TUOLOMNE - They call it the great equalizer.
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.
Eric Reis is a fan of the Sac-Joaquin Section's new playoff format.
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.
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.
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.
Manteca High's boys golf team recorded its best round of the Valley Oak League season with its 236-285 win over Weston Ranch on the par-36 front nine of Van Buskirk Golf Course.
Lathrop High's track and field team swept at all levels in a Valley Oak League double dual it hosted against Weston Ranch and Sonora on Monday.
The youngest part of Manteca High's lineup accounted for six of the team's seven total hits as well as the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 3-2 comeback win over visiting Weston Ranch.
Less than two weeks after suffering its first Valley Oak League loss of the season, Manteca had the opportunity to exact revenge Monday at Kimball.
Sierra opened with a nine-run barrage and routed host Livingston 11-1 in a nonleague game that went the full seven innings Monday.
Ripon High hung with the big boys Monday in the Bear Creek/McNair Invitational, placing sixth out of 19 squads at The Reserve at Spanos Park.
Ripon's inaugural Ervin Zador Invitational Saturday was the start of a tradition for the Indians' swim program that will in hope keep the memory of a local legend alive.
The new kids on the block are anything but new.
Manteca settled for a split with the two finalists of last year's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
RIPON – Hughson pitcher Bobby Etcheverry earned a complete-game victory and scattered four hits against Ripon Friday afternoon.
The Sierra High boys swim team scored its biggest win of the season so far on Friday, but coach Dave Breitenbucher warns that there is much work still left to do.
Manteca picked up its second victory in as many days despite minimal rest after getting back into town late Thursday.
A perfect pass to Isela Rivera near the 6-yard box is automatic.
Lucas Garcia half-jokingly told East Unionteammate Gabe Chavez he was going to break the scoreboard if he got a hold of one during Thursday's Valley Oak League matchup against Lathrop.
Manteca standout pitcher Jacob Corn was relieved in the sixth inning with the Buffaloes holding a comfortable 6-0 lead at Sonora on Thursday night.