MODESTO - It turns out that repeating as Trans Valley League champion won't be so easy for Ripon High's boys cross country team.
Ripon Christian's football team made a huge statement with its 40-0 zero-week victory over Big Valley Christian, a Sac-Joaquin Section Division-VI semifinalist last year.
Another day, another five-game volleyball match for Weston Ranch High.
RIPON - Ripon Christian has played three 2010 Sac-Joaquin Section champions in a span of eight days.
Manteca High's volleyball team put forth its best single-game effort in the early season, but it wasn't enough to overcome host Grace Davis in a four-game defeat (20-25, 14-25, 25-9, 18-25) in Modesto Tuesday.
After a dramatic penalty-kick shootout victory over Livingston in the semifinal round, Manteca High's boys soccer team was shut out 3-0 by Grant of Sacramento in the championship showdown of its 4th Annual Buffalo Cup Saturday.
Teams qualifying for the Sac-Joaquin Section `playoffs out of the Valley Oak League have traditionally been at a disadvantage.
The one-kid wrecking crew that is Ripon Knights quarterback Hunter Petlansky provided most of the offensive fireworks during the three-game Almond Bowl at Ripon Christian Saturday.
Scheduling-wise, the Manteca Jaguars have had a brutal start to the Central California Junior Youth Football season.
The Manteca Chargers have had no problems putting up points so far in Delta Youth Football League action.
The Manteca Jr. Buffaloes struggled to get things going offensively in their 30-0 Trans Valley Youth Football League loss to the Modesto Rams Saturday at East Union High.
East Union High's sophomore squad kicked off its season with a 28-15 win over visiting Orestimba Friday at Dino Cunial Field.
Except for maybe the Sierra Tournament championship, the tourney-host Timberwolves and cross-town rival East Union got what they wanted out of the grueling one-day, six-team jamboree Saturday.
Few in the area match the pregame ambiance of East Union High home football games.
Giovanni Marin's goal-scoring head ball with 10 minutes remaining vaulted Manteca High's boys soccer team to a 2-1 comeback victory over Petaluma in the first round of their own 4th Annual Buffalo Cup tournament. Defender Oral Nunis set up the go-ahead play with a lofted through ball from deep.
Kylie Stevens has spent countless hours on grass, gym floors and tennis courts.
Zak Burden made big plays with his arms and legs, and on the game's final sequence it was he who fittingly punctuated No. 10 Rio Linda's 49-44 upset of No. 2 Sierra in Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III quarterfinal at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Ripon Christian is well aware of what it's up against tonight.
Throw seedings out the window, says Sierra coach Jeff Harbison.
Ripon Christian appeared to have an Andrew Brown clone in the form of junior tail back Brian Sytsma.
After anchoring a defense that allowed just six goals in eight Trans-Valley League games, Ripon High senior Emmanuel Sanchez was voted the conference's Defensive MVP in the year-end coaches meeting.
The road to redemption is a long and unfamiliar one for Brooke Riley.
You've seen this movie before: Team of misfits overcomes competitive shortcomings to make the championship and win the respect of all despite losing the big game in the end.
Pacific-bound senior Haley Silva and Ellie Waters are heading back to the CIF State Cross Country Championships in two weeks.
The third time was the charm for Eric Reis and his Manteca High football team.
Tonight marks just the second time that Ripon Christian will square off with Golden Sierra, but the rematch takes place in a different setting with more at stake.
Eric Reis has been known to share stories of Manteca High's grid-iron glory of years past with his players.
Ripon gets its wish: Another crack at Trans-Valley League rival Hilmar.
Kyle Alexander and Mason Merilles competed in the largest powerlifting meet they've ever been a part of and returned to Manteca with new world records and shiny first-place medals this past weekend.
Elisabeth Alexander was all smiles Thursday when she made her commitment official to the CSU Stanislaus women's basketball team.