RIPON – When quarterback Alex Gustin found a wide-open Jake Carlson in the Calaveras endzone, the Ripon Indians had put themselves in position for the squad's third dramatic come-from-behind victory.
FAIR OAKS - It would have been easy for the Lathrop Spartans to roll over after heading into the locker room down 35-0 against the undefeated Bella Vista Broncos Friday.
WESTON RANCH - The Weston Ranch Cougars rode the wave of several big plays during Friday's 27-7 homecoming victory over East Union High.
RIPON - Tiger Shelton, by his own admission, is a fiery individual.
For the second time in four days, the Manteca Buffaloes found themselves looking up at a 1-0 half time deficit against Sierra
Sierra High made quick work of the Weston Ranch Cougars, disposing the squad in three straight for the fourth consecutive Valley Oak League win.
Sierra High had little trouble snatching its eighth win in Valley Oak League play when it rolled by the Central Valley Hawks 5-0 Thursday at East Union High.
Host Sierra was 40 minutes away from being the first to blemish crosstown rival Manteca's perfect record in Valley Oak League frosh-soph soccer action Thursday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Manteca High freshman football team won 26-18 against Sierra Thursday at Guss Schmiedt Field. For additional game information, look for the Bulletin's freshman roundup in Sunday's edition.
Victories over crosstown rival Sierra had been a rarity for Manteca High's boys basketball team leading up to last year.
The Manteca High volleyball team had no interest in rolling over for the Sierra Timberwolves, yet it was unable to muster a victory during a lopsided 3-0 loss in Valley Oak League play.
RIPON – Things started out relatively slow on Wednesday when intra-city rivals Ripon and Ripon Christian battled at Mistlin Park in a Trans Valley League matchup.
Everything went according to plan for the East Union Lancer golf squad as they remained unbeaten with a convincing win over the Ceres Bulldogs.
RIPON - After blanking Ripon in their first meeting this season, Hughson pitcher Courtney Thornhill was working on eight consecutive shutout innings over the Indians when she turned her ankle in the first inning and had to leave Tuesday's Trans-Valley League softball contest.
East Union may be peaking at just the right time.
Both of Sierra's points were awarded thanks to pair of grueling victories from its No. 5 and No. 6 singles players in a 7-2 loss at East Union Tuesday.
Two big wins from the bottom half of its singles ladder propelled Manteca High's boys tennis team to a pivotal 6-3 win over visiting Sonora on Monday.
The area's two best offensive linemen along with two record-breaking skill position players have been selected to compete in the 41st Central California Lions All-Star Football Game.
Manteca and Oakdale both needed a win, so it's understandable why both were unsatisfied with Monday's result.
Alexis Erich and East Union held a three-run cushion heading into the seventh inning Friday and were three outs away from a key Valley Oak League victory over Kimball.
Oakdale capitalized on its opportunities and Sierra did not.
With two of their top contributors out, Sierra High's boys swimmers suffered their first defeat of the season by a 99-71 margin at Kimball of Tracy. Kimball's girls also won by the same score.
Ripon's defense hadn't given up more than two goals in a game all season until Friday.
Only one of Friday's matches between Ripon and Hughson's co-ed tennis teams needed to be decided in a third set.
Josh Clark fittingly scored the deciding run on a dropped third strike in the top of the seventh inning, as Ripon avoided an upset at Modesto Christian with a 7-4 victory Friday.
Oakdale High's recent run of dominance includes seven straight Valley Oak League championships and six Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV titles in that same span.
Sierra's Jack Thomson turned to a teenager for direction late in a 7-1 victory, and the Hall of Fame skipper was rewarded for his faith.
Isela Rivera fired the game-tying goal in the 38th minute with an angry blast from 20 yards away that knotted the game at one apiece Thursday night.