LATHROP – When the Lathrop Spartans converted one of two pregame free throws from a Stagg High violation during warm-ups, the Spartans held a 1-0 lead. It would be the squad's only lead of the night, as it dropped their season-opener 64-18 Tuesday.
STOCKTON – The Weston Ranch Cougars held a slim four-point halftime lead and the team would not relinquish its grip while outlasting a visiting Bear Creek High squad 37-35 for a season opening win.
Perhaps the ninth time will be the charm for Ripon High.
Effort wasn't the issue in Manteca and visiting Ripon's annual Foundation Game showdown Monday.
Twenty two-year-old Brett Lewis' debut as East Union High's varsity boys basketball head coach went smoothly.
RIPON – The Notre Dame Spirits fought valiantly to keep their 2009 season alive, but the Ripon Indians would have no such thing, finishing off the Spirits' season by winning in four in the CIF State Volleyball Championship semi-finals at Ripon High.
FRESNO – Only a select few had the privilege of grinding out another race during t the CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park Saturday and Sierra High senior John Bowers was the only Manteca area athlete to make the cut.
On the last big play of a game full of them, Jarrod Daniels made a statement while sealing Sierra High's thrilling 40-39 victory over No. 6 Benicia Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Offense might win games, but it was defense that allowed Sierra to hold off a prolific Benicia passing attack that was unlike anything the team has seen so far this year.
It's one thing to run the opposing team's offense during scout-team practice, and it's another guiding a team to a second-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Football playoff victory.
Fortunes have followed the Ripon High volleyball team for the majority of its 2009 season, but the squads' blessings took new heights when its second-round opponent, Notre Dame High of Salinas, knocked off No. 2 seed Salesian, handing the Indians home court advantage for the CIF NorCal Championship match Saturday.
The Sierra Timberwolves have reason to be thankful.
Shalane Jackson gave a nice glimpse of what to expect from her sophomore season, leading East Union High to a season-opening 49-34 win over the visiting Bear Creek Bruins Wednesday at the Dalben Center.
The loss of record-holding goal scorer Eric Cavanaugh had little effect on Ripon this season.
With Valley Oak League play right around the corner, Sierra High played more of a complete game Friday, defeating visiting Turlock, 6-2.
RIPON - Kevin Tameling cobbled together an ambitious nonleague schedule for Ripon Christian's girls soccer team and who can blame him?
The Manteca High boys tennis team earned its dinner Friday night after capping a busy four-match week with a 6-3 victory at Kimball in a battle of the Valley Oak League's top two teams.
Manteca and host Oakdale were locked in a pitchers' duel through four innings of their Valley Oak League contest on Friday.
Another Ripon-Hughson softball game, another one-run contest.
East Union proved to be a tough out once again for Sierra at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Walljasper era hasn't ended just yet for Sierra's softball team.
The Manteca Dolphins have welcomed back a few familiar faces.
LATHROP - Manteca's Haighley Kissee did it all for the Buffaloes on Thursday in a 17-0 five-inning road win over Lathrop in Valley Oak League softball action.
Three school records fell during a Valley Oak League meet at Sierra on Thursday. The Timberwolves boys team overwhelmed visiting Lathrop 113-31, and the girls won, 121-45.
The Ripon High Indians continued their winning ways Thursday by trouncing host Riverbank 16-2 in Trans Valley League play.
The East Union Lancers fell to Oakdale Thursday in Valley Oak League action at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club, 213-231.
Manteca High opened the Valley Oak League season Wednesday with a tough 21-15 home loss to Oakdale.
Ilena Rivera scored a goal midway through the first half, toward the end of the half and added one in the second half for a hat trick to lead East Union to a 5-1 Valley Oak League soccer win over Sierra on Wednesday at Dino Cunial Field.
Rod Wright can draw up a fool-proof game plan to make your center small and insignificant and force you into bad shots.