John Bowers set three goals at the start of the cross country season: Win the Valley Oak League's individual title, lead Sierra's proud program back to prominence by capturing at least a share of the conference crown and qualify for the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships.
ELK GROVE - First-year varsity Cosumnes Oaks got visiting Ripon's attention early by taking an 11-9 lead into the second quarter.
Amber Parker may or may not have been the best female runner at Sierra High during the cross country season.
RIPON – Despite scoring more points in the game's fourth quarter than they did in the entire first half, the Ripon Christian Knights simply couldn't overcome an early deficit to the visiting Linden Lions.
SAN JOSE – It might be early, but things are looking good for the Sierra High School wrestling program.
TRACY – Lathrop High School continued their winless season Saturday afternoon by falling to the Los Banos Tigers 63-24 in the final round of the Tracy Winter Holiday Classic.
How did East Union reserve guard Briona Fontenot celebrate her 16th birthday on Friday?
RIPON – Millennium High looked as if it was up for the challenge, but a 22-7 run to open the second quarter provided Ripon Christian with all the cushion the Knights would need to win the opener of their own tournament, 77-63.
HILMAR – Lathrop High opened the Hilmar Tournament with a strong showing in a loss Thursday, but now the Spartans are hoping to streak after earning their first varsity win, 50-35, victory over the Summerville Bears.
Down 19-14 at halftime, visiting Ripon pieced together a 10-2 run in the third and surged to a 34-28 win against East Union Friday.
LATHROP - Mark Maynard admitted that he felt the pressure of having to set the table for Lathrop High's first-ever varsity dual match against Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove Thursday night.
MODESTO – Manteca High opened the contest with a lackluster effort, and the Buffaloes couldn't recover in their 62-39 loss to Grace Davis.
TRACY – The Weston Ranch Cougars put themselves in position to continue along the winner's bracket path of the 21st Annual Tracy Winter Holiday Basketball Tournament, but an offensive letdown final period left tthem on the short end of a 61-51 final against Vallejo High.
It takes 32 clocked minutes to complete a high school basketball game.
FAIRFIELD – The Lancers made the long trip to Fairfield only to drop its non-league contest against the Monticello Empire League's Armijo Indians 47-35 Wednesday.
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.
In a game that featured a head-to-head showdown between the Valley Oak League's two best senior post players, it was the guards who made the difference.