If the close ones counted, Sierra High would be on its way to the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV boys soccer playoffs.
That East Union High made its first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff appearance since the winter of 1993 was enough for co-head coach Allan Green to call the 2010 season a success Tuesday.
It was the first hurdle on a path towards its fourth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Volleyball title, and Ripon Christian had no problem clearing it in a 3-0 win over Sacramento Country Day Tuesday during first-round action.
The Sierra High cross country program continued to impress during the 2010 season, putting together a flawless showing at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III Cross Country Sub-Section Meet, to move on to the upcoming Section Meet Saturday.
There are two unbeaten teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV boys soccer playoffs, and one that has lost just once.
A tremendous season came to a screeching halt for the final three remaining Area tennis players, as Sierra High's Vannida Nguyen and doubles team Stephanie Vanni and Maryann Baker were eliminated from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II Individual Tennis Tournament Thursday in Rocklin.
Both Ripon and Ripon Christian will open the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs as their respective division's No. 1 seeds.
RIPON - With the outright championship of the Southern League already in hand, Ripon Christian had one more thing to cross off its list.
Ann McFerran was intentionally kept out of the loop.
The Sonora Wildcats brought their undefeated Valley Oak League record into the Dalben Center and got pushed to the brink in Game 1, but a short-staffed East Union club would come no closer to an upset, falling 3-0 Thursday in front of the home fan
LATHROP - No playoff berth, no problem.
It did not take long for the Ripon Christian volleyball program to make its mark in its new Southern League home, winning the championship outright with a 3-0 sweep of Gustine Thursday for its first title in over a decade.
Ripon High knew that to find a seat in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs it would need a glorious finish to the Trans Valley League season.
A one-goal loss Monday eliminated the Manteca Buffaloes from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff picture, but that did not stop the Buffaloes from crashing East Union High's Valley Oak League championship hopes, stopping the Lancers 5-3 to close out the 2010 regular season.
Jose Montes was spared the Gatorade bath on a cold Thursday afternoon.
LATHROP - Lathrop ended a two-game slide Wednesday and didn't need sophomore Junior Ballard to score more than 30 points to do so.
RIPON - For the second time this season, Ripon Christian High fell to Calaveras.
While St. Mary's gives up size against most teams, Manteca - with three starters at 6-foot-8 or taller - could struggle against the quicker ones.
TRACY - East Union's Olivia Vezaldenos flirted with a triple-double Tuesday, and the Lancers outscored host Tracy 20-4 before running away with a 56-34 non-league ...
LATHROP - Lathrop High played with a certain tenacity against visiting Pitman on Tuesday.
TURLOCK - Jess Spivey once again provided much of the offense for Sierra, but it was defense that helped the Timberwolves conquer Turlock 45-28 in a ...
GALT - With Lathrop trailing by 16 at halftime to undefeated Liberty Ranch, coach Nathan McGrath asked his sophomore to carry the load offensively over the ...
MODESTO - It took a quarter for East Union to shake off the cobwebs for Monday's nonleague tilt at Downey.
East Union finished second Saturday at the Bear Creek Invitational in Stockton and for the second year in a row the Lancers' Jaysen Reindel was ...
The Sierra girls salvaged a win Saturday in the Trojan Clash at Lincoln-Stockton with a 53-33 victory over Mt. Pleasant-San Jose.
Finally, Sierra came out on the right side of a close one.
STOCKTON - It was déjà vu all over again for the Sierra boys basketball team Friday, and not in a good way.
STOCKTON - It was a tough go Friday for Sierra High against Beyer in a consultation bracket game of the Trojans Clash Girls hoop tournament.
Cal-Hi Sports playfully calls it the "We Got Beat by Ripon Bowl."
STOCKTON - Sierra High had a two-possession cushion with under two minutes left in the first overtime against Fresno, but the Timberwolves were done in by ...