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.
East Union proved to be a tough out once again for Sierra at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Walljasper era hasn't ended just yet for Sierra's softball team.
Three school records fell during a Valley Oak League meet at Sierra on Thursday. The Timberwolves boys team overwhelmed visiting Lathrop 113-31, and the girls won, 121-45.
Sierra overwhelmed undermanned Manteca in the first Valley Oak League swim meet of the season Tuesday.
The last time Delaney Pamplin faced Oakdale it was in the 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship game.
East Union did what Sierra hopes to achieve by the end of the boys golf season.
Four area wrestling standouts returned home from Fresno with distinct trophies this weekend.
Leah Manuleleua recorded a hat trick for a third straight game, and the Manteca High girls soccer team dominated from start to finish 9-0 rout of visiting Weston Ranch on Monday.
Sierra scored more goals in four hours Friday than it did in six games through the first two weeks of the season.
Manteca High's softball team made quick work of its first two opponents in the Jackson Lions Club Tournament on Friday thanks to the stellar pitching of sophomore Haighley Kissee and an explosive offensive effort.
East Union softball coach Brian Goulart called his three sophomore pitchers "heroes" after the Lancers held off defending Modesto Metro Conference champion Gregori 13-10 in its home opener Thursday at Northgate Softball Complex.
Ripon overcame an early three-run deficit by scoring five in the fifth and held off visiting Hilmar 7-6 to complete the season sweep of the Yellow Jackets on Thursday.
Leah Manuleleua is settling in nicely as the Manteca High girls soccer team's new target forward.
TRACY - East Union has speed and power up and down the lineup and a trio of capable sophomore pitchers backed by a reliable defense.
Ripon Christian had several key contributors from its 2014 Sac-Joaquin Section championship club graduate, and it competed through a tough nonleague schedule with a depleted roster with many players still competing for the school's basketball team.