LATHROP - Adjusting to varsity speed will be a challenge for seniorless Lathrop this season.
Following East Union's emotionally draining 41-35 loss to Beyer at Dino Cunial Field Friday night, head coach Mike James made the comment that when people pick up the newspaper this morning, they will read the headline and assume that his team is still the same old Lancers.
SOQUEL - Competition is what the Manteca Buffaloes were hoping for when they scheduled the Soquel Knights of the Central Coast Section for their season opener.
LINDEN - The Indians took a big step forward in their season opener. At Lion Stadium, Ripon High coach Chris Johnson, witnessed his young squad overcome first-half mistakes and penalties to edge out Linden in the non-league affair, 25-21. "With only seven players returning on varsity, I thought we really grew up (as a team) tonight," he said. Behind 21-13 at halftime, the Indians recovered a punt fumble following their first offensive sequence. The turnover ...
RIPON - Quarterback Tyler Voogd threw for 105 yards and ran for 103 and two touchdowns in Ripon Christian's 49-0 rout of Delhi at Stouffer Field Friday. He also hit Clayton Prins for a 22-yard TD strike in the third quarter.
Ripon cruised to three easy victories to start pool play in Golden Valley's Central California Classic Friday at Enochs High.
Bumping, setting and killing sounds easy enough, but it wasn't until Thursday's non-league match with visiting Franklin did Sierra make it look that way.
ESCALON - The goal for Sierra in its last non-league match of the season wasn't just to go into Valley Oak League action with a .500 record, but to do so in impressive fashion.
It was the Jillian and Jackie Show yet again Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course as Jackie Ketner (3-over-par 40) and Jillian Goulart (43) led the Lancers to their fourth straight win, 242-279.
Brothers Marcel and Myles Romo have never had the chance to line up side by side while on the same football team.
The bright spots were few and far between for East Union head volleyball coach Eryn Bowers following a 25-12, 20-25, 25-18, 25-22 win over Johansen Wednesday night at Dalben Center, but a win is a win, and the Lancers will take it.
OAKDALE - Ripon got an outstanding look at Oakdale last weekend in Reno, the site of the High Sierra Invitational, and even beat the Mustangs in Nevada, but an erratic effort Wednesday at Oakdale would lead to a 18-25, 25-23, 15-25, 22-25 loss.
WESTON RANCH - Coming off a 6-0 loss Tuesday, Weston Ranch was looking to rebound Wednesday at home.
After a heartbreaking loss to Weston Ranch a week ago, the Manteca High tennis team came out Tuesday at home intent on turning its fortunes.
RIPON - Bryant Macias twice crouched and buried his face into his hands in disappointment after botching wide-open goal-scoring opportunities when his Ripon Indians hosted Millennium of Tracy for a non-league match Tuesday at Mistlin Park.
Ripon High's volleyball team couldn't tame the Tigers twice.
The Weston Ranch, Ripon and Ripon Christian boys soccer teams enjoyed home-field advantage last Thursday when they opened the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
A last-ditch effort to extend its season came up short for the Ripon High boys water polo team on Monday.
Haley Silva and Josh Spooner of Sierra, Ellie Waters and Alex Norling of Ripon and Brendon Curtright of Weston Ranch finished in the top 10 of the Sac-Joaquin Subsection Cross Country championships Saturday at Frogtown in Angels Camp.
The Ripon boys outscored Los Banos in all four periods Saturday and came away with a 21-5 win in opening-round action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II boys' water polo playoffs at Whitney High School.
RIPON - Andie Shelton thought nothing of it when Ripon Christian volleyball coach Kara Ledeboer asked for a list of her achievements a month ago.
RIPON – Ripon took nearly 30 minutes to get on the scoreboard during Thursday's opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V tournament.
RIPON – Ripon Christian standout Travis Vander Molen raced up the field after scoring the game's second goal, repeatedly tapping his head with his index while celebrating toward the home crowd.
Three area schools were represented in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Tournament at Roseville's Johnson Ranch Racquet Club on Thursday.
STOCKTON - The littlest of Cougars came up big in Weston Ranch's first-ever postseason soccer game.
Vanden's defense was stingy during the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III tournament Thursday night.
If the Ripon and Ripon Christian volleyball teams are to meet again in the playoffs, it would have to be in the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament.
Manteca senior Jesus Ponce was called off the pitch in the 71st minute of Tuesday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener with visiting Lincoln of Placer County.
Hilmar capped an undefeated run through the Trans-Valley League season with Tuesday's four-game win (23-25, 25-19, 25-9, 25-23), but host Ripon gave the Yellowjackets another scare.
Manteca High's girls tennis team ended a 20-year playoff drought in 2011.