RIPON - From both exhaustion and frustration, Ripon striker David Alvarez dropped to a crouch at midfield with both hands wrapped around his forehead.
Their best wasn't good enough, but Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer was plenty pleased with his Cougars' performance on senior night Wednesday.
Ripon sophomore Ellie Waters took second overall in the girls varsity 5,000 meter race during Wednesday's Trans Valley League Championships at Modesto's Legion Park.
Manteca junior Marcus Montano refused to let his Buffaloes end the regular season on a losing note during Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale at Guss Schmeidt Field on Senior Night.
Ripon Christian finds out tonight if Thursday's regular-season finale with Gustine has Southern League title implications.
With a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV berth already wrapped up, Ripon High's volleyball decisively won its third straight Trans-Valley League match on Tuesday by sweeping visiting Riverbank, 25-12, 25-9, 25-14.
Manteca High's boys and girls cross country teams have shown glimpses of what they can do at full strength this season.
STOCKTON - One stroke was what separated the East Union girls golf team from capturing the 2013 Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament title at Reserve at Spanos Park.
Victoria Gulley knows how to dominate from both ends of the volleyball court.
Second-half comebacks are nothing new to Ripon Christian's boys soccer team.
Slow and steady didn't win the race this time.
STOCKTON - Manteca had a chance to clinch a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth with a victory over Weston Ranch Thursday, but the Cougars had different plans on Senior Night.
East Union could have easily thrown in the towel against Manteca Thursday after losing two five-set heartbreakers earlier this week that likely ruined its shot at a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth and a top-three finish in league.
RIPON – Ripon needed either a tie or win in order to stay atop the Trans Valley League standings and in the hunt for the school's first-ever boys soccer title Wednesday.
The Manteca volleyball team bounced back from a first-set loss Wednesday to win against Sierra 23-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-14, but the host Timberwolves did not make it easy.
Ben Juarez knocked down a jump shot to give Kimball its first lead in the second half with 22 seconds left in Wednesday's crucial Valley Oak League contest at Manteca High's Winter Gym.
With four games left in the regular season, the Sierra Timberwolves appear well on their way towards an outright Valley Oak League title.
LATHROP - After surviving seven lead changes and four ties, host Lathrop ended the first half on a 7-0 run and outscored East Union 22-9 in the third quarter on the way to a 64-48 win in Valley Oak League boys basketball action.
Isela Rivera isn't concerned so much about her place in East Union girls soccer lore, though there have been few as productive as the senior striker.
Having battled back from a 21-point deficit to visiting Lathrop and leading by one with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Manteca's Jessica Hasal penetrated to the key and then dished out to Allison Rachels on the perimeter. Rachels threw up a 3-pointer and by the time it bounced off the glass and through the net she was picking herself up off the floor with the Buffaloes on the way to a thrilling 54-49 Valley Oak League girls basketball victory at Winter Gymnasium.
STOCKTON - With no true post players on his team, Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer has challenged the two tallest to be more of a presence in the paint.
Not this time.
The Ripon Christian boys basketball team overcame Turlock Christian's considerable size advantage for a second time with Tuesday's commanding 64-51 triumph.
RIPON - Amber Hilvers searched for the words, trying her hardest not to sound disrespectful.
All that matters is who leads at the end. For the Ripon Christian girls' basketball team, that is a good thing.
Lathrop junior Isaiah Ellis put on a show in front of the home crowd Friday night.
In a game that featured a head-to-head showdown between the Valley Oak League's two best senior post players, it was the guards who made the difference.
Weston Ranch put Friday's Valley Oak League ball game against Sierra solely in the hands of standout sophomore Jaelen Ragsdale.
Don't let the records fool you.
RIPON – Tiana Chacon has been an All-Trans Valley League first-team third baseman the past two seasons.