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Winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters 800 and the 1,600 meters on the same night requires strategy, strength and endurance. The perfect merging of all three is Enochs High senior Faith Makau.
Makau kicked from off the pace to win both races Makau Magic.
Another sign of Makau's moxie: The girl who outkicked her in the 800 divisional final last week lost to her in the Masters final by eight seconds.
Oakdale became the discus capital of the section with Masters victories by junior Kyle Peterson and freshman Hannah Chappell.
Both champions have benefitted from some help by former national champion and three-time Olympian Suzy Powell-Roos. Why are we not surprised?
Related note: Jaci Powell, Suzy's niece, placed fourth in the Pac-12 heptathlon, the best finish by a Cal athlete in that event in eight years.
Even at 37, Raiders prodigal son Charles Woodson is an upgrade.
Tiger Woods is smug. Sergio Garcia is clueless. Ideal match.
Place Garcia's "fried chicken" line next to his "I'm not good enough" and his "gods are against me." His career curve in a nutshell.
Garcia trails Woods 14-0 in majors. A rivalry it's not.
About Phil Jackson's "Eleven Rings" and all the job rumors: When he's hired by someone, let me know. We're suffering from Zen Master Overload.
A hat-tip to the Turlock Bulldogs (28-3). You're a season-long target when you win 26 straight. Postseason losses don't diminish that feat.
The 49ers landed Super Bowl L in 2016, again proving the power of the right house in the right region.
Memories of the 1985 Super Bowl at Stanford: Joe Montana out-dueling Dan Marino, fog and Roger Craig high-stepping into the end zone.
Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles this week. Anyone else see the absurdity of a potential season-ending injury incurred IN MAY?
Crabtree was Colin Kaepernick's right-hand man last season. Who will step up? Last year, Kaepernick stepped up for Alex Smith.
The first fan who says "Bring back Randy Moss" wins a stale box of Terrell Owens popcorn.
Kaepernick's new first option housemate Ricardo Lockette.
Can't outsmart Buick and those Shaquille O'Neal commercials. Notice how they leave out his folding his 7-foot-1 ,325-pound frame into the driver's seat.
Taken for granted: Cal State Stanislaus golf's ninth-place finish in its 20th NCAA Division II Championship. Good season after good season after...
Modesto Junior College waited until year's end for its best: The state double by Markus Sanders in the hammer throw and discus, preceded by the state triple by swimmer Tim Richard.
Sanders dislocated his finger while winning the hammer throw, then dodged food poisoning to take the discus at state. The gutsiest of doubles.
At the same level: The Pirates' Kianna Weinzheimer wins the state javelin one year after brain surgery.
Ryan Vogelsong's finger fracture jogs the memory to one of the Giants' most stunning stats from 2012: The rotation made 160 of 162 regular-season starts.
Conclusion: Such a durable rotation, the heart of two World Series titles, does not last forever.
We saw it with the Modesto Nuts two years ago and now MLB sees it: Third baseman Nolan Arenado, the Rockies' best prospect since Troy Tulowitzki.
Makau Magic ends this week at State ... then restarts at UC Riverside.
Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2302. Follow Ron via Twitter @modbeesports.