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.
Ricky Pacheco saw an opening and reacted.
Sierra sent the message early on when middle blocker Jaslynn Liotard stuffed Sonora's star hitter, Hannah Blume, to close the host Timberwolves in 5-8 Monday.
TRACY - Depray Celestine threw the first blow and landed the finisher in Tracy's 35-20 victory over Manteca Friday at Wayne Schneider Stadium.
For 20 minutes, Lathrop, competing in its first varsity season without seniors, hung tough.
Margaux Sheehan gave 2008 Sierra High graduate Julie Shutler someone to shoot for.
Sierra has been a lights-out team in the second half of its games so far this season.
LATHROP - Considering how hotly contested the first three games were, the deciding fourth, clinched easily by visiting East Union 25-10, was somewhat of a downer.
RIPON -Hilmar had the look of a team that had been there, done that in tight situations.
Weston Ranch clinched a second straight postseason berth with Monday's resounding 7-1 victory at Lathrop.
Jeff Harbison put his full trust in his players.
Sierra hasn't had a losing record since 2005, Jeff Harbison's first year as the school's head football coach, and advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs in five of the last six years.
That stunning loss to Orestimba appears to be in the rear-view mirror for Ripon Christian.
Ripon hadn't played a match away from familiar Stouffer Field in nearly three full weeks until it traveled to Hilmar on Thursday.
Ripon avenged a previous loss and put itself in a good position to return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with Thursday's 164-174 win over Linden at Jack Tone Golf Course.
The Southern League race has quietly developed into an intriguing one.
Pay no mind to Lathrop's record.
East Union is showing signs of peaking at just the right time.
Ripon Christian was shut out in the second halves of its first two Southern League games - a closer-than-it-needed-to-be 21-20 win over Orestimba followed by a 15-14 heartbreaker at Le Grand.
Ripon Christian visited Delhi on Tuesday and avenged its only Southern League loss with a 1-0 victory that keeps the Knights atop the standings.
Ripon overcame serving errors and a game Hughson squad in a Trans-Valley League road match Wednesday.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves' novice football team rode the legs of Elijah Cota in Saturday's overtime 25-19 victory over their cross-town rival Chargers.
Escalon got one step closer to clinching the Valley Foothill League's North Division championship Tuesday after beating second-place Ripon 160-175 at Escalon Golf Course.