RIPON - Ripon Christian's pitching depth has it in the thick of the Trans Valley League title hunt.
Sometimes all it takes in baseball to change the course of the game is a single swing of the bat.
WESTON RANCH – When the Weston Ranch Cougars opened their half of the seventh inning grabbing a Valley Oak League win seemed slim, but a ferocious last-inning comeback pushed Weston Ranch to a 6-5 come-from-behind win Friday.
RIPON - The next time Ripon High's soccer team meets Escalon and Hughson, it should have its fourth straight Trans Valley League championship already clinched.
The Manteca Buffaloes answered the first bell when they snatched the lead with a two-run third inning, but a pair of two-out RBI Ceres hits in the fifth provided the difference in a 5-2 Bulldog Valley Oak League win over the Buffaloes Friday at Manteca High.
STOCKTON – Tyler Scharnow's lights-out performance from the mound helped Weston Ranch shut down the Lathrop offense and cruise to a 14-2 five-inning victory Friday in a Valley Oak League makeup game.
FAIR OAKS - It was the distance runner's time to shine Friday for Sierra High's track and field team.
CERES – Sierra High scored three runs in the top half of the seventh and held Ceres High scoreless in its final at bat for a come-from-behind 7-6 win Friday in Valley Oak League action.
Sierra High shored up city bragging rights by beating rival host East Union 4-2 at Dino Cunial Field Thursday, but the third horse in town, Manteca, still has the upper hand in the Valley Oak League title race.
CERES – The Manteca Buffaloes made sure not to allow their recent Valley Oak League defeat to have any lingering effect, blowing past the Central Valley Hawks, 6-1, for their third consecutive win since a 3-0 loss to Sierra High April 15.
Andrew Bonner continued to lead by example, turning in a 3-under-par round of 34 to earn medalist honors in Ripon High's 200-226 victory over Manteca High Thursday in non-league action at Manteca Golf Course.
SONORA - The recent rain kept Manteca High's tennis team off the court for a couple days, and the Buffaloes had to play through a little drizzle in Thursday's match against defending Valley Oak League champion.
OAKDALE – Weston Ranch didn't get any favors from the weather when a rainout turned a home game against the defending Valley Oak League champions into a double-header at their yard, ending with the Cougars dealing with a pair of shutout defeats.
The weather conditions were far from ideal for golf.
The Madness in the Mother Lode All-Star Extravaganza will kick off Saturday evening and Sierra High boys basketball head coach Scott Thomason is set to lead one of the large schools all-star teams and seven Valley Oak League standouts.
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.