CERES - Ceres High spoiled Weston Ranch's homecoming last year. The Cougars returned the favor Friday night, beating the Bulldogs 35-15 in a Valley Oak League varsity football showdown. "We wanted payback," Weston Ranch running back/linebacker Deon Eley said. The Cougars took a major step in the right direction as they improved to 3-3 on the year and 2-1 in the VOL. Weston Ranch was 2-8 and 1-6 last season. "All the critics picked us ...
Ripon's four-game loss to Escalon Thursday proved to have big playoff ramifications. "This will likely drop us from a top-two (seed) to fourth," Ripon coach Larry Keethe said after Thursday's contest. His hunch was right. The Sac-Joaquin Section released its midseason postseason power ratings Friday, revealing that Escalon is currently ranked third in Division IV with Ripon one spot behind the Cougars, though they have mirroring 1.33497 seeding ratings. The power ratings are used to ...
ESCALON - The streak is over. Escalon stunned defending Trans Valley League champion Ripon in four games (25-17, 19-25, 25-18, 25-21) Thursday, halting the Indians' regular-season win streak at 33. But the streak was an afterthought for Ripon coach Larry Keethe. Keethe is more concerned about his team's seeding in the midseason Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff power ratings, which will be released early next week. Ripon (8-1, 26-8 overall) also missed out on a ...
A first half-goal from David Molina seemingly sparked a Weston Ranch revenge win, but the Buffaloes had other plans. Manteca outshot and outscored the Cougars over the final half salvaging a 1-1 tie in the Valley Oak League playoff showdown at Lincoln Park Thursday.
LATHROP - It has been a long time coming, but it's finally here for the Lathrop Spartans who pulled in their first Valley Oak League win, 4-3, against Sonora Thursday.
Jena Anderson and Stephanie Vanni did what was expected of them Thursday against Oakdale to remain the lone undefeated doubles team in the Valley Oak League.
The Manteca High golf team came through with a solid round, yet the squad still fell 11 strokes shy of upsetting the Valley Oak League's second-place team in a 252-263 loss.
RIPON - There are two sides to Ripon High senior Hart Yoshida. There's the gentle side that loves to smile and helps others do the same. Ripon football head coach Chris Johnson said, "He's kind of a class clown, but a real nice kid." On Friday nights, that smile fades into a scowl. Mr. Happy Go Lucky is suddenly temperamental and tenacious. The Indians, who are 4-1 going into their Trans Valley League opener at ...
Valley Oak League OAKDALE (2-0, 5-0) at EAST UNION (0-2, 2-3) • Kickoff: Friday, 7:15 p.m. • Last year: 35-0, Oakdale. • Key matchup: East Union OL vs. Oakdale DL Tim House and LB Charlie Gilstrap. Oakdale boasts the stiffest defense in the league having kept four of its five previous opponents to single digits going into Friday's contest against EU's revamped offense. The Lancers' linemen will key in on the Mustangs' two ...
ESCALON – After putting themselves back in contention with a late first half goal, the Ripon Indians outplayed the Escalon Cougars over the final half, ending a nine-game losing drought with a 2-1 win in Trans Valley League play.
The Sierra High cross country program put forth a valiant effort, yet it was unable to slow down the Sonora Wildcats in Wednesday's Valley Oak League Meet No. 2 at Woodward Reservoir.
Weston Ranch was able to put forth a fight in the first game, but that would be all the Cougars could muster up in a 28-26, 25-17, 25-8 loss to the Buffaloes Wednesday in Valley Oak League play.
Even when things don't work out perfect they still work out for the East Union golf team as it overcame scheduling obstacles to win the Sierra Invitational golf tournament with a team score of 485 Wednesday at the Manteca Park Golf Course.
The Manteca High sophomore volleyball team got better as the night went on during a 25-22, 25-13 win over the Weston Ranch Cougars.
LATHROP - The sloppy conditions led to sloppy play at Lathrop High's soccer field Tuesday.
Joined by East Union teammates Tuesday, sophomore Brooke Riley spent the afternoon at a beach on the Monterey Bay Peninsula.
The Manteca Area Soccer League's under-19 Fury girls placed second in the inter-league tournament on Nov. 9-10.
FOLSOM – Not long after Harleen Pabla punched her third consecutive ticket to the CIF State Cross Country Championships Saturday afternoon, her Manteca High coach Rick Cuevas was on the phone with College of Idaho's Pat McMurray.
Second-year Excel Academy Sports Science and Health Preparatory High School has its first NCAA Division I athlete.
STOCKTON – Only one team stands between the Weston Ranch boys soccer team and the school's first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
Harleen Pabla continues to surprise herself.
Andie Shelton is one of the best talents to ever come out of the area. After being named an All-American last week, Ripon Christian's senior setter reached another milestone Thursday afternoon and signed her National Letter of Intent. She chose to continue her career at the University of Pacific next year and passed up on multiple other offers.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
The dream is to get drafted high by a major league team next June.
STOCKTON - Esteban Paramo stepped to the penalty stripe with a plan of action, each step carefully thought out.
GALT - Ripon's eventful 2013 campaign ended rather uneventfully at Galt High's Erv Hatzenbuhler Field on Wednesday.
YUBA CITY – Ripon Christian goalie Lukas Vermeulen had four opportunities to propel his squad into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII title game Wednesday evening.
RIPON - Except for two five-game thrillers with Turlock Christian, Ripon Christian was hardly tested in running the table for a fourth straight year in the Southern League.
Ripon High's volleyball team couldn't tame the Tigers twice.
The Weston Ranch, Ripon and Ripon Christian boys soccer teams enjoyed home-field advantage last Thursday when they opened the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.