Austin Acker stood at the plate with a full count, the tying run on second and the winning run on first in Sierra High's half of the seventh inning Friday against visiting Escalon. The first-year varsity player cashed in when what looked like a harmless flyball to centerfield found the grass and gave Sierra a 4-3 comeback win.
Manteca High's girls soccer team effectively played keep-away against Stagg of Stockton in its 4-0 victory Friday, when its own Buffalo Cup tournament opened action for eight participating clubs.
Manteca High's boys tennis team dropped two of its first three matches in the California High School Tennis Classic Friday at Fresno City College.
The Sierra softball team had no problem taking care of business during its opening contests in the Ceres Tournament at Modesto's Rainbow Fields.
Manteca High's softball team is 3-0 for the first time since winning its first four in 2007 after pummeling visiting Denair by a football score of 27-0 Thursday.
When Lincoln High made its way to Manteca, there was no way the soccer team could have expected to witness the show Sierra junior Joanna Ortiz was prepared to put on. Ortiz went off for four goals in a 6-0 shellacking of the visiting Trojans Thursday.
RIPON - It took a little while for the Ripon to get its softball bats warmed up during a preseason game against Ripon Christian Thursday afternoon.
Ripon High's boys golf team made a statement in its Trans-Valley League opener against visiting Hilmar Thursday at Jack Tone Golf Course's par-31 front nine.
LATHROP – Striking out the side in the first inning usually will give your team a good chance at winning, but Michael Pereznegron's such feat was sandwiched in between a couple of walks and a badly played fly ball, getting Cosumnes Oaks High out to a quick start in its 17-4 win over Lathrop Thursday.
When the CIF State Wrestling Championships begin at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield Friday, two area wrestlers will be on hand to try and accomplish a feat that every wrestler in the state opened the season pursuing. Ripon High's Travis Smith and Sierra High's Alex Nuanez are the area's last two standing.
SACRAMENTO - The Weston Ranch boys basketball team couldn't slay the Dragons, and the biggest and baddest of them all was slowed only by early foul trouble.
In a match between two of the more decorated programs in the Sac-Joaquin Section, the Manteca Buffaloes were able to use a strong team-wide effort to cruise past the Central Catholic Raiders 5-4 Wednesday in nonleague action.
RIPON – Ripon Christian was able to strike first against old Trans Valley League foe Ripon High, but the host Knights were unable to keep the upper hand, falling 3-1 on Wednesday.
GALT - For 19 consecutive games the Ripon Christian Knights have been able to conquer any task, but the Vacaville Christian defensive pressure was simply a challenge too great in the Knights' 71-63 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V semifinal loss Tuesday.
The 2011 Home Run Derby between Manteca High baseball standouts Matt Burrows and Daniel Miramontes is officially underway.
East Union expected Bear Creek to come out winging its best punches and got exactly that in a nonleague contest at Dalben Center on Tuesday.
There were moments when East Union coach Jim Agostini had to remind himself that little, if anything, was on the line during Tuesday's reunion with Sonora at Bud Castle Gym.
Rubel Dehal and Elizabeth Tolbert had clean looks at the basket in attempts to force an overtime period, but both of their shots rimmed out in Manteca's 43-40 loss to visiting Laguna Creek on Monday.
LATHROP - Lathrop managed only five first-period points Monday and never recovered in a 72-46 loss to visiting Beyer-Modesto in non-league boys basketball action.
Tournament host Ripon made a run in the third quarter and would not close the gap in losing to Cosumnes Oaks 58-42 in the championship game of the girls Ripon Winter Classic on Saturday.
Ripon finished tied for sixth place with Buhach Colony on Saturday in the 22-team field of the Morning Star Invitational at Los Banos High School.
After two big swings in the second half Saturday tournament host Ripon managed a layup with a minute left and held on over Bret Harte 63-62 for the championship of the boys Ripon winter Classic.
Weston Ranch is heading to the championship game in one of the Central Section's most prestigious tournaments.
Cody Norman is back with his alma mater, coaching the Laguna Creek girls basketball team in Elk Grove.
Livingston buried three 3-pointers to lead 9-0 at the start of its nonleague game at Manteca High's Winter Gymnasium Friday night.
RIPON - Ripon Christian may no longer be in the Southern League for basketball, but its growing rivalry with Mariposa lives on.
TRACY - Ryan Tarr had seen enough.
TRACY - With four reserves checking in at the scorer's table, Lathrop coach Nathan McGrath left them with one simple message:
Unhappy with his team's defensive effort in its last outing, Manteca coach Brett Lewis challenged the Buffaloes tighten things up for their first-round contest with Merced in the Running with the Pack Tournament held at Cosumnes Oaks of Elk Grove on Thursday.
East Union withstood a tremendous rally by visiting Ripon in the final minute, but the Indians couldn't take advantage of the extra chances created by five rebounds.