The 2008 soccer season was a rough one for area teams. Manteca, fresh of its Valley Oak League championship campaign, battled injuries to key players all season and quickly fell out of the race for a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff spot. Rival East Union and Ripon of the Trans Valley League both finished third in their respective conferences, but neither qualified for the postseason. Ripon was in the hunt before dropping a heartbreaking loss ...
The Manteca High soccer program held its 2nd Annual Band of Buffaloes Alumni Game Tuesday at Guss Schmiedt Field. The White Team won, 6-5, after Jesus Perez scored the last of his three goals on a penalty kick in stoppage time. Also scoring goals for the White were Juan Carlos Ramirez (two) and Kolby Murphy. Belmonte had a hat trick for the Green, with Adrian Gallardo and Tim Geerlof also scoring. Thirty four alumni participated, ...
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.
The pads were popping at Ripon Christian Friday afternoon as the Ripon Knights practiced full-contact tackling drills. Head coach Todd Keast and the Knights kick off the 2009 season Aug. 22 at Gustine High, where the Redskins will be waiting. Ripon will face another road test in the Delhi Raiders Aug. 29 before returning to RC for the first contest in front of the home faithful.
The East Union high varsity linemen ran through conditioning and blocking drills Tuesday at East Union while the skill position players hit up the weight room. The Sac-Joaquin Section imposed dead period for fall season athletes begins today and lasts until Aug. 17. Pre-conditioning for football begins Aug. 17 and lasts until the Aug. 24, the first day of practice.
Kyle Harman, ever the perfectionist, wasn't exactly thrilled. He wasn't thoroughly disappointed either. Coming off a month-long hiatus from golf because of a groin injury, the soon-to-be East Union High senior took second in the San Joaquin Valley Junior Invitational in Fresno Monday and Tuesday. Harman finished the tournament 13-over par (79-76-155) at, just two strokes shy of the leader, D.J. Stone at San Joaquin Country Club, where Fresno State's men's and women's golf teams ...
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.
East Union was back on the gridiron Saturday at Modesto Junior College as part of the MJC passing league tournament. The Lancers made short work of Turlock in the second game of the day. The first and second-team offenses both turned in a pair of touchdowns, while the first and second-team defenses held the Bulldogs to just one score. Starting quarterback Teejay Gordon was in control throughout, throwing an accurate, tight spiral. Gordon found both ...
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.
One put the finishing touches on an outstanding high school career. The other is just getting started. Sierra High teammates Josh Revives and Kara Hall are the 2009 Bulletin All-Area Swimmers of the Year. After qualifying for his third-straight Sac-Joaquin Section trials in both the 100 and 200 freestyle events, Revives ended his career at Tokay High May 16 with a 15th place finish in the 200. "I've always placed top-eight (in the 200)," Revives ...
TRACY - A combination of an intimidating Kimball front line and a string of unforced errors by visiting Weston Ranch proved to be too much for the Cougars to overcome.
Ripon made program history with its 3-1 win at Escalon on Monday.
Needing to beat Bret Harte in the Valley Foothill League finale to reach the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament, Ripon High's girls golf team did one better Monday at Lodi's Micke Grove Golf Links.
The Sierra High Timberwolves spread around the wealth on offense in Friday's 48-7 Valley Oak League win over Lathrop at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
RIPON – Ripon Christian pieced together its highest-scoring performance of the season in an 84-0 win over Turlock Christian on Friday night at Stouffer Field.
TRACY – Weston Ranch came out and played an inspired second half of football Friday in a 48-27 loss to Kimball.
Sierra High's Anna Cardenas defeated Christine Kim in the No. 1 singles encounter Thursday, but the Timberwolves couldn't put away other tightly-contested matches in a 7-2 defeat against second-place Oakdale.
Oakdale gave itself some breathing room in the Valley Oak League standings Thursday, warding off visiting Manteca 3-2 for the second time this season.
Sierra went from escaping with a disappointing one-goal win to breathing a sigh of relief that it remained a 1-1 tie with visiting Lathrop High on Thursday.
Ripon High's girls golf team put together its best round of the season Thursday, and just in time with the Valley Foothill League North Division Tournament looming.
For Weston Ranch to play its way back into the postseason hunt, it will have to avenge some of its losses from the first-half of Valley Oak League play.
Sierra carried some momentum from Game 1 to Game 2 on Wednesday against host East Union, but unfortunately for the Timberwolves the results were the same in all three matches as the Lancers won the Valley Oak League volleyball contest 25-19, 25-19, 25-16 at Dalben Center.
TRACY - Injuries continue to slow Manteca High's cross country team, but not enough to keep the Buffaloes from widening their leads in the Valley Oak League standings.
East Union co-head coach Brian Goulart summed up his team's round in the Sierra Invitational with one word Wednesday.
The best of Marcus Montano may have yet to come.