The 2008 soccer season was a rough one for area teams.
The Comcast Hometown Network will televise 13 Northern California high school football games this fall, and among them will be the Oct. 30 matchup between Manteca and Oakdale at The Corral.
The anticipated realignment of Sac-Joaquin Section conferences won't come to pass until the 2010-11 school year, but changes to the football playoff format has been approved to begin this fall.
Kyle Harman, ever the perfectionist, wasn't exactly thrilled.
East Union High hosted a two-day volleyball skills camp at the Dalben Center.
STOCKTON - Don't tell Eric Reis and his assistant coaches that the season hasn't started yet.
For three varsity seasons at Sierra High, Andy Scott displayed his fielding prowess at both middle-infield positions and his keen ability to get the big hits.
East Union and Sierra's softball rivalry took a back seat during the final week of the Valley Oak League season and the days following.
Nicole Vanni, the 2009 Bulletin All-Area Most Valuable Player, is quite possibly the best girls soccer player ever to compete at Sierra High.
It's hard to look back on everything the 2009 Bulletin All-Area Track Athletes of the Year, Sierra High hurdler Courtney Whitlock and Weston Ranch hurdler Angell Mayfield, were able to accomplish over the course of the season and not be thoroughly impressed.
With some of its veterans a bit off their game Wednesday, Ripon looked to its newer players to step up against rival Ripon Christian in a nonleague match at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.
Patience proved to be a virtue for host Sierra on Tuesday as the Timberwolves drew 11 walks in just four innings and defeated Kimball 13-3 in a mercy-rule victory in Valley Oak League baseball action before the rain rolled in.
After opening the Valley Oak League schedule with losses to two contending programs, Manteca High's swim teams picked up its first victories while braving the cold weather Tuesday in a double dual against visiting Lathrop and Weston Ranch.
The rain did little to slow Sierra's girls soccer team on Tueseday.
Six standouts representing the Manteca Futbol Club are being recognized for their talents off the pitch as well as on it.
The area's two best high school girls wrestlers competed against some of the best in the nation this past weekend and came away with All-America honors.
Sierra High senior Anna Cardenas is one of 51 student-athletes to be awarded a scholarship by the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Ripon's boys and girls swim teams won all but two races at East Union on Friday, but the host Lancers were able to make things interesting with their superior depth.
STOCKTON - Allie Walljasper struck out 14 in six innings, Julie Deanda and Maddie Penner each rapped two-run hits and Devi Coglio legged out a home run in Sierra's 8-0 win at Weston Ranch on Friday.
Manteca has finally broken though against Kimball, already a Valley Oak League powerhouse in just its fourth season as a varsity club.
Through the years, the Ripon-Hilmar girls soccer rivalry has been the stuff of legend – tug-o-wars for league championships and dramatic playoff matches.
Ripon won four out of the five doubles matches at Riverbank and returned home with a 5-4 victory and their perfect Trans-Valley League record still intact.
East Union showed no ill effects from a lineup change in Wednesday's 8-1 Valley Oak League victory at Sierra, claiming all but the No. 3 doubles match.
One streak has ended while another continues for Sierra.
New program records were set by Lathrop High's girls soccer team Thursday.