RIPON - Daniel Van De Pol picked the perfect time to break out of a slump.
It didn't take Ashley Rose very long to find her effective range.
ESCALON - The only thing that could slow Manteca High down was a running clock.
ESCALON - Fresh off winning its own Block M Tournament, the Manteca High sophomore boys basketball team ended its non-league schedule with a resounding 71-50 victory over host Escalon.
COSUMNES OAKS - The Weston Ranch High sophomore boys basketball team claimed third place Saturday at the Cosumnes Oaks Tournament with a 62-55 win over Laguna.
CARMICHAEL - Ripon Christian took third place overall Saturday at the Victory Christian Tournament with a 61-44 win over Highlands.
TRACY - Although Manteca could have very easily participated in the championship game of the Tracy Winter Holiday Classic Saturday evening, the Buffaloes faced a stiff test in Livingston in the fifth-place game, nonetheless.
It was season of many firsts for the Sierra High football team.
RIPON - Briona Fontenot and Katrina Camara both had big night's for the East Union sophomore girls basketball team Friday night in a 49-33 win over Ripon.
TRACY – It didn't take long for Manteca High to show the Buhach Colony Thunder who rules the hardwood.
Sierra High head coach Scott Thomason was sporting an ear-to-ear grin following the T'Wolves' home tilt against Beyer Friday night, and for good reason.
RIPON - East Union High had one streak ended, but the one that matters is still alive.
5. Ripon serves up history
Manteca freshman girls basketball coach Kym Gause had the unique opportunity to coach a pair of games Thursday night as Mary Ann Tolbert was unable to make it to the sophomore contest, and Gause filled in well, leading the sophomore Buffs to a 55-30 win over Lathrop.
TRACY - It was a game that Manteca led nearly from wire to wire, but in the end a few crucial categories spelled doom for the Buffaloes Thursday night at West High in a 67-62 loss to Golden Valley.
STOCKTON - The blond streak in Esteban Paramo's hair may have started as a personal statement of style, but it's come to symbolize something much bigger.
Sierra played perfect defense from the second minute to the 78th Monday against visiting East Union.
Brooke Riley shot an even-par 37 to lead East Union's 246-288 win over Manteca at Manteca Park Golf Course. Monday's win moves the Lancers to 5-0 in the Valley Oak League.
RIPON – After an explosive defensive Ripon Christian start left the visiting Orestimba Wildcats wearing roller-skates and its fleet-footed gunslinger struggling to breathe, the Southern League opener at Stouffer Field Friday night looked like an exercise in futility.
LATHROP - When the going got tough, Kristen Maestretti and the Sierra volleyball team got going Thursday in their Valley Oak League match at Lathrop.
East Union proved Thursday night that it can be a threat in the hunt for Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths, dropping a well-contested four-game loss to visiting Kimball at Dalben Center.
Ripon High's boys water polo team is again short on numbers, and its top player has graduated after leading the program with his scoring prowess in its first four years of existence.
MARIPOSA - At 6-foot-5 with a super-stretch wingspan, Lukas Vermeulen cuts an imposing figure in the goal.
McKenna Doyle set the curve and the Sierra girls golf team followed suit in a 243-395 Valley Oak League victory over Weston Ranch.
Could a changing of the guard be in order in the Southern League?
STOCKTON - After a scoreless first half Weston Ranch hit two goals in a minute early in the second half and went on to a 3-1 Valley Oak League soccer win over visiting Lathrop.
East Union was 40 minutes away from securing a huge Valley Oak League victory on the road Wednesday against Oakdale.
Ripon ended its nonleague schedule strong, as it crushed visiting Tokay of Lodi 25-22, 25-14, 25-15 on Wednesday.
Brooke Riley carded a 1-under 36 on Manteca Park Golf Course's front nine to anchor East Union's tightly-contested 251-256 victory over visiting Kimball on Wednesday.
STOCKTON – One suffered a flat last week, stalling out in Modesto. The other has taken a while to warm up.