Robert Ladiges' coronation as the Valley Oak League's Most Valuable Player in 2010 came with little surprise.
Cruz Hernandez's value to the East Union High boys soccer team can't be measured by the amount of goals he scores, or the ones that he assists.
Everything East Union likes to do, Armijo did better in a wildly-entertaining non-league girls basketball game Thursday at Dalben Center.
TRACY – After a quarter-and-a-half of the Tracy Winter Holiday Classic championship, Weston Ranch held a 10-point lead and had the look of the tournament's 23rd champion, but co-host West High had other plans, erasing the double-digit lead and shocking the Cougars 71-62 Thursday for the title.
Ripon High cross country head coach Paul Calkins and assistant Jill McPherson saw something in Jessica Betancourt that she herself did not.
The six-point halftime lead Sierra High carried into the locker room proved to be counterfeit, as the visiting Golden Valley Eagles mounted a ferocious comeback behind the hot hands of a pair of sharp shooters in a 58-42 loss Wednesday.
With the opportunity to seize the Cosumnes Oaks Tourney title in front of Ripon High for the second straight season, the Indians took advantage of this year's opportunity in a 54-45 tournament championship win over Argonaut High Wednesday.
TRACY - Weston Ranch High's boys basketball team bolted out to a 12-0 lead against Johansen of Modesto in a semifinal game of the 22nd Annual Tracy Winter Holiday Classic Wednesday, but the sizzling start wasn't necessarily a good thing.
TRACY – Lathrop High won't have much of wait today at West/Tracy High Winter Holiday Boys' Basketball Classic.
Ricky Morris was a few steps from extending his 2009 season by another 5,000 meters.
Shalane Jackson lassoed 20 rebounds to go with 14 points, but she was on the bench with five foul as East Union High's girls basketball team went into overtime against visiting Grace Davis of Modesto Tuesday.
RIPON - East Union opened the game on a 16-3 run, and the Lancers needed every inch of their head start to hold off a ferocious Ripon High comeback in a 55-51 win Tuesday.
TRACY - The youth and inexperience of rebuilding Linden and fledgling Lathrop were painfully evident in their Tracy Winter Holiday Classic consolation-bracket clash at West High Tuesday.
Ripon High's girls basketball team did not have its prettiest performance of the season, but its effort was good for another victory as Ripon handled Encina High with ease 45-22 Tuesday in a semifinal matchup of the Cosumnes Oaks Classic Elk Grove.
For Stephanie Vanni, winning every match seemed like a prerequisite for her varsity tennis career.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch managed a goal 12 minutes into the second half and kept visiting Woodland out of the net to escape the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs with a 1-0 win Thursday night.
Kole Gonzales racked up six goals, as the Ripon boys water polo team routed Ceres 22-3 Thursday in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs held at Woodcreek High of Roseville.
It was a brand new experience for Weston Ranch, a bright-eyed team of underclassmen and few seniors that had lifted the program to new heights by qualifying for the postseason.
CERES - The last time the East Union and Central Valley boys soccer programs met in the playoffs their semifinal escalated into a shootout.
No need to speculate on who is in and who is out of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff hunt for Manteca-area teams.
To be the champion Manteca would had to beat league champions in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team playoffs.
The East Union volleyball team knows how to celebrate senior night.
Kevin Bolding all along felt that his Manteca volleyball team had enough talent to compete with the Valley Oak League's elite.
STOCKTON - Brooke Riley was aware of the pressure she faced at Monday's Sac-Section Division III Girls Golf Masters Tournament.
Victor Polanco has fond memories of the Central Valley High soccer field.
Three Manteca-area schools are hosting their first games in the Sac-Joaquin Section boys soccer playoffs.
RIPON - Ripon Christian is still queen of Southern League volleyball.
Southern League champion Ripon Christian capped regular-season action Thursday with a 2-1 win over visiting Gustine. The victory is the seventh straight for the Knights (12-1-1 SL, 19-4-1 overall).
East Union was officially eliminated from the playoff race Thursday when second-place Central Catholic visited and won the Valley Oak League match, 25-16, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21.
Back in August, as teams across the Central Valley prepared for tournaments and non-league games, Victor Polanco kept his team at home.