LATHROP – In the opening stages of Lathrop High's nonleague contest with the Ripon Indians, Lathrop looked evenly matched with the Ripon, holding the lead for the game's first four innings. Ripon eventually took over in a major way, closing its 17-2 win with 14 runs in the last two at bats.
Sierra High wasted little time jumping out on the host Tokay Tigers, pushing across a pair of runs in their first at bat on their way to a 5-2 win over the Tigers Wednesday.
The Valley Oak League schedule got underway Tuesday, and Sierra High did everything it needed to do to open the season with a win. Its match with Kimball High finished in a tie, resorting to a tie-breaker method that left Sierra coping with the loss at Uninon Road Tennis Courts.
No seniors, no problem.
The heartbreaking finish to the 2009-10 season has been erased from the minds of Ripon Christian's seniors.
It was business as usual through a quarter of play in No. 12 Weston Ranch's NorCal opener against fifth-seeded host Burlingame Tuesday.
The East Union baseball team fell behind six runs in the first five innings, setting a 7-1 loss to the Tracy Bulldogs in motion Tuesday in Tracy.
Manteca High's softball team played a little longer than it should have in its 20-7 rout of Downey in Modesto Tuesday.
After having impressive win streaks snapped in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs last week, the Ripon Christian and Weston Ranch boys basketball teams will have the opportunity to bounce back in the first round of the NorCal tournament today.
After recording three assists in last Thursday's non-league win over Hilmar, freshman Isela Rivera continued the impressive start to her high school career Monday against defending San-Joaquin Athletic Association champion Lodi.
RIPON - Realignment has rendered the Ripon-Ripon Christian baseball rivalry meaningless in terms of conference and playoff implications.
Former Ripon High star and two-time Bulletin All-Area MVP Justin Graham is enjoying his best year at San Jose State as a senior and was rewarded for it Sunday.
Ripon High topped all other public-school boys golf programs in the Lincoln Tournament Monday, placing fourth overall at Brookside Country Club in Stockton.
Melvin Allen's overall stats hardly stand out, but he definitely earned notice in some of Weston Ranch's biggest games during the Valley Oak League season.
The Manteca High girls basketball team appears to be back on the rise after a decade-long championship rout.
Ripon High defeated visiting Modesto High on Saturday 35-20 in non-league girls' basketball action.
Garbage time does not apply to Sierra's boys basketball team.
Aysia Cortez and Mia Hill both went undefeated in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Regional Invitational held at McNair High in Stockton on Friday. They are among the six Manteca-area grapplers still in the hunt for top-five spots and a berth to the CIF State Championships.
Ripon Christian three-sport athlete Kyle Colyn has signed a letter of intent to play golf at Dordt College in the fall.
Manteca High wanted to send a message to the pundits keeping close watch on the Sac-Joaquin Section's boys basketball scene.
Things just got a little more interesting in the Trans-Valley League after Ripon Christian was dealt its first conference loss Friday at Riverbank, 70-60.
RIPON - Nicole Graham's 3-pointer drew Ripon Christian within two points of Riverbank with 1:10 left in the in the fourth quarter Thursday. She followed that up with a steal, but the Knights would not score again as the Bruins went home with a 34-31 win in Trans-Valley League girls basketball action.
Leah Manuleleua put a positive spin on what she called a "frustrating" night for herself and the Manteca girls basketball team.
LATHROP - The East Union High Lancers dictated Thursday's Valley Oak League game at Lathrop by unleashing pressure defense.
Lathrop's last three baskets from the field were from beyond the 3-point arc and with the shot clock running down on each shot, keeping host East Union from mounting a late comeback as the Spartans left Dalben Center with a 65-55 Valley Oak League boys basketball victory Wednesday.
MODESTO - Central Catholic coach Mike Wilson had three different players match up with Joshua Patton, Sierra's 6-foot-8 standout heading to Sacramento State.
Isabella Rivera was surrounded by friends and family during National Letter of Intent Day.
STOCKTON -Weston Ranch used its superior speed and quickness to dismantle visiting Oakdale in Wednesday's Valley Oak League affair, 61-46.
Hard-luck Ripon suffered its fourth loss in five games Tuesday, as a layup to tie it in the end was off the mark in a 49-47 loss to Hughson.
The week started with sobering news for the Ripon Christian boys basketball team.