For it to be the opening stages of the wrestling season, the East Union Lancers came out with the intensity of a squad with postseason aspirations, taking care of Edison High with three pins in a 54-30 dual match win Wednesday at the Dalben Center.
Sierra High made the trip north to take on the Tokay Tigers and outstanding defensive play helped the Timberwolves return victorious, holding the Tigers in check on their home court in a 48-38 win over Tokay Wednesday in preseason action.
RIPON - Just moments after Ripon High's standout 215-pound wrestler, Travis Smith, posted the fastest pin of the night, heavyweight Mike Goldberg of Lathrop did his even faster - and quickness isn't a trait you'd normally associate with the weight class.
Missed free throws nearly cost Sierra High's girls basketball team Tuesday at Beyer.
RIPON - The first four minutes were far from perfect for Ripon Christian, but things got straightened out in a hurry. The Knights jumped all over the visiting Hughson Huskies with a first half run and never let up in a 55-18 blowout Tuesday.
In a battle of defending league champions, it was host Modesto High of the Modesto Metro Conference that prevailed 51-45 over East Union.
MODESTO – Despite a 10-2 run by Golden Valley midway through the fourth quarter Saturday in the Consolation Championship of the Modesto City Classic, East Union found itself in position to send the game into overtime with two 3-point attempts by Brandon Cline in the closing seconds. Both long tries rimmed out and the Cougars escaped with a 65-62 win at Johansen High School.
West High of Tracy had East Union beat on the look test.
The East Union Lancers once again relied on sharp-shooting and solid defense to take a step further in the Modesto City Classic Friday night by downing Los Banos 56-45 and secure their second victory of the season.
The combination of strong defense and sure-shooting helped the Ripon Christian girls cruise to its second victory in as many nights, this time by a 48-28 margin over the Downey Knights in the consolation championship of the Escalon Tournament Friday.
Manteca High freshman forward Tia Tuuga said she was nervous, but she did a horrible job of showing it in her varsity debut Thursday at Winter Gymnasium.
For the second straight night, Manteca High's boys basketball team didn't get off to a good start, but this had nothing to do with lazy defense or a cold-shooting offense.
LATHROP - The Ripon High girls varsity basketball team incorporated tough pressure defense to go with plenty of hustle plays while routing the Spartans in Thursday's non-league game.
An improved defensive performance proved to be the key for the Ripon Christian girls basketball team in its second game of the season Thursday night.
STOCKTON - After defeating St. Mary's 48-24 Tuesday night due in part to seven Rams forfeits, East Union found itself up by five points going into its last bout of the night with Sarah Phillips needing to avoid being pinned to give the Lancers a win over host Bear Creek.
When Sierra's Josh Patton continues his basketball career next season at Sac State, he will have left behind some pretty big shoes to fill. Timberwolves junior Jess Spivey tried those shoes on for size Saturday night, stepping up when Patton was forced to leave the game with foul trouble and helped lead Sierra to a 65-57 quarterfinal NorCal playoff win over visiting Archbishop Riordan-San Francisco.
STOCKTON – Sierra was four outs away from a win over Gregori in the Banner Island Classic on Saturday when the Jaguars managed an RBI single and then the Timberwolves committed multiple errors to give Gregori the go-ahead run.
Ilena Rivera scored three goals and assisted on a fourth to lead East Union to a 4-0 win over tournament host Sierra in the championship game of the Vern Gebhardt Cup on Saturday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Contrary to popular belief, the star quarterback doesn't command all the attention, nor does he covet it.
RIPON – Billy Marr and Sean Broker have skill sets and smarts that have made small-school college coaches across the nation drool and reach deep into their scholarship funds.
Sierra scored more goals in four hours Friday than it did in six games through the first two weeks of the season.
Manteca High's softball team made quick work of its first two opponents in the Jackson Lions Club Tournament on Friday thanks to the stellar pitching of sophomore Haighley Kissee and an explosive offensive effort.
STOCKTON - Although Weston Ranch never led in Friday's 15-12 non-league loss to visiting Summerville, the Cougars bounced back to erase an eight-run deficit and then cut a six-run lead in half but could not erase it altogether.
East Union softball coach Brian Goulart called his three sophomore pitchers "heroes" after the Lancers held off defending Modesto Metro Conference champion Gregori 13-10 in its home opener Thursday at Northgate Softball Complex.
The Manteca baseball team knows how to turn things around.
Joshua Patton, Hunter Johnson and Devin Nunez graced the interview stage at Sleep Train Arena, the senior stalwarts each donning the signature blue cap reserved for a Sac-Joaquin Section champion.
Former Sierra High pitcher and U.S. national team member Allie Walljasper is making the "ol' college try" look far too easy.
Ripon overcame an early three-run deficit by scoring five in the fifth and held off visiting Hilmar 7-6 to complete the season sweep of the Yellow Jackets on Thursday.
RIPON - The season came to a halt Wednesday for the Ripon Christian girls as they fell to visiting San Domenico in the CIF Northern California Regional Championships.
Leah Manuleleua is settling in nicely as the Manteca High girls soccer team's new target forward.