With just over a minute left on the clock, every second that ticked away seemed like an eternity for the Sierra Timberwolves Tuesday.
RIPON – Matt Ratto has already shaken off of the early season cobwebs.
PATTERSON - Patterson's Cassie Coble buried six of seven free throws and pumped in 12 of the Tigers' 26 fourth-quarter points to upend Manteca 59-53 Tuesday.
After struggling offensive in the first half, Sierra High's sophomore boys basketball team came alive in the third quarter behind a stifling defensive effort to knock off visiting Lodi 40-39 in its season opener Tuesday.
MODESTO – Davis High outscored Manteca in the second quarter closing the halftime deficit to a point, but a 21-6 run to open the second half provided the distance in the Buffaloes' 77-60 Modesto City Classic championship win over the Spartans Saturday at Enochs High.
RIVERBANK - The Ripon Christian Knights remained undefeated and closed out the Ron Peterson Tipoff Classic with a tournament title in a 61-50 win over the host Riverbank Bruins.
FAIR OAKS - Third-seeded Sierra struck 13 seconds into its Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal showdown against No. 2 Del Campo.
FAIR OAKS - There weren't a whole lot of smiles in the congregation that formed around the end zone following Sierra's 39-10 loss to Del Campo at Cougar Canyon Friday.
MODESTO – Scoring doesn't seem like it will be a problem for East Union freshman Jordan Kron, as he continued an impressive start to his high school career with his third consecutive 20-point outing in the Lancers' 80-55 win over the Buhach Colony Thunder Friday.
VALLEJO – The Manteca High girls basketball team bounced back from a three-point loss Thursday with an impressive 81-26 blowout over Deanza High.
ELK GROVE – The Sierra High Timberwolves rebounded from a tough first round loss in the Elk Grove Tournament with a strong performance in a 67-46 win over Florin High.
Ripon High captured its fourth straight Trans Valley League title this season and with it the conference's Most Valuable Player award in as many years.
MODESTO – Manteca High is just trying to get better each time it takes the court, and the Buffaloes seem to be doing just that with another impressive outing in their second round 90-70 win over Johansen in the Modesto City Classic Thursday at Enochs High.
MODESTO - Ripon wasn't always sharp on offense, but it more than made up for it on the defensive end during its Big Valley Christian Tournament opener Thursday.
WESTON RANCH - Weston Ranch High's Tony Gomes lost a tough 6-4 decision in the first match at 171 pounds Thursday night.
The Valley Oak League uses a points-based system to determine its MVP.
Manteca registered its second 9-0 win of the week Thursday when it shut out visiting East Union in Valley Oak League action.
Francisco Cisneros summed up Weston Ranch's final nonleague match of the season in one word:
Los Banos checked into its nonleague match with visiting East Union holding a deceiving 4-6 record.
Jack Miller recently retired from Manteca High, where the History teacher spent more than 30 years as an assistant coach with the football team. Miller was a part of four Sac-Joaquin Section championship teams and was twice voted Best of Manteca's Best Local Coach. Now City of Manteca Hall of Famer pays close attention to his yards, his golf game and granddaughter.
The Manteca High boys soccer team took full advantage of its first practice in nearly a week.
Ripon Christian laughs last.
RIPON - The hole was just too deep for Ripon's volleyball team to climb out of.
East Union's grueling opening week of the season may have done it some good.
Sierra's girls golf team opened the Valley Oak League with a statement Tuesday at Dryden Park Golf Course in Modesto.
East Union's 8-1 victory, its first of the Valley Oak League season, looks one-sided at the surface, but visiting Lathrop made the Lancers work for it on Tuesday.
Hairo Silva recorded his second hat trick of the season, and Lathrop needed every single one of those goals to top host Beyer of Modesto 4-3 on Monday.
Ripon got its revenge against neighboring rival Ripon Christian on Saturday, edging the Knights in the championship match of their own tournament, the Ripon Christian Soccer Classic, on Saturday.
The Lathrop sophomores never trailed in a 33-6 win over visiting Liberty Ranch in non-league action Friday night at Bennie Gatto Field.
Manteca High's girls tennis team got some valuable court time and, best of all, new T-shirts in its annual trip to the California Classic in Fresno.