Rigid non-conference and Trans Valley League schedules helped Ripon Christian's boys basketball team prepare for the Sac-Joaquin Division V playoffs.
The Valley Oak League's reigning MVP, Kyle Harman, has some competition.
RIVERBANK – The Sierra High varsity softball team came a few minutes short of opening the Ceres Tournament with a pair of wins, but the squad will take a 1-1 start after handling Merced High 3-0 in Thursday at Rainbow Fields.
WESTON RANCH - The next generation of Manteca High boys tennis players are picking up where their predecessors left off.
STOCKTON – Sierra High formed its non-league schedule with a purpose and the squad is not shying away from the top Sac-Joaquin Section Division I schools, beating Lincoln 2-0 Thursday for its first win.
MODESTO - The late-winter showers didn't seem to faze Manteca High's baseball team in its season opener in the Johansen Tournament Thursday.
It would be impossible for longtime Sierra High head baseball coach Jack Thomson's work with the Timberwolves baseball program to go unnoticed, and it hasn't, as the Sierra skipper was honored as one of the California Interscholastic Federation's Model Coach Award winners Tuesday.
The Sierra High varsity volleyball team will be under new guidance for the first time since 1994 after naming Trinity Johnson as the new volleyball coach recently.
RIPON – With non-ideal weather conditions playing a part, the Ripon High soccer team used a single goal from Renae McFadden to hold off a determined East Union High squad for a 1-1 tie in Wednesday's preseason action.
MODESTO - Manteca High alumni and local wrestling legends Don and Joe Widmer left their marks in the mid-'60s.
GALT - The Ghost of Galt High was finally vanquished by Ripon Christian's boys basketball team, which came from behind to stun Bradshaw Christian of Sacramento 63-62 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V semifinal round Tuesday.
GALT – The Ripon Christian girls basketball team closed a fourth-quarter deficit to one on a pair of free throws from Mikaela Alger with 2:38 remaining, but the Knights could only manage two points the rest of the way in its 55-45 Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament-ending loss to Turlock Christian Tuesday.
The Ripon High soccer team wasted little time building a 1-0 lead when Katherine Ratto took a beautiful feed from Kallie Jacobs, giving the Indians the first of two goals in a 2-1 win over host Manteca High Tuesday.
STOCKTON – The Weston Ranch varsity soccer team had little trouble knocking off McNair High, destroying the Eagles 8-0 in non-league action Tuesday at McNair.
East Union High's girls basketball team captured its fourth straight Valley Oak League championship this season, but its string of consecutive Most Valuable Player honors was snapped during Saturday's year-end coaches meeting.
It wasn't a matter of if but when Ripon Christian was going to bust loose against winless Turlock Christian in a Southern League match Monday.
Manteca High athletic director Dave Smith announced last Friday that the school's varsity boys and girls basketball coaches have stepped down.
East Union's Cherish Burks hit the fifth pitch of the game over Manteca's left-field fence for a leadoff home run, setting the tone for a 12-1 Valley Oak League victory on Friday.
Scott Tolman broke a school record and turned in two Sac-Joaquin Section-qualifying times for the frosh-soph trials to help Sierra's boys edge host Manteca 88-84 in Friday's Valley Oak League opener for both rival schools.
One sweet goal from Jessica Carmona and a pivotal save on a penalty kick by Samantha Brooks were two big plays that lifted Ripon past host Riverbank 3-0 in a Trans-Valley League girls soccer win Friday.
East Union ended its pre-league schedule the same way it started it, with a frustrating one-run, extra-inning loss.
The Buffaloes' tennis squad has dominated other Manteca Unified School District programs in recent history.
Manteca fielded the younger team for a Valley Oak League match at Lathrop on Thursday, but it was the visiting Buffaloes who played like the more experienced club.
Gabe Chavez kept the East Union baseball squad in the game with superb dealing from the bump Thursday.
Ripon junior Nick Sharp was 4-under going into the ninth hole at Stevinson Ranch during Thursday's Trans Valley League showdown against Hilmar (4-3).
East Union made what was supposed to be a challenging week of Valley Oak League matches look easy, capping it off with Thursday's 5-1 domination of defending champion Kimball in Tracy.
One swing of the bat was all it took for Oakdale.
East Union freshman Alexis Erich not only delivered a stout performance from the circle on Wednesday, but she also blasted a solo home run as the Lancers extended their unbeaten streak to eight after a 6-2 Valley Oak League victory on the road against Kimball.
Lucas Garcia recorded the first win of the season for East Union, and he also made a game-ending catch in foul territory in front of visiting Lodi's dugout on Wednesday.
East Union coach Todd Dunaway considers Lathrop's track and field team a force to be reckoned with this season after the two teams split their Valley Oak League opener Wednesday.