined that three first-inning runs would be more than enough to advance to the next round and end Galt's season with a 5-0 loss Thursday.
LODI – When the Manteca High baseball team sent 14 batters to the plate and pushed across nine runs in the top of the first inning victory seemed like an afterthought, but that was far from the case as the Central Catholic Raiders fought valiantly only to succumb 13-8 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs Thursday.
MODESTO - Ulysses Knapps made good on a promise made to his father, Zolton, before he passed away on Thanksgiving Day last fall.
STOCKTON - Iyana Hughes delivered once again for Sierra High.
Sierra High's girls soccer team went with the "it's not how you start, but how you finish" approach in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV semifinal match at Vista del Lago of Folsom Thursday
Iyana Hughes, a prototypical top-of-the-order slapper, puts pressure on defenses with her speed.
Before Iyana Hughes' heroic base hit lifted Sierra High's softball team to win a 2-1 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff game against Central Catholic, it took a heroic effort from four Manteca Unified groundskeepers to get the school's varsity field in playing shape Wednesday.
In her four years of athletics at East Union High, senior Jillian Goulart had little difficulty shinning on a softball field or on a golf course. Now the graduating Lancer will narrow her responsibilities to just one sport, as she signed a letter of intent to play softball for the Simpson University Red Hawks in Redding.
MODESTO – When Jerrica Hauck quietly slipped onto the scene a year ago in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Track and Field Trials at Modesto Junior College she won the meet with a personal best 10-foot vault. This year Hauck was on her own personal stage, leading the crowd like at a concert and winning the meet – with another personal record.
It was as dominant as a 2-0 win could be.
Ripon High's first-round playoff baseball game against Capital Christian of Sacramento was postponed Tuesday morning due to rain.
East Union had a chit in the karma bank Wednesday night and picked the right time to get it back.
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.