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SOQUEL – It was a long trip to the California coast Friday night for the Manteca sophomore football team, but even tired legs and a sluggish start couldn't deter the Buffaloes from picking up a season-opening win, 22-20.
The Manteca High freshman football team ran wild over Christian Brothers Thursday night at Guss Schmiedt Field, as tailback Anthony Cota scored four times in a 33-7 win.
LATHROP - Adjusting to varsity speed will be a challenge for seniorless Lathrop this season.
Following East Union's emotionally draining 41-35 loss to Beyer at Dino Cunial Field Friday night, head coach Mike James made the comment that when people pick up the newspaper this morning, they will read the headline and assume that his team is still the same old Lancers.
SOQUEL - Competition is what the Manteca Buffaloes were hoping for when they scheduled the Soquel Knights of the Central Coast Section for their season opener.
LINDEN - The Indians took a big step forward in their season opener.
RIPON - Quarterback Tyler Voogd threw for 105 yards and ran for 103 and two touchdowns in Ripon Christian's 49-0 rout of Delhi at Stouffer Field Friday. He also hit Clayton Prins for a 22-yard TD strike in the third quarter.
Ripon cruised to three easy victories to start pool play in Golden Valley's Central California Classic Friday at Enochs High.
Bumping, setting and killing sounds easy enough, but it wasn't until Thursday's non-league match with visiting Franklin did Sierra make it look that way.
ESCALON - The goal for Sierra in its last non-league match of the season wasn't just to go into Valley Oak League action with a .500 record, but to do so in impressive fashion.
It was the Jillian and Jackie Show yet again Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course as Jackie Ketner (3-over-par 40) and Jillian Goulart (43) led the Lancers to their fourth straight win, 242-279.
Brothers Marcel and Myles Romo have never had the chance to line up side by side while on the same football team.
The bright spots were few and far between for East Union head volleyball coach Eryn Bowers following a 25-12, 20-25, 25-18, 25-22 win over Johansen Wednesday night at Dalben Center, but a win is a win, and the Lancers will take it.
OAKDALE - Ripon got an outstanding look at Oakdale last weekend in Reno, the site of the High Sierra Invitational, and even beat the Mustangs in Nevada, but an erratic effort Wednesday at Oakdale would lead to a 18-25, 25-23, 15-25, 22-25 loss.
The Valley Oak League uses a points-based system to determine its MVP.
Manteca registered its second 9-0 win of the week Thursday when it shut out visiting East Union in Valley Oak League action.
Francisco Cisneros summed up Weston Ranch's final nonleague match of the season in one word:
Los Banos checked into its nonleague match with visiting East Union holding a deceiving 4-6 record.
Jack Miller recently retired from Manteca High, where the History teacher spent more than 30 years as an assistant coach with the football team. Miller was a part of four Sac-Joaquin Section championship teams and was twice voted Best of Manteca's Best Local Coach. Now City of Manteca Hall of Famer pays close attention to his yards, his golf game and granddaughter.
The Manteca High boys soccer team took full advantage of its first practice in nearly a week.
Ripon Christian laughs last.
RIPON - The hole was just too deep for Ripon's volleyball team to climb out of.
East Union's grueling opening week of the season may have done it some good.
Sierra's girls golf team opened the Valley Oak League with a statement Tuesday at Dryden Park Golf Course in Modesto.
East Union's 8-1 victory, its first of the Valley Oak League season, looks one-sided at the surface, but visiting Lathrop made the Lancers work for it on Tuesday.
Hairo Silva recorded his second hat trick of the season, and Lathrop needed every single one of those goals to top host Beyer of Modesto 4-3 on Monday.
Ripon got its revenge against neighboring rival Ripon Christian on Saturday, edging the Knights in the championship match of their own tournament, the Ripon Christian Soccer Classic, on Saturday.
The Lathrop sophomores never trailed in a 33-6 win over visiting Liberty Ranch in non-league action Friday night at Bennie Gatto Field.
Manteca High's girls tennis team got some valuable court time and, best of all, new T-shirts in its annual trip to the California Classic in Fresno.