RIPON - Modesto Christian came into Friday's marquee Trans Valley League showdown at Ripon averaging 52.3 points per game.
Manteca High took care of business against Ceres. In the 41-0 victory, the Buffaloes scored twice on special teams, three times on the ground, and once in the air during the homecoming affair. The Bulldogs' record spoke for itself: 0-4 in Valley Oak League play, 0-7 overall. "We did what we were supposed to against Ceres," Manteca coach Eric Reis said on Friday. His team now controls its destiny. The Buffaloes (3-1, 5-2) are in ...
SONORA-The curse of Dunlavy Field still remains. A week after the Sierra Timberwolves watched their star running back Jarrod Daniels tie the school rushing record and score five touchdowns, they simply couldn't find the momentum needed in a 17-7 loss to Sonora that ended their undefeated season. Sonora, which celebrated Homecoming in front of over 4,000 fans, remains undefeated against Sierra on its field. The usually well-mannered Timberwolves were hampered by a handful of penalties. ...
CERES - East Union and Central Valley entered Friday night's contest with identical 2-4 overall and 0-3 Valley Oak League records.
RIVERBANK – It's never easy to rebound when you find yourself down by two touchdowns at halftime.
Jena Anderson tried to suppress her emotions after she and Sierra High No. 1 doubles partner Stephanie Vanni cruised to a routine 6-1, 6-0 victory over Manteca's Amy Kaur and Ali Tolman Thursday.
LATHROP - For a half, it appeared as if Lathrop would pull off the biggest upset of the Valley Oak League season - even if it were to end in a scoreless tie.
­Manteca's scrappy play on the defensive line did well enough to make visiting Sonora's big-hitting front work, but the big hitting was too much.
A twice dislocated kneecap forced John Perez to watch from the stands with the "Wolf Pack" cheering section as Sierra High's football team made history by qualifying for its first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff run.
Valley Oak League Sierra (3-0, 6-0) at Sonora (2-1, 5-1) • Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m. • Last year: 38-14, Sierra • Key matchup: Sierra RB/SS Jarrod Daniels vs. Sonora RB/LB Dan Link. Two of the league's top two running backs go head-to-head from both sides of scrimmage. Link has 926 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns but was kept out of the end zone in last week's 37-13 loss at Manteca, while ...
LATHROP – Lathrop High School doesn't have to look at a zero in front of its record anymore when talking about the play of their varsity volleyball team.
RIPON – In most soccer matches getting two goals in the first 25 minutes would be enough to edge out a victory.
STOCKTON - The faces might have been different, but the sight around the 18th hole of the Brookside Country Club were quite the same on Tuesday afternoon.
Sierra striker Braian Gomez picked up two more goals to stretch his area-leading total to 27 in Tuesday's 3-0 Valley Oak League home victory over rival East Union.
Manteca High ended its home match run on a high note. During its final home match against Manteca Unified newcomer Lathrop High on Tuesday the Buffaloes claimed a 4-1 victory that improve their Valley Oak League record to 4-7. But those wins didn't come easy. While Manteca's ace Maria Saavedra lost to Lathrop's Merchelle Alegado 4-6 and 0-6 for the Buffaloes' only loss of the day, at least two of their wins came from getting ...
The Weston Ranch, Ripon and Ripon Christian boys soccer teams enjoyed home-field advantage last Thursday when they opened the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
A last-ditch effort to extend its season came up short for the Ripon High boys water polo team on Monday.
Haley Silva and Josh Spooner of Sierra, Ellie Waters and Alex Norling of Ripon and Brendon Curtright of Weston Ranch finished in the top 10 of the Sac-Joaquin Subsection Cross Country championships Saturday at Frogtown in Angels Camp.
The Ripon boys outscored Los Banos in all four periods Saturday and came away with a 21-5 win in opening-round action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II boys' water polo playoffs at Whitney High School.
RIPON - Andie Shelton thought nothing of it when Ripon Christian volleyball coach Kara Ledeboer asked for a list of her achievements a month ago.
RIPON – Ripon took nearly 30 minutes to get on the scoreboard during Thursday's opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V tournament.
RIPON – Ripon Christian standout Travis Vander Molen raced up the field after scoring the game's second goal, repeatedly tapping his head with his index while celebrating toward the home crowd.
Three area schools were represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Tournament at Roseville's Johnson Ranch Racquet Club on Thursday.
STOCKTON - The littlest of Cougars came up big in Weston Ranch's first-ever postseason soccer game.
Vanden's defense was stingy during the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III tournament Thursday night.
If the Ripon and Ripon Christian volleyball teams are to meet again in the playoffs, it would have to be in the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament.
Manteca senior Jesus Ponce was called off the pitch in the 71st minute of Tuesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener with visiting Lincoln of Placer County.
Hilmar capped an undefeated run through the Trans-Valley League season with Tuesday's four-game win (23-25, 25-19, 25-9, 25-23), but host Ripon gave the Yellowjackets another scare.
Manteca High's girls tennis team ended a 20-year playoff drought in 2011.
It turns out Ripon High's boys soccer team has its first Trans-Valley League championship all to itself.