Only a select few are still dropping perspiration on the mats in hopes of continuing a season-long journey. For some the journey has been a success by still being alive, but for one of the highly-touted wrestlers in the Sac-Joaquin Section, anything short of a title would be a letdown.
It took three quarters for Kiwi Gardner to take over.
East Union and Ripon Christian's girls basketball teams are heavy underdogs in their Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs second-round contests tonight.
COLFAX – After giving Sac-Joaquin Division IV top seed Colfax an early 11 point lead in the first quarter, the visiting Ripon Indians simply couldn't overcome the margin in their first-round playoff appearance.
RIPON – After sprinting out of the gate to an early 10-point lead, the Ripon Christian Knights started putting all of the pieces together in their Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff opener Wednesday against visiting Stone Ridge Christian (12-10) of Merced.
Manteca High's girls soccer team opened the season in impressive fashion but could not hold on in a 3-1 home loss to Lodi Wednesday.
LOOMIS - Leading scorer Aaron Hendricks was out for Wednesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III postseason opener against No. 14 Sierra, but No. 3 Del Oro still had little trouble in advancing with a 69-39 victory.
Clipping a double-digit deficit to five points to close out the third period seemingly put the Rio Americano girls basketball team in position to continue its season. Yet a perfectly executed defensive shutout in the fourth quarter proved to be the end of the Raider's year in their 54-43 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Tournament loss to East Union Tuesday at the Dalben Center.
FAIRFIELD - With head coaching duties split between assistant coach Garrett Tolman, boys head coach Dave Asuncion and athletic director Ron Inderbitzin, Manteca High's girls basketball team struggled to keep up with highly-favored Vanden in a 71-25 loss in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs Tuesday.
The good news for East Union High's girls basketball team is that its loss to rival Manteca in the regular-season finale last Thursday didn't bump it low enough in the Division III seedings for a possible second-round matchup with the nation's top-ranked team in St. Mary's.
A 13-game-winning streak to end the regular season wasn't good enough for Manteca High's boys basketball team to get a favorable seed for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.
• Division III boys: No. 16 Hogan at No. 1 Sacramento, No. 9 Foothill at No. 8 Lincoln, No. 12 Livingston at No. 5 Rio Americano, No. 13 El Dorado at No. 4 St. Mary's, No. 14 Sierra at No. 3 Del Oro, No. 11 Pioneer at No. 6 Center, No. 10 Placer at No. 7 Manteca, No. 15 Sonora at No. 2 Vista del Lago.
MODESTO - East Union High's girls soccer team had a strong showing its first non-league match of the season Monday, battling Central Catholic to a 0-0 tie.
Four area wrestlers closed out the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Wrestling Championships with an opportunity to win titles, but all came up short yet will continue their season by advancing to the Masters Wrestling Tournament next weekend in Stockton.
Ripon's No. 2 Robbie Figeroid wasn't able to finish his round Thursday afternoon at the Spring Creek Golf Course after injuring his neck on the fifth hole and not being able to continue.
Manteca got back on the winning track Thursday as it knocked off Lathrop 8-1 during a Valley Oak League matchup.
Sierra senior Allie Walljasper and East Union freshman Alexis Erich dueled for seven innings Wednesday and yielded three hits apiece, but in the end it was Erich's Lancers who eked out a 2-1 Valley Oak League win.
RIPON - Ripon Christian appears to have fully recovered from what head coach Kevin Tameling called "dead legs."
Ripon Christian head coach John De Visser was well aware that ace pitcher Connor McGovern was on his game Wednesday against visiting Denair.
It was a back-and-forth meet Wednesday between the Sierra and Kimball girls track and field teams, two early favorites for the Valley Oak League championship.
With some of its veterans a bit off their game Wednesday, Ripon looked to its newer players to step up against rival Ripon Christian in a nonleague match at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.
Patience proved to be a virtue for host Sierra on Tuesday as the Timberwolves drew 11 walks in just four innings and defeated Kimball 13-3 in a mercy-rule victory in Valley Oak League baseball action before the rain rolled in.
After opening the Valley Oak League schedule with losses to two contending programs, Manteca High's swim teams picked up its first victories while braving the cold weather Tuesday in a double dual against visiting Lathrop and Weston Ranch.
The rain did little to slow Sierra's girls soccer team on Tueseday.
Six standouts representing the Manteca Futbol Club are being recognized for their talents off the pitch as well as on it.
The area's two best high school girls wrestlers competed against some of the best in the nation this past weekend and came away with All-America honors.
Sierra High senior Anna Cardenas is one of 51 student-athletes to be awarded a scholarship by the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Ripon's boys and girls swim teams won all but two races at East Union on Friday, but the host Lancers were able to make things interesting with their superior depth.
STOCKTON - Allie Walljasper struck out 14 in six innings, Julie Deanda and Maddie Penner each rapped two-run hits and Devi Coglio legged out a home run in Sierra's 8-0 win at Weston Ranch on Friday.