LATHROP – In the opening stages of Lathrop High's nonleague contest with the Ripon Indians, Lathrop looked evenly matched with the Ripon, holding the lead for the game's first four innings. Ripon eventually took over in a major way, closing its 17-2 win with 14 runs in the last two at bats.
Sierra High wasted little time jumping out on the host Tokay Tigers, pushing across a pair of runs in their first at bat on their way to a 5-2 win over the Tigers Wednesday.
The Valley Oak League schedule got underway Tuesday, and Sierra High did everything it needed to do to open the season with a win. Its match with Kimball High finished in a tie, resorting to a tie-breaker method that left Sierra coping with the loss at Uninon Road Tennis Courts.
No seniors, no problem.
The heartbreaking finish to the 2009-10 season has been erased from the minds of Ripon Christian's seniors.
It was business as usual through a quarter of play in No. 12 Weston Ranch's NorCal opener against fifth-seeded host Burlingame Tuesday.
The East Union baseball team fell behind six runs in the first five innings, setting a 7-1 loss to the Tracy Bulldogs in motion Tuesday in Tracy.
Manteca High's softball team played a little longer than it should have in its 20-7 rout of Downey in Modesto Tuesday.
After having impressive win streaks snapped in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs last week, the Ripon Christian and Weston Ranch boys basketball teams will have the opportunity to bounce back in the first round of the NorCal tournament today.
After recording three assists in last Thursday's non-league win over Hilmar, freshman Isela Rivera continued the impressive start to her high school career Monday against defending San-Joaquin Athletic Association champion Lodi.
RIPON - Realignment has rendered the Ripon-Ripon Christian baseball rivalry meaningless in terms of conference and playoff implications.
Former Ripon High star and two-time Bulletin All-Area MVP Justin Graham is enjoying his best year at San Jose State as a senior and was rewarded for it Sunday.
Ripon High topped all other public-school boys golf programs in the Lincoln Tournament Monday, placing fourth overall at Brookside Country Club in Stockton.
Melvin Allen's overall stats hardly stand out, but he definitely earned notice in some of Weston Ranch's biggest games during the Valley Oak League season.
The Manteca High girls basketball team appears to be back on the rise after a decade-long championship rout.
Daniel Ruiz made five straight free throws in the final minute, 30 seconds, helping host Golden West edge previously-undefeated Sequoia 48-47 in Tuesday's thrilling Manteca Unified Student Trust small-school boys basketball championship game.
The Manteca girls basketball team's stumble to the finish line ultimately cost it a berth to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
LATHROP - Dylan Gross scored 11 of his game-high 13 points in the second half to lead the Woodward Mustangs to a 43-36 win over the Mossdale Jaguars on Tuesday in the Manteca Unified Student Trust Large School Boys Basketball Championship at Mossdale School.
Sierra is the boys Valley Oak League basketball champion for the fourth time in as many years, and as a result of Tuesday's 84-48 thumping of visiting Lathrop the Timberwolves are a perfect 14-0 for the second time in that same stretch.
Four Ripon players were recognized on senior night Tuesday, and they had more reason to celebrate following the Indians' 36-27 triumph over Escalon.
Anand Hundal once again came up short of his first career triple-double in Manteca High's 69-37 shellacking of visiting Oakdale in a regular-season finale Tuesday.
East Union is peaking at just the right time.
RIPON - Rod Wright could sense this loss was coming.
RIPON - Ripon Christian players jumped off their seats on the sideline and joined the five Knights on the court to celebrate their clinching of the Trans-Valley League outright title Friday night.
There will be little drama in the Valley Oak and Trans-Valley leagues tonight when the regular season comes to a close for Manteca area boys and girls basketball teams.
STOCKTON – Chris Teevan plopped down in his office chair, flipping through the scorebook.
Six local wrestlers finished second Saturday in the Valley Oak League wrestling championships at Sierra High school.
It is nice when you control your own destiny.
STOCKTON - The Wolf Pack spilled out of the stands, washing the court in blues, grays and whites.
RIPON - Ripon Christian garnered its fourth league championship in five years Friday night, but no one would blame the Knights for relishing this one a little more than the rest.