FRESNO – Only a select few had the privilege of grinding out another race during t the CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park Saturday and Sierra High senior John Bowers was the only Manteca area athlete to make the cut.
On the last big play of a game full of them, Jarrod Daniels made a statement while sealing Sierra High's thrilling 40-39 victory over No. 6 Benicia Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Offense might win games, but it was defense that allowed Sierra to hold off a prolific Benicia passing attack that was unlike anything the team has seen so far this year.
It's one thing to run the opposing team's offense during scout-team practice, and it's another guiding a team to a second-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Football playoff victory.
Fortunes have followed the Ripon High volleyball team for the majority of its 2009 season, but the squads' blessings took new heights when its second-round opponent, Notre Dame High of Salinas, knocked off No. 2 seed Salesian, handing the Indians home court advantage for the CIF NorCal Championship match Saturday.
The Sierra Timberwolves have reason to be thankful.
Shalane Jackson gave a nice glimpse of what to expect from her sophomore season, leading East Union High to a season-opening 49-34 win over the visiting Bear Creek Bruins Wednesday at the Dalben Center.
The loss of record-holding goal scorer Eric Cavanaugh had little effect on Ripon this season.
RIPON - Ripon Christian showed it more than deserved its berth into the CIF Northern California Division V State Volleyball Championships, yet the Knights were unable to extend their magical season after a four-game loss (11-25, 25-22, 13-25 and 18-25) to Castilleja of Palo Alto.
COTTONWOOD - The trip ended up being much longer than the match.
STOCKTON – The Weston Ranch Cougars had a strong sense of how they wanted their season to get underway, but the McNair Eagles had a different agenda beating the Cougars 54-50 in both teams' season opener.
Tiger Shelton sees Ripon Christian's first-round draw in the CIF State Northern California Championships as a good news-bad news proposition.
Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff opener between No. 8 Manteca and No. 9 Casa Roble at Guss Schmiedt Field didn't start out to be the game it was anticipated to be.
It was business as usual Friday for Sierra High.
USC-bound Bryce Dyrda proved to be too much for East Union on Tuesday as he no-hit the Lancers through five innings in a mercy-rule-shortened game won by Oakdale 13-0 win in Valley Oak League action at Agostini Field.
TRACY - Failing to execute the little things loomed large Monday in Lathrop's Valley Oak League opener against host Kimball at West High.
Two three-year varsity players from Ripon High's girls basketball team were named to the All-Trans Valley League team.
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.