RIPON - Ripon Christian was eager to defend its home court in its own tournament.
Sierra has done some of its best work against top teams so far, and Thursday was no different.
One day after suffering its worst defeat of the season, Ripon High's boys basketball team put together one of its best all-around efforts.
Clay Cuneo's blocked shot at the buzzer secured the East Union sophomore boys basketball team's 40-39 victory over rival Manteca in the semifinal round of the Block M Tournament Thursday.
SALIDA - Defensive adjustment.
The Sierra High boys basketball team began its defense of Columbia College's Robert Dominic Fuchs Classic championship with a 63-54 victory over Enochs of Modesto Wednesday in Sonora.
Brianna Fernandez buried 10 of 14 free throws and scored 18 points to lead Lathrop High's sophomore girls basketball team to a 56-44 win over Tokay of Lodi Wednesday.
Weston Ranch's boys basketball team is rolling. Now it's a matter of stopping the other team from doing so.
Ricky Morris, you just qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation State Cross Country Championships for a second straight year.
Harleen Pabla was a year old the last time a Manteca High cross country runner - male or female - competed in the state meet.
The numbers are staggering:
Prior to her freshman year in high school, Andie Shelton had rarely, if ever, spiked volleyballs with any regularity.
TRACY - Joseph Sausau had the look of a confident player as he toed the free-throw line.
Giovanni Marin was a freshman when he moved to Manteca from Mexico.
Haylee Fannin's golf game has come a long way in three short years.
Manteca High's boys and girls swim teams both finish the year 4-4 in the Valley Oak League with wins in their regular-season finale Friday at East Union.
Errors and lost opportunities came back to haunt Sierra in its first-place showdown with Oakdale on Friday.
Lathrop High's track and field program continued its breakout season Thursday with a varsity split at Sierra, while its frosh-soph teams remain undefeated in the Valley Oak League with one meet to go.
Yok Jing Ma and Mike Lopez went out in style - and as Valley Oak League champions.
Mark Carganilla had already earned an academic scholarship and was accepted by Pacific University with an eye on the private school's popular exercise science program.
Only one goal was scored the last time the Southern League's reigning girls soccer co-champions met.
Ilena Rivera's hat trick powered East Union to a 3-0 win at Central Catholic on Wednesday, and the victory clinches a second-straight outright title in the Valley Oak League for the Lancers.
Weston Ranch junior Jordan Severin didn't know he was going to get the starting nod until about 30 minutes before throwing the first pitch in Wednesday's Valley Oak League tilt with visiting Kimball.
The East Union track and field team won at every level in a Valley Oak League dual meet with visiting Central Catholic on Wednesday.
Yok Jing Ma won't get another crack at Kimball standout Garrett Chun.
The tone was set on the first race of the day.
Central Catholic, East Union and Oakdale boast the most accomplished boys golf programs in the Valley Oak League, but the player all others are chasing represents none of those schools.
Only the clock could stop Manteca from scoring in its 9-0 victory over visiting Lathrop on Monday, but the efforts to support young Destiny Herrera is ongoing.
As a multi-sport athlete from the Central Valley who also excels in the classroom, Sierra High senior Hunter Johnson can relate to California Maritime Academy men's basketball head coach Bryan Rooney.
Ripon High senior Nick Sharp successfully defended his championship at the Tracy/West Invitational on Monday, winning a card-off with three other players who finished 1-over-par 73 at Tracy Country Club.