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.
Measuring how two teams fared against common opponents is one way to gauge how they match up against each other.
Ripon High's second-round trip will be much shorter than the one it took Tuesday night.
Ripon High's boys water polo team staved off Christian Brothers' second-half surge to win 10-9 in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoff encounter Tuesday at Rocklin's Whitney High.
Nicole Vanni, Sierra High's all-time leading goal scorer, finishes out her career at San Francisco State as a member of the All-California Collegiate Athletic Association first team.
City rivals Manteca High and Sierra could lock up in the second-round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs if they get by two Sacramento schools they have never previously faced.
Ripon Christian hasn't had a meaningful volleyball match with neighboring rival Ripon High since leaving the Trans-Valley League after the 2009-10 season.
Will the real Ripon Christian football team please stand up?
Ripon High's best effort wasn't good enough in its Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff match at West Campus Thursday.
Jack Weaver statistically had his least impressive outing of the season last Friday.
RIPON - Everything was going Mariposa's way at the start of its Southern League showdown of defending co-champions at Ripon Christian on Monday.
Oakdale needed two fourth-down touchdown passes and a monster night from running back Cameron Cherry to escape Sierra's Daniel Teicheira Stadium with a 28-25 ...
RIPON - Hilmar wasn't going down without a fight.
East Union felt unstoppable at this point last season.
Weston Ranch struggled with serving errors throughout its Valley Oak League match at Sierra on Wednesday, but Judit Zamora came through in a big way ...
Manteca wasn't always sharp, but the Buffaloes were good enough to sweep rival Sierra across town Monday, 25-15, 25-16, 25-19.
LATHROP - The Spartans of Lathrop High marched two by two toward the locker room as they always do after home games, and they did it ...
MODESTO - Ripon's nightmare at Sonora is now in the rear-view mirror.
With four teams idle, it's a light week on the grid iron in the area but an important one for the few in action.
TRACY - All Megan Oblin wanted to do was keep pace with Iris Carrillo in the first of three Valley Oak League meets Wednesday at Eagal ...
There was no quit in the East Union and Lathrop volleyball teams Monday at Dalben Center, where the two clubs were engaged in a nip-and-tuck ...
RIPON - It was probably a match-up that came a year too late for Ripon Christian, but head coach Trey Ozenbaugh doesn't regret pitting this ...
There is still a long road ahead for Manteca, but the Buffaloes made waves with their impressive opening week to the Valley Oak League season.
Ripon Christian and Ripon are gearing up for two of the top small-school programs in Northern California.