STOCKTON - The East Union sophomore baseball team sent four pitchers to the mound Friday in a season-opening 8-0 win over Stagg on the road, and the they combined for an 11-strikeout, two-hit shutout.
I spent eight hours at the 2009 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament on Friday and I wanted to share a few observations.
ARGONAUT - Three years ago, when most of the 2009 Ripon High girls soccer team was made up of talented underclassmen, the buzz had begun that in a few years the Indians would be awfully scary.
MODESTO – The Buffaloes came away with a win and a tie to close out the Johansen Tournament Saturday in Modesto, knocking off the tournament host, 6-5, in the first of two, and settling for an 8-8 time-limit-shortened tie with Los Banos in the nightcap.
STOCKTON - It wasn't exactly the finish that Ripon High senior Ryan Mackey was hoping for.
CARMICHAEL - Duplicating a dramatic finish for victory isn't as easy as it's made out to be.
STOCKTON – The Gabby Hawkins era got off to a sterling start Friday at Edison High as Sierra's junior ace struck out 11 and missed a perfect game by a single base on balls in a 4-0 Timberwolf win.
DELHI - Abigail Rosas assisted the only goal in Manteca High's 1-0 victory over Delhi, but it was the work of her and the rest of the defensive back line that impressed first-year coach Justin Coenenberg Friday.
ROCKLIN – The remarkable story that is Marco Castaneda's 2008-09 wrestling season grew even more impressive Saturday at Whitney High as East Union's 119-pounder won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship with a 19-16 win over Whitney's Jordan Achanzar.
OLIVEHURST – There may not be a better rivalry in Sac-Joaquin Section Division V wrestling than the one at 171 pounds, where Ripon's Ryan Mackey and Escalon's Charlie McDonald have battled the past two years for Trans Valley League and D-V supremacy.
It's a new year for Manteca under new head coach Gene Ballardo, but the Buffaloes are still the same scrappy baseball team.
East Union had nothing to lose but played to win. Even with some of their top players sitting to start the game in favor of the seniors, the Lancers hung tough with Valley Oak League champion Manteca for two and half quarters. Nick Scheible helped save the Buffaloes from an upset loss, scoring 19 of his game-high 32 points in the second half to lead their 73-54 victory Friday at Dalben Center. The win clinched ...
Sierra High won its 20th game of the season Friday night, a 57-38 handling of Weston Ranch at home.
After starting the season 2-2, the East Union freshman boys basketball team rolled off 21 straight wins, including all 16 Valley Oak League contests, to claim the VOL crown.
ROCKLIN – Twenty-eight area wrestlers advanced beyond Day 1 of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV and V Tournaments Friday, either going undefeated and qualifying for today's championship semifinals or winning two out of three matches and qualifying for the consolation bracket.
Manteca senior Jesus Ponce was called off the pitch in the 71st minute of Tuesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener with visiting Lincoln of Placer County.
Hilmar capped an undefeated run through the Trans-Valley League season with Tuesday's four-game win (23-25, 25-19, 25-9, 25-23), but host Ripon gave the Yellowjackets another scare.
Manteca High's girls tennis team ended a 20-year playoff drought in 2011.
It turns out Ripon High's boys soccer team has its first Trans-Valley League championship all to itself.
Francisco Cisneros was in the middle of his us-against-the-world speech Friday afternoon when Weston Ranch athletic director Pat King interrupted with a phone call.
RIPON – For most of the afternoon, Brooke Riley greeted every shot, whether good or bad, with the same blank expression.
Justin Coenenberg wears many hats when hosting the annual Buffalo Cup, from head coach for the Manteca High boys soccer team, to tournament director and snack bar coordinator.
East Union went on long runs in the games it won Monday night and put up 14 aces as the Lancers prevailed 3-1 over host Sierra 25-20, 21-25, 25-16, 25-14 in Valley Oak League action on Monday night.
The Sac-Joaquin Section's playoff committee showed its respect for boys soccer in the Valley Oak League on Friday when postseason brackets were released.
Francisco Garcia and Joseph Mayorca came up clutch for Weston Ranch during Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
RIPON - From both exhaustion and frustration, Ripon striker David Alvarez dropped to a crouch at midfield with both hands wrapped around his forehead.
Their best wasn't good enough, but Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer was plenty pleased with his Cougars' performance on senior night Wednesday.
Ripon sophomore Ellie Waters took second overall in the girls varsity 5,000 meter race during Wednesday's Trans Valley League Championships at Modesto's Legion Park.
Manteca junior Marcus Montano refused to let his Buffaloes end the regular season on a losing note during Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale at Guss Schmeidt Field on Senior Night.
Ripon Christian finds out tonight if Thursday's regular-season finale with Gustine has Southern League title implications.