LATHROP – When the Lathrop Spartans converted one of two pregame free throws from a Stagg High violation during warm-ups, the Spartans held a 1-0 lead. It would be the squad's only lead of the night, as it dropped their season-opener 64-18 Tuesday.
STOCKTON – The Weston Ranch Cougars held a slim four-point halftime lead and the team would not relinquish its grip while outlasting a visiting Bear Creek High squad 37-35 for a season opening win.
Perhaps the ninth time will be the charm for Ripon High.
Effort wasn't the issue in Manteca and visiting Ripon's annual Foundation Game showdown Monday.
Twenty two-year-old Brett Lewis' debut as East Union High's varsity boys basketball head coach went smoothly.
RIPON – The Notre Dame Spirits fought valiantly to keep their 2009 season alive, but the Ripon Indians would have no such thing, finishing off the Spirits' season by winning in four in the CIF State Volleyball Championship semi-finals at Ripon High.
FRESNO – Only a select few had the privilege of grinding out another race during t the CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park Saturday and Sierra High senior John Bowers was the only Manteca area athlete to make the cut.
On the last big play of a game full of them, Jarrod Daniels made a statement while sealing Sierra High's thrilling 40-39 victory over No. 6 Benicia Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Offense might win games, but it was defense that allowed Sierra to hold off a prolific Benicia passing attack that was unlike anything the team has seen so far this year.
It's one thing to run the opposing team's offense during scout-team practice, and it's another guiding a team to a second-round Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Football playoff victory.
Fortunes have followed the Ripon High volleyball team for the majority of its 2009 season, but the squads' blessings took new heights when its second-round opponent, Notre Dame High of Salinas, knocked off No. 2 seed Salesian, handing the Indians home court advantage for the CIF NorCal Championship match Saturday.
The Sierra Timberwolves have reason to be thankful.
Shalane Jackson gave a nice glimpse of what to expect from her sophomore season, leading East Union High to a season-opening 49-34 win over the visiting Bear Creek Bruins Wednesday at the Dalben Center.
The loss of record-holding goal scorer Eric Cavanaugh had little effect on Ripon this season.
SACRAMENTO - After trailing by 14 points midway through the fourth quarter, Ripon Christian valiantly battled back to within six points with 1:02 left in the game on Jessica Van Vliet's free throw, but the Knights would not score again and lost 52-43 to Capital Christian-Sacramento in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship game at Sleep Train Arena.
SACRAMENTO - What a difference a decade and a half makes.
BASKERSFIELD - If anybody would have asked Ripon heavyweight state qualifier Tristan Smith if he was ever hurt during the state tournament he would probably say no.
The Manteca High girls soccer team opened its 7th Annual Buffalo Cup with two blowout victories at Woodward Park.
Manteca lost its second game in as many days Friday, but head coach Neil MacDannald is nowhere close to hitting the panic button.
Manteca High's boys tennis team didn't get the desired results during the first day of the California Classic at Fresno City College, but coach Frank Fontana believes the experience alone will pay off in the long run.
The Cinderella of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs is still dancing, but Chris Teevan insists there is nothing magical about his ninth-seeded Weston Ranch boys basketball team's ride to the championship round.
Lathrop head coach Gabe Padilla decided to start his best player on the attacking third not necessarily to get more scoring production, but to allow her to put less stress on a strained quad.
From the start of the season, the rhetoric surrounding the Sierra and Weston Ranch boys basketball teams was consistent.
Ed Mulder is still pinching himself.
Late tonight, the 1987 Manteca High boys basketball team will finally have some company.
Sonora managed to get one good inning against East Union on Thursday and came away from Agostini Field with a 10-5 non-league baseball win.
Matt Rose edged out Weston Ranch freshman Austin Thao for low-medalist honors and helped Sierra tally its first Valley Oak League win of the season 250-288 Thursday at Van Buskirk Golf Course of Stockton.
Sophomore pitchers Mikayla Bongi, Alexis Erich and Delaney Pamplin combined for a three-inning perfect game, as East Union crushed Edison 11-0 to begin the St. Mary's Tournament at Stockton's Arnaiz Softball Complex on Thursday.
Sierra coach Scott Thomason was money from the 3-point line during his playing days at Pacific.