MODESTO - With the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III girls pole vault title and a new personal record in hand, East Union High sophomore Jerrica Hauck decided to go the extra mile.
It was far from Sierra High's prettiest performance of the season, but the Timberwolves' 1-0 first-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs win over Cosumnes Oaks High leaves Sierra one win shy of a return trip to the finals.
Four area teams are back in the postseason after a one-year absence.
RIPON -Hilmar did just about anything it wanted on Ripon's home turf during the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs Tuesday afternoon at Parkview Elementary.
COLFAX – Heading into the intermission it seemed as if Manteca High had an outstanding chance at continuing its season with an upset over Colfax, but a pair of early second-half goals led the Falcons to a 3-0 Sac-Joaquin Section first-round win, ending the Buffaloes season.
Things don't get any easier for the girls soccer teams of Sierra and Manteca high schools.
STOCKTON - The third time was not the charm for East Union High senior Kyle Harman.
LODI – As difficult as it was to find parking at the Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Championships Saturday at Tokay High, an invitation to compete in the meet proved even more challenging with only a select few earning the right to compete in the area's closing meet.
Sierra High's softball team won its final Valley Oak League contest 5-1 on Senior Day Friday against rival Manteca, but the Timberwolves' season wasn't over yet.
Kourtni McCall found herself down 1-0 just three batters into the game, but the senior hurler found some resiliency she didn't know she had, lifting her East Union Lancers to a 7-1 Valley Oak League win and eliminating the Ceres Bulldogs from the 2010 postseason.
Lily Gonzales provided all the offense Sierra High's softball team needed in its Valley Oak League season finale against visiting Manteca Friday.
John Waggy had already turned around three East Union pitches for base hits, so when he got a shot to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth his chances were pretty good.
After an emotionally draining win Wednesday and a 12-1, five-inning romp of Weston Ranch Thursday, Sierra High pitching ace Gabby Hawkins is spent.
WESTON RANCH - Manteca High's baseball team is heading into the playoffs with momentum on its side.
ROSEVILLE - The north's tennis dominance over the south continued in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Singles and Doubles Tournaments Thursday at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.
Ripon High's coed tennis team secured its first outright league title since 1987 with Tuesday's 8-1 victory over Modesto Christian.
Ripon - Zaire Davis and Jordyn Wall had one goal in mind since their freshman year of bringing the Trans Valley League title back to the Ripon High girls' soccer program.
After losing six key seniors to graduation from its Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII championship team, Ripon Christian has had to retool around impressive underclassman Abby Buitrago to make another run at it.
Isela Rivera is returning to the Central Valley with hopes of guiding another promising soccer program to new heights.
Disappointment weighed on the mind of Christian Guzman as he walked off the 18th green at Saddle Creek Golf Club.
Three times Oakdale came up with rally-killing double plays and held off host Sierra 8-3 to stay a game behind East Union in the Valley Oak League.
It was a bittersweet day for Manteca High's track and field team, which travelled to Kimball for a pivotal Valley Oak League dual meet on Tuesday.
At times, Ilena Rivera and the East Union girls soccer team make the goals, the sliding saves and the overwhelming victories look, well ...
By JAMES BURNS
Ripon Christian's coed tennis team had a chance to clinch a second straight Southern League title outright on Monday but dropped its rubber match with Denair 6-3 at the Ripon Community Center courts.
Sophomore Jocelyn Reyes had a goal and an assist to help Manteca High's girls soccer team dispatch host Central Catholic 2-1 and secure the No. 2 spot in the Valley Oak League.
Victor Polanco won't even touch the question.
Manteca High's boys and girls swim teams both finish the year 4-4 in the Valley Oak League with wins in their regular-season finale Friday at East Union.
Errors and lost opportunities came back to haunt Sierra in its first-place showdown with Oakdale on Friday.
After two decades with the program, Ron Vander Molen is no longer the boys varsity basketball coach at Ripon Christian.