RIPON - Following a 17-25, 14-25, 20-25 loss to Escalon in the Trans Valley League opener Tuesday at home, Ripon Christian head coach Tiger Shelton said that Cougars outside hitter Kaitlin Brayton could be the best player in the conference this season.
The Manteca High tennis team continued its impressive turnaround Tuesday afternoon with a 10-5-4.5 win over visiting Central Valley.
Giovanni Marin poured in four goals in Manteca's 7-1 romp over visiting Sierra Tuesday at Guss Schmiedt Field, but only one of them scores will be remembered.
LATHROP - Considering how hotly contested the first three games were, the deciding fourth, clinched easily by visiting East Union 25-10, was somewhat of a downer.
CERES - Jose Montes hoped for a tie, and he got it in spectacular fashion. Montes' Sierra Timberwolves opened the Valley Oak League season with a 2-2 tie against defending champion Central Valley Monday despite being outshot, 16-5. David Reyes blasted home a highlight-worthy bicycle kick off Emmanuel Ortiz's throw-in to complete the second-half comeback for Sierra (1-0, 6-5 overall), which was down two goals by halftime. "It was a World Cup-class goal," Montes said. ...
RIPON – A weekend after finishing runner-up at the Big Valley Tournament in Modesto, Ripon travelled across the street to capture the Ripon Christian Invitational title with a 3-0 win over Lathrop.
MODESTO – Over 1,200 runners gathered at Legion-Tuoumne Regional Park in Modesto Saturday for the Sierra Cross Country Invitational. The host Timberwolves put on a show, winning both the small and large school divisions in both boys and girls action.
MERCED – Rack up another crown for the mighty Indians of Ripon. After sweeping aside three teams in Golden Valley Tournament pool play Friday, all that stood between Ripon and the 36-team tournament championship Saturday was five more opponents. All in a day's work for Larry Keethe's crew. Starting at Merced College Saturday morning, Ripon downed Tiger Shelton's Ripon Christian Knights 25-20, 25-14, before outlasting Atwater, 25-17, 18-25, 15-9. "Tiger was having fun and so ...
Throughout my life, in times of struggle, I've turned to my mother in search of solace. "Brandon," she often offers, "God never puts more on your plate than you can handle." I never understood exactly what that meant, and I certainly didn't believe it, because time and time again, I've felt overwhelmed by the challenges I have faced. It wasn't until I found myself travelling away from Dino Cunial Field Friday night following East Union's ...
SOQUEL – It was a long trip to the California coast Friday night for the Manteca sophomore football team, but even tired legs and a sluggish start couldn't deter the Buffaloes from picking up a season-opening win, 22-20.
The Manteca High freshman football team ran wild over Christian Brothers Thursday night at Guss Schmiedt Field, as tailback Anthony Cota scored four times in a 33-7 win.
LATHROP - Adjusting to varsity speed will be a challenge for seniorless Lathrop this season.
Following East Union's emotionally draining 41-35 loss to Beyer at Dino Cunial Field Friday night, head coach Mike James made the comment that when people pick up the newspaper this morning, they will read the headline and assume that his team is still the same old Lancers.
SOQUEL - Competition is what the Manteca Buffaloes were hoping for when they scheduled the Soquel Knights of the Central Coast Section for their season opener.
LINDEN - The Indians took a big step forward in their season opener. At Lion Stadium, Ripon High coach Chris Johnson, witnessed his young squad overcome first-half mistakes and penalties to edge out Linden in the non-league affair, 25-21. "With only seven players returning on varsity, I thought we really grew up (as a team) tonight," he said. Behind 21-13 at halftime, the Indians recovered a punt fumble following their first offensive sequence. The turnover ...
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.
Francisco Garcia and Joseph Mayorca came up clutch for Weston Ranch during Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
RIPON - From both exhaustion and frustration, Ripon striker David Alvarez dropped to a crouch at midfield with both hands wrapped around his forehead.
Their best wasn't good enough, but Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer was plenty pleased with his Cougars' performance on senior night Wednesday.
Ripon sophomore Ellie Waters took second overall in the girls varsity 5,000 meter race during Wednesday's Trans Valley League Championships at Modesto's Legion Park.
Manteca junior Marcus Montano refused to let his Buffaloes end the regular season on a losing note during Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale at Guss Schmeidt Field on Senior Night.
Ripon Christian finds out tonight if Thursday's regular-season finale with Gustine has Southern League title implications.
With a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV berth already wrapped up, Ripon High's volleyball decisively won its third straight Trans-Valley League match on Tuesday by sweeping visiting Riverbank, 25-12, 25-9, 25-14.
Manteca High's boys and girls cross country teams have shown glimpses of what they can do at full strength this season.
STOCKTON - One stroke was what separated the East Union girls golf team from capturing the 2013 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament title at Reserve at Spanos Park.
Victoria Gulley knows how to dominate from both ends of the volleyball court.
Second-half comebacks are nothing new to Ripon Christian's boys soccer team.