Just moments before the opening kickoff at Sierra High's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Friday, Manteca's players took the field after busting through a large banner that read: "We run this town."
RIPON - Tiger Shelton, by his own admission, is a fiery individual.
Victories over crosstown rival Sierra had been a rarity for Manteca High's boys basketball team leading up to last year.
Omar Leon and his Central Valley Hawks breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Every time the Sierra Timberwolves needed a boost, middle blocker Jaslynn Liotard gave it to them.
Sierra High's Anthony Hall had never played free safety before Friday's crosstown clash with host East Union and its vaunted aerial attack.
East Union is 2-1.
RIPON - Cheyann Deprue said she took a conservative approach when Ripon teammate Kelsey Johnston set up the final play of the Indians' riveting Trans Valley League match with Escalon Tuesday.
WESTON RANCH - East Union had five open looks at Weston Ranch's goal within the first 15 minutes of the second half but couldn't build on its 2-0 halftime cushion.
RIPON - Ripon's defense was good for three quarters.
By the 30th minute of the Sierra-Ceres Valley Oak League showdown at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium, the visiting Bulldogs had taken just one shot.
Field turf. State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. Roomy press boxes with restrooms and elevator access. And scoreboards that can light up and entire town.
RIPON - Ripon Christian is still queen of Southern League volleyball.
Southern League champion Ripon Christian capped regular-season action Thursday with a 2-1 win over visiting Gustine. The victory is the seventh straight for the Knights (12-1-1 SL, 19-4-1 overall).
RIPON - The Ripon boys water polo team had shredded Valley Oak League competition leading up to Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale against Sonora, winning each contest by no less than seven goals.
Help is on the way for East Union and Weston Ranch, and just in time for their Week-9 Valley Oak League tussle at Dino Cunial Field.
Ripon can forget about that over-the-top pre-league schedule that led to its 1-4 start.
Mahir Pepic asked Manteca High head coach Rick Cuevas to bark out his time while nearing the 2-mile mark at the Eagal Lakes Resort 3.1-mile course.
Ripon showed no drop off with reserves getting ample playing time in Wednesday's three-game rout (25-11, 25-15, 25-12) of visiting Modesto Christian.
Manteca held its own against Central Catholic and nearly forced a fifth set in a 25-19, 13-25, 21-25, 24-26 Valley Oak League loss Tuesday in Modesto.
Ripon Christian secured the outright claim to the Southern League championship with Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Denair.
Vista del Lago and Christian Brothers players took turns taking pictures with their prizes on the 18th green at Manteca Park Golf Course.
Ripon had two golfers finish in the top 10 in Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament held at Micke Grove Golf Links, but both played their final round of the season.
It all comes down to Wednesday's winner-take-all Valley Oak League finale between cross-town foes Manteca and East Union.
East Union lined up in victory formation on its own 5, down 35-21 in the final seconds of its intra-city duel at Sierra's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Sealy McAdams and Elizabeth Tolbert's last two matches in Thursday's Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament held at East Union had entirely different endings.
Alyssa Burch hosted another block party at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Thursday.