SACRAMENTO - Ripon only took four wrestlers to the 2009 Foothill High Tim Brown Memorial Wrestling Tournament, a two-day event starting Friday at the Sacramento high school.
Sophomore standout Kiwi Gardner didn't hit the 30-point mark for the Buffaloes on Friday night like he did in Manteca's two previous games.
WESTON RANCH – It was a big game in terms of Valley Oak League positioning, and both the Sierra and Weston Ranch played tight to start Friday night's contest.
RIPON - The wait is over. Ripon High can now focus its efforts on two-time defending Trans Valley League champion Modesto Christian after taking care of Riverbank 65-26 Friday. The Indians (2-0, 11-8 overall) held their second straight league opponent to under 30 points. Riverbank (0-2, 7-10) was one turnover shy of matching its point total and shot an anemic 24 percent from the field. "They didn't know which way was up, (because) our defense ...
WESTON RANCH - Sierra High's sophomore boys basketball team did well to take a 17-16 lead into halftime after scoring just two points in the opening quarter but ultimately fell to Weston Ranch 41-37 in Valley Oak League action Friday.
It wasn't senior night Thursday at the Dalben Center, but it may as well have been as Rachel McDaniel, Ashley Rose and Alyssa Wegner were lights out for the Lancers in a 66-40 win over Manteca.
The accolades keep on coming for area standouts Nick Gardner and Michael Turner, as they joined two others from the Valley Oak League on the ESPN RISE/CalHiSports.com all-state medium schools second team.
RIVERBANK – Ripon picked up its first Trans Valley League win in impressive style Thursday night, holding Riverbank to just one point in the first and five through the first half on its way to a 50-18 win.
The first round of Weston Ranch High's "Tour of Manteca" is over, but coach Chris Bauer is hoping that his Cougars' recent stretch of solid play isn't.
The Manteca High sophomore girls basketball team came to play Thursday evening at the Dalben Center, but after a slow first half, the Squires kicked it into gear and ran away with a 62-44 win.
So how does Manteca High sophomore Kiwi Gardner follow up Friday's career-best 36-point performance against Sierra?
A number of intriguing story lines came out of the Valley Oak League tri-meet between Manteca, East Union and Sierra at Sierra High Wednesday afternoon, including the continued ascension of Lancer 119-pounder Marco Castaneda, who came off his first tournament championship Saturday to take down two of the best wrestlers the VOL has to offer.
With senior center Tyler Willis done for the season after he tore an ACL Friday against Manteca, Sierra High was looking for a few players to step up and fill the large void left by the Timberwolves' second leading scorer Wednesday night at the Dalben Center.
Ryan Culpepper beat the buzzer, and his Manteca Buffaloes' sophomore boys basketball team beat upset-minded Weston Ranch as a result.
RIPON - With Ripon High returning all of its key components and Modesto Christian playing in another basketball universe, Tuesday night's Trans Valley League matchup between Ripon Christian and Riverbank projected to be a pivotal league contest in terms of league and postseason positioning.
Three area wrestling teams had rough season-opening duals Wednesday night.
It may not have been pretty but it was a win.
LATHROP - Lathrop High's boys basketball team showed flashes of how good it can be under first-year head coach Nathan McGrath in Tuesday's 60-36 victory over Stagg.
Some say that since Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Games do not count in a team's overall record, they do not matter very much. Do not tell that to Xavier Hartfield.
FRESNO - Sierra sophomore Josh Spooner recorded the best finish of the four local runners competing at Saturday's CIF State Cross Country Championships at Fresno's Woodward Park.
Four area runners are chasing history Saturday in the CIF State Cross Country Championships.
RIPON - Kody Day, a disruptive force on Ripon High's defensive line at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, does not back down from a challenge.
Regina Dias' comeback to the volleyball court was a successful one.
Ripon High's Jamie DeBruyn was named the Trans-Valley League's 2013 Coach of the Year for the first time after leading his Indians to a historical season in which the Indians earned the school's first championship in boys soccer.
RIPON – Ripon Christian hopes the old cliché "the third time is a charm" holds some type of truthfulness during tonight's Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI semifinal matchup against No. 2-seeded Woodland Christian (9-1).
Abdiel Chiquito was certain he would not get snubbed, not for a second straight year.
The 54 competitors in the CIF State Girls Golf Championships were treated to surprisingly-good weather at Carmel's Quail Lodge Golf Course on Wednesday.
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.