Caleb Rogers was 3 for 3 with a double and a run, and Scott Robison pitched a complete-game four-hitter to lead Ripon in a 3-1 nonleague victory at Downey of Modesto Monday.
Manteca High's boys and girls swim teams overcame visiting intracity rival East Union with mirroring 95-75 scores on Friday.
Bad news first. East Union suffered its first Valley Oak League defeat Friday at Northgate Softball Complex, and the 9-0 walloping administered by the hard-hitting Jaguars of Kimball wasn't pretty. The good news for the Lancers (6-1 VOL, 15-3-1 overall) is that they are still alone in first place. That's because rival Sierra lost to defending champion Oakdale 3-1 on Friday, creating a logjam in the upper half of the standings with now three teams, ...
RIPON – Escalon's Alana Kualapai played with a killer instinct on Friday. After Ripon tied the ballgame at one apiece late in the first half, Kualapai immediately answered with her second of three goals that helped lift Escalon to a 3-1 Trans Valley League victory. "It was deflating," Ripon assistant coach Bryce Perkins said. "That was just a mental letdown. We were still celebrating, and it's like we weren't even set. That one lowered everyone's ...
Nick Sharp finished 3-over par with a 39 at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club, leading Ripon to a 214-249 victory Friday over visiting Escalon.
HUGHSON – Hughson's Ryan Bava drew the game-winning walk that lifted his squad to a 4-3 Trans Valley League victory over visiting Ripon on Friday in extra innings.
Isela Rivera, East Union's goal-scoring dynamo, is used to being one of the smallest players on the field, but she doesn't let her 5-foot-1 frame hinder her.
Manteca's pitching and defense were lights out Thursday. Jake Corn and Jeremy Vaughn combined for a two-hitter, and the Buffaloes cruised to a 9-1 Valley Oak League victory against visiting Sonora. "Jake was doing his thing," Manteca head coach Gene Ballardo said. "I felt like the game was in hand, so I went with Jeremy to get him some more work. "(Corn and Vaughn) just threw strikes and got it done." The junior Corn got ...
LATHROP – East Union's Justin Nieto pitched a gem during Thursday's Valley Oak League matchup against host Lathrop.
Ripon's Nick Sharp shot a 2-over 38 during a 216-249 victory over host Hughson at the Turlock Golf & Country Club Thursday.
Weston Ranch kept its pace with Valley Oak League-leading Kimball Tracy on Thursday after making easy work of visiting Oakdale, 9-0.
East Union didn't have much trouble dispatching of Lathrop on Wednesday evening at the Northgate Softball Complex.
East Union's Nick Pulos put together an impressive performance during Wednesday's Valley Oak League contest against visiting Weston Ranch.
Having already faced Waterford twice, Ripon Christian prepared for Wednesday to be another competitive showdown between Southern League rivals.
Ripon High's boys golf team recorded its best score of the season Wednesday on its home course, and it came at a good time.
Ashley Almeida dove to her left, batting a rocket shot out of bounds.
STOCKTON - There was no fist pump. No twirl of the putter. Not even a smile cracked the face of the always even-keel Will Brink.
On a championship-caliber team with no Sac-Joaquin Section championships, Jim Todd isn't leaning on a rich core of veterans for the missing ingredient.
Sierra High has built it.
Manteca and Ripon Christian begin the Sac-Joaquin Section Division playoffs against familiar foes next week.
The road to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship appears to go through the Valley Oak League once again.
Ripon High's Zach Scudder and freshman Scott Tolman of Sierra are two of the favorites in today's Sac-Joaquin Section frosh-soph final in the 100-yard breast stroke.
RIPON - It was two years ago on this same field that four current Ripon Christian seniors experienced heartache.
Meghan Wallace stood at the edge of the penalty area in stunned disbelief - hands atop her head, mouth agape.
MODESTO – Ripon's Yvette Serrano put together a respectable effort in the net Thursday afternoon at David Patton Field.
LODI - Ripon's Erika Brown qualified for the finals of the frosh-soph 100-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke during the Sac-Joaquin Section girls swimming Trials at Tokay High on Thursday.
Jim Todd stopped practice and called for two substitutions.
The Sac-Joaquin Section's new playoff format has created plenty of intrigue.
LATHROP – Oakdale's resume speaks for itself.
RIPON - Ripon hasn't been to the Sac-Joaquin Section softtball playoffs since 1996.