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SOQUEL – It was a long trip to the California coast Friday night for the Manteca sophomore football team, but even tired legs and a sluggish start couldn't deter the Buffaloes from picking up a season-opening win, 22-20.
The Manteca High freshman football team ran wild over Christian Brothers Thursday night at Guss Schmiedt Field, as tailback Anthony Cota scored four times in a 33-7 win.
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.
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.
STOCKTON - The Weston Ranch volleyball team is hitting its stride.
East Union plans to throw it back to the 1970s, when losses were hard to come by and names like Herrera and Taylor were still at the forefront of the football program.
Manteca held its own against Central Catholic and nearly forced a fifth set in a 25-19, 13-25, 21-25, 24-26 Valley Oak League loss Tuesday in Modesto.
Ripon Christian secured the outright claim to the Southern League championship with Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Denair.
Vista del Lago and Christian Brothers players took turns taking pictures with their prizes on the 18th green at Manteca Park Golf Course.
Ripon had two golfers finish in the top 10 in Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament held at Micke Grove Golf Links, but both played their final round of the season.
It all comes down to Wednesday's winner-take-all Valley Oak League finale between cross-town foes Manteca and East Union.
Sealy McAdams and Elizabeth Tolbert's last two matches in Thursday's Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament held at East Union had entirely different endings.
Alyssa Burch hosted another block party at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Thursday.
Orestimba scored the first and final goals, but Ripon Christian did more than enough damage in between to leave Newman with a 5-2 victory and at least a share of the Southern League championship.
Injury-hampered Ripon gave up two second-half goals by Ulises Ramirez on set pieces and are now in danger of not repeating as league champions no thanks to Thursday's 2-0 loss at Escalon.
Gerardo Romero scored two goals and assisted another in East Union's 4-1 triumph at Sierra on Wednesday.
Weston Ranch's coronation looked as if it was going to be delayed.
Manteca had two game-point opportunities in an attempt to force a fifth set against visiting Weston Ranch but came up short in a 20-25, 25-27, 25-16, 30-32 defeat Wednesday.
East Union won the Valley Oak League title and Brooke Riley is the MVP.