STOCKTON - Ryan Mackey has made it look easy, but he'll be the first to admit it hasn't been.
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.
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.