RENO, Nev. - It takes a special volleyball team to be invited to Reno's annual High Sierra Invitational, and every season the Ripon Indians' invitation shows up without fail.
MODESTO - Ripon High kicked off the Big Valley Tournament Friday afternoon at Big Valley Christian with a 4-0 win over Rite of Passage.
LODI - After a sluggish performance against Turlock Christian Thursday night, Ripon Christian was able to pick up the pace against Tokay Friday, but it wouldn't be enough in a 20-25, 17-25, 26-24, 22-25 loss.
After a pair of disappointing losses to open the 2009 season, Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg was looking for signs of improvement Thursday night at Guss Schmiedt Field, where his Buffaloes took on Bret Harte in the opening round of the 2nd Annual Buffalo Cup.
It's a new season at Weston Ranch High, and with it has come a number of new faces, but most importantly, a new attitude, one that head coach Carlos Gaspar is convinced will lead to a number of victories.
It doesn't count against records, but it still stings for Tim Horning and his Manteca Buffaloes.
WESTON RANCH – The Weston Ranch tennis team picked up its first Valley Oak League win of the season at home Thursday, 8-7, over Manteca.
STOCKTON - Kaylee Joaquin earned her second straight medalist finish to start the Valley Oak League season Thursday, producing an 8-over 44 while leading Manteca to a 278-333 victory over Weston Ranch at Van Buskirk Golf Course.
They don't rebuild.
MODESTO - Sierra barely broke at sweat at Johansen Wednesday evening in a 25-10, 25-13, 25-14 sweep of the Vikings.
STOCKTON - What a difference a day makes.
OAKDALE - It wasn't easy for Lathrop Wednesday in a 15-0 loss to the Mustangs, but then again, it never is when it comes to Oakdale tennis.
Jose Montes makes it a point to throw his Sierra Timberwolves into the flame every preseason.
East Union fell behind 6-3 in Game 1 of a preseason tilt with Gustine Tuesday at Dalben Center, but from that point on it was all Lancers throughout, as EU walked away with a breezy 25-16, 25-7, 25-13 sweep.
LINDEN - Ripon got its big non-league win out of the way, and head coach Jamie DeBruyn hopes his Indians can carry it over to the rest of the season.
Isela Rivera fired the game-tying goal in the 38th minute with an angry blast from 20 yards away that knotted the game at one apiece Thursday night.
Ripon junior Nick Sharp shot a 1-over 36 during Thursday's Trans Valley League victory over visiting Riverbank at the Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.
East Union's playoff chances took a big hit Thursday when it dropped a 5-4 decision to visiting Sonora.
One pitching gem followed another for Ripon on Thursday.
Chris Schmitz led Sierra for a second straight day, and the Timberwolves completed their season sweep of Manteca High 227-242 Wednesday at Manteca Park Golf Course.
RIPON - Sometimes the wind blows your way and sometimes it does not.
MORGAN HILL – Ty Wells stood poolside, cooled by the shade of a pop-up tent.
Lathrop's girls varsity track and field team came to compete against Sierra at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
Freshman pitcher Alexis Erich twirled a one-hitter, and Jordan Vinson swatted three doubles in East Union's 11-0 mercy-shortened win at Lathrop on Wednesday.
Coming off two disappointing losses to Hughson, Ripon rebounded nicely Wednesday with a 9-1 thumping of visiting Modesto Christian.
Manteca's top two singles players Yok-Jing Ma and Mike Lopez didn't waste time picking up wins on Wednesday during the Buffaloes' 8-1 Valley Oak League victory over cross-town rival Sierra.
Sierra's boys and girls swimming teams didn't have much struggle picking up a pair of victories Tuesday afternoon over Valley Oak League opponents Weston Ranch and Lathrop.
Sierra pitcher Kyle Oden admitted he didn't have his best stuff working for him in Tuesday's crosstown clash with visiting East Union, but he more than made up for it with the bat.
Michael Garibay plated the game's first run in the opening inning of a Valley Oak League matchup of title contenders in Oakdale.
LATHROP - Weston Ranch scored the game's first four runs on Wednesday, but four runs were not going to get it done.