HUGHSON - As all wrestling coaches know, timing is everything.
WESTON RANCH - It was a 32-minute passing-of-the-torch ceremony, but defending Valley Oak League champion Weston Ranch didn't give up that torch so easily.
Head coach Scott Thomason is hoping that his Sierra Timberwolves are beginning to round into shape for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs with a week left in the Valley Oak League season.
RIPON - The presence of UCLA-bound senior forward Reeves Nelson did little to rattle the nerves of the Ripon Indians, who already faced the standout earlier this season.
WESTON RANCH - Manteca center Eric Godfrey terrorized Weston Ranch's post Friday, collecting 26 points to highlight the Buffaloes' 62-54 sophomore boys basketball victory.
Rachel McDaniel picked up her second foul just three minutes into Thursday night's contest between East Union and Sierra High at Dalben Center, and for a half it appeared the Timberwolves were primed to pick up a huge upset.
No one has been able to slow down Manteca sophomore guard Sharon Washington over the last two weeks, and she was still running full-speed ahead at the start of Thursday's Valley Oak League contest with Weston Ranch Thursday at Winter Gym.
SALIDA - Defending champion Modesto Christian has been blowing its Trans Valley League rivals out by over 40 points.
The Sierra High sophomore girls basketball team had a chance to claim at least a share of the Valley Oak League crown - and all but wrap up the title outright - with a win at East Union Thursday night.
Don't look now, but the East Union Lancers are putting together a nice little run.
One is a seasoned vet who has already wrestled at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament and is hoping to make it to state as a senior.
Sierra beating Oakdale wasn't much of a shocker.
SONORA - Weston Ranch's attempt at garnering its second straight Valley Oak League championship is beginning to fade after its 55-53 loss to Sonora Wednesday.
Teejay Gordon scored 16 points as the East Union sophomore basketball team raced away from Central Valley in a 56-40 win.
ELK GROVE – Weston Ranch travelled north to Rosemont High Saturday afternoon for the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals Tournament and was turned away after one match, falling to Placer, 39-19.
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.