If you're going to play with a chip on your shoulder, it might as well be boulder. So says East Union High varsity football coach Mike James as his team gears up for its first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff game since 1992. The No. 6 seeded Lancers (7-4) will face Del Oro (6-4) in the Division III opening round contest at Dino Cunial Field. Kickoff is 7 p.m. It was nearly 18 years ago when East ...
The 2009 season marked the end of Sierra and Patterson's annual non-league meeting. Sierra won 17-6 last year after Patterson had claimed three in a row against the Timberwolves. This Friday, they will reunite at Patterson Community Stadium for an interesting first-round showdown in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. It's unlikely an opening matchup that either team was hoping for, partially because of their familiarity with each other, and partially because both teams are ...
RIPON – It was the first Sac-Joaquin Section appearance in school history for Venture Academy. Unfortunately Ripon High is on a quest to reach the Division-IV final for the fifth consecutive season, and the difference was obvious in a 25-5, 25-5, 25-10 first-round Indians win Tuesday.
The close to the Valley Oak League season played a major role in the formation of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III Football Championships bracket, but nothing could alter the extended seasons for Manteca, East Union and Sierra high's football programs once the brackets were revealed Saturday evening.
Manteca High had little trouble coming back from a close loss to the Oakdale Mustangs, taking care of business in the Valley Oak League finale with a convincing win over the East Union Lancers Friday.
MANTECA – Although Manteca freshman football coach Jon Shaefer was concentrating on his team's 40-8 win over visiting East Union on Thursday in the Valley Oak League finale, he couldn't help but look over the Lancers' bleachers to the east at Guss Schmiedt Field and wonder what was happening up the hill at Dunlavy Field where Oakdale was visiting Sonora.
Manteca High and East Union were locked in a classic battle Friday at Dino Cunial Field. In recent years, this longstanding Valley Oak League rivalry belonged to the Buffaloes. But this night was different. From the opening kickoff, the Lancers rode a wave of emotions that eventually led to a 10-7 upset win over previously unbeaten Manteca (5-1, 9-1). In the process, the Buffaloes went from sole possession of first place in the VOL to ...
NEWMAN - Almost everything went right for Ripon High in the first half Friday against Orestimba in a game that both teams needed for a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff berth.
WESTON RANCH - The Sierra Timberwolves had one opportunity to close out their season with a win and continue into the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason, and they didn't forfeit the chance, jumping out to a seven-touchdown first half lead on their way to a 53-6 win Friday over Weston Ranch.
RIPON – The Knights closed out the season in spectacular fashion Friday at Stouffer Field.
TRACY – Lathrop came out in the third quarter and got two scores via the no-huddle offense and take a one-point lead, but an 80-yard scoring run by Kimball's Zack Johnson put the Jaguars ahead to stay in the 26-21 Valley Oak League win for Kimball at Don Nicholson Stadium.
Fourteen Sac-Joaquin Section playoff tickets have already been punched. After the final regular-season games are played out this week, 50 more berths will be claimed in the Divisions I-IV brackets. The Bulletin took on the painstaking task of mapping out the current postseason seeds in each division, including the six-team Division V and IV brackets, only to find out that nothing is close to be settled. The complexion of the playoffs could change dramatically this ...
It's been a long time since the East Union-Manteca game, the oldest rivalry in the area, has meant something for all parties involved.
For Sierra it's for the right to continue its season. For Weston Ranch, it's simply about respect. The two squads will meet in the Valley Oak League finale Friday at Weston Ranch and with a playoff berth in the balance, Sierra will be playing for more than just another road win. It will take a strong showing, as the Cougars, winners of two of their past three contests, will look to a resurgent rushing attack ...
Things were looking bleak for Ripon High's football team a month ago. The Indians lost their chief playmaker, Alex Gustin, to a leg injury while getting routed by Trans Valley League champion Escalon 45-13 on Oct. 8. Ripon suffered its third straight defeat, which put it at 2-4 on the season. Three victories later, including an impressive 20-0 win over 2009 champion Modesto Christian, the Indians find themselves in a do-or-die scenario with an all-important ...
One streak ended, but the one that mattered more did not.
Sometimes you have to take a chance – and sometimes the chance pays off. Such was the case for the East Union freshman football team on Thursday.
Three Manteca-Ripon area teams are hosting first-round playoff football games next Friday, and another is heading to Placer County.
Ripon Christian kept the Le Grand sophomores off the score board for the final three quarters Friday night and rolled to a second-place finish in the Southern League on Friday with a 36-6 win at Stouffer Field.
RIPON – Two running backs chasing each other in the stat book found themselves on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum Friday evening.
It was a mismatch from the start.
Use any of the clichés you want to describe the situation that Sierra High found itself in going into Friday's regular season finale at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, but its back was against the wall.
For the better part of the first two quarters, the Lathrop High Spartans stood toe to toe with Kimball.
Andrew Brown this. Andrew Brown that.
Christian Williams might be the most dynamic return man in the nation. On one leg even.
Lathrop, East Union and Weston Ranch didn't produce the results they hoped for prior to the start of the season.
Manteca is in at Division III.
Make it seven straight shutouts for the Ripon Chiefs junior varsity.
The lights to Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium remained lit hours after a rivalry was put to rest early Saturday morning.