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SOQUEL – It was a long trip to the California coast Friday night for the Manteca sophomore football team, but even tired legs and a sluggish start couldn't deter the Buffaloes from picking up a season-opening win, 22-20.
The Manteca High freshman football team ran wild over Christian Brothers Thursday night at Guss Schmiedt Field, as tailback Anthony Cota scored four times in a 33-7 win.
LATHROP - Adjusting to varsity speed will be a challenge for seniorless Lathrop this season.
Following East Union's emotionally draining 41-35 loss to Beyer at Dino Cunial Field Friday night, head coach Mike James made the comment that when people pick up the newspaper this morning, they will read the headline and assume that his team is still the same old Lancers.
SOQUEL - Competition is what the Manteca Buffaloes were hoping for when they scheduled the Soquel Knights of the Central Coast Section for their season opener.
LINDEN - The Indians took a big step forward in their season opener.
RIPON - Quarterback Tyler Voogd threw for 105 yards and ran for 103 and two touchdowns in Ripon Christian's 49-0 rout of Delhi at Stouffer Field Friday. He also hit Clayton Prins for a 22-yard TD strike in the third quarter.
Ripon cruised to three easy victories to start pool play in Golden Valley's Central California Classic Friday at Enochs High.
Bumping, setting and killing sounds easy enough, but it wasn't until Thursday's non-league match with visiting Franklin did Sierra make it look that way.
ESCALON - The goal for Sierra in its last non-league match of the season wasn't just to go into Valley Oak League action with a .500 record, but to do so in impressive fashion.
It was the Jillian and Jackie Show yet again Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course as Jackie Ketner (3-over-par 40) and Jillian Goulart (43) led the Lancers to their fourth straight win, 242-279.
Brothers Marcel and Myles Romo have never had the chance to line up side by side while on the same football team.
The bright spots were few and far between for East Union head volleyball coach Eryn Bowers following a 25-12, 20-25, 25-18, 25-22 win over Johansen Wednesday night at Dalben Center, but a win is a win, and the Lancers will take it.
OAKDALE - Ripon got an outstanding look at Oakdale last weekend in Reno, the site of the High Sierra Invitational, and even beat the Mustangs in Nevada, but an erratic effort Wednesday at Oakdale would lead to a 18-25, 25-23, 15-25, 22-25 loss.
Two down, two more to go for Ripon High's boys water polo team.
Not even a disastrous start to her second nine could derail Brooke Riley's round Monday morning.
RIPON - When you're cousins, so close in age and interests you may as well be brothers, you develop certain advantages in the athletic arena.
Good news first: Ripon and Ripon Christian's volleyball teams each get to host a match for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
Valley Oak League champion Iris Carrilo and Sierra's Haley Silva placed first and second in Division III girls, while the Manteca boys and Ripon Christian girls teams earned top-three finishes during the Sac-Joaquin Section Subsection Meet held at Frogtown this past Saturday.
The Sac-Joaquin Section indicated at the start of the season that more emphasis would be placed on strength of schedule in seeding playoff brackets.
RIPON - Linden got its revenge Thursday night.
RIPON – Travis Vander Molen buried his head in his hands after misfiring on a point-blank header.
There's a special bond that exists between quarterback and coach, which makes this Friday's rivalry tilt between Manteca and East Union, well...
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch managed a goal 12 minutes into the second half and kept visiting Woodland out of the net to escape the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs with a 1-0 win Thursday night.
Kole Gonzales racked up six goals, as the Ripon boys water polo team routed Ceres 22-3 Thursday in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs held at Woodcreek High of Roseville.
It was a brand new experience for Weston Ranch, a bright-eyed team of underclassmen and few seniors that had lifted the program to new heights by qualifying for the postseason.
CERES - The last time the East Union and Central Valley boys soccer programs met in the playoffs their semifinal escalated into a shootout.
No need to speculate on who is in and who is out of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff hunt for Manteca-area teams.
To be the champion Manteca would had to beat league champions in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team playoffs.