RENO, Nev. - It takes a special volleyball team to be invited to Reno's annual High Sierra Invitational, and every season the Ripon Indians' invitation shows up without fail.
MODESTO - Ripon High kicked off the Big Valley Tournament Friday afternoon at Big Valley Christian with a 4-0 win over Rite of Passage.
LODI - After a sluggish performance against Turlock Christian Thursday night, Ripon Christian was able to pick up the pace against Tokay Friday, but it wouldn't be enough in a 20-25, 17-25, 26-24, 22-25 loss.
After a pair of disappointing losses to open the 2009 season, Manteca head coach Justin Coenenberg was looking for signs of improvement Thursday night at Guss Schmiedt Field, where his Buffaloes took on Bret Harte in the opening round of the 2nd Annual Buffalo Cup.
It's a new season at Weston Ranch High, and with it has come a number of new faces, but most importantly, a new attitude, one that head coach Carlos Gaspar is convinced will lead to a number of victories.
It doesn't count against records, but it still stings for Tim Horning and his Manteca Buffaloes.
WESTON RANCH – The Weston Ranch tennis team picked up its first Valley Oak League win of the season at home Thursday, 8-7, over Manteca.
STOCKTON - Kaylee Joaquin earned her second straight medalist finish to start the Valley Oak League season Thursday, producing an 8-over 44 while leading Manteca to a 278-333 victory over Weston Ranch at Van Buskirk Golf Course.
They don't rebuild.
MODESTO - Sierra barely broke at sweat at Johansen Wednesday evening in a 25-10, 25-13, 25-14 sweep of the Vikings.
STOCKTON - What a difference a day makes.
OAKDALE - It wasn't easy for Lathrop Wednesday in a 15-0 loss to the Mustangs, but then again, it never is when it comes to Oakdale tennis.
Jose Montes makes it a point to throw his Sierra Timberwolves into the flame every preseason.
East Union fell behind 6-3 in Game 1 of a preseason tilt with Gustine Tuesday at Dalben Center, but from that point on it was all Lancers throughout, as EU walked away with a breezy 25-16, 25-7, 25-13 sweep.
LINDEN - Ripon got its big non-league win out of the way, and head coach Jamie DeBruyn hopes his Indians can carry it over to the rest of the season.
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.