The glass slippers appear to fit. Now it's just a matter of Cinderella dancing her way into the championship round. After sneaking out of a wild Trans Valley League race and into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs, the battle-tested Ripon Indians - making their first postseason appearance since 2005 and first under second-year head coach Mark Whelan - have to like their chances when they open with Western Athletic Conference two seed Patterson tonight ...
WOODLAND - In a rematch of last season's Sac-Joaquin Section Division II first round, Pioneer of Woodland exacted a little revenge on the Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday, claiming a 5-4 victory.
OAKDALE - Scores of area athletes had what it took to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championships Saturday at Oakdale High, the site of the 2009 Valley Oak League Track & Field Championships.
OAKDALE - While Oakdale was busy racking up the win on the junior varsity boys' side Saturday at the Valley Oak League Championships, a couple of Lathrop jumpers had impressive days.
The 2009 East Union freshman softball team finished a perfect season at 21-0 that included an undefeated run through Valley Oak League play and an elusive win against Tracy High, the first of head coach Ron Kackley's career.
A coin flip, as it turns out, will not decide the Sierra High baseball team's postseason fate.
Just call her the "Cookie Monster." Despite a forfeiture request from Oakdale High spawning from an incident that happened in Sonora on April 20, the East Union Lancers set aside all the distractions Friday night at Northgate Park and sent off five seniors in style with a 10-0 blanking of Manteca. Alicia Cook, a four-year starter affectionately known as "Cookie" in Lancer circles, led the emotional charge with the first home run of her career. ...
Word came down well before game time Friday at Sierra High that the Oakdale Mustangs were requesting a forfeit because of a situation with an East Union player, and that if the forfeit is upheld, Sierra's season would come to a close following seven innings with Weston Ranch.
RIPON - Senior ace Sarah Nieweg took her final bow, and freshman Katie Thomas gave Ripon Christian a promising glance into the future as the Knights ended both the season and a 30-game Trans Valley League losing streak with a 10-4 victory against rival host Ripon Friday.
Sierra High's girls track and field team returns to the site where it suffered its only Valley Oak League loss today.
SALIDA - Mark Whelan didn't bother to congratulate and thank Hughson coach Bob Etcheverry after the Huskies pulled off a dramatic 7-6 victory over Modesto Christian Friday.
Jenny Ketner tossed a complete-game, six-hitter and struck out seven as the East Union sophomore softball team knocked off Manteca, 7-0, Friday night at Northgate Park.
Arnie Morales and Yassen Aniss combined forces on the doubles court for the first time this season Thursday at East Union High and the result was magic, as the duo took down Sonora's Eric Segerstrom and Luke Bergen, 6-4, 7-5, in the Valley Oak League doubles championship match.
It's not often that soft-spoken Sierra skipper Jack Thomson runs afoul of an umpire. But Tuesday at Agostini Field, after Wade Morten sent a rocket over the fence in left that looked to have drifted well into foul territory, Thomson had seen enough. "I wasn't exactly sure if it was fair or foul," Morten said. "Hopefully we can get a donation this year and get some taller foul poles or some brighter colors out there." ...
After two long, hard years the Weston Ranch Cougars finally have the monkey off their back. Clean execution and timely hitting helped the Cougars – who were riding a 26-game Valley Oak League losing streak heading into Thursday's season finale against intra-district rival Manteca – operate like a finely tuned machine en route to their 6-2 victory over the Buffaloes. "We definitely ended the season on a high note," Weston Ranch head coach Dave Smith ...
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.
The Manteca volleyball team bounced back from a first-set loss Wednesday to win against Sierra 23-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-14, but the host Timberwolves did not make it easy.
Weston Ranch had it in it the bag.
STOCKTON - Converted forward Hector Maldonado was moved to the attack third because of his powerful and accurate striking ability, but it was his defensive instincts and hustle that helped Weston Ranch earn an important three points Tuesday.
The hangover effect from last week's loss in Oakdale led to a stunning loss for Sierra on Tuesday.
Sierra High will be represented in the Valley Oak Leagues Singles Tournament final for the fourth consecutive year.
It was a program-wide sweep for Ripon's volleyball team Tuesday night, which was capped by a 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 varsity win over visiting Hughson. The sophomore and freshman teams both won in two games.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
PATTERSON - All Brooke Riley and Jordan Vinson could think about was the shots they missed.