Austin Acker stood at the plate with a full count, the tying run on second and the winning run on first in Sierra High's half of the seventh inning Friday against visiting Escalon. The first-year varsity player cashed in when what looked like a harmless flyball to centerfield found the grass and gave Sierra a 4-3 comeback win.
Manteca High's girls soccer team effectively played keep-away against Stagg of Stockton in its 4-0 victory Friday, when its own Buffalo Cup tournament opened action for eight participating clubs.
Manteca High's boys tennis team dropped two of its first three matches in the California High School Tennis Classic Friday at Fresno City College.
The Sierra softball team had no problem taking care of business during its opening contests in the Ceres Tournament at Modesto's Rainbow Fields.
Manteca High's softball team is 3-0 for the first time since winning its first four in 2007 after pummeling visiting Denair by a football score of 27-0 Thursday.
When Lincoln High made its way to Manteca, there was no way the soccer team could have expected to witness the show Sierra junior Joanna Ortiz was prepared to put on. Ortiz went off for four goals in a 6-0 shellacking of the visiting Trojans Thursday.
RIPON - It took a little while for the Ripon to get its softball bats warmed up during a preseason game against Ripon Christian Thursday afternoon.
Ripon High's boys golf team made a statement in its Trans-Valley League opener against visiting Hilmar Thursday at Jack Tone Golf Course's par-31 front nine.
LATHROP – Striking out the side in the first inning usually will give your team a good chance at winning, but Michael Pereznegron's such feat was sandwiched in between a couple of walks and a badly played fly ball, getting Cosumnes Oaks High out to a quick start in its 17-4 win over Lathrop Thursday.
When the CIF State Wrestling Championships begin at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield Friday, two area wrestlers will be on hand to try and accomplish a feat that every wrestler in the state opened the season pursuing. Ripon High's Travis Smith and Sierra High's Alex Nuanez are the area's last two standing.
SACRAMENTO - The Weston Ranch boys basketball team couldn't slay the Dragons, and the biggest and baddest of them all was slowed only by early foul trouble.
In a match between two of the more decorated programs in the Sac-Joaquin Section, the Manteca Buffaloes were able to use a strong team-wide effort to cruise past the Central Catholic Raiders 5-4 Wednesday in nonleague action.
RIPON – Ripon Christian was able to strike first against old Trans Valley League foe Ripon High, but the host Knights were unable to keep the upper hand, falling 3-1 on Wednesday.
GALT - For 19 consecutive games the Ripon Christian Knights have been able to conquer any task, but the Vacaville Christian defensive pressure was simply a challenge too great in the Knights' 71-63 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V semifinal loss Tuesday.
The 2011 Home Run Derby between Manteca High baseball standouts Matt Burrows and Daniel Miramontes is officially underway.
STOCKTON - The Wolf Pack spilled out of the stands, washing the court in blues, grays and whites.
RIPON - Ripon Christian garnered its fourth league championship in five years Friday night, but no one would blame the Knights for relishing this one a little more than the rest.
Ryan Shippley knows how to get a team moving.
Lathrop couldn't overcome a lackluster start in a 61-44 loss to visiting Kimball on Friday.
Jim Agostini sauntered back into Winter Gymnasium alongside assistant coach Rick Marsh, and as the door closed behind them their East Union girls basketball team could be heard celebrating a much-needed 58-48 win over Manteca on Thursday.
RIPON - This night belonged to the Ripon High Indians.
Elisabeth Alexander found her stroke early and never lost it.
Sierra has a way of making ugly wins look good.
Rena Dragony emerged from a scrum beneath the basket with a smile and her pinkies pointed to the sky.
Sophomore guard Tre Simmons made five 3s and led all scorers with 23 points, as playoff-bound Weston Ranch rolled past visiting East Union 70-30 Wednesday.
With about six minutes left in the third quarter, Jim Agostini called a timeout and did something he rarely ever does.
STOCKTON - What a difference 10 minutes can make.
Riverbank worked its late-game magic yet again, and it helped the Bruins garner at least a share of the Trans-Valley League title Tuesday when they edged Ripon in overtime, 44-43.
RIPON - In a Trans-Valley League tilt between two guard-oriented teams, it was the two "bigs" who made all the difference for Ripon on Tuesday.
Tonight, Manteca High will play for much more than a share of first place in the Valley Oak League.