Ripon High's boys basketball team continued its steady improvement Friday, soundly defeating Division-I Downey 63-43 in Modesto.
STOCKTON - The 4th Annual Big Valley Classic Wrestling Tournament saw 75 wrestling programs show up looking to seize an opportunity for a strong showing in a challenging tournament, and for a handful of area wrestlers that opportunity is close to becoming reality.
Things weren't looking good for East Union during the third quarter of its contest against intracity rival Sierra Thursday night.
Trailing by as much as 19 points in the second half, Weston Ranch's girls basketball team managed to remain a threat in the fourth quarter before falling 63-53 to Manteca High Thursday at Winter Gym.
Kelli Keefe accounted for 11 of Sonora High's 17 fourth-quarter points, helping the Wildcats race past host Lathrop 53-34 in a Valley Oak League contest Thursday.
Tim Baker saved his best for last.
Sierra High varsity wrestler Alex Patton was visibly disappointed after his taxing match with Bobby Guillory.
Sierra High boys varsity basketball coach Scott Thomason knows his squad's style of play.
With one of its top players sidelined for missing practice, East Union High's boys basketball team was nearly burned by one of its former lower-level players.
RIPON - The fact that Ripon High's boys basketball was in the double-bonus before halftime is a pretty good sign that the Indians were aggressive on the court.
East Union High's girls basketball team began its defense of the Valley Oak League championship Tuesday with a 73-23 rout of visiting Lathrop at Dalben Center.
RIPON – The Knights made a splash in their return to the Southern League Tuesday, defeating Mariposa, 62-40.
RIPON - Ripon Christian's girls basketball team wanted to make a statement, but first-year head coach Ed Mulder didn't expect the Knights to pummel visiting Mariposa in such resounding fashion, 62-19.
Weston Ranch High staked its claim as one of the Valley Oak League's boys basketball powers in 2006, the school's first year with a senior class.
To overcome their size deficiencies, East Union and Manteca High's girls basketball teams worked on picking up the pace over their non-league schedules.
Arianna Cardenas hadn't scored in more than a month, and she was battling a freshman for minutes, but few have been better in big games.
CERES - A chance at making history turned into heartbreak for the Manteca High boys tennis team in the first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team final.
Natalia Duran got the last laugh Wednesday.
Ripon Christian is heading to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII championship game for a second straight year after upending fourth-seeded Vacaville Christian 4-1 on Wednesday.
Cindy Alvarez started on defense for a second straight game.
Ripon's softball team is hoping the fourth time is the charm against Hughson.
RIPON - Emily O'Brien and Alli Hickman's valiant effort came up short in the No. 2 girls doubles match, as Ripon lost to Trans-Valley League rival Escalon 5-4 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Coed Team Tennis semifinals Wednesday.
The Ripon High baseball team is hitting its stride at the right time.
SACRAMENTO - Second-seeded East Union came out swinging Tuesday against No. 15 American Canyon.
Frank Fontana joined in on a three-on-three drill, talking a little trash and sharing laughs in what was the final practice of the season for the 2015 Manteca High boys tennis team.
Four Manteca-area schools qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section girls soccer playoffs, and all four are a win away from playing for the blue banner.
SACRAMENTO - Christian Brothers put up three runs in the third inning and coasted to a 5-1 win over Manteca in opening-round action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball playoffs Tuesday at the Sacramento Softball Complex, ending the season for the Buffaloes.
All season, Manteca High boys tennis head coach Frank Fontana has praised the players on the lower end of the team ladder, and understandably so.
STOCKTON - Nick Sharp just missed making the cut Monday for next week's Nor-Cal Tournament at Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas.
It will be an all-Trans-Valley League showdown on Wednesday when Ripon welcomes back Escalon for a semifinal match in the Sac-Joaquin Section Coed Team Tennis playoffs.