When wrestlers hit the mat in early November in hopes of putting together a quality season, most of the elite wrestlers have open aspirations of bringing the season to a close at the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.
A week off from competition and the rare Monday meet did little to slow down Sierra High's track and field team.
Andrew Bonner, last year's MVP and Most Outstanding Golfer in the Trans Valley League, was the medalist in Monday's conference midseason tournament on the weather-beaten Micke Grove Golf Links in Lodi.
The 2010-11 season was one of change for the Ripon Christian boys basketball team.
20 years ago: March 23, 1991 - Manteca High junior left-hander Paul Gutierrez held East Union High to one hit and earned a 3-1 win in the first baseball meeting between EU and MHS and the VOL opener for both teams yesterday. Rod McCleary got the lone Lancer hit, while Eric Simoni scored the only EU run.
Sharon Washington was one of the last Manteca High players to leave the locker room at Christian Brothers' Ron Limeberger Gym in Sacramento.
Goalkeepers hardly get the glory, but on Friday Sierra High goalkeeper Lia Unterholzner took advantage of that rare opportunity in an evenly-contested 1-1 tie with visiting crosstown rival East Union.
Things remained relatively close in the Valley Oak League swim meet between East Union and Sierra highs Friday in girls action, but stellar performances from Christina Ngo and Kara Hall helped the Timberwolves pull out the 99-71 win at East Union.
It was the only game played in the area - half of one anyway.
It took a little over 10 minutes for Sierra High standout Joanna Ortiz to make her presence felt, and when she did she didn't stop. Putting together a first-half hat trick to lift the Timberwolves over the host Manteca Buffaoloes 3-1 Wednesday in Valley Oak League play.
With players returning from various ailments and injuries, East Union High's girls soccer team had one last chance to prepare for its big Valley Oak League tussle with rival Sierra Friday.
Sierra High's rebuilding boys golf team appears to be on the right track.
The golf career of Ripon High senior Samantha Conway began with a skillless session of hitting a bucket of balls, but after four grueling seasons with the Indians, the constant improvements paid off when Conway was accepted to the University of Redlands.
The Manteca Buffaloes got dominant starting pitching from Matt Burrows and capitalized offensively on a Sonora miscue, opening the Valley Oak League baseball schedule with a 4-2 win over the Wildcats Tuesday at Manteca.
Sierra High's upstart softball team hoped to make a statement Tuesday when it opened the Valley Oak League season at Oakdale, home of the two-time defending champion.
STOCKTON – Sierra put up five runs in the second inning Saturday and rode the hot bat of Devi Coglio to a 9-2 win over Lindhurst of Olivehurst for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV softball championship in The Stadium at the Arnaiz Softball Complex. This is the third blue banner for Sierra in five seasons.
STOCKTON – The Ripon softball team did something Saturday nobody has done this year.
STOCKTON - For the second straight year, Ripon Christian is the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII girls soccer champions.
The Ripon and Sierra baseball teams will have to win two straight on the same night to advance to the final round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Fernando Segura struck out 11 through five strong innings for the Pirates on Saturday to lead the Pirates to the Northgate Junior championship with a 7-2 win over the Giants. Gary Alexander did a good job in relief of Segura.
STOCKTON - Ripon High had its chances in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V girls soccer championship game on Saturday.
STOCKTON - Sierra lost three NCAA Division I scholarship players to graduation over the past two years, while Nick Olmo stepped down as the winningest coach in program history.
SACRAMENTO - Down by three runs before even coming to bat Friday, the East Union softball team was unfazed.
STOCKTON - Chapter 5 of the Ripon-Hughson saga will take place at noon today at Arnais Field.
Sierra's Scott Tolman and Ripon freshman phenom Ty Wells have set themselves up to earn berths to the first-ever CIF State Swimming Championships with their efforts in the Sac-Joaquin Section Boys Trials on Friday.
STOCKTON - Perhaps the only thing that could cool off Sierra's sizzling bats was the rain.
No. 2 Sierra used a monstrous first inning to advance out of the elimination round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III baseball playoffs Thursday, defeating El Camino 12-2 in five innings at McAuliffe Memorial Ballpark in Sacramento.
The Valley Oak League's top girls swim team was well represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Trials Thursday at Tokay High in Lodi.
STOCKTON - Jeremy Wager-Smith was just too much for Ripon Christian to handle on Thursday.
Arianna Cardenas hadn't scored in more than a month, and she was battling a freshman for minutes, but few have been better in big games.