In-town rivals Ripon High and Ripon Christian are in different leagues now, but their boys basketball teams find themselves in the same boat having lost top talent.
FRESNO – The 2010 CIF State Cross Country Championships Saturday marked several firsts for the Ripon High program.
FRESNO – On this cold and gray morning, Ricky Morris was at his very best.
When the Weston Ranch girls basketball team beat Sierra High to close out the Valley Oak League a year ago, the Cougars were hoping a postseason berth would be around the corner, but that berth never came.
After a quick walkthrough of Woodward Park in Fresno, the annual site of the CIF State Cross Country Championships, Ripon High head coach Paul Calkins and his runners settled into their hotel rooms at around 5:30 Friday night for a little rest and relaxation.
Just a short time ago, the Weston Ranch boys basketball squad was the premier team in the Valley Oak League, and the Lathrop Spartans were opening the gym for the hoops program for the very first time. After failing to reach the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs, the Cougars are poised to get back to the top of the league, whereas as Lathrop will be working through the exodus of one of its better players.
To be the champs, Ripon Christian's volleyball team must go through the champs.
Manteca and Sierra believe they have what it takes to make a run at the Valley Oak League championship this year.
Earning back-to-back outright championships in the Valley Oak League didn't come easily for Manteca High, and that was with dazzling point guard Kiwi Gardner setting gym floors ablaze.
The setters of the top teams in the Trans Valley and Southern leagues were voted the Most Valuable Players of each conference.
RIPON - The Knights didn't want to be one and done in this year's CIF State Northern California Division V volleyball championship tournament.
RIPON - It's an overused cliché, but the Ripon-St. Helena first-round match in the CIF State Northern California Division IV Championships Tuesday was truly played out like a heavyweight title bout.
In some ways, Ripon High volleyball coach Larry Keethe sees his team as an underdog despite its No. 1 ranking in the CIF Division IV State Championships, which begins today with Round 1 of the NorCal playoffs.
The Valley Oak League season saw the Sonora Wildcats and Oakdale Mustangs have their way along the schedule, but standout play from the other squads didn't go unrecognized, as the VOL's 2010 all-league team was recently announced.
The additions of Hilmar and Orestimba made the Trans Valley League even tougher Ripon High this year, and that was reflected in the all-conference selections.
East Union put up seven runs in the second inning against visiting Ripon on Saturday on the way to an 11-1 Lancers win the third annual Cancer Awareness Softball Game at Northgate Softball Complex's Garvine Field.
Nick Oseguera laced a two-out two-RBI double in the third inning to cap a four-run frame and give Sierra the margin of victory in a 4-2 win Saturday over visiting Modesto in non-league baseball action.
Katelyn Allen brought home three gold medals for East Union on Saturday from the Jaguar Relays at Kimball High in Tracy and helped led the Lancers girls to a fourth-place finish while teammate Cody Keener won the high jump as part of the East Union boys attack that also finished fourth.
With Valley Oak League play right around the corner, Sierra High played more of a complete game Friday, defeating visiting Turlock, 6-2.
RIPON - Kevin Tameling cobbled together an ambitious nonleague schedule for Ripon Christian's girls soccer team and who can blame him?
The Manteca High boys tennis team earned its dinner Friday night after capping a busy four-match week with a 6-3 victory at Kimball in a battle of the Valley Oak League's top two teams.
Manteca and host Oakdale were locked in a pitchers' duel through four innings of their Valley Oak League contest on Friday.
Another Ripon-Hughson softball game, another one-run contest.
East Union proved to be a tough out once again for Sierra at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
The Walljasper era hasn't ended just yet for Sierra's softball team.
The Manteca Dolphins have welcomed back a few familiar faces.
LATHROP - Manteca's Haighley Kissee did it all for the Buffaloes on Thursday in a 17-0 five-inning road win over Lathrop in Valley Oak League softball action.
Three school records fell during a Valley Oak League meet at Sierra on Thursday. The Timberwolves boys team overwhelmed visiting Lathrop 113-31, and the girls won, 121-45.
The Ripon High Indians continued their winning ways Thursday by trouncing host Riverbank 16-2 in Trans Valley League play.
The East Union Lancers fell to Oakdale Thursday in Valley Oak League action at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club, 213-231.