With just over a minute left on the clock, every second that ticked away seemed like an eternity for the Sierra Timberwolves Tuesday.
RIPON – Matt Ratto has already shaken off of the early season cobwebs.
PATTERSON - Patterson's Cassie Coble buried six of seven free throws and pumped in 12 of the Tigers' 26 fourth-quarter points to upend Manteca 59-53 Tuesday.
After struggling offensive in the first half, Sierra High's sophomore boys basketball team came alive in the third quarter behind a stifling defensive effort to knock off visiting Lodi 40-39 in its season opener Tuesday.
MODESTO – Davis High outscored Manteca in the second quarter closing the halftime deficit to a point, but a 21-6 run to open the second half provided the distance in the Buffaloes' 77-60 Modesto City Classic championship win over the Spartans Saturday at Enochs High.
RIVERBANK - The Ripon Christian Knights remained undefeated and closed out the Ron Peterson Tipoff Classic with a tournament title in a 61-50 win over the host Riverbank Bruins.
FAIR OAKS - Third-seeded Sierra struck 13 seconds into its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal showdown against No. 2 Del Campo.
FAIR OAKS - There weren't a whole lot of smiles in the congregation that formed around the end zone following Sierra's 39-10 loss to Del Campo at Cougar Canyon Friday.
MODESTO – Scoring doesn't seem like it will be a problem for East Union freshman Jordan Kron, as he continued an impressive start to his high school career with his third consecutive 20-point outing in the Lancers' 80-55 win over the Buhach Colony Thunder Friday.
VALLEJO – The Manteca High girls basketball team bounced back from a three-point loss Thursday with an impressive 81-26 blowout over Deanza High.
ELK GROVE – The Sierra High Timberwolves rebounded from a tough first round loss in the Elk Grove Tournament with a strong performance in a 67-46 win over Florin High.
Ripon High captured its fourth straight Trans Valley League title this season and with it the conference's Most Valuable Player award in as many years.
MODESTO – Manteca High is just trying to get better each time it takes the court, and the Buffaloes seem to be doing just that with another impressive outing in their second round 90-70 win over Johansen in the Modesto City Classic Thursday at Enochs High.
MODESTO - Ripon wasn't always sharp on offense, but it more than made up for it on the defensive end during its Big Valley Christian Tournament opener Thursday.
WESTON RANCH - Weston Ranch High's Tony Gomes lost a tough 6-4 decision in the first match at 171 pounds Thursday night.
Weston Ranch isn't going to surprise anybody this year.
Ripon Christian has re-established itself as a force among Sac-Joaquin Section small-school powers following eight straight losing seasons.
The Ripon High boys soccer team didn't just lose the area's top player from a year ago.
Kevin Mendiola wheeled back with his right foot and took the ball off a bounce, sending it crashing into the back of the net.
An undefeated league record and a playoff win would be seen as successful for most teams. Ripon Christian did that in the 2013-2014 season, and for the Knights it was an off year.
In this her 10th year in the Sierra volleyball program, Timberwolves coach Trinity Johnson is looking to improve on last year's 1-13 Valley Oak League record – 3-19 overall – and she is not afraid to think outside the box to do it.