RIPON - Ripon High's three-game loss (18-25, 17-25, 15-25) to Lodi Tuesday is one of those bumps on the road that first-year coach Adrienne Uecker is hoping will help make her volleyball club better.
Ripon Christian's 3-2 loss to host Mariposa in Tuesday's Southern League opener was a tale of two halves.
East Union High's volleyball team will take some momentum into Thursday's Valley Oak League-opening match against rival Manteca.
Three touchdowns and 143 rushing yards from Alex Baker were not enough for the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes' junior varsity squad Saturday.
Manteca Futbol Club's under-10 girls soccer team is off to a hot start in the NorCal Premier Region7/8 Fall League season after an impressive end to its summer.
A valuable lesson was learned by Ripon High's boys cross country team last week.
Jessica Bettancourt became Ripon High's first female cross country runner to qualify for the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships last year, joining the Indians' boys squad.
Kareena Escartin did the job as a goalie in the first half, and she was just as effective doing work in the opponent's goal area at Woodward Park Saturday.
After an up-and-down run through its nonleague schedule, the East Union High boys soccer team appeared to be in midseason form with its 5-0 victory over visiting Lathrop Monday.
Right when Manteca High's sophomore football team picked up some needed momentum the sound of thunder and sight of lightning screeched it to a halt.
Head coach Willie Herrera felt that his East Union High varsity football team was well prepared for Friday's non-league home game against Bear Creak.
It was a long and hot day for the three area squads that competed in the Ripon Christian Tournament Saturday.
Spearheaded by Ricky Morris' second-place finish, Sierra High's varsity boys cross country team won the small-schools title in the 9th Annual Sierra Invitational Saturday.
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.
Sierra proved up to the challenge in its Valley Oak League encounter with visiting Weston Ranch on Friday.
Valley Oak League-leading Sierra took Lathrop's best punch and cruised to a 65-59 victory Thursday night.
RIPON - Riverbank survived a second-half charge from Ripon and escaped with a 43-39 overtime win in a pivotal duel between the Trans-Valley League's first-place teams.
STOCKTON - East Union came prepared for a track meet but left the sprint spikes at home.
Emery Sipe's conventional 3-point play with 1.4 seconds to go lifted host Oakdale to a dramatic 39-37 win over Lathrop on Wednesday.
In a first-place battle of teams with similar strengths, experience and Hunter Johnson proved to be the difference for reigning Valley Oak League champion Sierra.
Jourdy Richter drained five 3s and scored a season-high 22 points, and the Ripon girls basketball team had its best offensive game of the season in a 66-26 thrashing of visiting Hilmar on Tuesday.
Ripon Christian boys basketball coach Ron Vander Molen employed various zone defenses with hopes of neutralizing visiting Riverbank's speed advantage in their Trans-Valley League contest Tuesday.
No one will ever accuse a Scott Thomason-led team of looking past anybody.
RIPON - Mario Roach considers Ripon an "up-and-down" team that forces a frenetic pace with defensive pressure and constant movement on offense.
Olivia Vezaldenos broke out of a recent scoring slump Friday and led East Union to a 46-38 win over visiting Lathrop at Dalben Center.
Marcus Montano and the Manteca boys basketball team couldn't make a shot in the first quarter.
Sierra can now center its focus on the big games to come after steamrolling Kimball 59-38 on Thursday.
Ripon coach George Contente tested his team with a rugged schedule in the first month of the season, and it paid off in the Indians' Trans-Valley League opener Thursday.
Jessica Pablo missed East Union's final six pre-league contests after rolling an ankle in a game at Sonora.