LATHROP – Erica Sanchez netted 16 points and Jasmine Elder added 12 Saturday at Lathrop High, but it wouldn't be enough, as the Manteca sophomore girls basketball team feasted in the paint and pulled out a 55-41 win.
Manteca sophomore Kiwi Gardner was already red hot, but he passed up a wide-open 3-pointer to let an ice-cold teammate attempt the biggest shot of the game.
WESTON RANCH – The last time the Weston Ranch Cougars took on East Union, they breezed their way to a victory with a commanding 20-point margin, 60-40.
RIVERBANK - Daniel Van De Pol scored 16 of his game-high 18 in the second half Friday night as Ripon Christian upended Riverbank for the second time this season, 55-50.
WESTON RANCH – TeeJay Gordon led the way to victory for the East Union sophomore boys basketball team Friday night, 45-36, at Weston Ranch.
Coming off just their second loss of the season, a loss reminiscent to one suffered at the hands of Weston Ranch the first time around, there was very little that could stand in the way of Rachel McDaniel, Ashley Rose and the rest of the East Union Lancers Thursday night at the Dalben Center.
RIPON – When the Ripon Indians fell to the Hughson Huskies in their first matchup on Jan. 20, they did so without starting senior and floor general Jessica Blythe who was out with a back injury.
The Buffaloes are beginning to believe.
Everybody got into the act for the East Union sophomore girls basketball team Thursday night at the Dalben Center as the Squires improved to 11-1 in Valley Oak League play with a blowout of Weston Ranch.
The Sac-Joaquin Section's playoff committee made a few changes to its original postseason football proposal that was revealed Jan. 9.
Batman found himself a new Robin.
CERES – Prior to Wednesday, neither Manteca head coach Dave Asuncion or Sierra's Scott Thomason wanted to admit that Friday night was circled on the calendar.
RIPON – It was senior night Wednesday at Ripon High where the Indians welcomed Hughson for a final Trans Valley League dual before the wrestling postseason begins Feb. 14 with the TVL tournament.
CERES – Eric Godfrey scored 24 points in leading the Manteca sophomore boys basketball team past Central Valley Wednesday night, 68-51.
Sharon Washington was feeling ill, but not because of a virus.
Manteca and East Union are out for revenge, while Lathrop's second-year head coach returns to his hometown to lead the Spartans onto familiar grounds.
Brooke Riley stood shoulder to shoulder with a teammate, both staring down the third fairway at Manteca Park Golf Course.
LATHROP – Alfredo Reynaga hasn't wasted any time putting his stamp on the Lathrop High boys soccer program.
Weston Ranch isn't going to surprise anybody this year.
Ripon Christian has re-established itself as a force among Sac-Joaquin Section small-school powers following eight straight losing seasons.
The Ripon High boys soccer team didn't just lose the area's top player from a year ago.
Kevin Mendiola wheeled back with his right foot and took the ball off a bounce, sending it crashing into the back of the net.
An undefeated league record and a playoff win would be seen as successful for most teams. Ripon Christian did that in the 2013-2014 season, and for the Knights it was an off year.
In this her 10th year in the Sierra volleyball program, Timberwolves coach Trinity Johnson is looking to improve on last year's 1-13 Valley Oak League record – 3-19 overall – and she is not afraid to think outside the box to do it.
The Manteca Futbol Club Flash under-12 girls soccer team might not have a flashy Northern California ranking, but that could soon change.
It is not often that a team has momentum after graduating its core players, but the East Union volleyball team is riding high going into this year's Valley Oak League campaign.
Justin Coenenberg is calling all former Buffaloes to reunite at Manteca High's Guss Schmiedt Field this Friday.
There are some new volleyball coaches west of I-5 this year. Stacia Stricker will assume the reins at Weston Ranch and Pamela Adams is the new coach at Lathrop.
Alyssa Burch, Beth Aschenbrenner, Mildred Perez and Chelsea Bruch were all freshmen during the 2011-2012 volleyball season.
Alex Hernandez slowed to a jog and eventually a brisk walk while running sprints with his Manteca High soccer teammates on Thursday.