LATHROP – Striking out the side in the first inning usually will give your team a good chance at winning, but Michael Pereznegron's such feat was sandwiched in between a couple of walks and a badly played fly ball, getting Cosumnes Oaks High out to a quick start in its 17-4 win over Lathrop Thursday.
When the CIF State Wrestling Championships begin at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield Friday, two area wrestlers will be on hand to try and accomplish a feat that every wrestler in the state opened the season pursuing. Ripon High's Travis Smith and Sierra High's Alex Nuanez are the area's last two standing.
SACRAMENTO - The Weston Ranch boys basketball team couldn't slay the Dragons, and the biggest and baddest of them all was slowed only by early foul trouble.
In a match between two of the more decorated programs in the Sac-Joaquin Section, the Manteca Buffaloes were able to use a strong team-wide effort to cruise past the Central Catholic Raiders 5-4 Wednesday in nonleague action.
RIPON – Ripon Christian was able to strike first against old Trans Valley League foe Ripon High, but the host Knights were unable to keep the upper hand, falling 3-1 on Wednesday.
GALT - For 19 consecutive games the Ripon Christian Knights have been able to conquer any task, but the Vacaville Christian defensive pressure was simply a challenge too great in the Knights' 71-63 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V semifinal loss Tuesday.
The 2011 Home Run Derby between Manteca High baseball standouts Matt Burrows and Daniel Miramontes is officially underway.
The East Union Lancers couldn't have asked for a better start to their 2011 baseball season.
After suffering its first loss of the season to Pitman Extreme Spring Tournament host Pitman High of Turlock in the championship match Saturday, East Union returned the favor in non-league action Tuesday.
Ripon High's boys basketball team had third-seeded Colfax right where it wanted it down by just one at halftime of Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV quarterfinal playoff game.
The net-cutting ceremony in high school basketball is one usually reserved for the final regular-season home games for league championship teams.
Dylan DeBrouwer got Sierra High's baseball team started on the right track Monday, anchoring a combined no-hitter in the Timberwolves' 4-1 season-opening win over visiting Livingston Monday.
East Union's girls soccer team doesn't have to wait long to avenge its first loss of the season.
STIOCKTON – The objective was simple. Make it to Bakersfield. Only two area wrestlers were able to earn that right as Sierra High's Alez Nuanez and Ripon High's Travis Smith advanced with sixth place finishes Saturday during the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters at the Stockton Arena.
LEMOORE - Juliana Triplett will always be able to say that she was one of the 14 first-ever CIF State Champion girl wrestlers after bringing the 165-pound title back to Ripon with a perfect 5-0 run through the girls state tournament in Lemoore Saturday.
Riverbank worked its late-game magic yet again, and it helped the Bruins garner at least a share of the Trans-Valley League title Tuesday when they edged Ripon in overtime, 44-43.
RIPON - In a Trans-Valley League tilt between two guard-oriented teams, it was the two "bigs" who made all the difference for Ripon on Tuesday.
Tonight, Manteca High will play for much more than a share of first place in the Valley Oak League.
Lathrop High's Alex Garcia and Tristan Smith of Ripon are both rated No. 3 in their respective weight classes, according to The California Wrestler's Sac-Joaquin Section rankings.
Aysia Cortez of Venture/Excel Academy won the 126-pound championship Saturday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Regional Invitational at McNair High in a thrilling 13-11 overtime match with Miranda Lamela of Pacheco-Los Banos.
Ripon High defeated visiting Modesto High on Saturday 35-20 in non-league girls' basketball action.
Garbage time does not apply to Sierra's boys basketball team.
Aysia Cortez and Mia Hill both went undefeated in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Regional Invitational held at McNair High in Stockton on Friday. They are among the six Manteca-area grapplers still in the hunt for top-five spots and a berth to the CIF State Championships.
Ripon Christian three-sport athlete Kyle Colyn has signed a letter of intent to play golf at Dordt College in the fall.
Manteca High wanted to send a message to the pundits keeping close watch on the Sac-Joaquin Section's boys basketball scene.
Things just got a little more interesting in the Trans-Valley League after Ripon Christian was dealt its first conference loss Friday at Riverbank, 70-60.
RIPON - Nicole Graham's 3-pointer drew Ripon Christian within two points of Riverbank with 1:10 left in the in the fourth quarter Thursday. She followed that up with a steal, but the Knights would not score again as the Bruins went home with a 34-31 win in Trans-Valley League girls basketball action.
Leah Manuleleua put a positive spin on what she called a "frustrating" night for herself and the Manteca girls basketball team.
LATHROP - The East Union High Lancers dictated Thursday's Valley Oak League game at Lathrop by unleashing pressure defense.
Lathrop's last three baskets from the field were from beyond the 3-point arc and with the shot clock running down on each shot, keeping host East Union from mounting a late comeback as the Spartans left Dalben Center with a 65-55 Valley Oak League boys basketball victory Wednesday.