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 ...
RIPON – Erika Brown reached heights unparalleled this past spring, capturing three events at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships.
Jake Corn let the cat out of the bag to kick off his final high school summer. The Manteca incoming senior went on record announcing he has verbally committed to the University of Oregon. "It's already verbal," said Corn, the Bulletin's 2013 All-Area Baseball MVP. "Their campus is gorgeous and everything around is so green. Their baseball field is amazing, and their facilities are the best." Corn, who has led Manteca into the Sac-Joaquin Section ...
Just how excited is Tia Sidtikun for soccer's next stop, a coastal college with a coming-of-age program?
Born in Oakland and raised in Texas, John McDonald considers himself "a Texas guy."
Twelve area standouts are among the region's top players to be selected for the 23rd Annual High School All-Star Baseball-Softball Classic.
It wasn't the storybook ending Valerie Nestor envisioned. Sierra High's multi-sport standout qualified for the final round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters track meet, finishing eighth in the shot put with a mark more than two feet short of her personal best. "I was a little upset about that," Nestor said. "I hit my PR in the middle of the season and that's when I peaked. I wish I could have done better (at Masters) ...
The accolades continue to pour in for Sierra High's softball team more than a month after it completed its 2013 season.
Brett Lewis fondly remembers his first encounter with Jeff Lund, "this skinny white guy with a scraggly beard," as he put it.
The past along with the present is being recognized this week in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Central California Lions All-Star Football Classic, one of the state's four original prep contests of its kind.
A productive year at the plate might be an understatement when referring to the type of season Ripon Christian's now-graduated senior Dominic Nelson just had.
Guillermo Nunez was praised for his high basketball IQ. For the coaching staff at William Jessup University, an NAIA Division II program in Rocklin, that part of his game and more stood out. "We liked Guillermo's ability to score off the dribble – he has a deceptively strong body and is a good all-around athlete," said assistant head coach George Hernandez, who found out about the Sierra High standout through his brother, an assistant coach ...
Backed by a good-sized contingent of supporters - including former teammates, classmates, teachers, and friends and family - Will Brink played his final round as an East Union Lancer during Wednesday's CIF/CGA State Boys Golf Championship in scenic Carmel.
Nick Olmo reiterated on Tuesday that he doesn't put much stock into rankings. But even he was tickled to find out that the Sierra High softball team was named the Division III State Team of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports. "As a coach I am proud of that, of course," said Olmo, who completed his seventh year as head coach by guiding the Timberwolves (25-2) to their second Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship in three ...
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.