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.
RIPON - Ripon Christian showed it more than deserved its berth into the CIF Northern California Division V State Volleyball Championships, yet the Knights were unable to extend their magical season after a four-game loss (11-25, 25-22, 13-25 and 18-25) to Castilleja of Palo Alto.
COTTONWOOD - The trip ended up being much longer than the match.
STOCKTON – The Weston Ranch Cougars had a strong sense of how they wanted their season to get underway, but the McNair Eagles had a different agenda beating the Cougars 54-50 in both teams' season opener.
Tiger Shelton sees Ripon Christian's first-round draw in the CIF State Northern California Championships as a good news-bad news proposition.
Sierra got on the board first Monday, but host Manteca poured in three second-half goals to pull away and hand the Timberwolves a 5-1 loss in Valley Oak League soccer action at Guss Schmiedt Field.
East Union's baseball team wrapped up its final pre-league contest with a heartbreaking 3-2 victory to host Tracy at Monte Vista Middle School, but head coach Dan Triglia was encouraged by the defeat on Monday.
East Union put up seven runs in the second inning against visiting Ripon Saturday on the way to an 11-1 Lancers win in the third annual Cancer Awareness Softball Game at Northgate Softball Complex's Garvine Field.
East Union put up seven runs in the second inning against visiting Ripon on Saturday on the way to an 11-1 Lancers win the third annual Cancer Awareness Softball Game at Northgate Softball Complex's Garvine Field.
Nick Oseguera laced a two-out two-RBI double in the third inning to cap a four-run frame and give Sierra the margin of victory in a 4-2 win Saturday over visiting Modesto in non-league baseball action.
Katelyn Allen brought home three gold medals for East Union on Saturday from the Jaguar Relays at Kimball High in Tracy and helped led the Lancers girls to a fourth-place finish while teammate Cody Keener won the high jump as part of the East Union boys attack that also finished fourth.
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.