The Manteca High golf team came through with a solid round, yet the squad still fell 11 strokes shy of upsetting the Valley Oak League's second-place team in a 252-263 loss.
RIPON - There are two sides to Ripon High senior Hart Yoshida.
ESCALON – After putting themselves back in contention with a late first half goal, the Ripon Indians outplayed the Escalon Cougars over the final half, ending a nine-game losing drought with a 2-1 win in Trans Valley League play.
The Sierra High cross country program put forth a valiant effort, yet it was unable to slow down the Sonora Wildcats in Wednesday's Valley Oak League Meet No. 2 at Woodward Reservoir.
Weston Ranch was able to put forth a fight in the first game, but that would be all the Cougars could muster up in a 28-26, 25-17, 25-8 loss to the Buffaloes Wednesday in Valley Oak League play.
Even when things don't work out perfect they still work out for the East Union golf team as it overcame scheduling obstacles to win the Sierra Invitational golf tournament with a team score of 485 Wednesday at the Manteca Park Golf Course.
The Manteca High sophomore volleyball team got better as the night went on during a 25-22, 25-13 win over the Weston Ranch Cougars.
LATHROP - The sloppy conditions led to sloppy play at Lathrop High's soccer field Tuesday.
HUGHSON - With the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoff power ratings about a week away from being unveiled, all Ripon Christian can do until then is take care of business.
The howling winds and hard-pouring rain didn't keep Manteca, Lathrop and Weston Ranch high schools' boys soccer teams from playing Tuesday, but one match involving another area team was cancelled.
Sierra High finished the first half up by a touchdown and put together a flawless second half to improve to 2-0 in Valley Oak League play with a 34-22 win over the Manteca Buffaloes at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Manteca High freshman football team took its season to new heights with an impressive 26-18 win over the Sierra Timberwolves for its second consecutive Valley Oak League victory.
Just moments before the opening kickoff at Sierra High's Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium Friday, Manteca's players took the field after busting through a large banner that read: "We run this town."
Robbie Wise looked helpless as he leaned against the chain-linked fence separating the end zone of Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium from the snack bar on the northern end of the facility.
Sierra was one of the tougher and more talented squads in the Valley Oak League this year.
East Union's girls basketball team was making it a habit to start games sluggishly this season.
Senior night did little to distract Weston Ranch's girls basketball team Thursday night.
Ripon has been competitive for most of the season but doesn't have the wins to show it.
Ben Juarez knocked down a jump shot to give Kimball its first lead in the second half with 22 seconds left in Wednesday's crucial Valley Oak League contest at Manteca High's Winter Gym.
With four games left in the regular season, the Sierra Timberwolves appear well on their way towards an outright Valley Oak League title.
LATHROP - After surviving seven lead changes and four ties, host Lathrop ended the first half on a 7-0 run and outscored East Union 22-9 in the third quarter on the way to a 64-48 win in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
Isela Rivera isn't concerned so much about her place in East Union girls soccer lore, though there have been few as productive as the senior striker.
Having battled back from a 21-point deficit to visiting Lathrop and leading by one with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Manteca's Jessica Hasal penetrated to the key and then dished out to Allison Rachels on the perimeter. Rachels threw up a 3-pointer and by the time it bounced off the glass and through the net she was picking herself up off the floor with the Buffaloes on the way to a thrilling 54-49 Valley Oak League girls basketball victory at Winter Gymnasium.
STOCKTON - With no true post players on his team, Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer has challenged the two tallest to be more of a presence in the paint.
Not this time.
The Ripon Christian boys basketball team overcame Turlock Christian's considerable size advantage for a second time with Tuesday's commanding 64-51 triumph.
RIPON - Amber Hilvers searched for the words, trying her hardest not to sound disrespectful.
All that matters is who leads at the end. For the Ripon Christian girls' basketball team, that is a good thing.
Lathrop junior Isaiah Ellis put on a show in front of the home crowd Friday night.