Nick Sharp could feel the shadow cast and left behind by arguably the most gifted golfer to play for Ripon High's tradition rich boys program.
Celina Cooper needed just two innings to rack up six RBIs, and Peyton Rose twirled a mercy-shortened three-hitter as Manteca walloped visiting Lathrop 17-0 Friday.
Scott Robison drove in the first two runs with a triple in the third and later secured Ripon's fifth straight win from the mound with a two-inning save in a 6-1 victory at Riverbank Friday.
Those pesky Warriors from Orestimba were at it again. Ripon held a four-goal lead by the 63-minute mark, but Orestimba came roaring back until surrendering a 5-4 defeat. The victory guarantees Ripon (7-2-2 Trans-Valley League, 9-4-2 overall) a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth. Orestimba (4-6-1, 6-10-1), led by Mayela Lopez's two goals, have been a thorn on the side of TVL contenders all season. The Warriors shocked Ripon by taking an early 2-0 lead before ultimately ...
Yok Jing Ma repeats as a champion, while Angel Tejada gets to go out as one. They represent the latest combination to earn a Valley Oak League doubles championship for Manteca High's boys tennis team. Neither player could suppress the smiles on their faces while up comfortably 40-love in the final game of their nip-and-tuck battle with the Kimball tandem of Mark Dalupan and Ivan Acosta Thursday at East Union High. Well, maybe not so ...
Nick Sharp brought his best to Stevinson Ranch on Thursday. Sharp shot an even 36 and led Ripon to a 208-222 Trans Valley League victory over Hilmar. "(Sharp) has been battling to beat (Hilmar's) No. 1 all year and he did it today," Ripon head coach Chris Musseman said. "It was a big win for us at their place. Knowing we needed a win to keep ourselves in it, my kids performed great." Senior Jack ...
Manteca lost its outright grip on the top spot in the Valley Oak League with its 3-1 defeat at Oakdale Thursday.
Ripon made quick work of visiting Modesto Christian on Thursday, amassing seven runs in the second inning en route to a 10-0 mercy-shortened win. The Indians plated their final two runs in the bottom of the fifth to end it early.
The top sprinters on the Manteca High boys track and field team were nursing injuries in the Buffaloes' final Valley Oak League dual meet at East Union Wednesday.
Selena Gonzalez's RBI single in the top of the first inning gave Manteca some needed early momentum on the road.
Kimball High's Valley Oak League champion boys tennis team would have been guaranteed an individual title had standout Logan Staggs, one of the top players in his age group nationally, been healthy for the start of the conference tournament Tuesday at East Union.
Oakdale High's Nick Ippolito carried a 6.36 ERA and was 0-3 going into a pivotal Valley Oak League contest at Manteca Tuesday.
TRACY - Brian Goulart nodded in the direction of Kimball's dugout and gave his kudos after his East Union softball team was knocked around by the Jaguars for a second time in 10 days on Monday.
Ripon High's girls swim team emphatically claimed a share of its Valley Oak League title in Friday's regular-season finale at Sierra, winning 102-68.
Manteca High's softball team won't be overlooked in the final two weeks of the Valley Oak League season.
ELK GROVE - The kid they call "Texas" is competing in the California Interscholastic Federation Track and Field State Championships for the first time next week.
ELK GROVE - Run the straightaway or walk the podium?
The budding friendship between Carl Chandler and Lechi Nkwocha was first tested on the pitch.
Twenty one area athletes will compete in the final Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet today and Friday, the last stop before the CIF State Championships.
LODI - Manteca was one pitch away from advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV finals for the second time in three years.
LODI - Austin Ragsdale is no small-time pitcher on a small-school team.
Will Brink didn't need a playoff hole to qualify for the CIF State Golf Championships, but he did need a strong finish to earn his spot.
STOCKTON - Senior grad night and the always-pesky Kimball softball team almost got the better of Sierra in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinal at Arnaiz Stadium.
That too-skinny and too-slow Nick Ortiz you used to know is now an NCAA Division I scholarship athlete.
LODI – Ripon Christian's Danny Vander Molen was handed the ball for just his third start of the season Friday night.
Phillip Herrera and Emmanuel Elijah opted not to join their senior classmates at Magic Mountain Thursday night.
LODI - Chandler Bengston woke up Central Catholic's bats with a loud two-run dinger that sparked a game-breaking, two-out rally.
Sierra High's 4x100 boys relay team broke the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Meet record Tuesday on its home track.
STOCKTON - There was no fist pump. No twirl of the putter. Not even a smile cracked the face of the always even-keel Will Brink.
Sierra High has built it.