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.
Softball star Ally Walljasper had a productive debut as a varsity volleyball player for Sierra High Thursday.
Jose Acosta and the rest of the Sierra High boys soccer team continued their early-season tear with a 7-0 drubbing of visiting Edison Thursday.
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.