Sierra and Ripon have tough draws to start the Sac-Joaquin Section boys soccer playoffs, but they like to think that their opponents do, too.
One program has more Sac-Joaquin Section titles than anyone, including the last two in Division V.
RIPON – As a sophomore, Isaac Norman still has a ways to go before he hits his full stride.
LATHROP - The Lathrop High sophomore squad closed out the season with a 20-0 loss to visiting Sacramento on Friday.
CERES – The Manteca High freshman football team took the opening possession in for a touchdown and never looked back, rolling to an easy Valley Oak League victory, 48-7, over Central Valley High.
OAKDALE - Sierra came into The Corral battered and bruised and left in even worse shape.
The effects of an emotionally-draining loss to Oakdale week ago plagued Manteca High over the first two quarters of play, but the second half was all Buffaloes in a 37-7 Valley Oak League win over the visiting Central Valley Hawks Friday.
RIPON – Every team strives to get all three of its major components firing on the same page: offense, defense and special teams.
CERES - East Union completed a sweep of Ceres Unified schools with a 29-15 victory over Ceres High Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
LATHROP – The young Spartans were once again left with the promise of better days ahead.
Manteca High senior Matt Barber is out for Friday's home game against Central Valley and could miss the regular-season finale on Nov. 13 against rival East Union after suffering a concussion in Oakdale last week.
Once the Manteca High volleyball team scored the final point of its third game victory over Sierra things changed in a hurry, giving the Timberwolves a season-sweep over the Buffaloes and a 3-1 Valley Oak League win over their crosstown rival.
The Manteca High junior varsity volleyball team closed out an impressive season with a 19-25, 25-16, 15-8 win at Sierra High.
RIPON – The Ripon High volleyball team gave a rowdy senior-night crowd plenty to cheer about during a three-game 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 sweep of the Escalon Cougars, giving the Indians their fifth Trans Valley League title in the past six years.
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.