The best season in the history of River Valley High's girls soccer program came to a close on Thursday.
The No. 7-seeded Falcons were shut out 3-0 by No. 2 Benicia in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.
The Panthers held a 2-0 advantage at halftime and added a third goal in the second half.
The 2012-13 school year will go down as a year of firsts for the River Valley High athletic program.
In the fall, the Falcons' volleyball team earned its first outright Tri-County Conference title, while over on the gridiron, River Valley's football squad earned its first trip to the playoffs.
As big as those feats were, they bot
When Jeff Stanhope took over the River Valley High girls soccer team, he realized they hadn't been challenged enough.
He saw the potential talent — he just needed the team to buy in, and they did.
After finishing 3-16-2 last season, the Falcons turned things around under their new coach — they are 12-5-2 heading into
The Lindhurst and Marysville High girls soccer teams were both looking for their first Golden Empire League win of the season on Wednesday in the regular season finale for both teams.
For the second time this season, the two programs had to settle for a draw.
After tying 1-1 on April 12, the Blazers and Indians played to a 2-2 st
As the calendar turns to May and the regular season winds down in spring sports, several Mid-Valley programs are in position to earn spots for the postseason.
Here's a look at where the local squads stand.
The Northern Section released its latest baseball playoff points on M
The River Valley High girls soccer team ended their regular season with a 2-0 win over Yuba City at Falcon Stadium on Monday.
The Falcons (12-5-2 overall, 6-2-2 in the Tri-County Conference) will await Saturday's section meeting for playoff scheduling.
Karinna Recendez and Morgan McIntyre each scored a goal and Ellie Tamez record
The River Valley High baseball team is getting hot at just the right time.
The Falcons blasted Woodland 13-5 on Wednesday afternoon at Clark Field in Woodland to clinch a Tri-County Conference series win over the Wolves.
RV can complete the sweep at home on Friday at 4:15 p.m.
The Falcons improved to 6-5 in TCC play and 9
The River Valley High girls soccer team suffered a crucial 3-0 loss to Inderkum at home on Monday.
A win would have placed the Falcons in a tie for first place in the Tri-County Conference with Inderkum.
Naisha Valencia had six saves in goal, but the Falcons' attack was stymied for the most part.
The loss drops River Vall
It was a pitcher's duel on Friday afternoon between Wheatland High's Randi May and Sutter's Sara Stephenson in the finale of a three-game Butte View League series.
One mistake ended up being the difference.
The Huskies committed an error, resulting in Wheatland's lone run in a 1-0 victory for the Pirates over the Huskies as Wheat
Jeff Stanhope knows all about what it takes to operate a successful soccer program.
Stanhope's résumé speaks for itself — in his four seasons at Sutter High, his girls soccer program has won four consecutive Butte View League and Northern Section championships.
When Stanhope inherited the Huskies from Jason Sp
Chandler Eden used both his bat and right arm to help the Yuba City High baseball team move into sole possession of first place in the Tri-County Conference.
Eden pitched six innings, allowing just one hit, to go with nine strikeouts, and also homered to help lift the Honkers in a 10-0 rout of Woodland on Wednesday night at Clark Field i
The battle for first place in the Tri-County Conference got off to a good start for the Yuba City High baseball team.
Three different Honkers homered and Yuba City overcame an early 4-0 deficit to knock off first-place Woodland 11-4 on Monday afternoon at Winship Field.
The Wolves (12-7 overall, 6-1 in TCC play) jumped on Yuba Ci
The Live Oak High softball team picked up their biggest win of the season on Friday after handing Willows their first Sacramento Valley League loss of the year in Live Oak.
With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the sixth, both teams erupted from the plate, but it was the Lions who finished on top by a score of 10-8.
The River Valley High girls soccer team added yet another highlight to the best season in its seven-year existence as the Falcons bested crosstown rival Yuba City 2-0 on Wednesday evening at Honker Stadium.
The two teams were tied 0-0 at halftime before the Falcons found the scoreboard.
Sophomore Ellie Tamez scored RV's first goa
The situation was a little odd on Tuesday afternoon for Colusa High baseball coach Eric Lay.
After spending 11 seasons at the helm of Maxwell's program, Lay did something he had never done before — sit in the visitors' dugout.
Lay's RedHawks defeated the Panthers 8-1 in a Mid-Valley League contest as senior lefty Ross Cerva
The Yuba City High girls soccer team remained winless in Tri-County Conference play following a 4-1 loss to Woodland at Honker Stadium on Wednesday night.
Cassidy Fix scored the lone goal for the Honkers with an assist from defender Ashleigh Stoddard.
With the loss, Yuba City fell to 2-6 overall and to 0-3 in the TCC.
Junior pitcher Sophia Garcia tallied 29 strikeouts over two games to help lead the Colusa High softball team to a first-place finish at the Hamilton Tournament on Saturday.
Garcia began the day by recording 15 strikeouts while going 3 for 4 with two RBIs in the RedHawks' 10-3 win over Mt. Shasta in a rematch of last year's Northern Secti
The Colusa High baseball team picked up a 10-4 nonleague win over East Nicolaus on Wednesday afternoon in Nicolaus.
Colusa junior left-hander Hayden Bailey tossed six innings with five strikeouts and two earned runs allowed to earn the win, his third of the season.
Lucas Corriea was 2 for 3 with a double and four RBIs, while Matt
The Colusa High softball team just picked up one of its biggest nonleague wins of the season as the RedHawks topped Yuba City 3-2 in eight innings at home on Monday.
Sophia Garcia struck out 10 batters, allowed four hits and no earned runs while going the distance from the circle for Colusa (5-3).
Colusa's Ashleigh Biggs went 3 f
Shawna Husley did damage from the circle and the plate as the Lindhurst High softball team topped Dixon 6-3 in a Golden Empire League game in Olivehurst on Thursday.
Hulsey allowed one earned run and pitched all seven innings. She also finished 2 for 3 from the plate and scored a run.
Asailah Brown went 2 for 4 with a run scored
A week and a half ago, Jeff Stanhope was on the Sutter High sideline coaching the Huskies' girls soccer team to an unprecedented ninth consecutive Northern Section championship.
On Tuesday, he was patrolling the sidelines again — this time as River Valley's coach — where he is hoping to bring the same success he's had at Sutt
Freshman Aric Cortes went 2 for 4 with a double and four RBIs, and sophomore Nathan Furr finished 2 for 4 with an RBI of his own to lead the Lindhurst High baseball team to a 10-5 victory over West Campus in the Golden Empire League opener in Sacramento on Friday.
Senior Matt Edwards was 1 for 3 with a double and scored twice, while juni
The East Nicolaus High softball team opened its 2013 campaign with a 14-2 blow-out victory over Rio Vista at home on Thursday.
Amanda Taylor struck out five batters and issued no walks in five innings of work for the Spartans.
Brook Essary finished 2 for 2 with a double at the plate, while Taylor went 2 for 4 with a double.
The Sutter High baseball team opened its season with a flurry of hits — 19 to be exact.
The Huskies scored 19 runs in the first three frames and finished off Paradise in six innings en route to a 22-13 victory at home on Tuesday.
Colton Minton led the way by going 4 for 4 with a grand slam, two doubles and seven RBIs, while
Jayden Garcia jumped high enough for Erika Linch to catch and embrace her for a moment. They knew it was the final time they would celebrate a combo goal together wearing a Sutter High uniform.
It's a difficult realization for two players who have combined for 270 goals and 91 assists over four years.
Their last one took place wi