There were a few upsets along the way, but for the most part, the Valley Oak League singles tournament went pretty much as expected Tuesday at East Union High.
WESTON RANCH - Matt Barber's mound appearances all season have been short, be it as a starter or a reliever.
Justin Dias insisted on pitching East Union's sophomore baseball game against Sierra Tuesday at Agostini Field, and he came through.
SACRAMENTO - What doesn't this kid do well? The eldest of Sierra High's senior twin wunderkinds, Courtney Whitlock, took center stage Saturday at Hughes Stadium, the site of the 2009 Meet of Champions. The highly prestigious event brings together the crème de la crème of the Sac-Joaquin Section track world annually, and Whitlock was one of just a handful of Timberwolves to receive an invite. Whitlock was seeded 18th heading into her first race of ...
A sullen overcast sagged over Sierra High Saturday as the league's elite did battle in the Timberwolves' chlorine, but the mood around the pool was anything but dreary at the Valley Oak League Championships.
The ever-changing Valley Oak League will undergo another transformation, and Ripon Christian will leave behind familiar foes the Trans Valley League come 2010 after the Sac-Joaquin Section Board of Managers approved a realignment proposal Wednesday at Elkhorn Country Club in Stockton.
The postseason has arrived, and with it comes another opportunity for the Valley Oak League's best to shine and a chance for a few unheralded newcomers to make a name for themselves.
May Day brought plenty of rain to the Manteca area Friday afternoon and it washed away the entirety of the local high school sports schedule.
Sierra High shook off a lifeless start Thursday at home to rally from a three-run deficit and earn a 6-4 win over Central Valley.
Manteca's four seniors exited the field with two minutes remaining to much-deserved applause.
WESTON RANCH - Nicole Vanni hit the half-century mark with two more goals, and Sierra wrapped up a dominating run through the Valley Oak League season with an 8-0 win over Weston Ranch Thursday.
CERES - With a second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV postseason appearance no longer a possibility, East Union still showed some fight in nearly overcoming a six-run deficit but fell 13-12 to Ceres Thursday in eight innings.
SONORA - Either heads or tails will determine Manteca's postseason destiny. The Buffaloes fell to Sonora, 3-2, in the foothills Thursday afternoon after all three singles matches went the way of the home team. With the loss, Manteca (11-3 Valley Oak League, 15-9) slipped into a second-place tie with Oakdale, setting up a fateful coin flip to decide which squad will move on to the playoffs. Arnie Morales and Alex Barragan avenged their only regular ...
East Union freshman softball coach Ron Kackley had never beaten Tracy High. Fitting then was it that the skipper got the illusive victory thanks to perhaps his best squad ever. Behind Haleigh Castner's complete-game, six-strikeout gem, the Pages (6-0 Valley Oak League) collected win No. 20 to remain undefeated Thursday at Northgate Park. Kailee Nuding finished 3 for 4 and Alisya Hoffman hit a huge two-run single in the fifth. "We got behind early and ...
A common gripe among boat owners is the dependability of their engines. If you were to hang around boat owners long enough you would most likely hear them favor one brand of engines over another. Personally, I've had good luck with my outboard engines regardless of the brand. What I believe to be the reason behind my good luck is that I rarely run my engine at its maximum. I've always believed that just because ...
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.
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.
Ripon's softball team certainly pitched and played defense this spring.
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.
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?
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.
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