John Bowers set three goals at the start of the cross country season: Win the Valley Oak League's individual title, lead Sierra's proud program back to prominence by capturing at least a share of the conference crown and qualify for the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.
ELK GROVE - First-year varsity Cosumnes Oaks got visiting Ripon's attention early by taking an 11-9 lead into the second quarter.
Amber Parker may or may not have been the best female runner at Sierra High during the cross country season.
RIPON – Despite scoring more points in the game's fourth quarter than they did in the entire first half, the Ripon Christian Knights simply couldn't overcome an early deficit to the visiting Linden Lions.
SAN JOSE – It might be early, but things are looking good for the Sierra High School wrestling program.
TRACY – Lathrop High School continued their winless season Saturday afternoon by falling to the Los Banos Tigers 63-24 in the final round of the Tracy Winter Holiday Classic.
How did East Union reserve guard Briona Fontenot celebrate her 16th birthday on Friday?
RIPON – Millennium High looked as if it was up for the challenge, but a 22-7 run to open the second quarter provided Ripon Christian with all the cushion the Knights would need to win the opener of their own tournament, 77-63.
HILMAR – Lathrop High opened the Hilmar Tournament with a strong showing in a loss Thursday, but now the Spartans are hoping to streak after earning their first varsity win, 50-35, victory over the Summerville Bears.
Down 19-14 at halftime, visiting Ripon pieced together a 10-2 run in the third and surged to a 34-28 win against East Union Friday.
LATHROP - Mark Maynard admitted that he felt the pressure of having to set the table for Lathrop High's first-ever varsity dual match against Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove Thursday night.
MODESTO – Manteca High opened the contest with a lackluster effort, and the Buffaloes couldn't recover in their 62-39 loss to Grace Davis.
TRACY – The Weston Ranch Cougars put themselves in position to continue along the winner's bracket path of the 21st Annual Tracy Winter Holiday Basketball Tournament, but an offensive letdown final period left tthem on the short end of a 61-51 final against Vallejo High.
It takes 32 clocked minutes to complete a high school basketball game.
FAIRFIELD – The Lancers made the long trip to Fairfield only to drop its non-league contest against the Monticello Empire League's Armijo Indians 47-35 Wednesday.
GALT - In the end, the Capital Christian press was just too much to handle as the Cougars started on an 8-0 run and never trailed in a 56-38 win over Ripon Christian in the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V girls basketball championships at Galt High's Warrior Gymnasium.
Matt Rose led five Sierra players who produced sub-50 scores in a 217-317 win over visiting Weston Ranch on Wednesday.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
By JAMES BURNS
Weston Ranch put together a solid all-around effort in its season-opener at Stagg on Wednesday, winning decisively, 8-1.
Neil MacDannald is perfect so far in his return to the dugout as Manteca High's head baseball coach, though things didn't always go perfectly in the Buffaloes' season opener against visiting Beyer on Tuesday.
Manteca High's boys tennis team is looking to reclaim the throne in the Valley Oak League.
Sierra bounced back from its season-opening loss with its commanding 12-1 five-inning victory at Johansen (Modesto) on Tuesday. The Timberwolves were coming off Monday's 9-2 road defeat to Turlock.
Sierra Downum had a foot in both of Lathrop's goals in a 2-0 shutout at Pacheco of Los Banos on Tuesday.
Ripon High boys golf coach Chris Musseman isn't getting his hopes up just yet, but his team's Trans-Valley League opening win gives him reason for optimism.
Jeff Williams considered his Sierra boys golf team to be "very fortunate" Tuesday when it began the Valley Oak League season at Oakdale Golf & Country Club, where the Timberwolves nipped host Oakdale, 253-259.
It's been nearly three full months since Ripon Christian's girls basketball team last tasted defeat, a 53-33 setback against Liberty of Brentwood during the 30th Annual Stonebarger Tournament on Dec. 14.
Defense wins championships for Sierra High's boys basketball team.
A two-goal lead was plenty wide enough for Victor Polanco to get every East Union player a chance to show their first-year head coach what they can do in a live match and under soggy conditions Monday night.
TURLOCK – It wasn't the clean start Sierra skipper Jack Thomson had hoped for.