TUOLOMNE - They call it the great equalizer. After Summerville its only loss of the season in a Week 2 non-league contest, soggy conditions at Thorstead Field turned the tables on Ripon Friday. The host Bears avenged the earlier defeat with a 33-0 shocker, knocking Ripon out of the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-B playoffs. While the inclement weather did not help, it was not an excuse made by Ripon head coach ...
DAVIS - Ripon Christian had not lost a postseason game, let alone a match, leading up to its Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship-round meeting against top-seeded Bradshaw Christian.
DAVIS - Ripon has proven time and again that it can beat Christian Brothers. The Indians just haven't. Their best chance to do so may have been Thursday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship match at UC Davis. Down two games, the No. 3 Indians turned a quick and disappointing sprint into a riveting five-game marathon but fell short - 14-25, 20-25, 25-14, 25-23, 12-15. Ripon was on the cusp of winning the program's ...
Eric Reis is a fan of the Sac-Joaquin Section's new playoff format. Last year, his Manteca Buffaloes went 8-2 but missed the postseason after finishing third in the Valley Oak League, and it just so happened to be the year that the conference was allotted just two berths. Back in the postseason for the fifth time in six years, Manteca (7-3) is itching to get back to a fifth section final game this decade. The ...
Sierra will venture into familiar territory Friday when the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs kick off but will wear an unfamiliar target on its back.
Back in September it seemed like a nine-point loss to a middle-of-the-pack Trans Valley League team, now Ripon High's 32-23 win over the Summerville Bears glares as the only blemish on an otherwise perfect Summerville season.
Division III • Frontrunner: No. 1 Inderkum (10-0) … The Tigers are ranked eighth overall in the section according to MaxPreps.com. Defense has four shutouts and allows just nine points per game, and offense features two terrific backs in Antonio Bumpers (1,682 yards, 27 TDs) and Devin Hartley (858 yards, seven TDs). Inderkum is one of just seven teams section wide with a perfect record. • Contenders: No. 2 Del Campo (9-1), No. ...
Area goal leader Braian Gomez was one of five Sierra Timberwolves named to the all-Valley Oak League first team.
Neither squad has anything to prove. They have played for Sac-Joaquin Section titles and won them, just as they have walked off the court as the runner up. Now these two highly-respected programs will lift the city of Ripon onto their shoulders and stroll into the UC Davis gym in search of a section banner. "At the beginning of the season my personal expectations were high," Ripon High head coach Larry Keethe said. "The team ...
A strong showing on the 2009 season lifted Sierra High into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Volleyball Championships and some of the squads' top individual performers were recognized.
RIPON - Just getting to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV girls volleyball championship at UC Davis Thursday would have thrilled the seventh-seeded Summerville Bears, but the berth merely seemed like business as usual for No. 3 in its 3-0 sweep over the visiting Mother Lode League champions.
AUBURN - Ripon Christian is back in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V title match for the third straight year with a chance to win a third straight title.
For the fourth straight season, in-town rivals Ripon and Ripon Christian are in the Sac-Joaquin Section's final-four round.
Manteca head coach Eric Reis tried to anticipate whom his team would face in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs, narrowing it down to a handful of candidates.
FOLSOM – Those who were running in the Sac-Joaquin Section Cross Country meet had already outlasted most of the high school distance runners, but that was not enough for Sierra High senior John Bowers who extended his season with a berth in the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.
RIPON – Ripon took nearly 30 minutes to get on the scoreboard during Thursday's opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V tournament.
RIPON – Ripon Christian standout Travis Vander Molen raced up the field after scoring the game's second goal, repeatedly tapping his head with his index while celebrating toward the home crowd.
Three area schools were represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Tournament at Roseville's Johnson Ranch Racquet Club on Thursday.
STOCKTON - The littlest of Cougars came up big in Weston Ranch's first-ever postseason soccer game.
Vanden's defense was stingy during the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III tournament Thursday night.
If the Ripon and Ripon Christian volleyball teams are to meet again in the playoffs, it would have to be in the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament.
Manteca senior Jesus Ponce was called off the pitch in the 71st minute of Tuesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener with visiting Lincoln of Placer County.
Hilmar capped an undefeated run through the Trans-Valley League season with Tuesday's four-game win (23-25, 25-19, 25-9, 25-23), but host Ripon gave the Yellowjackets another scare.
Manteca High's girls tennis team ended a 20-year playoff drought in 2011.
It turns out Ripon High's boys soccer team has its first Trans-Valley League championship all to itself.
Francisco Cisneros was in the middle of his us-against-the-world speech Friday afternoon when Weston Ranch athletic director Pat King interrupted with a phone call.
RIPON – For most of the afternoon, Brooke Riley greeted every shot, whether good or bad, with the same blank expression.
Justin Coenenberg wears many hats when hosting the annual Buffalo Cup, from head coach for the Manteca High boys soccer team, to tournament director and snack bar coordinator.
East Union went on long runs in the games it won Monday night and put up 14 aces as the Lancers prevailed 3-1 over host Sierra 25-20, 21-25, 25-16, 25-14 in Valley Oak League action on Monday night.
The Sac-Joaquin Section's playoff committee showed its respect for boys soccer in the Valley Oak League on Friday when postseason brackets were released.