The Lathrop Jr. Spartans' junior varsity team recorded their ninth shutout in 12 games on Sunday, blanking the East Stockton Yellow Jackets 29-0 in the Delta Youth Football League North Conference championship at Lincoln High of Stockton.
Defense won the NorCal All-American Youth Football League championship for the Manteca Cowboys varsity squad Saturday.
Ripon Christian makes its sixth straight appearance in the California Interscholastic Federation Regional Championships Tuesday night, and it encounters the No. 1 seed for the fourth time in that same stretch.
The rain-soaked field did little to help third-seeded Sierra slow down No. 6 Inderkum's powerful wing-T offense Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
DAVIS - The clock almost literally struck midnight for Ripon Christian's volleyball team Thursday at UC Davis.
Sierra is hoping past experiences prove helpful in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III quarterfinal with visiting Inderkum this Friday.
The Pavilion at UC Davis is one of many sites familiar to the Sheltons in their vast volleyball travels.
The Manteca area is represented well on the All-Valley Oak League team, and rightfully so.
ESCALON - To simplify things, Ripon Christian head coach Tiger Shelton tells his players that volleyball "is a race to 75."
Tiger Shelton figured it wasn't going to be easy.
The Delta Rebels junior varsity football squad exacted revenge in its Delta Youth Football League South Conference playoff opener this past Saturday at East Union High.
SALIDA - Danny Vos threw two interceptions in the first half, and on Ripon Christian's impressive first drive (which started on its own 11 and ate up nearly 6:30 off the clock) in the third quarter he lost a fumble on the Elliot Christian 1-yard line while trying to reach for the end zone.
RIPON - Word travels quickly in this small town known for almonds and volleyball. It gets around even faster between the city's rival high schools that are a stone's throw away from each other.
Ripon Christian's football team doesn't mind not being awarded the playoff bye week it deserved.
A true freshman from Manteca is playing a big part in the Minot State women's soccer team's historic 2012 season.
East Union greatly improved its chances to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs Friday night at Dino Cunial Field after fending off visiting Kimball, 28-6.
Manteca carried the frustrations of two close losses to Central Catholic into the season, using it as motivation to return to championship form.
There's no such thing as a down year for Escalon, says Ripon head coach Chris Musseman.
MODESTO - Manteca was able to slug it out with Central Catholic in Friday's anticipated clash of Valley Oak League heavyweights at David Patton Field.
RIPON - The Ripon High boys water polo team's streak of Valley Oak League victories came to an end Thursday at Ervin Zador Aquatic Center.
Gino Campiotti remembers his first varsity encounter with Central Catholic, and not too fondly.
Isaiah Sholund is the hard-charging bull who wears down defenses in the fourth quarter.
Scheduling may have conspired against Manteca leading up to its pivotal Valley Oak League duel with rival Sierra on Thursday.
Mark Vicente and the Sierra Timberwolves continued their late-game wizardry in last week's heart-stopping 37-36 overtime win over visiting East Union.
A longtime tradition has turned into a weekly feast for Manteca.
Tawny Deerinck got to match her teammates' jersey tops for a change Monday when she and the Buffaloes from Manteca visited rival East Union.
Another week, another shutout for undefeated Manteca.
East Union coach Kim Brooks urged her setter to ramp up the pace of the attack against host Sierra on Thursday.
Seth Davis won't be able to make Manteca High's homecoming game Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
Jack Weaver statistically had his least impressive outing of the season last Friday.