SACRAMENTO - "Tiger Claws" were never unsheathed.
BAKERSFIELD - Bob Blanco theatrical reenactment of a takedown at the edge of the mat inside Rabobank Arena left Sierra High junior Alex Nuanez with a small glimmer of hope, but the official would not change his stance, signaling an end to area wrestling as the last of three Mantecans saw his season come to a close.
SACRAMENTO - It was a bittersweet end to the Ripon Christian boys basketball team's run through the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs for the Vander Molens.
RIVERBANK – The East Union High softball team opened its season as well as the Ceres Tournament hitting on all cylinders, handling Patterson High 3-1 before taking the nightcap from Modesto Christian 6-1 Friday at Rainbow Fields.
LATHROP – On the back of a strong performance on the mound by Oscar Calix, the Lathrop Spartans erupted for 10 runs in a five-inning rout of Rio Vista for their first varsity win Friday.
The Manteca High varsity soccer team wasted little time separating itself from its opening-round opponent of the 2nd Annual Buffalo Cup, blowing past Los Banos in a hurry with a 7-0 win Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
RIPON – Mitchell Evans didn't expect to see his Ripon Indians surrender double-digit runs to Modesto's Central Catholic when they squared off Friday afternoon.
TRACY – The Sierra High swimming program got a convincing 113-57 win over Tracy High on the girls side, but dropped the meet on the boys side 97-73 Friday in non-league action.
Rigid non-conference and Trans Valley League schedules helped Ripon Christian's boys basketball team prepare for the Sac-Joaquin Division V playoffs.
The Valley Oak League's reigning MVP, Kyle Harman, has some competition.
RIVERBANK – The Sierra High varsity softball team came a few minutes short of opening the Ceres Tournament with a pair of wins, but the squad will take a 1-1 start after handling Merced High 3-0 in Thursday at Rainbow Fields.
WESTON RANCH - The next generation of Manteca High boys tennis players are picking up where their predecessors left off.
STOCKTON – Sierra High formed its non-league schedule with a purpose and the squad is not shying away from the top Sac-Joaquin Section Division I schools, beating Lincoln 2-0 Thursday for its first win.
MODESTO - The late-winter showers didn't seem to faze Manteca High's baseball team in its season opener in the Johansen Tournament Thursday.
It would be impossible for longtime Sierra High head baseball coach Jack Thomson's work with the Timberwolves baseball program to go unnoticed, and it hasn't, as the Sierra skipper was honored as one of the California Interscholastic Federation's Model Coach Award winners Tuesday.
East Union High 2011 graduates TJ Gordon and Dominic Borba took similar routes to where they're currently at – taking their talents to NAIA schools and continuing their football careers.
Even in defeat, the East Union girls basketball team learned plenty about itself in Wednesday's Valley Oak League-opening contest with visiting Kimball.
STOCKTON - With a random draw to determine the starting weight in dual wrestling matches, the final bout of the night is not often between the heavyweights.
LATHROP -The Manteca High Buffaloes put behind their preseason woes to roll past the host Spartans on Wednesday, 42-26.
The Sierra girls basketball team went into halftime leading by a comfortable margin during its Valley Oak League opener against visiting Oakdale Wednesday night.
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STOCKTON - Despite trailing in the third quarter and a 27-point effort from the Weston Ranch's Jaelen Ragsdale, visiting Sonora scored 30 points in the fourth to come back and win the Valley Oak League opener 68-62 on Tuesday night.
Lathrop has qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section boys basketball playoffs just once (2012) in four years, while Kimball is oh-fer going into its fourth varsity season.
The rebuilding of East Union's girls basketball team already appears to be over.
Ripon Christian was able to slow down Mariposa's top player.