SACRAMENTO - One came up inches short. Another was fast enough by an eye blink.
A season to remember got a little bit better for Ripon Christian head coach John De Visser and senior Clayton Prins.
After a softball season that saw the Escalon Cougars put together another Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Championship run, Ripon and Ripon Christian high schools saw the reward of their hard work payoff with the announcing of the All-Trans Valley League team.
SACRAMENTO - Hector Solorio ran and hurdled the race of his life.
Manteca High's Matt Barber closed out his senior season as the Valley Oak League's Most Valuable Player.
SACRAMENTO – The level of play it would have taken for the Manteca Buffaloes to compete for their first Sac-Joaquin Section title in school history abandoned them, in a season-ending 5-1 second round loss to El Dorado Wednesday at McAuliffe Memorial Park.
Sierra High junior Ulysses Knapps walked away from the long jump pit at Modesto Junior College last Thursday with a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title in the event but was not completely satisfied.
Teammates and coaches call her "Hammer," and it's a fitting description to what East Union High junior Brittany LaMar did for the Lancers this season.
The pressure of trying to extend its postseason took a back seat to rainy weather for the Manteca Buffaloes, as the Valley Oak League No. 2 seed's elimination contest against El Dorado High was postponed until today by unfavorable weather conditions.
Sierra High senior midfielder Delaine Quaresma is one of Timberwolves to be named to the all-Valley Oak League soccer first team. The four-time all-league selection scored nine goals and assisted two while helping the team capture its 11th VOL title in 16 years. Quaresma will be attending UCLA for academics.
Manteca High senior Rileigh Mankin was voted the Valley Oak League MVP during the year-end coaches meeting.
STOCKTON - Renae McFadden saved the celebration for later.
SACRAMENTO - Manteca High's Michael Timmins was faced with the same situation in the 10th inning as he was in the fifth during the Buffaloes' Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinal contest with El Dorado at Dan McAuliffe Memorial Ballpark Saturday.
STOCKTON - Cherie DeJesus was the last East Union Lancer to walk away from Arnaiz Stadium following a 7-3 season-ending loss to Valley Oak League rival Oakdale in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs Friday.
Ripon High's girls soccer team reached the postseason for the first time in school history back in 2006, but the Indians were eliminated in the first round via penalty-kick shootout against Linden.
On multiple occasions this past fall season, Dani Erdelatz and some of her Ripon Christian teammates acknowledged that the 2014 Knights lacked the star power of their predecessors.
STOCKTON – His name is Joseph Mayorca, but the Weston Ranch midfielder's grandmother calls him "Yo-Yo" and it's easy to see why.
TRACY - Jim Agostini burned his final timeout with 1:33 left in regulation, hoping to get his East Union girls basketball team one last breather.
STOCKTON - The Sierra High put together a total team effort to claim the Adidas Trojan Christmas Classic Tuesday at Lincoln High.
Ripon Christian defended its own court and tournament title with, well, hard-nosed defense.
TRACY - For a quarter-plus in Tuesday's Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament consolation-bracket final, Manteca showed how much it has improved since its season opener a little more than three weeks ago.
One awkward finish on Monday led to another on Tuesday at the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic.
Weston Ranch busted out of the halftime break with a 6-0 spurt and didn't look back in a 64-46 win over International in the West Coast Jamboree Coral Division consolation championship at Antioch's Deer Valley High School.
STOCKTON - Joshua Patton stood head and shoulders above the competition on Monday.
SALIDA - As far as measuring sticks go, the Chavez boys basketball team gave Weston Ranch very little to work with.
Mahir Pepic may never know just how good he can be.
RIPON – Head coach Ed Mulder doesn't have the luxury of a Teagan Manus to steady and steer the Ripon Christian girls basketball team.
Ron Vander Molen expects the road to get rougher in the coming week, but for now he and the Ripon Christian boys basketball team are enjoying the ride.
East Union bounced back from its first loss of the season and will play for fifth place in the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament today.
Ripon didn't have to wait long to exact revenge against Sierra, though both teams had to travel farther for the rematch.