RIPON – It was the type of moment that most athletes would dream to find themselves in.
WESTON RANCH – Weston Ranch had minimal success early on offensively, struggled down the stretch defensively, yet with less than a minute to play the Cougars were still in position to win the game. That would not be the case as the Ceres Bulldogs played a splendid fourth quarter for a 63-58 Valley Oak League win Friday.
STOCKTON - It was easy come, easy go for three area grapplers in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Invitational at McNair High Friday.
RIPON – The Ripon High seniors will have something to remember when thinking about their last Friday home game of the season.
OAKDALE – The East Union varsity boys basketball team could not have orchestrated a better opening period, dominating the Oakdale Mustangs on both ends on its way to a comfortable 48-40 Valley Oak League win Friday.
OAKDALE - Its loss to crosstown rival Sierra Monday knocked East Union High's sophomore boys basketball team into a first-place tie with Oakdale.
One streak stayed alive Thursday night at Dalben Center, and East Union High's girls basketball team is inching closer to continuing another one.
Manteca High's girls basketball team avoided getting swept by the Ceres schools with its 57-41 victory over Central Valley at home Thursday and kept its postseason hopes alive in the process.
A handful of area girl wrestlers have put together quality seasons and a few are hoping to close things out with strong performances in the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Invitational Tournament at McNair High in Stockton.
Kristen Piasecki scored all 12 of East Union High's fourth-quarter points Thursday, but it wasn't enough in a 52-39 loss to visiting Oakdale in Valley Oak League sophomore girls basketball action.
Reggie Bell's hard work on the football field paid off, but he is also reaping the benefits of hard work in the classroom.
Coming out focused to take on a winless opponent proved not to be a challenge for the Sierra High boys basketball team in its 68-31 thrashing of Lathrop High Wednesday in Valley Oak League action.
After holding a 12 point lead early in the game, Manteca High seemed to be cruising right along as they picked apart the Ceres Bulldogs with efficiency.
SONORA – The trip east did not go according to plan for the Weston Ranch boys basketball team, dropping its Valley Oak League contest with Sonora High 61-45 Wednesday.
Sierra High's sophomore basketball team jumped out on the visiting Lathrop Spartans and never relinquished, rolling to a 58-46 Valley Oak League win Wednesday.
The Valley Oak League uses a points-based system to determine its MVP.
Manteca registered its second 9-0 win of the week Thursday when it shut out visiting East Union in Valley Oak League action.
Francisco Cisneros summed up Weston Ranch's final nonleague match of the season in one word:
Los Banos checked into its nonleague match with visiting East Union holding a deceiving 4-6 record.
Jack Miller recently retired from Manteca High, where the History teacher spent more than 30 years as an assistant coach with the football team. Miller was a part of four Sac-Joaquin Section championship teams and was twice voted Best of Manteca's Best Local Coach. Now City of Manteca Hall of Famer pays close attention to his yards, his golf game and granddaughter.
The Manteca High boys soccer team took full advantage of its first practice in nearly a week.
Ripon Christian laughs last.
RIPON - The hole was just too deep for Ripon's volleyball team to climb out of.
East Union's grueling opening week of the season may have done it some good.
Sierra's girls golf team opened the Valley Oak League with a statement Tuesday at Dryden Park Golf Course in Modesto.
East Union's 8-1 victory, its first of the Valley Oak League season, looks one-sided at the surface, but visiting Lathrop made the Lancers work for it on Tuesday.
Hairo Silva recorded his second hat trick of the season, and Lathrop needed every single one of those goals to top host Beyer of Modesto 4-3 on Monday.
Ripon got its revenge against neighboring rival Ripon Christian on Saturday, edging the Knights in the championship match of their own tournament, the Ripon Christian Soccer Classic, on Saturday.
The Lathrop sophomores never trailed in a 33-6 win over visiting Liberty Ranch in non-league action Friday night at Bennie Gatto Field.
Manteca High's girls tennis team got some valuable court time and, best of all, new T-shirts in its annual trip to the California Classic in Fresno.