Arik Anaya was the Trans-Valley League's co-Most Valuable Player, a four-year talent as sure as the sun rises.
Things didn't go as planned for Francisco Cisneros in his first season at the helm of the Weston Ranch boys soccer program.
Adrienne Uecker feels fortunate heading into her third season as the Ripon head volleyball coach.
The Ripon Christian athletic department had been lacking a cross country program for about three decades. That will change this fall 2013. "We're trying to extend our athletic program by not necessarily having more teams, but to provide something the whole year for every athlete," Ripon Christian Athletic Director Joe Darretta said. "So if we have an athlete who only plays basketball, we want them to have a chance to compete in something during the ...
Victor Polanco isn't looking back. He isn't asking "what if." As far as the East Union boys soccer coach is concerned the 2012 season done, done, done. Clearly, though, a season foiled by forfeits still stings. The Lancers' hopes of defending their 2011 Valley Oak League championship were dashed when they were forced to forfeit two blowout wins because Polanco played an ineligible player. At the time, Polanco said he was unaware the player – ...
The breakfast of champions includes milk. Crystal Creamery, a sponsor of the California Interscholastic Federation's Sac-Joaquin Section, has unveiled special commemorative milk cartons that recognize the section's spring champions. Included is Sierra High's SJS Division IV champion softball team. It is the first of four teams listed on one version, which also features Hughson (Division V), Waterford (Division VI) and Millennium of Tracy (Division VII). Valley Oak League baseball champion Oakdale is featured one of ...
Joe Pires watched and waited, studying his players' tendencies as they plowed through the summer conditioning program.
RIPON - Ripon Christian had a successful season last year, but it ended on a bitter note.
It's no secret Oakdale and Sonora are the teams to beat on the Valley Oak League's volleyball landscape.
The Sierra High volleyball squad didn't have the best season last year and won four games in Valley Oak League play.
The Manteca High boys soccer program will begin its Valley Oak League title defense with a tribute to its past.
Kevin Bolding is back at the helm at Manteca High, and the program's former head volleyball coach has already drawn up a blueprint for success.
The last time Joe Pires was head coach of Sierra High's boys soccer program, the Timberwolves' ended up finishing second at the section tournament.
Mike Lopez has been playing tennis since his elementary school days. The incoming junior at Manteca High used to hit the ball with his older brothers who also used to play for the Buffaloes' head coach Frank Fontana. "His entire family is from Manteca and went to Manteca High," Fontana said of Lopez, the Bulletin's 2013 Boys Tennis MVP. "Both of his older brothers played for me, and I've actually known (Mike) since he was ...
The moments before a race are the most precious for Justin Park. Left alone with his thoughts and race strategy, Park can feel the spectators narrow their focus on the pool. He can feel his heart about to leap from his chest. And then, remarkably, he breaths it all in – the butterflies and anxiety, the pressure and expectation. "I enjoy the adrenaline of big races," the 15-year-old soon-to-be sophomore said. "It was scary at ...
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.
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PATTERSON - All Brooke Riley and Jordan Vinson could think about was the shots they missed.
The road to the playoffs got a little longer for the East Union volleyball team Monday night, and the Lancers have Kimball's Samantha Sanders to thank for it.
RIPON - Ripon Christian finally met its match in the Southern League, and its impressive run of conference victories nearly met its end Monday night against pesky Turlock Christian.
There will be no more practice this season for the Ripon High freshman football team, because there is nobody left to beat.
The Manteca High girls tennis team hasn't lost a Valley Oak League matchup in two full seasons.
ESCALON - For Ripon to get over the hump against elite teams like the one it faced Thursday at rival Escalon, the Indians will have to overcome its own worst enemy.