Sierra has been a lights-out team in the second half of its games so far this season. But the second half never happened at host Manteca's Guss Schmiedt Field Tuesday. Why? The lights went out. The stadium lights began to intensify with roughly 10 minutes left in the first half, with Sierra ahead 1-0, but they abruptly shut off along with the scoreboard. Sierra head coach Jose Montes said he saw sparks and smoke coming ...
RIPON - Following a 17-25, 14-25, 20-25 loss to Escalon in the Trans Valley League opener Tuesday at home, Ripon Christian head coach Tiger Shelton said that Cougars outside hitter Kaitlin Brayton could be the best player in the conference this season.
The Manteca High tennis team continued its impressive turnaround Tuesday afternoon with a 10-5-4.5 win over visiting Central Valley.
Giovanni Marin poured in four goals in Manteca's 7-1 romp over visiting Sierra Tuesday at Guss Schmiedt Field, but only one of them scores will be remembered.
LATHROP - Considering how hotly contested the first three games were, the deciding fourth, clinched easily by visiting East Union 25-10, was somewhat of a downer.
CERES - Jose Montes hoped for a tie, and he got it in spectacular fashion. Montes' Sierra Timberwolves opened the Valley Oak League season with a 2-2 tie against defending champion Central Valley Monday despite being outshot, 16-5. David Reyes blasted home a highlight-worthy bicycle kick off Emmanuel Ortiz's throw-in to complete the second-half comeback for Sierra (1-0, 6-5 overall), which was down two goals by halftime. "It was a World Cup-class goal," Montes said. ...
RIPON – A weekend after finishing runner-up at the Big Valley Tournament in Modesto, Ripon travelled across the street to capture the Ripon Christian Invitational title with a 3-0 win over Lathrop.
MODESTO – Over 1,200 runners gathered at Legion-Tuoumne Regional Park in Modesto Saturday for the Sierra Cross Country Invitational. The host Timberwolves put on a show, winning both the small and large school divisions in both boys and girls action.
MERCED – Rack up another crown for the mighty Indians of Ripon. After sweeping aside three teams in Golden Valley Tournament pool play Friday, all that stood between Ripon and the 36-team tournament championship Saturday was five more opponents. All in a day's work for Larry Keethe's crew. Starting at Merced College Saturday morning, Ripon downed Tiger Shelton's Ripon Christian Knights 25-20, 25-14, before outlasting Atwater, 25-17, 18-25, 15-9. "Tiger was having fun and so ...
Throughout my life, in times of struggle, I've turned to my mother in search of solace. "Brandon," she often offers, "God never puts more on your plate than you can handle." I never understood exactly what that meant, and I certainly didn't believe it, because time and time again, I've felt overwhelmed by the challenges I have faced. It wasn't until I found myself travelling away from Dino Cunial Field Friday night following East Union's ...
SOQUEL – It was a long trip to the California coast Friday night for the Manteca sophomore football team, but even tired legs and a sluggish start couldn't deter the Buffaloes from picking up a season-opening win, 22-20.
The Manteca High freshman football team ran wild over Christian Brothers Thursday night at Guss Schmiedt Field, as tailback Anthony Cota scored four times in a 33-7 win.
LATHROP - Adjusting to varsity speed will be a challenge for seniorless Lathrop this season.
Following East Union's emotionally draining 41-35 loss to Beyer at Dino Cunial Field Friday night, head coach Mike James made the comment that when people pick up the newspaper this morning, they will read the headline and assume that his team is still the same old Lancers.
SOQUEL - Competition is what the Manteca Buffaloes were hoping for when they scheduled the Soquel Knights of the Central Coast Section for their season opener.
STOCKTON - Allie Walljasper had plenty to do with Sierra punching its ticket to the semifinal of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV softball tournament Wednesday night.
RIO LINDA – Teagan Manus scored a hat trick and Bryanna Heida earned the clean sheet as Ripon Christian moved within one win of its first Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
LODI – The Ripon Christian Knights used their 12-day layoff to get back to the fundamentals.
Sierra High's 4x100 boys relay team broke the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV/V Meet record Tuesday on its home track.
Ashley Almeida dove to her left, batting a rocket shot out of bounds.
STOCKTON - There was no fist pump. No twirl of the putter. Not even a smile cracked the face of the always even-keel Will Brink.
On a championship-caliber team with no Sac-Joaquin Section championships, Jim Todd isn't leaning on a rich core of veterans for the missing ingredient.
Sierra High has built it.
Manteca and Ripon Christian begin the Sac-Joaquin Section Division playoffs against familiar foes next week.
The road to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship appears to go through the Valley Oak League once again.
Ripon High's Zach Scudder and freshman Scott Tolman of Sierra are two of the favorites in today's Sac-Joaquin Section frosh-soph final in the 100-yard breast stroke.
RIPON - It was two years ago on this same field that four current Ripon Christian seniors experienced heartache.
Meghan Wallace stood at the edge of the penalty area in stunned disbelief - hands atop her head, mouth agape.
MODESTO – Ripon's Yvette Serrano put together a respectable effort in the net Thursday afternoon at David Patton Field.
LODI - Ripon's Erika Brown qualified for the finals of the frosh-soph 100-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke during the Sac-Joaquin Section girls swimming Trials at Tokay High on Thursday.