It came down to the final minutes, but the tone was set at the start of the Sierra High girls soccer team's 3-2 loss to visiting Oakdale in the Valley Oak League opener Wednesday.
The 2011 Lions All-Star Football Game rosters for the North and South teams were announced, and four area standouts will get the opportunity to close their high school football careers in the marquee Central Valley event amongst the best players in the area.
With the Ripon Christian Knights no longer in the Trans Valley League, Escalon will have the sour taste of its two-stroke 224-226 loss to the Knights in its mouth for the remainder of the season.
With mere days remaining before the start of the Valley Oak League season, the Manteca High baseball team got a good send off from starting pitcher Matt Burrows, who went seven innings scattering four hits in a 5-2 Manteca win over Stagg High Tuesday in Stockton.
The first four innings might not have been pretty, but East Union was able to get out with minimum damage Tuesday night in their non-league matchup against Escalon.
Ripon High's Andrew Bonner edged out Logan Vos of Ripon Christian for the second time in as many days Tuesday in a crosstown rivalry golf match featuring two of the area's best golfers.
Sierra High's Valley Oak League title defense in girls soccer begins tonight when it hosts unbeaten Oakdale.
For the first four innings of Sierra' varsity baseball game with the Johansen Vikings it seemed like the normal steps to a lopsided win were taking shape, but in the top of the inning the Vikings changed the script and Sierra needed a late insurance run in an 8-5 win Tuesday.
The Trans Valley League's best boys golfers of 2010 shined in the Yellowjacket Invitational hosted by Hilmar High at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club Monday.
Ron Wayman already has his share of heartbreaking losses in his first year as Weston Ranch High's varsity baseball coach.
East Union looked impressive through the first portion of its EU Varsity-JV Tournament Saturday against Tokay, but after the Tigers fought back with two unanswered goals East Union was forced into action and the Lancers responded, pulling out a 3-2 win at Woodward Park.
After starting the Vern Gebhardt Champions Cup with a perfect run Friday, Sierra High opened up day two on fire, earning a berth into the tournament title games against the St. Mary's Rams. After two halves of play ended in a tie, and two overtime periods, the two schools moved to a shoot out and the Rams came away victorious with the 2011 Champions Cup.
The Manteca Buffaloes tennis team made their way to the Brentwood area to compete in the Freedom Invitational, and putting together a quality run, closing the two-day tournament with a victory over Liberty High Saturday.
The Sierra High girls soccer team opened its 7th Annual Vern Gebhardt Cup tournament with two one-goal victories Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Sierra High's boys and girls swim teams started off the Valley Oak League season on a high note Friday, defeating visiting rival Manteca High.
Lathrop couldn't overcome a lackluster start in a 61-44 loss to visiting Kimball on Friday.
Jim Agostini sauntered back into Winter Gymnasium alongside assistant coach Rick Marsh, and as the door closed behind them their East Union girls basketball team could be heard celebrating a much-needed 58-48 win over Manteca on Thursday.
RIPON - This night belonged to the Ripon High Indians.
Elisabeth Alexander found her stroke early and never lost it.
Sierra has a way of making ugly wins look good.
Rena Dragony emerged from a scrum beneath the basket with a smile and her pinkies pointed to the sky.
Sophomore guard Tre Simmons made five 3s and led all scorers with 23 points, as playoff-bound Weston Ranch rolled past visiting East Union 70-30 Wednesday.
With about six minutes left in the third quarter, Jim Agostini called a timeout and did something he rarely ever does.
STOCKTON - What a difference 10 minutes can make.
Riverbank worked its late-game magic yet again, and it helped the Bruins garner at least a share of the Trans-Valley League title Tuesday when they edged Ripon in overtime, 44-43.
RIPON - In a Trans-Valley League tilt between two guard-oriented teams, it was the two "bigs" who made all the difference for Ripon on Tuesday.
Tonight, Manteca High will play for much more than a share of first place in the Valley Oak League.
Lathrop High's Alex Garcia and Tristan Smith of Ripon are both rated No. 3 in their respective weight classes, according to The California Wrestler's Sac-Joaquin Section rankings.
Aysia Cortez of Venture/Excel Academy won the 126-pound championship Saturday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Wrestling Regional Invitational at McNair High in a thrilling 13-11 overtime match with Miranda Lamela of Pacheco-Los Banos.
Ripon High defeated visiting Modesto High on Saturday 35-20 in non-league girls' basketball action.