FRESNO – The 2010 CIF State Cross Country Championships Saturday marked several firsts for the Ripon High program.
FRESNO – On this cold and gray morning, Ricky Morris was at his very best.
When the Weston Ranch girls basketball team beat Sierra High to close out the Valley Oak League a year ago, the Cougars were hoping a postseason berth would be around the corner, but that berth never came.
After a quick walkthrough of Woodward Park in Fresno, the annual site of the CIF State Cross Country Championships, Ripon High head coach Paul Calkins and his runners settled into their hotel rooms at around 5:30 Friday night for a little rest and relaxation.
Just a short time ago, the Weston Ranch boys basketball squad was the premier team in the Valley Oak League, and the Lathrop Spartans were opening the gym for the hoops program for the very first time. After failing to reach the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs, the Cougars are poised to get back to the top of the league, whereas as Lathrop will be working through the exodus of one of its better players.
To be the champs, Ripon Christian's volleyball team must go through the champs.
Manteca and Sierra believe they have what it takes to make a run at the Valley Oak League championship this year.
Earning back-to-back outright championships in the Valley Oak League didn't come easily for Manteca High, and that was with dazzling point guard Kiwi Gardner setting gym floors ablaze.
The setters of the top teams in the Trans Valley and Southern leagues were voted the Most Valuable Players of each conference.
RIPON - The Knights didn't want to be one and done in this year's CIF State Northern California Division V volleyball championship tournament.
RIPON - It's an overused cliché, but the Ripon-St. Helena first-round match in the CIF State Northern California Division IV Championships Tuesday was truly played out like a heavyweight title bout.
In some ways, Ripon High volleyball coach Larry Keethe sees his team as an underdog despite its No. 1 ranking in the CIF Division IV State Championships, which begins today with Round 1 of the NorCal playoffs.
The Valley Oak League season saw the Sonora Wildcats and Oakdale Mustangs have their way along the schedule, but standout play from the other squads didn't go unrecognized, as the VOL's 2010 all-league team was recently announced.
The additions of Hilmar and Orestimba made the Trans Valley League even tougher Ripon High this year, and that was reflected in the all-conference selections.
DAVIS - The streak came to a halt for Ripon High varsity volleyball team.
LODI - Alex Gonzales and the Ripon High girls golf team came up short of advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament.
Manteca came oh so close to pulling off a big upset on Tuesday.
STOCKTON - It was a great day for East Union, which claimed its ninth straight Valley Oak League championship at Swenson Park Tuesday.
This time, Manteca made Oakdale earn the victory, and the Buffaloes nearly pulled off the upset in Tuesday's showdown between the Valley Oak League ...
LATHROP – In the third set Tuesday Sierra's Brianna Padua served five consecutive service points to bring the Timberwolves from behind for the second set ...
STOCKTON - Sierra High's Claire Banks swept No. 3 Elizabeth Tolbert of rival Manteca 6-4, 6-0 in the semifinal round of Tuesday's Valley Oak ...
SONORA - A five-goal outburst in the second quarter helped the Ripon High boys water polo team gain a wide separation en route to a 15-7 ...
Payton Reis' hardest hit of the night didn't score for Manteca, but it inspired fellow freshman Kacy Bolding to finish what her teammate started ...
RIPON - Ripon Christian's boys soccer team caught Delhi off guard to stake an early lead in a Southern League match Tuesday.
STOCKTON - Non-existent in the first half Monday, Joseph Mayorca erupted for three goals in the second to spearhead Weston Ranch's 3-1 win over East ...
RIPON - Ripon High's girls water polo team evened its Valley Oak League record to 1-1 with a lopsided 18-7 win over Calaveras, while the ...
Eddie Aguilar had two goals and Armando Chavez two assists to lead host Sierra to a 2-1 win over Lathrop on Wednesday in Valley Oak ...
RIPON - The Valley Oak League's reigning champions started the conference season at Ripon High's Ervin Zador Aquatic Center on Wednesday.
Hughson has the perfect record.
The East Union High girls golf team put together a strong overall performance in the annual Sierra Invitational on Wednesday.