LATHROP – In the opening stages of Lathrop High's nonleague contest with the Ripon Indians, Lathrop looked evenly matched with the Ripon, holding the lead for the game's first four innings. Ripon eventually took over in a major way, closing its 17-2 win with 14 runs in the last two at bats.
Sierra High wasted little time jumping out on the host Tokay Tigers, pushing across a pair of runs in their first at bat on their way to a 5-2 win over the Tigers Wednesday.
The Valley Oak League schedule got underway Tuesday, and Sierra High did everything it needed to do to open the season with a win. Its match with Kimball High finished in a tie, resorting to a tie-breaker method that left Sierra coping with the loss at Uninon Road Tennis Courts.
No seniors, no problem.
The heartbreaking finish to the 2009-10 season has been erased from the minds of Ripon Christian's seniors.
It was business as usual through a quarter of play in No. 12 Weston Ranch's NorCal opener against fifth-seeded host Burlingame Tuesday.
The East Union baseball team fell behind six runs in the first five innings, setting a 7-1 loss to the Tracy Bulldogs in motion Tuesday in Tracy.
Manteca High's softball team played a little longer than it should have in its 20-7 rout of Downey in Modesto Tuesday.
After having impressive win streaks snapped in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs last week, the Ripon Christian and Weston Ranch boys basketball teams will have the opportunity to bounce back in the first round of the NorCal tournament today.
After recording three assists in last Thursday's non-league win over Hilmar, freshman Isela Rivera continued the impressive start to her high school career Monday against defending San-Joaquin Athletic Association champion Lodi.
RIPON - Realignment has rendered the Ripon-Ripon Christian baseball rivalry meaningless in terms of conference and playoff implications.
Former Ripon High star and two-time Bulletin All-Area MVP Justin Graham is enjoying his best year at San Jose State as a senior and was rewarded for it Sunday.
Ripon High topped all other public-school boys golf programs in the Lincoln Tournament Monday, placing fourth overall at Brookside Country Club in Stockton.
Melvin Allen's overall stats hardly stand out, but he definitely earned notice in some of Weston Ranch's biggest games during the Valley Oak League season.
The Manteca High girls basketball team appears to be back on the rise after a decade-long championship rout.
Modesto Christian limited Ripon to just four hits, but the Indians took advantage of seven walks and five errors to post a 9-6 Trans-Valley League baseball win in Salida on Tuesday.
LATHROP - Practice makes perfect.
The Ripon High coed tennis team got clutch victories from its doubles tandems, and the Indians ended visiting Escalon's Trans-Valley League win streak at 88 with a 5-4 stunner last Friday.
After Monday's results in the Valley Oak League, East Union is once again the team everyone else is chasing.
Behind the catcher's mask and all that armor, Jake Souza is a modern-day knight picked to help lead Sierra High's conquest.
Greg Jones knocked in four runs Friday for Manteca and was a home run shy of the cycle as the Buffaloes tallied 11 hits in a 9-4 win over visiting Weston Ranch to wrap up a home-and-home sweep of the Cougars in Valley Oak League baseball action.
East Union's week of heartbreaking losses ended with yet another on Friday.
Manteca's softball team came out swinging in Friday's Valley Oak League contest at Oakdale.
Sierra's swimmers are beginning to peak, though it didn't show in the final outcome of their Valley Oak League dual meet with host Oakdale on Friday.
Matt Rose shot a three-over par 40 to lead the Sierra Timberwolves past rival Manteca in a three-way Valley Oak League golf match at the Manteca Park Golf Course on Thursday.
As assistant coach, Vic DeAnda got to see the Sierra's two best softball pitchers go through the program over the past eight years.
The Sierra boys tennis team exacted revenge against visiting cross-town foe East Union on Thursday, winning 5-4 despite dropping the first three singles matches.
Central Valley Monarcas Academy's newly-added under-14 girls Pride is off and running after winning its first NorCal Premier Spring League match.
Last year, the Ripon Indians swept Escalon in the two-game series decided by one runs.
The Sierra and Oakdale boys track and field teams battled to a rare draw in a Valley Oak League dual meet on Thursday.