RIPON - Ripon Christian garnered its fourth league championship in five years Friday night, but no one would blame the Knights for relishing this one a little more than the rest.
Lathrop couldn't overcome a lackluster start in a 61-44 loss to visiting Kimball on Friday.
Jim Agostini sauntered back into Winter Gymnasium alongside assistant coach Rick Marsh, and as the door closed behind them their East Union girls basketball team could be heard celebrating a much-needed 58-48 win over Manteca on Thursday.
Elisabeth Alexander found her stroke early and never lost it.
Sierra has a way of making ugly wins look good.
Sophomore guard Tre Simmons made five 3s and led all scorers with 23 points, as playoff-bound Weston Ranch rolled past visiting East Union 70-30 Wednesday.
Riverbank worked its late-game magic yet again, and it helped the Bruins garner at least a share of the Trans-Valley League title Tuesday when they edged Ripon in overtime, 44-43.
RIPON - In a Trans-Valley League tilt between two guard-oriented teams, it was the two "bigs" who made all the difference for Ripon on Tuesday.
Lathrop High's Alex Garcia and Tristan Smith of Ripon are both rated No. 3 in their respective weight classes, according to The California Wrestler's Sac-Joaquin Section rankings.
Garbage time does not apply to Sierra's boys basketball team.
Aysia Cortez and Mia Hill both went undefeated in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Regional Invitational held at McNair High in Stockton on Friday. They are among the six Manteca-area grapplers still in the hunt for top-five spots and a berth to the CIF State Championships.
Things just got a little more interesting in the Trans-Valley League after Ripon Christian was dealt its first conference loss Friday at Riverbank, 70-60.
Leah Manuleleua put a positive spin on what she called a "frustrating" night for herself and the Manteca girls basketball team.
MODESTO - Central Catholic coach Mike Wilson had three different players match up with Joshua Patton, Sierra's 6-foot-8 standout heading to Sacramento State.
Hard-luck Ripon suffered its fourth loss in five games Tuesday, as a layup to tie it in the end was off the mark in a 49-47 loss to Hughson.
Manteca's softball team came out swinging in Friday's Valley Oak League contest at Oakdale.
Sierra's swimmers are beginning to peak, though it didn't show in the final outcome of their Valley Oak League dual meet with host Oakdale on Friday.
As assistant coach, Vic DeAnda got to see the Sierra's two best softball pitchers go through the program over the past eight years.
The Sierra boys tennis team exacted revenge against visiting cross-town foe East Union on Thursday, winning 5-4 despite dropping the first three singles matches.
The Sierra and Oakdale boys track and field teams battled to a rare draw in a Valley Oak League dual meet on Thursday.
The fun is about to start for Manteca High's girls soccer team.
Ripon didn't need to wait long to find out where it stands in the Trans-Valley League.
Coming off a loss at Oakdale, East Union's boys golf team got back on track Tuesday by routing Manteca 219-275 at Manteca Park Golf Course.
The Ripon boys and girls swim teams tallied their first wins in the Valley Oak League season Tuesday, toppling visiting Weston Ranch. The Indians won every race.
Joshua Patton was named All-Valley Oak League MVP for a second straight season, only this time he gets to share the honor with a friend.
After ruling the Southern League for three of its four years there, Ripon Christian's boys basketball team returned to the Trans-Valley League this past winter to reign over its longtime traditional rivals.
East Union's baseball team wrapped up its final pre-league contest with a heartbreaking 3-2 victory to host Tracy at Monte Vista Middle School, but head coach Dan Triglia was encouraged by the defeat on Monday.
RIPON - Kevin Tameling cobbled together an ambitious nonleague schedule for Ripon Christian's girls soccer team and who can blame him?
The Manteca High boys tennis team earned its dinner Friday night after capping a busy four-match week with a 6-3 victory at Kimball in a battle of the Valley Oak League's top two teams.
Manteca and host Oakdale were locked in a pitchers' duel through four innings of their Valley Oak League contest on Friday.