RIPON - There were times Tuesday night when Ripon showed it could compete with once-beaten Riverbank.
Eric Broker fired 13 points, made all five of his free throws and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Ripon Christian's 51-29 win at Denair on Tuesday.
The awards keep pouring in for Alex Laurel and Billy Sharmoug, the Manteca Bulletin's 2013 All-Area Football Co-MVPs.
Ripon Christian's girls basketball team rolled to its seventh straight win Monday, crushing visiting Denair 71-28.
Sierra came oh-so-close to winning at East Union's Dalben Center the last time the intra-city rivals met.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday that former Weston Ranch High standout James Nunnally will likely sign a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
This may not be the veteran Sierra team that made the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III finals the last two years, but it is still Sierra.
Even in defeat, the East Union girls basketball team learned plenty about itself in Wednesday's Valley Oak League-opening contest with visiting Kimball.
Lathrop has qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section boys basketball playoffs just once (2012) in four years, while Kimball is oh-fer going into its fourth varsity season.
Ripon Christian was able to slow down Mariposa's top player.
With three starters sitting the first half of Sierra's final nonleague contest at Downey on Friday, the Timberwolves had some trouble getting untracked against the winless host team.
Every practice ended the same.
The Liberty Ranch boys basketball team trailed by 17 points in the first quarter, had its best player foul out late in the fourth and missed its final six-free throw attempts at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Monday.
Born into a volleyball family, the sport was destined to take Andie Shelton places.
There are two sides to Alyssa Cantu, Weston Ranch's groundbreaking wrestler who took second in the CIF State Girls Championships last month at the Visalia Convention Center.
Guss Schmiedt Field hasn't been too kind to Sierra's girls soccer team the last two years.
The Manteca High boys swim team outlasted host East Union 89-81 in a nip-and-tuck Valley Oak League meet Thursday.
East Union graduate Jason Cortez Jr. and Nico Lozada didn't take long to get acquainted in a co-feature bout for The Titans Cage 7 event held at McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento this past Saturday.
Ripon rallied for seven runs in the first two innings and never looked back in a 10-2 rout of host Riverbank on Tuesday.
The Sierra High boys track and field team are in line to capture its first Valley Oak League championship since 2011.
Desperate for a spark in the offensive third, Ripon coach Jamie DeBruyn has looked to a defender and a goalie for help as the Trans-Valley League race for three postseason berths heads down the final stretch.
Donning pink jerseys, Manteca blanked Lathrop 3-0 in the annual Kicking for the Cure game hosted at Guss Schmiedt Field on Tuesday night.
East Union may be peaking at just the right time.
Two big wins from the bottom half of its singles ladder propelled Manteca High's boys tennis team to a pivotal 6-3 win over visiting Sonora on Monday.
The area's two best offensive linemen along with two record-breaking skill position players have been selected to compete in the 41st Central California Lions All-Star Football Game.
Manteca and Oakdale both needed a win, so it's understandable why both were unsatisfied with Monday's result.
Oakdale capitalized on its opportunities and Sierra did not.
With two of their top contributors out, Sierra High's boys swimmers suffered their first defeat of the season by a 99-71 margin at Kimball of Tracy. Kimball's girls also won by the same score.
Ripon's defense hadn't given up more than two goals in a game all season until Friday.