The Sierra Timberwolves have reason to be thankful.
Shalane Jackson gave a nice glimpse of what to expect from her sophomore season, leading East Union High to a season-opening 49-34 win over the visiting Bear Creek Bruins Wednesday at the Dalben Center.
The loss of record-holding goal scorer Eric Cavanaugh had little effect on Ripon this season.
RIPON - Ripon Christian showed it more than deserved its berth into the CIF Northern California Division V State Volleyball Championships, yet the Knights were unable to extend their magical season after a four-game loss (11-25, 25-22, 13-25 and 18-25) to Castilleja of Palo Alto.
COTTONWOOD - The trip ended up being much longer than the match.
STOCKTON – The Weston Ranch Cougars had a strong sense of how they wanted their season to get underway, but the McNair Eagles had a different agenda beating the Cougars 54-50 in both teams' season opener.
Tiger Shelton sees Ripon Christian's first-round draw in the CIF State Northern California Championships as a good news-bad news proposition.
Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener between No. 8 Manteca and No. 9 Casa Roble at Guss Schmiedt Field didn't start out to be the game it was anticipated to be.
It was business as usual Friday for Sierra High.
TUOLOMNE - They call it the great equalizer.
DAVIS - Ripon Christian had not lost a postseason game, let alone a match, leading up to its Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship-round meeting against top-seeded Bradshaw Christian.
DAVIS - Ripon has proven time and again that it can beat Christian Brothers.
Eric Reis is a fan of the Sac-Joaquin Section's new playoff format.
Sierra will venture into familiar territory Friday when the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs kick off but will wear an unfamiliar target on its back.
In post-game huddles at opposite ends of Agostini Field, the coaching staffs for the Manteca and East Union baseball teams delivered the same message.
Sierra came out the gates amped for senior night Tuesday and scored the game's first two goals in just 13 minutes against the defending Valley Oak League champion Kimball.
STOCKTON – Peyton Rose struck out seven and allowed just one runner to third Tuesday to lead Manteca to a 6-0 win over host Weston Ranch in Valley Oak League softball action.
STOCKTON – Sierra belted 17 hits Tuesday and put up eight runs in the second inning and eight more in the seventh to pummel host Weston Ranch 16-1 in Valley Oak League baseball action.
OAKDALE – Barring a collapse at the Trans-Valley League Championship, the Ripon High boys golf team has assured itself at least a share of its third straight league crown.
Joshua Patton had a goal in mind when he first stepped foot on the Sierra High campus as a freshman.
Lucas Widmer had a giant pair of shoes to fill heading into his senior season the mat.
TRACY – Nick Sharp's game appears to be peaking at the right time.
A leadoff home run coupled with five more runs in the first two innings for East Union proved to be too much for Ripon to handle Saturday in the third annual Cancer Awareness softball game.
Olivia Vezaldenos has the type of talent not typically seen on the high school hardwood but more on blacktops and playgrounds.
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.
The East Union baseball team won't see Tokay and sophomore pitcher Nick Dentoni the rest of the season, and that's a good thing.
Guss Schmiedt Field hasn't been too kind to Sierra's girls soccer team the last two years.
Sierra standout Dakota Conners delivered on Thursday afternoon in Oakdale.
East Union sophomore Nick Rounsville missed an eagle putt and left a couple of birdies short during Thursday's 205-235 Valley Oak League victory over Manteca at the Manteca Park Golf Course.