It is nice when you control your own destiny.
STOCKTON - The Wolf Pack spilled out of the stands, washing the court in blues, grays and whites.
RIPON - Ripon Christian garnered its fourth league championship in five years Friday night, but no one would blame the Knights for relishing this one a little more than the rest.
Ryan Shippley knows how to get a team moving.
Lathrop couldn't overcome a lackluster start in a 61-44 loss to visiting Kimball on Friday.
Jim Agostini sauntered back into Winter Gymnasium alongside assistant coach Rick Marsh, and as the door closed behind them their East Union girls basketball team could be heard celebrating a much-needed 58-48 win over Manteca on Thursday.
RIPON - This night belonged to the Ripon High Indians.
Elisabeth Alexander found her stroke early and never lost it.
Sierra has a way of making ugly wins look good.
Rena Dragony emerged from a scrum beneath the basket with a smile and her pinkies pointed to the sky.
Sophomore guard Tre Simmons made five 3s and led all scorers with 23 points, as playoff-bound Weston Ranch rolled past visiting East Union 70-30 Wednesday.
With about six minutes left in the third quarter, Jim Agostini called a timeout and did something he rarely ever does.
STOCKTON - What a difference 10 minutes can make.
Riverbank worked its late-game magic yet again, and it helped the Bruins garner at least a share of the Trans-Valley League title Tuesday when they edged Ripon in overtime, 44-43.
RIPON - In a Trans-Valley League tilt between two guard-oriented teams, it was the two "bigs" who made all the difference for Ripon on Tuesday.
Manteca High opened the Valley Oak League season Wednesday with a tough 21-15 home loss to Oakdale.
Ilena Rivera scored a goal midway through the first half, toward the end of the half and added one in the second half for a hat trick to lead East Union to a 5-1 Valley Oak League soccer win over Sierra on Wednesday at Dino Cunial Field.
Rod Wright can draw up a fool-proof game plan to make your center small and insignificant and force you into bad shots.
One day after being shut out across town by contending Manteca, East Union bounced back at home Wednesday with an 8-1 victory over its other intra-city rival Sierra.
The Manteca High Buffaloes improved to 5-0 in the Valley Oak League, defeating visiting rival East Union in boys tennis action, 9-0.
Sierra overwhelmed undermanned Manteca in the first Valley Oak League swim meet of the season Tuesday.
MORAGA - The Sierra boys basketball team gathered in a dimly lit room, searching for the silver lining in a season-ending loss.
The last time Delaney Pamplin faced Oakdale it was in the 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship game.
The Ripon High Indians used a 16-hit attack Tuesday to roll past visiting Riverbank, winning handily 17-5.
East Union did what Sierra hopes to achieve by the end of the boys golf season.
Abby Buitrago started her hat trick with a pair of goals in a two-minute span as Ripon Christian had its way with Le Grand in a 6-0 victory.
Four area wrestling standouts returned home from Fresno with distinct trophies this weekend.
Destiny can be a cruel bride.
Leah Manuleleua recorded a hat trick for a third straight game, and the Manteca High girls soccer team dominated from start to finish 9-0 rout of visiting Weston Ranch on Monday.
When Sierra's Josh Patton continues his basketball career next season at Sac State, he will have left behind some pretty big shoes to fill. Timberwolves junior Jess Spivey tried those shoes on for size Saturday night, stepping up when Patton was forced to leave the game with foul trouble and helped lead Sierra to a 65-57 quarterfinal NorCal playoff win over visiting Archbishop Riordan-San Francisco.