Fighting for a rebound or tussling for a loose ball on the pitch will never measure up to Airenne Curry's heavyweight title fight with hereditary spherocytosis.
Sierra and Ripon Christian high schools each have a student-athlete represented on the Sac-Joaquin Section's list of A. Dale Lacky Scholarship Award winners for the second straight year.
RIPON - Robbie DeVries had quite the act to follow.
WESTON RANCH – ReAnna Schmitt raced the length of the East Union sideline, avoiding Weston Ranch defenders and navigating through traffic. She stopped on a dime and found a crossing Ode Castillo and the Lancers were up two goals minutes into the second half, on their way to a 3-0 Valley Oak League win Thursday.
RIPON - With only two postseason spots available to the Trans Valley League, Ripon's first of two dual matches with defending champion Escalon Thursday came with major implications.
RIPON - It didn't take long for Ripon High's baseball team to shake off the cobwebs from Wednesday's 14-0 drubbing it took from Escalon..
STOCKTON – After four innings of perfect baseball from starting pitcher Matthew Mueller, Manteca High's baseball team needed a late offensive outburst to keep its winning streak alive in a 12-2 victory over Edison High Wednesday.
RIPON – There wasn't much that Escalon's Spencer Franceschetti had to do when he stepped up to the plate to face Ripon's David Knell in game's fifth inning.
RIPON – Everything lined up for Ripon Christian senior Clayton Prins, as he accomplished the rarest of baseballs rarest feats, twirling a perfect game in a 3-0 Trans Valley League win over Modesto Christian Wednesday.
WESTON RANCH – Weston Ranch High made every play they needed to make behind a dominant showing from pitcher Cristian Vasquez on its way to a one-sided 18-0 blowout of Lutheran High Wednesday.
RIVERBANK – Ripon High held a comfortable 2-0 halftime lead and got solid play from their entire bench over the second half, cruising to an easy Trans Valley League victory over the Riverbank Bruins Wednesday.
LOCKEFORD - Ripon High's boys golf team may be hitting its stride, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
Spring break isn't about rest and relaxation under the sun for East Union High's girls soccer team this week.
FRESNO - Sierra High earned its first victory of the Fresno Easter Classic, but couldn't make it two straight falling to Centennial in the nightcap 12-2 Tuesday.
RIPON - Chris Musseman was anxious to see how his Ripon High boys golf team would respond to suffering its first loss of the season.
A perfect pass to Isela Rivera near the 6-yard box is automatic.
Lucas Garcia half-jokingly told East Unionteammate Gabe Chavez he was going to break the scoreboard if he got a hold of one during Thursday's Valley Oak League matchup against Lathrop.
Manteca standout pitcher Jacob Corn was relieved in the sixth inning with the Buffaloes holding a comfortable 6-0 lead at Sonora on Thursday night.
Ripon's No. 2 Robbie Figeroid wasn't able to finish his round Thursday afternoon at the Spring Creek Golf Course after injuring his neck on the fifth hole and not being able to continue.
Manteca got back on the winning track Thursday as it knocked off Lathrop 8-1 during a Valley Oak League matchup.
Sierra senior Allie Walljasper and East Union freshman Alexis Erich dueled for seven innings Wednesday and yielded three hits apiece, but in the end it was Erich's Lancers who eked out a 2-1 Valley Oak League win.
RIPON - Ripon Christian appears to have fully recovered from what head coach Kevin Tameling called "dead legs."
Ripon Christian head coach John De Visser was well aware that ace pitcher Connor McGovern was on his game Wednesday against visiting Denair.
It was a back-and-forth meet Wednesday between the Sierra and Kimball girls track and field teams, two early favorites for the Valley Oak League championship.
With some of its veterans a bit off their game Wednesday, Ripon looked to its newer players to step up against rival Ripon Christian in a nonleague match at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.
Patience proved to be a virtue for host Sierra on Tuesday as the Timberwolves drew 11 walks in just four innings and defeated Kimball 13-3 in a mercy-rule victory in Valley Oak League baseball action before the rain rolled in.
After opening the Valley Oak League schedule with losses to two contending programs, Manteca High's swim teams picked up its first victories while braving the cold weather Tuesday in a double dual against visiting Lathrop and Weston Ranch.
The rain did little to slow Sierra's girls soccer team on Tueseday.
Six standouts representing the Manteca Futbol Club are being recognized for their talents off the pitch as well as on it.
The area's two best high school girls wrestlers competed against some of the best in the nation this past weekend and came away with All-America honors.