RIPON – Ripon Christian's basketball squad could not have opened its first-round California Interscholastic Federation State boys Championships game against Liberty Christian any better, but its perfect start could not have been more misleading, as the Knights fell 76-73 in overtime Tuesday for a season-ending loss.
West High's softball team didn't waste any time pushing two run across the plate and that wouldn't be all the Wolf Pack would tally in an 11-2 non-league victory over the host Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday.
It would be impossible for longtime Sierra High head baseball coach Jack Thomson's work with the Timberwolves baseball program to go unnoticed, and it hasn't, as the Sierra skipper was honored as one of the California Interscholastic Federation's Model Coach Award winners Tuesday.
The Sierra High varsity volleyball team will be under new guidance for the first time since 1994 after naming Trinity Johnson as the new volleyball coach recently.
GALT – The Ripon Christian girls basketball team closed a fourth-quarter deficit to one on a pair of free throws from Mikaela Alger with 2:38 remaining, but the Knights could only manage two points the rest of the way in its 55-45 Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament-ending loss to Turlock Christian Tuesday.
STOCKTON – Alex Nuanez didn't just punch the first ticket to the California Interscholastic Federation Championships in Sierra High's school history, he did it in style. Nuanez destroyed Steven Arrambide of Vintage High with a second-round pin to close out the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament with a third-place finish in the 171-pound division.
FOLSOM – Ernie Pimentel nailed a 3-pointer with 15.8 remaining to pull Manteca High within six, but that would be as close as the Buffaloes would come in its 68-62 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Championship loss to Vista del Lago Friday.
ELK GROVE – Amanda Boersma gave Wilton Christian a second-chance after squandering a last-second layup opportunity in regulation, but she made up for it in overtime, leading Ripon Christian to a 51-43 overtime upset win in the second-round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V girls basketball championships Thursday.
Only a select few are still dropping perspiration on the mats in hopes of continuing a season-long journey. For some the journey has been a success by still being alive, but for one of the highly-touted wrestlers in the Sac-Joaquin Section, anything short of a title would be a letdown.
Clipping a double-digit deficit to five points to close out the third period seemingly put the Rio Americano girls basketball team in position to continue its season. Yet a perfectly executed defensive shutout in the fourth quarter proved to be the end of the Raider's year in their 54-43 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Tournament loss to East Union Tuesday at the Dalben Center.
Four area wrestlers closed out the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Wrestling Championships with an opportunity to win titles, but all came up short yet will continue their season by advancing to the Masters Wrestling Tournament next weekend in Stockton.
WESTON RANCH – With only 3.2 seconds remaining and the Sierra Timberwolves clutching onto a one-point lead, Weston Ranch senior Nate Moises strolled to the line with an opportunity to be a hero.
All of the extra batting sessions, fielding drills and even the blisters on her hands have finally paid off for East Union High senior Cherie DeJesus. She signed her letter of intent to become a student-athlete for Central Arizona College Thursday.
Tyler Bylow was one of six seniors to take the court for the East Union Lancers on senior night, but Bylow shined brightest with a huge 22-point effort against the winless Lathrop Spartans in a 64-41 Valley Oak League win Wednesday at the Dalben Center.
RIPON – Ripon Christian's varsity girls basketball team fought off every blowout attempt that visiting rival Ripon threw its way, yet the Knights could not fight off their second Trans Valley League loss to the Indians in a 60-46 defeat Tuesday.