RENO, Nev. - It takes a special volleyball team to be invited to Reno's annual High Sierra Invitational, and every season the Ripon Indians' invitation shows up without fail.
MODESTO - Ripon High kicked off the Big Valley Tournament Friday afternoon at Big Valley Christian with a 4-0 win over Rite of Passage.
LODI - After a sluggish performance against Turlock Christian Thursday night, Ripon Christian was able to pick up the pace against Tokay Friday, but it wouldn't be enough in a 20-25, 17-25, 26-24, 22-25 loss.
After a pair of disappointing losses to open the 2009 season, Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg was looking for signs of improvement Thursday night at Guss Schmiedt Field, where his Buffaloes took on Bret Harte in the opening round of the 2nd Annual Buffalo Cup.
It's a new season at Weston Ranch High, and with it has come a number of new faces, but most importantly, a new attitude, one that head coach Carlos Gaspar is convinced will lead to a number of victories.
It doesn't count against records, but it still stings for Tim Horning and his Manteca Buffaloes.
WESTON RANCH – The Weston Ranch tennis team picked up its first Valley Oak League win of the season at home Thursday, 8-7, over Manteca.
STOCKTON - Kaylee Joaquin earned her second straight medalist finish to start the Valley Oak League season Thursday, producing an 8-over 44 while leading Manteca to a 278-333 victory over Weston Ranch at Van Buskirk Golf Course.
They don't rebuild.
MODESTO - Sierra barely broke at sweat at Johansen Wednesday evening in a 25-10, 25-13, 25-14 sweep of the Vikings.
STOCKTON - What a difference a day makes.
OAKDALE - It wasn't easy for Lathrop Wednesday in a 15-0 loss to the Mustangs, but then again, it never is when it comes to Oakdale tennis.
Jose Montes makes it a point to throw his Sierra Timberwolves into the flame every preseason.
East Union fell behind 6-3 in Game 1 of a preseason tilt with Gustine Tuesday at Dalben Center, but from that point on it was all Lancers throughout, as EU walked away with a breezy 25-16, 25-7, 25-13 sweep.
LINDEN - Ripon got its big non-league win out of the way, and head coach Jamie DeBruyn hopes his Indians can carry it over to the rest of the season.
STOCKTON – Weston Ranch senior Alyssa Cantu will be making her third straight trip to the state tournament.
STOCKTON - Weston Ranch was able to limit Manteca High center Michael Hatfield this time around, but the Cougars had no answer for the Buffaloes' two best guards.
Victoria Burke could likely make Sierra High history today.
Lathrop trailed by as much as 10 in the third quarter at Sonora but came back to squeak out a well-earned 64-58 victory Friday night.
LATHROP – Nick McGill came through in the clutch during Thursday's Valley Oak League finale between East Union and Lathrop.
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.