Both Ripon and Ripon Christian will open the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs as their respective division's No. 1 seeds.
RIPON - With the outright championship of the Southern League already in hand, Ripon Christian had one more thing to cross off its list.
Ann McFerran was intentionally kept out of the loop.
The Sonora Wildcats brought their undefeated Valley Oak League record into the Dalben Center and got pushed to the brink in Game 1, but a short-staffed East Union club would come no closer to an upset, falling 3-0 Thursday in front of the home fan
LATHROP - No playoff berth, no problem.
It did not take long for the Ripon Christian volleyball program to make its mark in its new Southern League home, winning the championship outright with a 3-0 sweep of Gustine Thursday for its first title in over a decade.
Ripon High knew that to find a seat in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs it would need a glorious finish to the Trans Valley League season.
A one-goal loss Monday eliminated the Manteca Buffaloes from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff picture, but that did not stop the Buffaloes from crashing East Union High's Valley Oak League championship hopes, stopping the Lancers 5-3 to close out the 2010 regular season.
Jose Montes was spared the Gatorade bath on a cold Thursday afternoon.
When the third and final Valley Oak League cross-country race was complete, the Sierra Timberwolves were able to land three of four VOL Championships, winning both girls titles and the sophomore boys crown Wednesday in Angels Camp.
Just about everything that could go right did for the Weston Ranch tennis team this year, putting together the school's first-ever Valley Oak League girls tennis championship and Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoff berth.
WESTON RANCH - Weston Ranch countered Sierra High's big comeback with one of its own.
Ripon Christian could have took advantage of a lackluster start by the Delhi Hawks, but that was not the case as the Knights drop another Southern League match Tuesday 6-3 in Ripon.
The East Union Lancers got their second crack at the Oakdale Mustangs, but the results didn't improve much as the Lancers dropped their Valley Oak League match with Oakdale 3-0 Tuesday in Oakdale.
The enormity of Monday's Valley Oak League all-important showdown with visiting Oakdale didn't do the trick.
Outstanding efforts from the goalies kept this Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV boys soccer playoff opener from erupting into a high-scoring affair at Sierra High's ...
Not this time.
East Union ended the regular season strong on tuesday, sweeping host rival Sierra 25-13, 25-14, 25-18.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray scored within 30 seconds of each other late in the second period, and the Columbus Blue Jackets ...
STOCKTON - The top two seeds in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III boys soccer playoffs escaped upset losses in their opening round wins Tuesday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alcides Escobar started the World Series with a jolt. Five hours later, he ended the longest opener ever with a jump ...
East Union's postseason hopes will now hinge on its next match at Central Catholic after dropping a four-set match (13-25, 18-25, 25-21, 18-25) to ...
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 ...