It wasn't the ideal way for Weston Ranch High to cap what has been an otherwise successful non-league schedule, but all things considered Coach Carlos Gaspar is still going into conference play beaming.
The varsity Ripon Chiefs rolled to a 3-0 record in the Trans Valley Youth Football League behind solid all-around play in their 36-0 drubbing of the Salida Steelers at Salida Middle School Saturday.
The Manteca Jr. Buffaloes varsity squad bulldozed its way past the Gustine Redskins 53-0 at Manteca High's Guss Schmiedt field Sunday.
Anyone anticipating the unveiling of what could be an explosive passing attack for Manteca High, known over the years more for its punishing ground-and-pound running game, might have been disappointed Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
SAN ANDREAS - Weston Ranch High was outnumbered, outmatched and ultimately outmuscled in its 34-7 season-opening loss to Calaveras Friday.
MODESTO - Sierra was in no celebratory mood on a muggy Thursday night following a 38-28 win over Grace Davis at Downey High's Chuck Hughes Stadium.
The ride to the Valley Oak League season won't be a smooth one for Manteca High.
STOCKTON - The Sac-Joaquin Section overhauled its postseason format for football last season and has made a few minor tweaks for 2010.
Patience and persistence paid off for Corey Navarro.
RIPON - Keith Terpsma doesn't know what to expect this season when his Ripon Christian boys soccer team heads into Southern League play for the first time.
It had been a while since East Union's varsity football players got to hit others from another team.
Based on 2009 records, Ripon's zero-week pairing with host Ceres looks like a mismatch.
Clarence Goes needed a right-hand man.
School is in session and cooler weather is on the horizon.
One of the best football teams in East Union school history didn't even make the playoffs back in 1993 when it triumphed in eight of 10 games.
Justin Coenenberg is calling all former Buffaloes to reunite at Manteca High's Guss Schmiedt Field this Friday.
Alex Hernandez slowed to a jog and eventually a brisk walk while running sprints with his Manteca High soccer teammates on Thursday.
The fall sports season is officially underway for local high schools.
Kyle Alexander shattered records once again in his final tune-up for the International Powerlifting League Worlds.
Dakota Conners was in Cooperstown, N.Y. serving as an assistant coach for a local youth baseball team competing in a prestigious tournament when he earned his greatest achievement.
Neil MacDannald's coaching resume just got a little longer.
Swimming standout Ty Wells has added four more medals to his growing collection.
Manteca's most accomplished boys basketball player is one of 32 inductees into the 2014 class of the Sac Joaquin Section Hall of Fame.
John Hitchcock said it best in front of a small and energetic gathering held at the CrossFit Excel gym Friday night:
It won't take long for Ripon to see what it's made of.
STOCKTON - Vincent Avina began his amateur boxing career at age 9.
So, how does Sierra replace one of the Sac-Joaquin Section's most prolific passers of 2013?
Eleven-year-old Riponian Brett Zimmerman was one of 15 players chosen to compete for the Northwest Region in the United States Specialty Sports Association All-American Games starting this Thursday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.
Second-year Lathrop coach Steven Wichman has a better idea of what his team can do with pads on this time around.
MODESTO - The Mountain Misery Summer Football Camp took place on flatter land and in cooler weather July 17-19 at Central Catholic.