Usually after a few seasons of learning the ropes and fine-tuning their games, players hold the possibility of becoming one of the team's low scorers by the time their senior season rolls around. Nothing could be further from the case for Ripon High's Andrew Bonner and East Union's Will Brink, two of the area's standout freshman golfers.
CERES – An idle Manteca High squad left the Sierra Timberwolves all alone in first place of the Valley Oak League after Sierra's 3-0 win over the Ceres Bulldogs Tuesday.
The Sierra High baseball team's pivotal two-game set against Ceres ended in similar fashion to the way it started in Ceres Friday - with a loss, this time by an 8-7 margin in eighth innings Monday, and with too many runners left on base.
Oakdale pitcher Brianna Parker gave East Union a rare opportunity to score after booting Kourtni McCall's soft grounder to start the bottom of the seventh inning of Monday's battle for sole rights of first place in the Valley Oak League at Northgate Softball Complex.
RIPON - It was virtually two different games bunched up into one in the final regular-season meeting between Ripon Christian and host Ripon Monday.
TRACY - Yes, Andrew Bonner is a freshman.
Manteca High's softball team provided pitcher Selena Gonzalez all the run support she needed in a 10-0, five-inning victory over Weston Ranch Monday.
CENTRAL VALLEY - The magic number is now 1 for Manteca High's tennis team.
SONORA - After 19 outs, Sierra High's sophomore softball team was two more away from dropping a disheartening 4-0 loss to Sonora, a team the Timberwolves previously beat by double digits.
Over the past two months, the Sonora Wildcats have only been beaten twice, but one trip to Manteca and now the Wildcats have lost their grasp on the Valley Oak League's top spot after being swept by the Manteca Buffaloes 5-4 and 13-1 Saturday.
East Union found themselves intertwined in a pitchers dual, but the advantage ended up going to the Central Valley Hawks in their 3-0 Valley Oak League win over the Lancers Saturday.
Sierra High's swimming team ended the Valley Oak League regular season with a bang, producing a pair of victories over host rival Manteca Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian's pitching depth has it in the thick of the Trans Valley League title hunt.
Sometimes all it takes in baseball to change the course of the game is a single swing of the bat.
WESTON RANCH – When the Weston Ranch Cougars opened their half of the seventh inning grabbing a Valley Oak League win seemed slim, but a ferocious last-inning comeback pushed Weston Ranch to a 6-5 come-from-behind win Friday.
Rod Wright has been waiting for a game like this from his young Ripon boys basketball team.
East Union won one rematch to get to another, but it may have to go without its top player in tonight's Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament quarterfinal.
Annie Banks has been playing on a tennis team for as long as she can remember, long before her brush with the Sierra High girls program.
RIPON - Kristen Maestretti was rewarded for her effort.
For the better part of three quarters, the Turlock crowd did their best to unlock the mystery of Anand Hundal, Manteca's 6-foot-8 junior center.
East Union expected Bear Creek to come out winging its best punches and got exactly that in a nonleague contest at Dalben Center on Tuesday.
There were moments when East Union coach Jim Agostini had to remind himself that little, if anything, was on the line during Tuesday's reunion with Sonora at Bud Castle Gym.
Rubel Dehal and Elizabeth Tolbert had clean looks at the basket in attempts to force an overtime period, but both of their shots rimmed out in Manteca's 43-40 loss to visiting Laguna Creek on Monday.
LATHROP - Lathrop managed only five first-period points Monday and never recovered in a 72-46 loss to visiting Beyer-Modesto in non-league boys basketball action.
Tournament host Ripon made a run in the third quarter and would not close the gap in losing to Cosumnes Oaks 58-42 in the championship game of the girls Ripon Winter Classic on Saturday.
Ripon finished tied for sixth place with Buhach Colony on Saturday in the 22-team field of the Morning Star Invitational at Los Banos High School.
After two big swings in the second half Saturday tournament host Ripon managed a layup with a minute left and held on over Bret Harte 63-62 for the championship of the boys Ripon winter Classic.
Weston Ranch is heading to the championship game in one of the Central Section's most prestigious tournaments.
Cody Norman is back with his alma mater, coaching the Laguna Creek girls basketball team in Elk Grove.
Livingston buried three 3-pointers to lead 9-0 at the start of its nonleague game at Manteca High's Winter Gymnasium Friday night.