Giovanni Marin poured in four goals in Manteca's 7-1 romp over visiting Sierra Tuesday at Guss Schmiedt Field, but only one of them scores will be remembered.
LATHROP - Considering how hotly contested the first three games were, the deciding fourth, clinched easily by visiting East Union 25-10, was somewhat of a downer.
CERES - Jose Montes hoped for a tie, and he got it in spectacular fashion. Montes' Sierra Timberwolves opened the Valley Oak League season with a 2-2 tie against defending champion Central Valley Monday despite being outshot, 16-5. David Reyes blasted home a highlight-worthy bicycle kick off Emmanuel Ortiz's throw-in to complete the second-half comeback for Sierra (1-0, 6-5 overall), which was down two goals by halftime. "It was a World Cup-class goal," Montes said. ...
RIPON – A weekend after finishing runner-up at the Big Valley Tournament in Modesto, Ripon travelled across the street to capture the Ripon Christian Invitational title with a 3-0 win over Lathrop.
MODESTO – Over 1,200 runners gathered at Legion-Tuoumne Regional Park in Modesto Saturday for the Sierra Cross Country Invitational. The host Timberwolves put on a show, winning both the small and large school divisions in both boys and girls action.
MERCED – Rack up another crown for the mighty Indians of Ripon. After sweeping aside three teams in Golden Valley Tournament pool play Friday, all that stood between Ripon and the 36-team tournament championship Saturday was five more opponents. All in a day's work for Larry Keethe's crew. Starting at Merced College Saturday morning, Ripon downed Tiger Shelton's Ripon Christian Knights 25-20, 25-14, before outlasting Atwater, 25-17, 18-25, 15-9. "Tiger was having fun and so ...
Throughout my life, in times of struggle, I've turned to my mother in search of solace. "Brandon," she often offers, "God never puts more on your plate than you can handle." I never understood exactly what that meant, and I certainly didn't believe it, because time and time again, I've felt overwhelmed by the challenges I have faced. It wasn't until I found myself travelling away from Dino Cunial Field Friday night following East Union's ...
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. At Lion Stadium, Ripon High coach Chris Johnson, witnessed his young squad overcome first-half mistakes and penalties to edge out Linden in the non-league affair, 25-21. "With only seven players returning on varsity, I thought we really grew up (as a team) tonight," he said. Behind 21-13 at halftime, the Indians recovered a punt fumble following their first offensive sequence. The turnover ...
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.
FOLSOM – Not long after Harleen Pabla punched her third consecutive ticket to the CIF State Cross Country Championships Saturday afternoon, her Manteca High coach Rick Cuevas was on the phone with College of Idaho's Pat McMurray.
Second-year Excel Academy Sports Science and Health Preparatory High School has its first NCAA Division I athlete.
STOCKTON – Only one team stands between the Weston Ranch boys soccer team and the school's first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
Harleen Pabla continues to surprise herself.
Andie Shelton is one of the best talents to ever come out of the area. After being named an All-American last week, Ripon Christian's senior setter reached another milestone Thursday afternoon and signed her National Letter of Intent. She chose to continue her career at the University of Pacific next year and passed up on multiple other offers.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
The dream is to get drafted high by a major league team next June.
STOCKTON - Esteban Paramo stepped to the penalty stripe with a plan of action, each step carefully thought out.
GALT - Ripon's eventful 2013 campaign ended rather uneventfully at Galt High's Erv Hatzenbuhler Field on Wednesday.
YUBA CITY – Ripon Christian goalie Lukas Vermeulen had four opportunities to propel his squad into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII title game Wednesday evening.
RIPON - Except for two five-game thrillers with Turlock Christian, Ripon Christian was hardly tested in running the table for a fourth straight year in the Southern League.
Ripon High's volleyball team couldn't tame the Tigers twice.
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.