Perhaps the ninth time will be the charm for Ripon High.
Effort wasn't the issue in Manteca and visiting Ripon's annual Foundation Game showdown Monday.
Twenty two-year-old Brett Lewis' debut as East Union High's varsity boys basketball head coach went smoothly.
RIPON – The Notre Dame Spirits fought valiantly to keep their 2009 season alive, but the Ripon Indians would have no such thing, finishing off the Spirits' season by winning in four in the CIF State Volleyball Championship semi-finals at Ripon High.
FRESNO – Only a select few had the privilege of grinding out another race during t the CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park Saturday and Sierra High senior John Bowers was the only Manteca area athlete to make the cut.
On the last big play of a game full of them, Jarrod Daniels made a statement while sealing Sierra High's thrilling 40-39 victory over No. 6 Benicia Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Offense might win games, but it was defense that allowed Sierra to hold off a prolific Benicia passing attack that was unlike anything the team has seen so far this year.
It's one thing to run the opposing team's offense during scout-team practice, and it's another guiding a team to a second-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Football playoff victory.
Fortunes have followed the Ripon High volleyball team for the majority of its 2009 season, but the squads' blessings took new heights when its second-round opponent, Notre Dame High of Salinas, knocked off No. 2 seed Salesian, handing the Indians home court advantage for the CIF NorCal Championship match Saturday.
The Sierra Timberwolves have reason to be thankful.
Shalane Jackson gave a nice glimpse of what to expect from her sophomore season, leading East Union High to a season-opening 49-34 win over the visiting Bear Creek Bruins Wednesday at the Dalben Center.
The loss of record-holding goal scorer Eric Cavanaugh had little effect on Ripon this season.
RIPON - Ripon Christian showed it more than deserved its berth into the CIF Northern California Division V State Volleyball Championships, yet the Knights were unable to extend their magical season after a four-game loss (11-25, 25-22, 13-25 and 18-25) to Castilleja of Palo Alto.
COTTONWOOD - The trip ended up being much longer than the match.
STOCKTON – Elisabeth Alexander sold the pump fake, lifting her defender into the air.
Manteca High head coach Dave Asuncion had opportunities to keep 6-foot-6 freshman Tydus Verhoeven off the varsity roster.
FOLSOM – Six of the eight area wrestlers who punched tickets to this weekend's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament in Stockton all came up empty during the finals of their divisional tournaments on Saturday.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Alex Garcia and Lucas Widmer are back in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinals, where they will be joined by Manteca heavyweight Steven Martinez today at Vista del Lago High in Folsom.
Three area wrestlers will seek to redeem themselves in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament today and Saturday after coming up short of titles in Los Banos last season.
Reactions were mixed among area coaches Wednesday when the Sac-Joaquin Section unveiled its postseason basketball brackets.
Allie Walljasper has yet to throw a pitch in 2014 for Sierra but the awards are pouring in anyway.
At the midway point in the season, things weren't unfolding as planned for the Lathrop boys basketball team and senior forward Eric Spencer.
LATHROP – Nathan McGrath waited near the locker room, clapping and serenading his players as they bounced down the hallway.
TRACY - Alexis Clark's reversal of fortune did not bode well for Weston Ranch.
STOCKTON – Chris Teevan took a lap around the track and paced all over the Weston Ranch campus while awaiting the final results of the Lathrop-Sierra game Tuesday night.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
There was no playoff berth on the line Tuesday at Sonora, but both the Wildcats and visiting East Union apparently didn't get the memo.
Weston Ranch athletic director Pat King announced Monday that the school's girls basketball team will forfeit Saturday's victory against East Union for using an illegal player.