What started out to be a nip-and-tuck pitchers' duel got out of hand early at Manteca High's varsity baseball diamond Tuesday.
WESTON RANCH - Alexandra Alvarado didn't get to start the game, but she got to finish it.
Sierra High's girls soccer team kicked off the first of a brutal three-game stretch this week with Monday's 8-0 blowout of visiting Sonora.
RIPON - For a half, Ripon Christian's girls soccer team gave reigning Trans Valley League champion Ripon all it could handle at Park View Elementary Monday.
Sierra High's baseball team did all of its damage early and rode the arms of three pitchers the rest of the way in its 3-1 non-league win over visiting Stagg of Stockton Monday.
WESTON RANCH - Lathrop High's sophomore team needed just the 11 runs it racked up in the first inning, but the hits kept on coming in the Spartans' 30-0 shellacking of Weston Ranch in Monday's Valley Oak League opener.
TURLOCK – Over 40 teams showed up for the Al Brenda Athletic Club Invitational in Warrior Stadium on the California State University at Stanislaus campus, but Sierra High was one squad that did more than show up, winning the girls title and taking third in the boys competition.
CLOVIS – After a dominating showing from Jackie Ketner in East Union's nightcap against Clovis High, the long drive south seemed worth the trip after the Lancers salvaged a split with a 4-0 win over the Clovis Cougars Saturday.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Afure Jemerigbe had 14 points and nine steals as St. Mary's of Stockton clinched the Division III girls NorCal championship at Arco Arena with a 70-45 win over Sacramento Saturday.
Five area standouts will try to re-establish the North's dominance in this year's Lions All-Star Football Classic.
RIPON – Robbie De Vries took the mound in Ripon Christian's home opener and provided a masterful performance, going five innings and holding Hughson to one hit in a 4-1 Trans Valley League win Friday.
East Union High's boys and girls swim teams had a solid day in the pool Friday, defeating visiting Patterson and Ripon in a three-team dual.
RIPON - The boys singles showdown between Landon Tillema against Chris Kem had little effect on the team outcome, but it was the most tightly-contested match when Ripon Christian visited neighboring Ripon for a Trans Valley League meeting Friday.
RIPON - That was more like it.
STOCKTON – With a scheduling conflict that had Weston Ranch hosting Ceres High during the Bulldogs' spring break, the teams pushed up the date, but only Weston Ranch was ready to play in a 1-0 win Friday.
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.