DENAIR - The Ripon Christian Knights did all they could to ruin the Denair Coyotes homecoming celebration, but a lackluster third period proved to be too much to overcome in a disheartening 34-27 non-league loss.
When Alejandro Hernandez's header found the back of the net as time expired, it was simply the final blow in East Union's one-sided 2-0 victory over the visiting Manteca Buffaloes at Dino Cunial Field on the East Union High campus.
East Union High hasn't lost a Valley Oak League dual match since dropping one to rival Sierra in 2007 and continued its current streak of dominance Thursday with a 234-262 victory over third-place Manteca at Manteca Park Golf Course.
ANGELS CAMP - Sierra's cross country team has always taken the "It's not how you start, it's how you finish" approach, so with that in mind head coach Anthony Chapman isn't overly concerned with how his Timberwolves fared in the first of three Valley Oak League cluster meets at Frogtown Thursday.
RIPON - After Tuesday's nerve-wracking, five-game barnburner against Escalon, Ripon had what was a nice breather by comparison on Thursday.
The last time Manteca and Weston Ranch met on the court, it came down to the last match.
The East Union Lancers were seemingly on their way to keeping their season-long winning streak alive, but the Manteca High soccer frosh-soph squad had other plans, putting together a flawless second half for a come-from-behind 3-2 at Dino Cunial Field.
Sierra and East Union's freshman football squads played their opener Thursday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium. Results and game information will be printed in the Bulletin's Sunday edition.
Three months ago the Sierra Timberwolves didn't know who its starting quarterback would be.
East Union is 2-1.
Everything finally fell into place for the Sierra High volleyball team during a convincing 3-0 win over the Lathrop Spartans. Sierra was forced to put the lingering effects of back-to-back Valley Oak League losses out of its system and try and pull their unit back on the right track.
The Sierra High girls golf team got solid play from its top players and improved to an impressive 8-1 in Valley Oak League play with their home win over the Sonora Wildcats Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
RIPON – It didn't take Erik Anaya more than five minutes before he found the back of the net and give Ripon its early lead over the Hughson Huskies Wednesday afternoon.
Sierra High's sophomore volleyball team evened its Valley Oak League record to 3-3 with a 2-1 victory over the Lathrop Spartans. The Timberwolves and Spartans battled valiantly in the contest, yet it was Sierra who was able to pull out the win in the final game.
Brooke Riley stood shoulder to shoulder with a teammate, both staring down the third fairway at Manteca Park Golf Course.
LATHROP – Alfredo Reynaga hasn't wasted any time putting his stamp on the Lathrop High boys soccer program.
Weston Ranch isn't going to surprise anybody this year.
Ripon Christian has re-established itself as a force among Sac-Joaquin Section small-school powers following eight straight losing seasons.
The Ripon High boys soccer team didn't just lose the area's top player from a year ago.
Kevin Mendiola wheeled back with his right foot and took the ball off a bounce, sending it crashing into the back of the net.
An undefeated league record and a playoff win would be seen as successful for most teams. Ripon Christian did that in the 2013-2014 season, and for the Knights it was an off year.
In this her 10th year in the Sierra volleyball program, Timberwolves coach Trinity Johnson is looking to improve on last year's 1-13 Valley Oak League record – 3-19 overall – and she is not afraid to think outside the box to do it.
The Manteca Futbol Club Flash under-12 girls soccer team might not have a flashy Northern California ranking, but that could soon change.
It is not often that a team has momentum after graduating its core players, but the East Union volleyball team is riding high going into this year's Valley Oak League campaign.
Justin Coenenberg is calling all former Buffaloes to reunite at Manteca High's Guss Schmiedt Field this Friday.
There are some new volleyball coaches west of I-5 this year. Stacia Stricker will assume the reins at Weston Ranch and Pamela Adams is the new coach at Lathrop.
Alyssa Burch, Beth Aschenbrenner, Mildred Perez and Chelsea Bruch were all freshmen during the 2011-2012 volleyball season.
Alex Hernandez slowed to a jog and eventually a brisk walk while running sprints with his Manteca High soccer teammates on Thursday.