With just over a minute left on the clock, every second that ticked away seemed like an eternity for the Sierra Timberwolves Tuesday.
RIPON – Matt Ratto has already shaken off of the early season cobwebs.
PATTERSON - Patterson's Cassie Coble buried six of seven free throws and pumped in 12 of the Tigers' 26 fourth-quarter points to upend Manteca 59-53 Tuesday.
After struggling offensive in the first half, Sierra High's sophomore boys basketball team came alive in the third quarter behind a stifling defensive effort to knock off visiting Lodi 40-39 in its season opener Tuesday.
MODESTO – Davis High outscored Manteca in the second quarter closing the halftime deficit to a point, but a 21-6 run to open the second half provided the distance in the Buffaloes' 77-60 Modesto City Classic championship win over the Spartans Saturday at Enochs High.
RIVERBANK - The Ripon Christian Knights remained undefeated and closed out the Ron Peterson Tipoff Classic with a tournament title in a 61-50 win over the host Riverbank Bruins.
FAIR OAKS - Third-seeded Sierra struck 13 seconds into its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal showdown against No. 2 Del Campo.
FAIR OAKS - There weren't a whole lot of smiles in the congregation that formed around the end zone following Sierra's 39-10 loss to Del Campo at Cougar Canyon Friday.
MODESTO – Scoring doesn't seem like it will be a problem for East Union freshman Jordan Kron, as he continued an impressive start to his high school career with his third consecutive 20-point outing in the Lancers' 80-55 win over the Buhach Colony Thunder Friday.
VALLEJO – The Manteca High girls basketball team bounced back from a three-point loss Thursday with an impressive 81-26 blowout over Deanza High.
ELK GROVE – The Sierra High Timberwolves rebounded from a tough first round loss in the Elk Grove Tournament with a strong performance in a 67-46 win over Florin High.
Ripon High captured its fourth straight Trans Valley League title this season and with it the conference's Most Valuable Player award in as many years.
MODESTO – Manteca High is just trying to get better each time it takes the court, and the Buffaloes seem to be doing just that with another impressive outing in their second round 90-70 win over Johansen in the Modesto City Classic Thursday at Enochs High.
MODESTO - Ripon wasn't always sharp on offense, but it more than made up for it on the defensive end during its Big Valley Christian Tournament opener Thursday.
WESTON RANCH - Weston Ranch High's Tony Gomes lost a tough 6-4 decision in the first match at 171 pounds Thursday night.
The Manteca and East Union volleyball teams split their first two sets Wednesday before the visiting Lancers atoned for an earlier season sweep and pulled away to win the next two for a 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17 win in Valley Oak League action at Winter Gymnasium.
East Union co-head coaches Brian Goulart and Dennis Wells figured this was the year that the Lancers' run of championships in the Sierra Invitational would end.
The hardest part of the schedule is over for Ripon's football team.
Manteca and Oakdale entered Wednesday's Valley Oak League soccer contest tied in the standing, and the Mustangs escaped Guss Schmiedt Field with a 5-2 victory and sole possession of second place.
Manteca is on a three-match winning streak after thumping Kimball 8-1 in Tracy on Wednesday.
TRACY - Mahir Pepic and Haley Silva won the varsity boys and girls races without much of a challenge in the second Valley Oak League cluster meet Tuesday at Eagal Lakes.
Rich Posz hoped that his East Union volleyball team's upset of Oakdale last Thursday would have a carry-over effect in Tuesday's duel with first-place Central Catholic.
RIPON - Thomas Sidtikun scored two goals and assisted on a third Tuesday to help keep defending league champion Ripon in first place in the Trans-Valley League with a 3-0 win over Escalon at Stouffer Field.
Brooke Riley looked to be on her way to another outstanding round after a birdie-birdie start in East Union's Valley Oak League match with Sierra on Tuesday.
Elizabeth Tolbert held off East Union's Maddie Yslava to win a hard-earned three-set match and highlighted an 8-1 victory for visiting Manteca on Tuesday.
East Union's game plan was to apply pressure on the Manteca back line from the opening whistle Monday at Guss Schmiedt Field.
With help from East Union, Weston Ranch finds itself comfortably ahead of the pack at the midway point of the Valley Oak League boys soccer season.
Jacqui Uecker collected 12 kills, seven digs, two aces and a block to help Ripon ward off Riverbank 25-12, 10-25, 25-12, 25-16 in a Trans-Valley League volleyball match on Monday.
Manteca kept up a relentless attack from the opening kickoff to the final buzzer Friday and defeated host Lathrop 48-6 in Valley Oak League sophomore action at Bennie Gatto Field.
Manteca swept East Union to open Valley Oak League play.