RIPON - The atmosphere was a little more relaxed than usual for a live match at Jack Tone Golf Course Tuesday, but it might be what the golfers from Ripon High and rival Ripon Christian need going into today's Valley Football League Midseason Tournament.
LATHROP – The Lathrop Spartans were not able to complete their improbable comeback, but they were able to serve notice to the rest of the Valley Oak League that they would not be a pushover in a 25-15, 25-22, 23-25 and 25-21 loss to East Union Tuesday.
The Sierra Timberwolves closed out a strong first-half of the Valley Oak League schedule, dropping the East Union Lancers 11-4 Tuesday.
While it's still early, Weston Ranch High has reason to feel proud of its unprecedented start to the season.
The silver lining to Ripon High's scoreless tie against host Escalon in Trans Valley League play Tuesday was that game had little semblance to their previous meeting.
It was a good-news, bad-news scenario for both sides.
WESTON RANCH - Robbie Geerlof had three good looks at the Weston Ranch goal in the first half: Two were lifted well over the crossbar and split the football uprights, and the other was touched weakly to the keeper.
To be more competitive in the Valley Oak League this season, East Union High coach Eryn Bowers has encouraged competition from within.
Weston Ranch High's surprising run to start the Valley Oak League season continued Thursday with a 12-3 victory over host Manteca.
Sierra High's 4-0 start to the season is followed by its first losing streak.
It didn't take Ripon Christian long to get past Waterford Thursday night to open its first Southern League match of the season on an extremely high note.
It wasn't the opening whistle that got the East Union Lancers going in their Valley Oak League showdown with Sierra High Wednesday; it was the Timberwolves netting the game's first goal in a 2-1 come-from-behind win over host Sierra.
The Manteca Buffalos were led by a solid nine-hole round from Mickey Dias whose round of 53 led the Buffalos over the Sierra Timberwolves 323-333 Wednesday at Manteca Golf Course.
It was a matchup between the city's top best singles players, and for now title belongs to Sierra High's Vannida Nguyen.
Ripon Christian was welcomed to the Southern League with a 3-2 loss to visiting Mariposa Tuesday.
Weston Ranch junior Jordan Severin didn't know he was going to get the starting nod until about 30 minutes before throwing the first pitch in Wednesday's Valley Oak League tilt with visiting Kimball.
RIPON - In seven innings against a defending Sac-Joaquin Section champion, Ripon coach Jon Manrique bore witness to the very best and worst of his baseball team.
The East Union track and field team won at every level in a Valley Oak League dual meet with visiting Central Catholic on Wednesday.
Yok Jing Ma won't get another crack at Kimball standout Garrett Chun.
One has to wonder what type of game Kindra Hackbarth would have had if she was healthy.
National speaker and former collegiate athletic director Jack Renkens is bringing his no-nonsense insight on the world of college recruiting to Manteca High.
The tone was set on the first race of the day.
After a scoreless first half, Ripon Christian found its footing against visiting Delhi on Tuesday, winning 5-0 in the Southern League match.
Central Catholic, East Union and Oakdale boast the most accomplished boys golf programs in the Valley Oak League, but the player all others are chasing represents none of those schools.
RIPON - Manteca High freshman Kyle Rachels showed maturity well beyond his years, pitching four-plus innings of long relief.
Only the clock could stop Manteca from scoring in its 9-0 victory over visiting Lathrop on Monday, but the efforts to support young Destiny Herrera is ongoing.
Mayville State University coach John Haines made the 1,900-mile trip to the Family City equipped with only a simple pitch.
As a multi-sport athlete from the Central Valley who also excels in the classroom, Sierra High senior Hunter Johnson can relate to California Maritime Academy men's basketball head coach Bryan Rooney.
Ripon High senior Nick Sharp successfully defended his championship at the Tracy/West Invitational on Monday, winning a card-off with three other players who finished 1-over-par 73 at Tracy Country Club.
East Union coach Brian Goulart was concerned that the Lancers' Valley Oak League make-up game at Manteca may have come at a bad time.