It's tough to dig up positives from a 40-32 loss, but Sierra High's girls basketball team gave coach Steve Unterholzner reason to remain upbeat Thursday following a thrilling start to the Valley Oak League season.
SONORA - The East Union Lancers traveled to Sonora and made the trip worthwhile with a 53-45 win over the Wildcats Thursday in Valley Oak League action.
Trailing by nearly double digits midway through the fourth, Sierra High's sophomore girls basketball team fired back to steal a 38-35 victory over visiting Ceres. It marked the first win of the season for the Timberwolves (1-1 Valley Oak League overall).
Everything appeared to be in place for the East Union Lancers as they traded shots with the visiting Sonora Wildcats Wednesday night at Dalben Center.
WESTON RANCH – The Valley Oak League wrestling season is off and running and the Weston Ranch Cougars have opened it with high expectations and higher production with a pair of convincing wins over visiting Central Valley and Manteca highs Wednesday.
CERES – Sierra High knows they are flying under the radar, but that doesn't mean the Timberwolves are not flying high after their 67-52 win over the Ceres Bulldogs keeps Sierra atop of the Valley Oak League standings after Wednesday's contests.
OAKDALE – The Sierra Timberwolves knew they were fighting an uphill battle, but they had no idea their Valley Oak League opener would end with a 51-21 and a 64-9 loss to Ceres and Oakdale highs Wednesday.
CERES – Sierra High trailed the Ceres Bulldogs by four heading into the intermission, but a blistering hot third quarter provided the Timberwolves with all the separation they would need in their 59-53 win over the host Bulldogs.
Manteca High's defending Valley Oak League champion boys basketball team began its title defense against visiting Oakdale Tuesday and had little trouble in dispatching the overmatched Mustangs, 55-42.
If there was a perfect way for the three-time defending Valley Oak League champions to tip off their regular season, the Ceres Bulldogs would likely say they witnessed that performance in the East Union Lancers' 52-29 win.
RIPON - Despite holding a five-point lead at halftime, Ripon High watched its lead over Linden dwindle down to a single point midway through the third quarter.
It was not the Sierra Timberwolves' best effort, but it was good enough to push them to a 1-0 mark in Valley Oak League play with a 47-36 home win over the Sonora Wildcats.
OAKDALE - The Manteca Buffaloes held a slim 24-17 halftime lead and never relinquished it during a 45-34 Valley Oak League opening win over the Oakdale Mustangs Tuesday.
Joseph Berry led three scorers in double figures with 14 points, and the Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team repelled the relentless Sonora Wildcats for a 48-47 home win to open the Valley Oak League season.
Manteca High junior Kiwi Gardner could miss a handful of games or forfeit the rest of his athletic eligibility depending on Sac-Joaquin Section sanctions. He will likely not play in tonight's Valley Oak League opener with visiting Oakdale.
Ripon gets its wish: Another crack at Trans-Valley League rival Hilmar.
ROCKLIN – The morning commute couldn't have gone much worse for the Ripon High boys water polo team.
Kyle Alexander and Mason Merilles competed in the largest powerlifting meet they've ever been a part of and returned to Manteca with new world records and shiny first-place medals this past weekend.
Elisabeth Alexander was all smiles Thursday when she made her commitment official to the CSU Stanislaus women's basketball team.
The Ripon Christian boys soccer program has waited nearly 20 years for an opportunity to win another Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch put up two first-half goals and outshot visiting Natomas 17-8 on the way to a 2-0 win for the Cougars in semifinal action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV soccer playoffs Wednesday.
RIPON - Kyle Colyn's cheek twitched with nervous excitement and it was all he could do to suppress a smile.
Ripon and Ripon Christian are heading to Gold Country tonight for their Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff matches.
Cherish Burks verbally committed to Oregon as a sophomore, but her decision was made long before that.
Joshua Patton can rest comfortably now.
Sierra High's Haley Silva is staying close to home for college.
RIPON - Thirteen days after giving birth to her first child, head coach Adrienne Beltrami returned to the sidelines Tuesday to lead Ripon in its first-round match against No. 13 seed Central Catholic in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
RIPON - Ripon Christian and West Campus squared off as two evenly matched teams in the first round Sac-Joaquin Division IV volleyball playoffs.
Sac-Joaquin Section banners are within reach for the Weston Ranch and Ripon Christian boys soccer teams.
Two down, two more to go for Ripon High's boys water polo team.