Second place is a virtual championship for the six public schools in the Trans-Valley League for boys and girls basketball, and Ripon High was able to capture both this season.
Ripon Christian returned to the Southern League this year, and the boys basketball program picked up where it left off nearly 30 years ago.
Conquering their second consecutive Buff Cup title seemed like an obligation for the Manteca Buffaloes, demolishing both of their final opponents to walk away with back-to-back Buff Cup titles Saturday at Manteca High.
The Sierra High boys track team was able to distance themselves from some 22 programs, accumulating 88 points to win the 13th Annual Sierra-Tom Moore Relays Saturday at Sierra High.
Through the first six innings, there was uncertainty about who would leave the diamond Saturday with a nonleague win, but the Ripon Indians were able to do enough damage in their final at bat to squeeze past the Lathrop Spartans 7-4 at Lathrop High.
Sierra High's varsity softball team was able to put together an impressive two-day run through the Ceres Tournament, returning from Rainbow Fields in Riverbank with the tournament title with a win and a tie on the final day.
BAKERSFIELD - They went about it different ways, but at the end of Day 1 both Ripon High senior Travis Smith and Sierra senior Alex Nuanez had seen their final prep matches on a high school wrestling mat.
The East Union High baseball squad used a familiar recipe Friday against Lodi.
Austin Acker stood at the plate with a full count, the tying run on second and the winning run on first in Sierra High's half of the seventh inning Friday against visiting Escalon. The first-year varsity player cashed in when what looked like a harmless flyball to centerfield found the grass and gave Sierra a 4-3 comeback win.
Manteca High's girls soccer team effectively played keep-away against Stagg of Stockton in its 4-0 victory Friday, when its own Buffalo Cup tournament opened action for eight participating clubs.
Manteca High's boys tennis team dropped two of its first three matches in the California High School Tennis Classic Friday at Fresno City College.
The Sierra softball team had no problem taking care of business during its opening contests in the Ceres Tournament at Modesto's Rainbow Fields.
Manteca High's softball team is 3-0 for the first time since winning its first four in 2007 after pummeling visiting Denair by a football score of 27-0 Thursday.
When Lincoln High made its way to Manteca, there was no way the soccer team could have expected to witness the show Sierra junior Joanna Ortiz was prepared to put on. Ortiz went off for four goals in a 6-0 shellacking of the visiting Trojans Thursday.
RIPON - It took a little while for the Ripon to get its softball bats warmed up during a preseason game against Ripon Christian Thursday afternoon.
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.