BAKERSFIELD - There would be no slow start for Ryan Mackey this time around.
Nobody likes a tie, but nobody was doing much whining about it after Ripon and East Union battled to a 1-1 stalemate at Woodward Park Friday.
Manteca High kicked off the 1st Annual Buffalo Cup with a 4-1 win over Bret Heart Friday evening at Guss Schmiedt Field.
STOCKTON - The 2008 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III runner-up East Union Lancers picked up where they left off a season ago, storming out of the gate with a 12-2 win over Stagg Friday afternoon.
Sierra's girls team continued its preseason dominance with a one-sided 122-48 win over visiting Tracy Friday, while the boys notched their first victory, 92-74.
CLOVIS - Manteca went 1-2 in the first day of the prestigious California High School Tennis Classic Friday.
STOCKTON - The East Union sophomore baseball team sent four pitchers to the mound Friday in a season-opening 8-0 win over Stagg on the road, and the they combined for an 11-strikeout, two-hit shutout.
I spent eight hours at the 2009 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament on Friday and I wanted to share a few observations.
ARGONAUT - Three years ago, when most of the 2009 Ripon High girls soccer team was made up of talented underclassmen, the buzz had begun that in a few years the Indians would be awfully scary.
MODESTO – The Buffaloes came away with a win and a tie to close out the Johansen Tournament Saturday in Modesto, knocking off the tournament host, 6-5, in the first of two, and settling for an 8-8 time-limit-shortened tie with Los Banos in the nightcap.
STOCKTON - It wasn't exactly the finish that Ripon High senior Ryan Mackey was hoping for.
CARMICHAEL - Duplicating a dramatic finish for victory isn't as easy as it's made out to be.
STOCKTON – The Gabby Hawkins era got off to a sterling start Friday at Edison High as Sierra's junior ace struck out 11 and missed a perfect game by a single base on balls in a 4-0 Timberwolf win.
DELHI - Abigail Rosas assisted the only goal in Manteca High's 1-0 victory over Delhi, but it was the work of her and the rest of the defensive back line that impressed first-year coach Justin Coenenberg Friday.
ROCKLIN – The remarkable story that is Marco Castaneda's 2008-09 wrestling season grew even more impressive Saturday at Whitney High as East Union's 119-pounder won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship with a 19-16 win over Whitney's Jordan Achanzar.
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.
Ripon junior Nick Sharp shot a 1-over 36 during Thursday's Trans Valley League victory over visiting Riverbank at the Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.
East Union's playoff chances took a big hit Thursday when it dropped a 5-4 decision to visiting Sonora.
One pitching gem followed another for Ripon on Thursday.
Chris Schmitz led Sierra for a second straight day, and the Timberwolves completed their season sweep of Manteca High 227-242 Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
RIPON - Sometimes the wind blows your way and sometimes it does not.
MORGAN HILL – Ty Wells stood poolside, cooled by the shade of a pop-up tent.
Lathrop's girls varsity track and field team came to compete against Sierra at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
Freshman pitcher Alexis Erich twirled a one-hitter, and Jordan Vinson swatted three doubles in East Union's 11-0 mercy-shortened win at Lathrop on Wednesday.
Coming off two disappointing losses to Hughson, Ripon rebounded nicely Wednesday with a 9-1 thumping of visiting Modesto Christian.
Manteca's top two singles players Yok-Jing Ma and Mike Lopez didn't waste time picking up wins on Wednesday during the Buffaloes' 8-1 Valley Oak League victory over cross-town rival Sierra.
Sierra's boys and girls swimming teams didn't have much struggle picking up a pair of victories Tuesday afternoon over Valley Oak League opponents Weston Ranch and Lathrop.
Sierra pitcher Kyle Oden admitted he didn't have his best stuff working for him in Tuesday's crosstown clash with visiting East Union, but he more than made up for it with the bat.