Sierra High will make its eighth Sac-Joaquin Section title-game appearance today at Lincoln High in Stockton, but this one has a little more meaning than the rest for 14th-year head coach Manuel Pires.
Manteca is losing a big part of its basketball family.
SACRAMENTO - Sierra High goalkeeper Moriah Fallon guessed left.
HILMAR - It took 10 years and 23 matches.
ROSEVILLE - Apparently, the Valley Oak League isn't the section whipping post any longer.
LODI - Destiny appeared to be on the side of the underdogs in the Sac-Joaquin Section's opening round of the Division V playoffs.
Up to this point, the soccer seasons for both Sierra High and Ripon have been unforgettable.
STOCKTON - Ripon High had a solid day Wednesday at the Trans Valley League Track and Field Championship held at DeRicco Stadium on the campus of Delta College.
There wasn't else much Manuel Pires could say to his players except, "Thank you," after Sierra cruised to a 5-0 victory over visiting El Dorado of Placerville to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs Tuesday.
RIPON - Heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs, the Ripon Indians were looking to get back into the flow of things after a loss to Hughson at the end of the Trans Valley League season had exposed a few previously unseen flaws in Ripon's team game.
The glass slippers appear to fit.
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.
Ripon Christian got back on track Tuesday with a 4-1 win at Waterford.
LATHROP - East Union was relentless in the attacking third during the first half, pressuring the Lathrop defense into mistakes with precision passing and outstanding individual play.
Missed opportunities and defensive breakdowns kept Sierra from gaining at least a point in the Valley Oak League standings Monday.
Ripon High's girls golf team placed second among North Division teams in the Valley Foothill League Mid-Year Tournament, which was held Monday at Micke Grove Golf Course in Lodi.
Alyssa Burch and the rest of the Manteca High volleyball team couldn't mask their excitement after notching the clinching point.
Escalon had a score to settle with Ripon on Thursday as the two met in a showdown of undefeated teams in the Valley Foothill League's North Division.
Travis Vander Molen found the back of the net twice as the Ripon Christian boys soccer team nearly erased a three-goal deficit in a 5-3 loss to visiting Delhi on Thursday.
The Weston Ranch girls tennis team played its most competitive match of the season in a 5-4 loss to East Union on Thursday.
It was a three-person race for low-medalist honors at Manteca Park Golf Course on Wednesday, where cross-town opponents Manteca and Sierra met for a pivotal Valley Oak League dual match.
Ripon dominated visiting Lodi in a three-game sweep (25-10, 25-14, 25-17) Wednesday.
The Manteca High girls cross country team has some work to do if it wants to keep its spot on the Valley Oak League throne.
RIPON - Despite an aggressive first half, Ripon Christian found itself down by a goal at halftime against visiting Le Grand, the defending Southern League champion.
East Union's girls tennis team relied on its depth to upend visiting Kimball on Tuesday.
The Manteca High girls golf team overcame a strong effort form Oakdale's Dylanie Donahue in a 287-297 victory at Manteca Park Golf Course on Tuesday.
No other Manteca-area volleyball team had a busier pre-league schedule than East Union, a young squad that second-year head coach Rich Posz hopes gained some valuable experience in the last three weeks.