Perhaps the ninth time will be the charm for Ripon High.
Effort wasn't the issue in Manteca and visiting Ripon's annual Foundation Game showdown Monday.
Twenty two-year-old Brett Lewis' debut as East Union High's varsity boys basketball head coach went smoothly.
RIPON – The Notre Dame Spirits fought valiantly to keep their 2009 season alive, but the Ripon Indians would have no such thing, finishing off the Spirits' season by winning in four in the CIF State Volleyball Championship semi-finals at Ripon High.
FRESNO – Only a select few had the privilege of grinding out another race during t the CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park Saturday and Sierra High senior John Bowers was the only Manteca area athlete to make the cut.
On the last big play of a game full of them, Jarrod Daniels made a statement while sealing Sierra High's thrilling 40-39 victory over No. 6 Benicia Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Offense might win games, but it was defense that allowed Sierra to hold off a prolific Benicia passing attack that was unlike anything the team has seen so far this year.
It's one thing to run the opposing team's offense during scout-team practice, and it's another guiding a team to a second-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Football playoff victory.
Fortunes have followed the Ripon High volleyball team for the majority of its 2009 season, but the squads' blessings took new heights when its second-round opponent, Notre Dame High of Salinas, knocked off No. 2 seed Salesian, handing the Indians home court advantage for the CIF NorCal Championship match Saturday.
The Sierra Timberwolves have reason to be thankful.
Shalane Jackson gave a nice glimpse of what to expect from her sophomore season, leading East Union High to a season-opening 49-34 win over the visiting Bear Creek Bruins Wednesday at the Dalben Center.
The loss of record-holding goal scorer Eric Cavanaugh had little effect on Ripon this season.
RIPON - Ripon Christian showed it more than deserved its berth into the CIF Northern California Division V State Volleyball Championships, yet the Knights were unable to extend their magical season after a four-game loss (11-25, 25-22, 13-25 and 18-25) to Castilleja of Palo Alto.
COTTONWOOD - The trip ended up being much longer than the match.
Sean Broker poured in 18 points, and Ripon Christian held off the hot-shooting Hawks of visiting Delhi for a 63-50 win in Southern League action.
Delhi's girls basketball team put up a fight against visiting Ripon Christian in the first quarter, trailing 10-6 at one point on Tuesday.
Chris Teevan has no qualms about putting the weight of Weston Ranch's rebuilding boys basketball program on the back of 5-foot-8, 150-pound sophomore Jaelen Ragsdale.
MODESTO – Lathrop's Jasmine Ivey and Sierra's Victoria Burke both took home Enochs Lady Eagles Invitational titles Saturday for each of their pooled weight brackets.
Weston Ranch has gone on a hot streak since adding a couple of players to its roster.
Sonora did enough damage in the first half to win 50-40 despite making just two field goals over the final two quarters of Friday's Valley Oak League matchup at Sierra.
RIPON – Despite senior guard Chase DePrue leading Ripon with 10 points during Friday night's 74-27 loss against powerhouse Modesto Christian, it was fellow senior Derek Hickman who had the highlight of the night in front of the Indians' home crowd.
Weston Ranch is all alone at the top of the Valley Oak League standings after a lopsided 67-30 victory on the road against Oakdale Friday night.
The Sierra-Weston Ranch boys basketball rivalry has reached the college ranks.
LATHROP - Trailing Lathrop by a point and with no timeouts left, Weston Ranch head coach Chris Teevan put all his chips on baby-faced Jaelen Ragsdale.
Sierra didn't play its best half of basketball during Thursday's Valley Oak League matchup against visiting Kimball of Tracy.
East Union put itself in a solid position to steal a Valley Oak League victory on the road against struggling Oakdale Thursday night.
The Ripon Christian basketball squad kept it in cruise control during Thursday's Southern League matchup on the road against Le Grand.
Sierra wrestling coach Alex Nuanez had a heart-to-heart chat with fourth-year senior Jonah Treltas before the Timberwolves' pivotal Valley Oak League match with visiting Kimball on Wednesday.
Manteca junior Chelsea Gomez was all over the hardwood Wednesday night.