Ripon High knew that to find a seat in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs it would need a glorious finish to the Trans Valley League season.
A one-goal loss Monday eliminated the Manteca Buffaloes from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoff picture, but that did not stop the Buffaloes from crashing East Union High's Valley Oak League championship hopes, stopping the Lancers 5-3 to close out the 2010 regular season.
Jose Montes was spared the Gatorade bath on a cold Thursday afternoon.
When the third and final Valley Oak League cross-country race was complete, the Sierra Timberwolves were able to land three of four VOL Championships, winning both girls titles and the sophomore boys crown Wednesday in Angels Camp.
Just about everything that could go right did for the Weston Ranch tennis team this year, putting together the school's first-ever Valley Oak League girls tennis championship and Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoff berth.
WESTON RANCH - Weston Ranch countered Sierra High's big comeback with one of its own.
Ripon Christian could have took advantage of a lackluster start by the Delhi Hawks, but that was not the case as the Knights drop another Southern League match Tuesday 6-3 in Ripon.
The East Union Lancers got their second crack at the Oakdale Mustangs, but the results didn't improve much as the Lancers dropped their Valley Oak League match with Oakdale 3-0 Tuesday in Oakdale.
The enormity of Monday's Valley Oak League all-important showdown with visiting Oakdale didn't do the trick.
It was only appropriate that Sierra High's Alysia Atkins closed off the Manteca Buffaloes' hopes to win an emphatic smash, sending the Timberwolves off with a 3-0 win over Manteca Thursday in Valley Oak League play.
It took a combination platter of the best tennis players at Sonora High to accomplish a feat no Valley Oak League doubles tandem was able to do, when Brianne McRee and Brielle Snyder teamed up for a 6-2, 6-0 win over No. 1 seeded Stephanie Vanni and Maryann Baker Thursday.
The Weston Ranch Cougars' downward spiral continued as they were swept by the East Union Lancers Thursday in Valley Oak League play.
Ripon Christian got off to a quality start and it never let up, posting a one-sided 6-0 blowout on Turlock Christian Thursday in Southern League play.
ESCALON – Escalon High had no problem battling with the Ripon Indians and keeping the match skin-tight over the first two games, but the Cougars would eventually succumb to the Trans Valley League's best, falling in a 3-0 sweep Wednesday to the Indians.
The Sierra High soccer program stepped into the driver's seat for the Valley Oak League championship with last week's win over Manteca, but the road got a little bumpy Wednesday as the Timberwolves were stopped in Sonora 1-0 by the Wildcats in league action.
Sierra brought home two individual gold medals and East Union one from the Tom Moore Relays on Saturday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Manteca High's boys basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinals last week, its longest postseason run since the 1987 team claimed the program's only blue pennant.
Chase McKee and Darrel Clemons are North Dakota-bound.
Lathrop capped its Spartan Tournament on Saturday with a thrilling 8-7 win in eight innings over Chavez-Stockton at Lathrop High.
SACRAMENTO - With 23 seconds left and victory safely in hand, Scott Thomason reared back and howled toward the rafters at Sleep Train Arena.
SACRAMENTO - After trailing by 14 points midway through the fourth quarter, Ripon Christian valiantly battled back to within six points with 1:02 left in the game on Jessica Van Vliet's free throw, but the Knights would not score again and lost 52-43 to Capital Christian-Sacramento in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship game at Sleep Train Arena.
SACRAMENTO - What a difference a decade and a half makes.
BASKERSFIELD - If anybody would have asked Ripon heavyweight state qualifier Tristan Smith if he was ever hurt during the state tournament he would probably say no.
The Manteca High girls soccer team opened its 7th Annual Buffalo Cup with two blowout victories at Woodward Park.
Manteca lost its second game in as many days Friday, but head coach Neil MacDannald is nowhere close to hitting the panic button.
Manteca High's boys tennis team didn't get the desired results during the first day of the California Classic at Fresno City College, but coach Frank Fontana believes the experience alone will pay off in the long run.
The Cinderella of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs is still dancing, but Chris Teevan insists there is nothing magical about his ninth-seeded Weston Ranch boys basketball team's ride to the championship round.
Lathrop head coach Gabe Padilla decided to start his best player on the attacking third not necessarily to get more scoring production, but to allow her to put less stress on a strained quad.
From the start of the season, the rhetoric surrounding the Sierra and Weston Ranch boys basketball teams was consistent.
Ed Mulder is still pinching himself.