Numbers aren't supposed to lie, but in this case they do.
Down 17-24 in Game 4 and facing match point against Tracy Thursday at Sierra High, Modesty Rodriguez stepped to the end line just hoping to extend the contest as long as possible.
It took a while to get going at Lincoln Park Thursday, but once the Manteca frosh-soph soccer team kicked it into gear, it was lights out.
The 2008 soccer season was a rough one for area teams.
The Comcast Hometown Network will televise 13 Northern California high school football games this fall, and among them will be the Oct. 30 matchup between Manteca and Oakdale at The Corral.
The anticipated realignment of Sac-Joaquin Section conferences won't come to pass until the 2010-11 school year, but changes to the football playoff format has been approved to begin this fall.
Kyle Harman, ever the perfectionist, wasn't exactly thrilled.
East Union High hosted a two-day volleyball skills camp at the Dalben Center.
STOCKTON - Don't tell Eric Reis and his assistant coaches that the season hasn't started yet.
For three varsity seasons at Sierra High, Andy Scott displayed his fielding prowess at both middle-infield positions and his keen ability to get the big hits.
Alexis Erich and East Union held a three-run cushion heading into the seventh inning Friday and were three outs away from a key Valley Oak League victory over Kimball.
Oakdale capitalized on its opportunities and Sierra did not.
With two of their top contributors out, Sierra High's boys swimmers suffered their first defeat of the season by a 99-71 margin at Kimball of Tracy. Kimball's girls also won by the same score.
Ripon's defense hadn't given up more than two goals in a game all season until Friday.
Only one of Friday's matches between Ripon and Hughson's co-ed tennis teams needed to be decided in a third set.
Josh Clark fittingly scored the deciding run on a dropped third strike in the top of the seventh inning, as Ripon avoided an upset at Modesto Christian with a 7-4 victory Friday.
Oakdale High's recent run of dominance includes seven straight Valley Oak League championships and six Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV titles in that same span.
Sierra's Jack Thomson turned to a teenager for direction late in a 7-1 victory, and the Hall of Fame skipper was rewarded for his faith.
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.