Effort wasn't the issue in Manteca and visiting Ripon's annual Foundation Game showdown Monday.
Twenty two-year-old Brett Lewis' debut as East Union High's varsity boys basketball head coach went smoothly.
RIPON – The Notre Dame Spirits fought valiantly to keep their 2009 season alive, but the Ripon Indians would have no such thing, finishing off the Spirits' season by winning in four in the CIF State Volleyball Championship semi-finals at Ripon High.
FRESNO – Only a select few had the privilege of grinding out another race during t the CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park Saturday and Sierra High senior John Bowers was the only Manteca area athlete to make the cut.
On the last big play of a game full of them, Jarrod Daniels made a statement while sealing Sierra High's thrilling 40-39 victory over No. 6 Benicia Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Offense might win games, but it was defense that allowed Sierra to hold off a prolific Benicia passing attack that was unlike anything the team has seen so far this year.
It's one thing to run the opposing team's offense during scout-team practice, and it's another guiding a team to a second-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Football playoff victory.
Fortunes have followed the Ripon High volleyball team for the majority of its 2009 season, but the squads' blessings took new heights when its second-round opponent, Notre Dame High of Salinas, knocked off No. 2 seed Salesian, handing the Indians home court advantage for the CIF NorCal Championship match Saturday.
The Sierra Timberwolves have reason to be thankful.
Shalane Jackson gave a nice glimpse of what to expect from her sophomore season, leading East Union High to a season-opening 49-34 win over the visiting Bear Creek Bruins Wednesday at the Dalben Center.
The loss of record-holding goal scorer Eric Cavanaugh had little effect on Ripon this season.
RIPON - Ripon Christian showed it more than deserved its berth into the CIF Northern California Division V State Volleyball Championships, yet the Knights were unable to extend their magical season after a four-game loss (11-25, 25-22, 13-25 and 18-25) to Castilleja of Palo Alto.
COTTONWOOD - The trip ended up being much longer than the match.
STOCKTON – The Weston Ranch Cougars had a strong sense of how they wanted their season to get underway, but the McNair Eagles had a different agenda beating the Cougars 54-50 in both teams' season opener.
Will Kamps proved that his sophomore campaign was no fluke.
Ripon Christian appears to be hitting its stride.
Manteca led for the first 30 minutes of its Ron Peterson Tipoff Tournament semifinal against Calaveras at Riverbank High, but a poor shooting night ultimately doomed the Buffaloes in a 44-42 loss Friday.
First-year Lathrop boys soccer coach Alfredo Reynaga didn't need to look far for a program to model his after.
STOCKTON - Hunter Johnson and Josh Patton accounted for 36 points and 28 rebounds to lead Sierra to a 69-54 win over host McNair in non-league boys basketball action.
LATHROP - George Contente isn't fooling anyone.
Manteca put its talent and inexperience on display against Ron Peterson Tipoff Tournament host Riverbank on Thursday.
If Sierra coach Martha Spivey learned one thing about her team through its first two games of the 2014-15 season, it's that it will fight until the final buzzer.
The only thing that could slow Sierra's roll on tuesday was the running clock in its season opener against visiting Golden Valley of Merced.
RIPON - After trailing by 11 at the end of the first quarter, Ripon battled back to within a point late in the third period but then watched Livermore go on a 15-2 run to pull away in a 50-32 win for the visiting Cowboys in non-league girls basketball action on Tuesday.
RIPON - For a game that Manteca High coach Brett Lewis called a "glorified scrimmage," it sure didn't play out like one Monday night at Ripon.
RIPON - The East Union defense was suffocating Monday night, forcing host Ripon Christian to turn the ball over 31 times in a 53-25 Lancers win in a Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation basketball game. This is the 13th year for the Foundation games which provide funding for the Section's A. Dale Lacky Scholarship program. This year, 152 games were played at 81 different sites in the section with the results not counting in the teams' records. Lathrop visited Golden Valley, while Weston Ranch took on Lincoln in doubleheaders. The Sierra girls hosted Sonora.
A trio of seniors and a sophomore represent Ripon High's volleyball team on the All-Trans-Valley League team.
Preps careers were launched and completed at the finish line of the CIF State Cross Country Championships in Fresno on Saturday.
Brett Lewis got an early test of his team's depth in a 70-56 victory over Lincoln of Stockton, and the first-year coach was pleased with what he discovered.