These make-or-break moments are often defined by big, imposing aces with even larger personalities, rocket arms and legitimate college and pro prospects.
LODI - Do not bet against Manteca with Jake Corn on the mound – or if you do, do not let Corn know about it.
TURLOCK - Manteca High teammates Carl Chandler and Marcus Montano were the top two seeded high jumpers going into Thursday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Trials at Cal State Stanislaus' Warrior Stadium.
One of the season's indelible moments is of Sierra's Sydnee Canales lacing a deep left-footed shot on goal to earn a draw at Oakdale.
Clay Cuneo's mind was made up.
STOCKTON – She came. She saw. She conquered.
STOCKTON – Abby Buitrago calmly stepped to the penalty stripe, spotting the ball and her place in Ripon Christian's storied athletic history.
ELK GROVE – Manteca's opportunity to win a first-ever girls soccer section championship slipped away after an overpowering shot by Nici Lopez found the back of the net for Christian Brothers in the 61st minute Saturday.
Three Ripon Indians competed in varsity events during Saturday's Sac-Joaquin Section swimming finals at Tokay High in Lodi, but Sierra's Scott Tolman winning a pair of frosh-soph section titles certainly turned some heads as well.
STOCKTON - They aren't as imposing as Allie Walljasper inside the pitching circle. They don't have the stuff to collect strikeouts by the dozens, nor do they have a spot reserved on an NCAA Division I program.
East Union High will have a special guest for its spring sports awards social tonight.
Manteca could potentially be two wins away from a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball championship after it knocked off Cosumnes Oaks-Elk Grove 5-2 in the opener of Saturday's best-of-three semifinal series at Lodi's Zupo Field.
STOCKTON - Friday night marked the end of an era for Sierra's softball program.
A banner season for local girls soccer culminates today with three Sac-Joaquin Section championship games at two sites.
STOCKTON – The third inning of Friday's elimination game in Sac-Joaquin Section Division V softball action with Hughson is one Ripon would like to forget.
Somebody had to win.
Local wrestling standout Alex Garcia qualified for the ASICS/Vaughan Junior Greco Nationals after his third-place finish in the 126-pound division of the state tournament last weekend in Fresno.
It turns out there will be a few more Buffaloes roaming the turf at Tracy High's Wayne Schneider Stadium this Saturday.
A no-hitter from its No. 2 pitcher helped Manteca High's baseball team earn its first Valley Oak League championship in 29 years.
It's better late than never for 16-year-old Justin Clayton.
The Red Sox saved their best for last.
With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the sixth Thursday in the Northgate Little League AAA championship tilt with the Nationals, Phillies slugger Tyler Toste hit a towering shot to center field that looked as if it would clear the bases.
Cruz Lopez picked a good time to hit his first home run of the year.
It's official: Manteca High's football team will open its 2014 season Aug. 29 at Levi's Stadium.
Phillip Leuvano threw four shutout innings of relief Tuesday and Blue Jays teammate Scotty Armstrong had a monster bat in an 11-4 win over the A's in semifinal action of the Northgate majors tournament.
Robert Vernon has returned the Ripon softball program to a place of prominence and his hard work hasn't gone unnoticed.
ELK GROVE - Less than 24 hours after graduating, Bryan Vincent mustered enough energy to make the best jump of his career in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships.