Sierra High broke open a close game with a six-run fourth inning and kept things out of reach with a dominant pitching performance from senior Gabby Hawkins in a non-league victory over Modesto High Wednesday.
SALIDA – The Sierra High baseball team got a nice opening to its 2010 season, beating a talented Modesto Christian team 2-1 in the squads' season debut.
RIPON – Ripon Christian's basketball squad could not have opened its first-round California Interscholastic Federation State boys Championships game against Liberty Christian any better, but its perfect start could not have been more misleading, as the Knights fell 76-73 in overtime Tuesday for a season-ending loss.
OAKLAND – One of the most entertaining teams this postseason finally met its match, as the Ripon Christian girls basketball team closed out its improbable postseason run with a 59-36 in the opening round of the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships Tuesday.
West High's softball team didn't waste any time pushing two run across the plate and that wouldn't be all the Wolf Pack would tally in an 11-2 non-league victory over the host Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday.
For a school with no seniors, Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove already has a girls soccer team to be reckoned with.
LINDEN - Sierra's softball team rapped out 10 hits, but only one of them drove in runs.
Just two contests into the season, East Union's boys tennis team has already matched its Valley Oak League win total from a year ago.
WESTON RANCH - Antonio Joseph hurt Edison with his arm as much as he did with his bat Tuesday.
Nick Gonzales and Kenny Summers shared medalist honors, and Manteca High's golf team evened its Valley Oak League record to 1-1 with a 248-272 win against Ceres.
The Ripon Christian boys basketball team's 68-64 overtime loss to Victory Christian in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V finals at Arco Arena Friday didn't prove too costly for seeding purposes in the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.
It could have been the unusually cold weather, or the lack of practice time outdoors because of the recent rainstorms.
Manteca's baseball team again pitched well enough to win, but lapses elsewhere led to another non-league loss, this time by a tough-to-swallow 3-2 margin in eight innings to visiting Pitman of Turlock Monday.
The East Union High tennis team's delayed start to the Valley Oak League season ended up being worth the wait.
Tracy High's sophomore baseball team did all the damage it needed to inflict in the second inning when it rallied for 11 runs to upend host East Union 12-3 Monday.
With two of their top contributors out, Sierra High's boys swimmers suffered their first defeat of the season by a 99-71 margin at Kimball of Tracy. Kimball's girls also won by the same score.
Ripon's defense hadn't given up more than two goals in a game all season until Friday.
Only one of Friday's matches between Ripon and Hughson's co-ed tennis teams needed to be decided in a third set.
Josh Clark fittingly scored the deciding run on a dropped third strike in the top of the seventh inning, as Ripon avoided an upset at Modesto Christian with a 7-4 victory Friday.
Oakdale High's recent run of dominance includes seven straight Valley Oak League championships and six Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV titles in that same span.
Sierra's Jack Thomson turned to a teenager for direction late in a 7-1 victory, and the Hall of Fame skipper was rewarded for his faith.
Isela Rivera fired the game-tying goal in the 38th minute with an angry blast from 20 yards away that knotted the game at one apiece Thursday night.
Ripon junior Nick Sharp shot a 1-over 36 during Thursday's Trans Valley League victory over visiting Riverbank at the Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.
East Union's playoff chances took a big hit Thursday when it dropped a 5-4 decision to visiting Sonora.
One pitching gem followed another for Ripon on Thursday.
Chris Schmitz led Sierra for a second straight day, and the Timberwolves completed their season sweep of Manteca High 227-242 Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
RIPON - Sometimes the wind blows your way and sometimes it does not.
MORGAN HILL – Ty Wells stood poolside, cooled by the shade of a pop-up tent.
Lathrop's girls varsity track and field team came to compete against Sierra at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
Freshman pitcher Alexis Erich twirled a one-hitter, and Jordan Vinson swatted three doubles in East Union's 11-0 mercy-shortened win at Lathrop on Wednesday.