With just over a minute left on the clock, every second that ticked away seemed like an eternity for the Sierra Timberwolves Tuesday.
RIPON – Matt Ratto has already shaken off of the early season cobwebs.
PATTERSON - Patterson's Cassie Coble buried six of seven free throws and pumped in 12 of the Tigers' 26 fourth-quarter points to upend Manteca 59-53 Tuesday.
After struggling offensive in the first half, Sierra High's sophomore boys basketball team came alive in the third quarter behind a stifling defensive effort to knock off visiting Lodi 40-39 in its season opener Tuesday.
MODESTO – Davis High outscored Manteca in the second quarter closing the halftime deficit to a point, but a 21-6 run to open the second half provided the distance in the Buffaloes' 77-60 Modesto City Classic championship win over the Spartans Saturday at Enochs High.
RIVERBANK - The Ripon Christian Knights remained undefeated and closed out the Ron Peterson Tipoff Classic with a tournament title in a 61-50 win over the host Riverbank Bruins.
FAIR OAKS - Third-seeded Sierra struck 13 seconds into its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal showdown against No. 2 Del Campo.
FAIR OAKS - There weren't a whole lot of smiles in the congregation that formed around the end zone following Sierra's 39-10 loss to Del Campo at Cougar Canyon Friday.
MODESTO – Scoring doesn't seem like it will be a problem for East Union freshman Jordan Kron, as he continued an impressive start to his high school career with his third consecutive 20-point outing in the Lancers' 80-55 win over the Buhach Colony Thunder Friday.
VALLEJO – The Manteca High girls basketball team bounced back from a three-point loss Thursday with an impressive 81-26 blowout over Deanza High.
ELK GROVE – The Sierra High Timberwolves rebounded from a tough first round loss in the Elk Grove Tournament with a strong performance in a 67-46 win over Florin High.
Ripon High captured its fourth straight Trans Valley League title this season and with it the conference's Most Valuable Player award in as many years.
MODESTO – Manteca High is just trying to get better each time it takes the court, and the Buffaloes seem to be doing just that with another impressive outing in their second round 90-70 win over Johansen in the Modesto City Classic Thursday at Enochs High.
MODESTO - Ripon wasn't always sharp on offense, but it more than made up for it on the defensive end during its Big Valley Christian Tournament opener Thursday.
WESTON RANCH - Weston Ranch High's Tony Gomes lost a tough 6-4 decision in the first match at 171 pounds Thursday night.
That stunning loss to Orestimba appears to be in the rear-view mirror for Ripon Christian.
Ripon hadn't played a match away from familiar Stouffer Field in nearly three full weeks until it traveled to Hilmar on Thursday.
Ripon avenged a previous loss and put itself in a good position to return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with Thursday's 164-174 win over Linden at Jack Tone Golf Course.
The Southern League race has quietly developed into an intriguing one.
Pay no mind to Lathrop's record.
Ripon Christian visited Delhi on Tuesday and avenged its only Southern League loss with a 1-0 victory that keeps the Knights atop the standings.
Ripon overcame serving errors and a game Hughson squad in a Trans-Valley League road match Wednesday.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves' novice football team rode the legs of Elijah Cota in Saturday's overtime 25-19 victory over their cross-town rival Chargers.
Escalon got one step closer to clinching the Valley Foothill League's North Division championship Tuesday after beating second-place Ripon 160-175 at Escalon Golf Course.
Weston Ranch beat East Union at its own game in a duel between the Valley Oak League's hottest teams Monday at Dino Cunial Field.
Coming off a tough five-game loss to rival Escalon, Ripon bounced back nicely with Monday's 25-13, 25-10, 25-23 sweep at Modesto Christian.
East Union's Edmi Lopez is a Timberwolf slayer.
Ripon Christian's boys soccer team overcame a halftime deficit, and Andrew Manes nailed the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute to knock off host Le Grand 2-1 on Thursday.
The Manteca and East Union volleyball teams split their first two sets Wednesday before the visiting Lancers atoned for an earlier season sweep and pulled away to win the next two for a 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17 win in Valley Oak League action at Winter Gymnasium.
East Union co-head coaches Brian Goulart and Dennis Wells figured this was the year that the Lancers' run of championships in the Sierra Invitational would end.