RIPON – It didn't take Erik Anaya more than five minutes before he found the back of the net and give Ripon its early lead over the Hughson Huskies Wednesday afternoon.
Sierra High's sophomore volleyball team evened its Valley Oak League record to 3-3 with a 2-1 victory over the Lathrop Spartans. The Timberwolves and Spartans battled valiantly in the contest, yet it was Sierra who was able to pull out the win in the final game.
RIPON - Cheyann Deprue said she took a conservative approach when Ripon teammate Kelsey Johnston set up the final play of the Indians' riveting Trans Valley League match with Escalon Tuesday.
Led by Freshman Erick Noriega's two-0goal effort, the Sierra varsity soccer team improved its Valley Oak League standing with a 10-0 victory over the Lathrop Spartans on Tuesday.
CERES - East Union head coach Julia Bylow thought her Lancers matched up well with Central Valley Tuesday.
OAKDALE – Even with the wind the East Union varsity girls manage to make things happen.
RIPON - Having lost seven of its last eight outings (the other being a draw) to Escalon has Ripon coach Jamie DeBruyn convinced that his team is cursed against one of its biggest Trans Valley League rivals.
WESTON RANCH - East Union had five open looks at Weston Ranch's goal within the first 15 minutes of the second half but couldn't build on its 2-0 halftime cushion.
RIPON - Coming off a blowout loss to Bradshaw Christian in which the Knights surrendered huge yards on the ground, Ripon Christian entered Stouffer Field Saturday night determined not to let it happen again.
The Manteca High sophomore football team (2-1) closed out non-league play Friday with a 28-8 home loss to Enochs.
PATTERSON - Jayson Manuta was a man among boys Thursday in Patterson where the Sierra High freshman football team pounded the Tigers, 30-0.
The Buffaloes made it a night to remember.
It was a contest East Union was expected to control throughout and that's exactly what the Lancers did Friday night at Dino Cunial Field in a 37-7 thumping of first-year Lathrop.
It was like someone flipped a switch on the Sierra High football team at halftime.
WESTON RANCH – Despite a 24-0 home loss to Tokay to finish off a 1-2 preseason, Weston Ranch head coach Mike Hale had a number of positives come out of Friday's contest that the Cougars can now build on heading into the Valley Oak League season.
The Ripon High Indians used a 16-hit attack Tuesday to roll past visiting Riverbank, winning handily 17-5.
East Union did what Sierra hopes to achieve by the end of the boys golf season.
Abby Buitrago started her hat trick with a pair of goals in a two-minute span as Ripon Christian had its way with Le Grand in a 6-0 victory.
Four area wrestling standouts returned home from Fresno with distinct trophies this weekend.
Destiny can be a cruel bride.
Leah Manuleleua recorded a hat trick for a third straight game, and the Manteca High girls soccer team dominated from start to finish 9-0 rout of visiting Weston Ranch on Monday.
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.