Sierra and Ripon have tough draws to start the Sac-Joaquin Section boys soccer playoffs, but they like to think that their opponents do, too.
One program has more Sac-Joaquin Section titles than anyone, including the last two in Division V.
RIPON – As a sophomore, Isaac Norman still has a ways to go before he hits his full stride.
LATHROP - The Lathrop High sophomore squad closed out the season with a 20-0 loss to visiting Sacramento on Friday.
CERES – The Manteca High freshman football team took the opening possession in for a touchdown and never looked back, rolling to an easy Valley Oak League victory, 48-7, over Central Valley High.
OAKDALE - Sierra came into The Corral battered and bruised and left in even worse shape.
The effects of an emotionally-draining loss to Oakdale week ago plagued Manteca High over the first two quarters of play, but the second half was all Buffaloes in a 37-7 Valley Oak League win over the visiting Central Valley Hawks Friday.
RIPON – Every team strives to get all three of its major components firing on the same page: offense, defense and special teams.
CERES - East Union completed a sweep of Ceres Unified schools with a 29-15 victory over Ceres High Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
LATHROP – The young Spartans were once again left with the promise of better days ahead.
Manteca High senior Matt Barber is out for Friday's home game against Central Valley and could miss the regular-season finale on Nov. 13 against rival East Union after suffering a concussion in Oakdale last week.
Once the Manteca High volleyball team scored the final point of its third game victory over Sierra things changed in a hurry, giving the Timberwolves a season-sweep over the Buffaloes and a 3-1 Valley Oak League win over their crosstown rival.
The Manteca High junior varsity volleyball team closed out an impressive season with a 19-25, 25-16, 15-8 win at Sierra High.
RIPON – The Ripon High volleyball team gave a rowdy senior-night crowd plenty to cheer about during a three-game 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 sweep of the Escalon Cougars, giving the Indians their fifth Trans Valley League title in the past six years.
Sierra was playing its seventh game in as many days Monday.
Shannon Wesley led a balanced attack with nine kills, and Emily O'Brien anchored Ripon's defensive effort as the Indians coasted past visiting Sierra 25-16, 25-7, 25-15 in a nonleague match Monday.
No one drew a tougher assignment to start the Valley Oak League boys soccer season than Manteca.
McKenna Doyle became the third different low medalist of the season for Sierra in the team's fourth Valley Oak League match Monday.
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.