RIPON – Down 15-0 in the first quarter against a tough Summerville squad, Ripon battened down the hatches behind quarterback Alex Gustin and rode the offensive line to a hard-fought 32-23 win.
A highly anticipated match between Sierra No. 1 doubles tandem Stephanie Vanni and Jena Anderson and East Union No. 1 Shalane Jackson and Klasey Kachalkin went down Thursday at East Union High, and although Sierra's best was challenged for the first time this season, Anderson and Vanni prevailed, 10-5.
For 20 minutes, Lathrop, competing in its first varsity season without seniors, hung tough.
RIPON – For Sam Conway, Karen Fredricks and Megan Talbot, three Ripon High juniors who have experienced the last two seasons with head coach Eric D'Ambrosio, Thursday's 191-215 win over Ripon Christian was especially satisfying.
TRACY – Modesty Rodriguez keeps finding open teammates and it keeps leading to Sierra wins.
Sierra's defending Valley Oak League champion frosh-soph soccer team cruised to a 6-0 victory in its regular-season home opener Thursday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Daniel Taylor, East Union's first-year offensive coordinator, knows a little about the quarterback position.
RIPON – All that stood between Ripon and an undefeated preseason was a 5-4 shootout loss in the Big Valley Tournament championship.
CERES – Jamie Beck, a 6-foot, 2-inch junior, is leading a Ceres volleyball reawakening this season and Manteca was on the opposite end of her hard-hitting wrath Wednesday in a 0-3 (16-25, 22-25, 22-25) road loss.
Sonora showed up at Manteca High Wednesday and showed what Wildcat tennis is all about in a 15-0 win over the upstart Buffaloes.
Sierra has been a lights-out team in the second half of its games so far this season.
RIPON - Following a 17-25, 14-25, 20-25 loss to Escalon in the Trans Valley League opener Tuesday at home, Ripon Christian head coach Tiger Shelton said that Cougars outside hitter Kaitlin Brayton could be the best player in the conference this season.
The Manteca High tennis team continued its impressive turnaround Tuesday afternoon with a 10-5-4.5 win over visiting Central Valley.
Giovanni Marin poured in four goals in Manteca's 7-1 romp over visiting Sierra Tuesday at Guss Schmiedt Field, but only one of them scores will be remembered.
Ripon hadn't played a match away from familiar Stouffer Field in nearly three full weeks until it traveled to Hilmar on Thursday.
Ripon avenged a previous loss and put itself in a good position to return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament with Thursday's 164-174 win over Linden at Jack Tone Golf Course.
The Southern League race has quietly developed into an intriguing one.
Pay no mind to Lathrop's record.
Ripon Christian visited Delhi on Tuesday and avenged its only Southern League loss with a 1-0 victory that keeps the Knights atop the standings.
Ripon overcame serving errors and a game Hughson squad in a Trans-Valley League road match Wednesday.
The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves' novice football team rode the legs of Elijah Cota in Saturday's overtime 25-19 victory over their cross-town rival Chargers.
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.