For the fourth straight season, in-town rivals Ripon and Ripon Christian are in the Sac-Joaquin Section's final-four round.
Manteca head coach Eric Reis tried to anticipate whom his team would face in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs, narrowing it down to a handful of candidates.
FOLSOM – Those who were running in the Sac-Joaquin Section Cross Country meet had already outlasted most of the high school distance runners, but that was not enough for Sierra High senior John Bowers who extended his season with a berth in the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.
The Manteca High freshman football team used three second quarter touchdowns to blow past East Union High 56-0 in the Valley Oak League's final contest for the season.
When the Sierra High sophomore football team took care of business in a 28-0 thrashing of the Weston Ranch Cougars they had no idea what its reward would be.
Sierra High knew what it had to do to close out its Valley Oak League season, and there was nothing the Weston Ranch Cougars could do about it during a 35-14 league championship clinching victory at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
No banners. No ceremonies.
Marquis Miller had a personal goal of scoring five touchdowns.
RIPON – After getting beat 11 straight times, it's safe to say that there's going to be a little bit of intimidation.
CERES - The third time was not the charm for Sierra.
ROCKLIN – It took more than 30 matches, but the Sierra High No. 1 doubles team finally met defeat during the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Girls Individual Tennis Tournament Thursday in Rocklin.
MODESTO – In what seemed like record time, the Ripon Christian volleyball team showed up to Big Valley Christians gym and ruined what was a terrific season when the Knights pulled off a second-round 3-0 upset of the hosts Lions.
RIPON – Things looked like business as usual for the Ripon High volleyball team as it continued steadfast on is mission for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title with a 3-0 straight-sets win over Orestimba High.
Jeff Harbison opened his postgame speech at Oakdale High with a simple statement that he repeated during an interview with the media.
CERES - East Union High's 1-2 backfield punch of Paul Fajardo and Steven Gigli shined in the Squires' 41-33 shootout victory over Ceres Friday to even their Valley Oak League record to 3-3.
Sealy McAdams and Elizabeth Tolbert's last two matches in Thursday's Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament held at East Union had entirely different endings.
Alyssa Burch hosted another block party at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Thursday.
Orestimba scored the first and final goals, but Ripon Christian did more than enough damage in between to leave Newman with a 5-2 victory and at least a share of the Southern League championship.
Injury-hampered Ripon gave up two second-half goals by Ulises Ramirez on set pieces and are now in danger of not repeating as league champions no thanks to Thursday's 2-0 loss at Escalon.
Gerardo Romero scored two goals and assisted another in East Union's 4-1 triumph at Sierra on Wednesday.
Weston Ranch's coronation looked as if it was going to be delayed.
Manteca had two game-point opportunities in an attempt to force a fifth set against visiting Weston Ranch but came up short in a 20-25, 25-27, 25-16, 30-32 defeat Wednesday.
East Union won the Valley Oak League title and Brooke Riley is the MVP.
Tuesday's Trans-Valley League rematch against Ripon was sure to have been circled on Riverbank's calendar.
TRACY - The road to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs just got a little longer for the East Union volleyball team.
Kevin Bolding summed up Manteca's trip to Oakdale as a "tough night."
Sierra just missed out on having another finalist in the Valley Oak League Singles Tournament.
RIPON -Hilmar had the look of a team that had been there, done that in tight situations.
Weston Ranch clinched a second straight postseason berth with Monday's resounding 7-1 victory at Lathrop.
That stunning loss to Orestimba appears to be in the rear-view mirror for Ripon Christian.