The 2010-11 season was one of change for the Ripon Christian boys basketball team.
20 years ago: March 23, 1991 - Manteca High junior left-hander Paul Gutierrez held East Union High to one hit and earned a 3-1 win in the first baseball meeting between EU and MHS and the VOL opener for both teams yesterday. Rod McCleary got the lone Lancer hit, while Eric Simoni scored the only EU run.
Sharon Washington was one of the last Manteca High players to leave the locker room at Christian Brothers' Ron Limeberger Gym in Sacramento.
Goalkeepers hardly get the glory, but on Friday Sierra High goalkeeper Lia Unterholzner took advantage of that rare opportunity in an evenly-contested 1-1 tie with visiting crosstown rival East Union.
Things remained relatively close in the Valley Oak League swim meet between East Union and Sierra highs Friday in girls action, but stellar performances from Christina Ngo and Kara Hall helped the Timberwolves pull out the 99-71 win at East Union.
It was the only game played in the area - half of one anyway.
It took a little over 10 minutes for Sierra High standout Joanna Ortiz to make her presence felt, and when she did she didn't stop. Putting together a first-half hat trick to lift the Timberwolves over the host Manteca Buffaoloes 3-1 Wednesday in Valley Oak League play.
With players returning from various ailments and injuries, East Union High's girls soccer team had one last chance to prepare for its big Valley Oak League tussle with rival Sierra Friday.
Sierra High's rebuilding boys golf team appears to be on the right track.
The golf career of Ripon High senior Samantha Conway began with a skillless session of hitting a bucket of balls, but after four grueling seasons with the Indians, the constant improvements paid off when Conway was accepted to the University of Redlands.
The Manteca Buffaloes got dominant starting pitching from Matt Burrows and capitalized offensively on a Sonora miscue, opening the Valley Oak League baseball schedule with a 4-2 win over the Wildcats Tuesday at Manteca.
Sierra High's upstart softball team hoped to make a statement Tuesday when it opened the Valley Oak League season at Oakdale, home of the two-time defending champion.
Even with one of the most impressive individual rounds of the young season, East Union fell a few strokes short in a 206-209 loss to Oakdale in Valley Oak League play Tuesday.
The East Union and Manteca high school boys golf teams showed some rust in their first match back from spring break Monday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
For the first time in a few seasons, several of the teams in the Valley Oak League will begin the treacherous home-home series' with the chance of winning the championship. Sure, every year coaches tell their kids to play for a championship, only this season those coaches believe they have a shot.
STOCKTON - Although Weston Ranch never led in Friday's 15-12 non-league loss to visiting Summerville, the Cougars bounced back to erase an eight-run deficit and then cut a six-run lead in half but could not erase it altogether.
East Union softball coach Brian Goulart called his three sophomore pitchers "heroes" after the Lancers held off defending Modesto Metro Conference champion Gregori 13-10 in its home opener Thursday at Northgate Softball Complex.
The Manteca baseball team knows how to turn things around.
Joshua Patton, Hunter Johnson and Devin Nunez graced the interview stage at Sleep Train Arena, the senior stalwarts each donning the signature blue cap reserved for a Sac-Joaquin Section champion.
Former Sierra High pitcher and U.S. national team member Allie Walljasper is making the "ol' college try" look far too easy.
Ripon overcame an early three-run deficit by scoring five in the fifth and held off visiting Hilmar 7-6 to complete the season sweep of the Yellow Jackets on Thursday.
RIPON - The season came to a halt Wednesday for the Ripon Christian girls as they fell to visiting San Domenico in the CIF Northern California Regional Championships.
Leah Manuleleua is settling in nicely as the Manteca High girls soccer team's new target forward.
The past three days have been an exercise of control and focus for Scott Thomason and his history-making Sierra High boys basketball team.
STOCKTON - Jaelen Ragsdale lingered around the bench, shuffling between handshakes, high-fives and hugs from appreciative Cougar fans.
PALO CEDRO - Manteca High and senior guard Marcus Montano came to play on Wednesday night and proved they belonged in the CIF NorCal Division III boys basketball tournament.
Lathrop softball pitcher Samantha Fonseca struck out four and doled out three hits in the Spartan's 16-2 shellacking of visiting Sonora in a nonleague contest Wednesday.
In four years, the Manteca High girls soccer program has raised more than $25,000 for the American Cancer Society and ill-stricken families in the community.
TRACY - East Union has speed and power up and down the lineup and a trio of capable sophomore pitchers backed by a reliable defense.
Zach Horwood RBI fielder's choice in the top of the sixth inning was all Ripon needed in its Trans-Valley League opener at Hilmar.