SACRAMENTO - Ripon only took four wrestlers to the 2009 Foothill High Tim Brown Memorial Wrestling Tournament, a two-day event starting Friday at the Sacramento high school.
Sophomore standout Kiwi Gardner didn't hit the 30-point mark for the Buffaloes on Friday night like he did in Manteca's two previous games.
WESTON RANCH – It was a big game in terms of Valley Oak League positioning, and both the Sierra and Weston Ranch played tight to start Friday night's contest.
RIPON - The wait is over. Ripon High can now focus its efforts on two-time defending Trans Valley League champion Modesto Christian after taking care of Riverbank 65-26 Friday. The Indians (2-0, 11-8 overall) held their second straight league opponent to under 30 points. Riverbank (0-2, 7-10) was one turnover shy of matching its point total and shot an anemic 24 percent from the field. "They didn't know which way was up, (because) our defense ...
WESTON RANCH - Sierra High's sophomore boys basketball team did well to take a 17-16 lead into halftime after scoring just two points in the opening quarter but ultimately fell to Weston Ranch 41-37 in Valley Oak League action Friday.
It wasn't senior night Thursday at the Dalben Center, but it may as well have been as Rachel McDaniel, Ashley Rose and Alyssa Wegner were lights out for the Lancers in a 66-40 win over Manteca.
The accolades keep on coming for area standouts Nick Gardner and Michael Turner, as they joined two others from the Valley Oak League on the ESPN RISE/CalHiSports.com all-state medium schools second team.
RIVERBANK – Ripon picked up its first Trans Valley League win in impressive style Thursday night, holding Riverbank to just one point in the first and five through the first half on its way to a 50-18 win.
The first round of Weston Ranch High's "Tour of Manteca" is over, but coach Chris Bauer is hoping that his Cougars' recent stretch of solid play isn't.
The Manteca High sophomore girls basketball team came to play Thursday evening at the Dalben Center, but after a slow first half, the Squires kicked it into gear and ran away with a 62-44 win.
So how does Manteca High sophomore Kiwi Gardner follow up Friday's career-best 36-point performance against Sierra?
A number of intriguing story lines came out of the Valley Oak League tri-meet between Manteca, East Union and Sierra at Sierra High Wednesday afternoon, including the continued ascension of Lancer 119-pounder Marco Castaneda, who came off his first tournament championship Saturday to take down two of the best wrestlers the VOL has to offer.
With senior center Tyler Willis done for the season after he tore an ACL Friday against Manteca, Sierra High was looking for a few players to step up and fill the large void left by the Timberwolves' second leading scorer Wednesday night at the Dalben Center.
Ryan Culpepper beat the buzzer, and his Manteca Buffaloes' sophomore boys basketball team beat upset-minded Weston Ranch as a result.
RIPON - With Ripon High returning all of its key components and Modesto Christian playing in another basketball universe, Tuesday night's Trans Valley League matchup between Ripon Christian and Riverbank projected to be a pivotal league contest in terms of league and postseason positioning.
The Manteca High girls tennis team hasn't lost a Valley Oak League matchup in two full seasons.
Oakdale wasn't too happy about suffering its first Valley Oak League loss of the season against Lathrop on Tuesday.
LATHROP – Apparently Lathrop's last loss against East Union woke the Spartans up.
The way things are shaping up in the Trans-Valley League landscape, Ripon has its best chance to land its first-ever conference championship.
By JOHN-JOEL GRIFFITHS
East Union found itself in a dogfight early on at Lathrop Wednesday night, but the Lancers righted the ship to pull it out in four -- 25-22, 13-25, 25-14, 25-8.Regina Dias produced 13 kills and 14 digs to lead East Union (5-3 Valley Oak League, 17-5-2 overall), while Loreal Taylor had three kills and 10 blocks for Lathrop (0-9 VOL).See Thursday's edition of the Bulletin for a full report.
Playing its first home game in almost a full month, Ripon High returned to Stouffer Field on Wednesday and blasted Hughson, 7-0.
Juan Acosta tumbled to the turf following the final whistle, wearing a look of frustration.
East Union captured its seventh straight Valley Oak League championship and eighth in nine years Tuesday at Micke Grove Golf Links in Lodi.
Sierra's girls tennis team ended its regular-season run with a 7-2 loss at Kimball on Tuesday.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Abdiel Chaquito is a rarity for the high school soccer.
TRACY - A combination of an intimidating Kimball front line and a string of unforced errors by visiting Weston Ranch proved to be too much for the Cougars to overcome.
Ripon made program history with its 3-1 win at Escalon on Monday.
Needing to beat Bret Harte in the Valley Foothill League finale to reach the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Tournament, Ripon High's girls golf team did one better Monday at Lodi's Micke Grove Golf Links.