RIPON - There are two sides to Ripon High senior Hart Yoshida.
ESCALON – After putting themselves back in contention with a late first half goal, the Ripon Indians outplayed the Escalon Cougars over the final half, ending a nine-game losing drought with a 2-1 win in Trans Valley League play.
The Sierra High cross country program put forth a valiant effort, yet it was unable to slow down the Sonora Wildcats in Wednesday's Valley Oak League Meet No. 2 at Woodward Reservoir.
Weston Ranch was able to put forth a fight in the first game, but that would be all the Cougars could muster up in a 28-26, 25-17, 25-8 loss to the Buffaloes Wednesday in Valley Oak League play.
Even when things don't work out perfect they still work out for the East Union golf team as it overcame scheduling obstacles to win the Sierra Invitational golf tournament with a team score of 485 Wednesday at the Manteca Park Golf Course.
The Manteca High sophomore volleyball team got better as the night went on during a 25-22, 25-13 win over the Weston Ranch Cougars.
LATHROP - The sloppy conditions led to sloppy play at Lathrop High's soccer field Tuesday.
HUGHSON - With the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff power ratings about a week away from being unveiled, all Ripon Christian can do until then is take care of business.
The howling winds and hard-pouring rain didn't keep Manteca, Lathrop and Weston Ranch high schools' boys soccer teams from playing Tuesday, but one match involving another area team was cancelled.
Sierra High finished the first half up by a touchdown and put together a flawless second half to improve to 2-0 in Valley Oak League play with a 34-22 win over the Manteca Buffaloes at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Manteca High freshman football team took its season to new heights with an impressive 26-18 win over the Sierra Timberwolves for its second consecutive Valley Oak League victory.
Just moments before the opening kickoff at Sierra High's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Friday, Manteca's players took the field after busting through a large banner that read: "We run this town."
Robbie Wise looked helpless as he leaned against the chain-linked fence separating the end zone of Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium from the snack bar on the northern end of the facility.
RIPON – When quarterback Alex Gustin found a wide-open Jake Carlson in the Calaveras endzone, the Ripon Indians had put themselves in position for the squad's third dramatic come-from-behind victory.
Escalon got one step closer to clinching the Valley Foothill League's North Division championship Tuesday after beating second-place Ripon 160-175 at Escalon Golf Course.
Weston Ranch beat East Union at its own game in a duel between the Valley Oak League's hottest teams Monday at Dino Cunial Field.
Coming off a tough five-game loss to rival Escalon, Ripon bounced back nicely with Monday's 25-13, 25-10, 25-23 sweep at Modesto Christian.
East Union's Edmi Lopez is a Timberwolf slayer.
Ripon Christian's boys soccer team overcame a halftime deficit, and Andrew Manes nailed the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute to knock off host Le Grand 2-1 on Thursday.
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.