RIPON - It looked as if Ripon High was going to post another one-sided victory at rival Ripon Christian Monday after Bryant Macias blasted in the game's first goal from the top of the penalty box in the 9th minute.
Revenge was going to come easy. It looked that way, anyway, especially after Sierra mounted a commanding two-game lead with a pair of 25-7 victories Monday against visiting Central Valley. But shades of their Sept. 28 meeting in Ceres began to take shape, as Sierra had to grind it out in four game. The Timberwolves (8-5 Valley Oak League, 13-6 overall) dropped Game 3, 20-25, before righting the ship in the fourth, 25-15. "I don't ...
RIPON -With Modesto Christian's size advantage in both girth and height, coupled with all-around speed, Ripon didn't seem to have a chance to come back from an 8-0 deficit in the fourth quarter of the junior varsity contest.
CERES – The Manteca freshman football team continued its streak of unquestioned dominance Thursday night with 52-0 trouncing of the Ceres Bulldogs.
RIPON - Modesto Christian came into Friday's marquee Trans Valley League showdown at Ripon averaging 52.3 points per game.
Manteca High took care of business against Ceres. In the 41-0 victory, the Buffaloes scored twice on special teams, three times on the ground, and once in the air during the homecoming affair. The Bulldogs' record spoke for itself: 0-4 in Valley Oak League play, 0-7 overall. "We did what we were supposed to against Ceres," Manteca coach Eric Reis said on Friday. His team now controls its destiny. The Buffaloes (3-1, 5-2) are in ...
SONORA-The curse of Dunlavy Field still remains. A week after the Sierra Timberwolves watched their star running back Jarrod Daniels tie the school rushing record and score five touchdowns, they simply couldn't find the momentum needed in a 17-7 loss to Sonora that ended their undefeated season. Sonora, which celebrated Homecoming in front of over 4,000 fans, remains undefeated against Sierra on its field. The usually well-mannered Timberwolves were hampered by a handful of penalties. ...
CERES - East Union and Central Valley entered Friday night's contest with identical 2-4 overall and 0-3 Valley Oak League records.
RIVERBANK – It's never easy to rebound when you find yourself down by two touchdowns at halftime.
Jena Anderson tried to suppress her emotions after she and Sierra High No. 1 doubles partner Stephanie Vanni cruised to a routine 6-1, 6-0 victory over Manteca's Amy Kaur and Ali Tolman Thursday.
LATHROP - For a half, it appeared as if Lathrop would pull off the biggest upset of the Valley Oak League season - even if it were to end in a scoreless tie.
­Manteca's scrappy play on the defensive line did well enough to make visiting Sonora's big-hitting front work, but the big hitting was too much.
A twice dislocated kneecap forced John Perez to watch from the stands with the "Wolf Pack" cheering section as Sierra High's football team made history by qualifying for its first Sac-Joaquin Section playoff run.
Valley Oak League Sierra (3-0, 6-0) at Sonora (2-1, 5-1) • Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m. • Last year: 38-14, Sierra • Key matchup: Sierra RB/SS Jarrod Daniels vs. Sonora RB/LB Dan Link. Two of the league's top two running backs go head-to-head from both sides of scrimmage. Link has 926 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns but was kept out of the end zone in last week's 37-13 loss at Manteca, while ...
LATHROP – Lathrop High School doesn't have to look at a zero in front of its record anymore when talking about the play of their varsity volleyball team.
The 54 competitors in the CIF State Girls Golf Championships were treated to surprisingly-good weather at Carmel's Quail Lodge Golf Course on Wednesday.
Joined by East Union teammates Tuesday, sophomore Brooke Riley spent the afternoon at a beach on the Monterey Bay Peninsula.
The Manteca Area Soccer League's under-19 Fury girls placed second in the inter-league tournament on Nov. 9-10.
FOLSOM – Not long after Harleen Pabla punched her third consecutive ticket to the CIF State Cross Country Championships Saturday afternoon, her Manteca High coach Rick Cuevas was on the phone with College of Idaho's Pat McMurray.
Second-year Excel Academy Sports Science and Health Preparatory High School has its first NCAA Division I athlete.
STOCKTON – Only one team stands between the Weston Ranch boys soccer team and the school's first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
Harleen Pabla continues to surprise herself.
Andie Shelton is one of the best talents to ever come out of the area. After being named an All-American last week, Ripon Christian's senior setter reached another milestone Thursday afternoon and signed her National Letter of Intent. She chose to continue her career at the University of Pacific next year and passed up on multiple other offers.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
The dream is to get drafted high by a major league team next June.
STOCKTON - Esteban Paramo stepped to the penalty stripe with a plan of action, each step carefully thought out.
GALT - Ripon's eventful 2013 campaign ended rather uneventfully at Galt High's Erv Hatzenbuhler Field on Wednesday.
YUBA CITY – Ripon Christian goalie Lukas Vermeulen had four opportunities to propel his squad into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII title game Wednesday evening.
RIPON - Except for two five-game thrillers with Turlock Christian, Ripon Christian was hardly tested in running the table for a fourth straight year in the Southern League.