HUGHSON - With the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff power ratings about a week away from being unveiled, all Ripon Christian can do until then is take care of business.
The howling winds and hard-pouring rain didn't keep Manteca, Lathrop and Weston Ranch high schools' boys soccer teams from playing Tuesday, but one match involving another area team was cancelled.
Sierra High finished the first half up by a touchdown and put together a flawless second half to improve to 2-0 in Valley Oak League play with a 34-22 win over the Manteca Buffaloes at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Manteca High freshman football team took its season to new heights with an impressive 26-18 win over the Sierra Timberwolves for its second consecutive Valley Oak League victory.
Just moments before the opening kickoff at Sierra High's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Friday, Manteca's players took the field after busting through a large banner that read: "We run this town."
Robbie Wise looked helpless as he leaned against the chain-linked fence separating the end zone of Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium from the snack bar on the northern end of the facility.
RIPON – When quarterback Alex Gustin found a wide-open Jake Carlson in the Calaveras endzone, the Ripon Indians had put themselves in position for the squad's third dramatic come-from-behind victory.
FAIR OAKS - It would have been easy for the Lathrop Spartans to roll over after heading into the locker room down 35-0 against the undefeated Bella Vista Broncos Friday.
WESTON RANCH - The Weston Ranch Cougars rode the wave of several big plays during Friday's 27-7 homecoming victory over East Union High.
RIPON - Tiger Shelton, by his own admission, is a fiery individual.
For the second time in four days, the Manteca Buffaloes found themselves looking up at a 1-0 half time deficit against Sierra
Sierra High made quick work of the Weston Ranch Cougars, disposing the squad in three straight for the fourth consecutive Valley Oak League win.
Sierra High had little trouble snatching its eighth win in Valley Oak League play when it rolled by the Central Valley Hawks 5-0 Thursday at East Union High.
Host Sierra was 40 minutes away from being the first to blemish crosstown rival Manteca's perfect record in Valley Oak League frosh-soph soccer action Thursday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Manteca High freshman football team won 26-18 against Sierra Thursday at Guss Schmiedt Field. For additional game information, look for the Bulletin's freshman roundup in Sunday's edition.
No one will ever accuse a Scott Thomason-led team of looking past anybody.
MODESTO – Sierra did not score a field goal in the final nine minutes Saturday and managed just one point in the final quarter of a defensive struggle with host Modesto Christian in a defensive struggle won by the Crusaders 43-28 in the finale of the Martin Luther King Showcase.
MODESTO – Weston Ranch's Mia Hill went 4-0 Saturday to win her 106-pound pool Saturday in the Lady Eagles Invitational at Enochs High School.
RIPON - Mario Roach considers Ripon an "up-and-down" team that forces a frenetic pace with defensive pressure and constant movement on offense.
Olivia Vezaldenos broke out of a recent scoring slump Friday and led East Union to a 46-38 win over visiting Lathrop at Dalben Center.
LATHROP - It came down to the final two matches of the night in the Valley Oak League wrestling tilt between East Union and Lathrop, and the host Spartans got two pins and a 45-33 victory Thursday.
Marcus Montano and the Manteca boys basketball team couldn't make a shot in the first quarter.
Sierra can now center its focus on the big games to come after steamrolling Kimball 59-38 on Thursday.
Ripon coach George Contente tested his team with a rugged schedule in the first month of the season, and it paid off in the Indians' Trans-Valley League opener Thursday.
STOCKTON - Fred Lavender and the Weston Ranch Cougars proved to be tough match up Lathrop.
Jessica Pablo missed East Union's final six pre-league contests after rolling an ankle in a game at Sonora.
Ripon shot 9 for 25 on free throws and missed 10 of 12 attempts down the stretch in a heartbreaking 66-65 loss at Livingston on Wednesday.
LATHROP - The Brijanee Moore Era ended just as it was getting started for Weston Ranch.
Typically, coaches will use wind sprints as a way to grab their team's attention.
LATHROP - In a showcase of underclassmen on the rise, win-starved Lathrop went to a third-year senior in the closing seconds of its Valley Oak League contest with East Union on Tuesday.